Handy, healthy uses for apple cider vinegar

By admin
08 August 2014

The first uses of vinegar were recorded around 5000 BC, when wine was left to ferment for too long and turned into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a made from apples left to ferment to form cider which is further fermented. Once you get past the decidedly strong sour odour you’ll find ACV is a health powerhouse with hundreds of health uses – here are a few we found exceptionally handy.

For your skin

ACV promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate and oxygenate the skin. It also serves as an antiseptic, preventing the spread of bacteria, and it dissolves fatty deposits at the surface of the skin – which make it perfect for treating acne. Furthermore, ACV restores the skin’s natural acid mantle (the skin’s natural PH) and aids in achieving a more even skin tone.

For your face

Mix water (boiled and left to cool) with ACV in a 4:1 solution (ensure the solution is stored in a glass bottle) and use it as a toner after cleansing. The ACV solution can also be applied to other areas of your body where you suffer from acne-like symptoms, although for use on your body you may require a slightly stronger solution.

Treat fungal infections

One of the reasons for ACV’s reputation as a home remedy super-tonic is its natural anti-fungal properties. People suffering from ringworm infections can apply apple cider vinegar to the affected area several times a day, using cotton wool. Similarly athletes foot (also a fungal condition) can be remedied by soaking feet in an ACV and water solution. For athlete’s foot you should also spray ACV into shoes in order to make sure the fungal infection doesn’t re-occur.

Use as a natural insect repellent

ACV can help you keep bugs at bay. Take a large spray bottle and fill half of it with apple cider vinegar. Next add any or all of these herbs: mint, lavender, catnip, sage or thyme. Add some water, shake well and let it stand overnight. After the solution has been left to ferment you’ll be left with an incredibly potent insect repellent to spray in around your home and ward off bugs.

If all else fails, drink it!

For overall health benefits ACV can also be consumed orally and has been known to help the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level (research shows that higher acid levels are linked to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection in the body), weight loss and lower blood sugar levels. It also improves diabetes symptoms.

-Lindsay de Freitas

Sources: apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com, authoritynutrition.com

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