Organic, raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not only tasty but has many health benefits and has been used by naturopathic doctors for many years to treat a variety of ailments. Made from fresh, crushed apples, which mature and ferment in wooden barrels, it is rich minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulphur, iron, amino acids and pectin fiber. There are a multitude of uses for ACV but here are my top 10:
General ACV Tonic: 2 tsps ACV and 1-2 tsps raw or Manuka Honey in a glass of purified water drink 1-3 times a day.
Improve digestion: Millions of people suffer from indigestion, which is aggravated by poor digestion and weak saliva juices. This causes distress: gas, heartburn, burping and stomach bloating. 15- 20 minutes before mealtime, drink 1-2 tsp of ACV in a few ounces of water. This stimulates digestive fluids in the stomach, resulting in improved digestion and better health. ACV also helps to protect against food borne pathogens.
Relieving Muscle Cramps:
Internally: 2 tsps ACV and 1-2 tsps raw or Manuka Honey in a glass of purified water three times a day to relieve the cramps.
Externally: Hot Vinegar pack: mix 60/40 ACV/hot water, enough to soak a cotton hand towel. Wring out towel and apply over sore/cramping area. You can cover this with another dry towel and even a heat pack for additional heat. Keep on for 20-30 mins.
Apple cider vinegar for your feet! Combating corns callouses, and warts:
For corns and callouses: First soak affected areas in warm water with 1/3 cup ACV for 20 minutes. After soak, rub areas briskly with coarse towel, then gently use a pumice stone or wand. Now apply full-strength ACV-soaked gauze bandage overnight, and in the morning prepare a fresh ACV soaked bandage for daytime use. These treatments help soften and dissolve corns and callouses. Check shoes for cofort and width.
For common Warts: Use the ACV treatment above but caution: DO NOT RUB WARTS, as this could spread them. After soaking use ACV-soaked gauze, cove with waterproof tape, keep on overnight. In the morning for a daytime treatment, apply a castor oil soaked gauze bandage. At night you can alternate ACV with Vitamin E (prick open a capsule and apply).
Nail fungus: soak affected nails (hands or feet) in a 50:50 ACV to warm water mixture morning and night for 10 minutes. Nail fungus can be stubborn so this must be continued often for many months until nails heal.
Varicose Veins: Applications of ACV can help to shrink the veins and also uptake of vitamins C, K, and rutin. Wrap and ACV dampened cloth around the needed areas morning and night, then elevate legs, allowing to stay on for 15 mins. Then remove wrap (legs still up) and starting at the ankles press over pooled veins to get blood back into circulation. Also consume ACV tonic 1-3 times a day.
Sore throat and laryngitis: Organic, raw ACV is a dangerous enemy to all kinds of germs that attack the throat and mouth! To fight the germs and keep the throat healthy, an ACV gargle mixture can be used. 1 tsp to ½ glass pure water, gargle 3 mouthfuls of mixture each hour. ACV acts like a sponge drawing out the throat and mouth germs and toxins. As the throat feels better gargle every three hours.
ACV Facial: Wash face with warm water (no soap). Soak a cotton face towel under warm/hot water and wring it out, them lay over face for 2-3 mins. Then soak face towel in a 50:50 ACV: warm water mix and reapply to face, allow to stay for 10 mins while you lie down. Gently rub face with cotton towel to remove dry skin and revitalize the face.
Apple cider Vinegar for dandruff, dry, thinning har, and shiner hair!
The high acidity (organic malic acid) plus the powerful enzymes in ACV kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions. The problems caused by this are dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair, and often baldness. ACV not only kills bottle bacillus, but stimulates the oils pores for healthier activity.
For Dandruff: put 2-3 tbsps ACV in a cup- part the hair and sponge directly onto the scalp and wrap hair with towel. ACV helps restore the proper acid/alkaline balance to the scalp, do before every shampoo.
For dry hair: weekly apply castor oil or bragg olive oil to hair, and ACV to scalp, then wrap. Leave on for 30 minutes to 3 hours before shampooing.
Hair growth stimulating Mixtures: For bald or thinning hairs try these two mixtures: On scalp (2 tbsps SCV and tiny pinch of cayenne powder), apply an hour before shampooing (keep out of eyes!). Mix royal jelly cap, tiny pinch of cayenne & 1 tsp ACV & pat on bald areas – leave on overnight.
Hair rinse mixture for shiny hair: For a healthy after shampoo rinse for shine and body; add 1/3 cup ACV to a quart of water. Pre mix in a handy plastic bottle and keep in the shower to use.
As a cleaner for your home: for cleaning purposes white vinegar or apple cider vinegar can be used. White vinegar is effective and inexpensive as a household cleaner and deodorizer. A straight 5% solution of vinegar has been shown to kill 99% of bacteria, 82% of common molds, and 80% of germs and viruses. Some mix it with water to wash windows as it removes sludge and keeps them sparkling clean.
Commercial household cleaners are full of chemicals and additives that are harmful to our health, using these homemade cleaners are a great alternative:
Appliances & countertops: Clean and disinfect with a white-vinegar dampened sponge or cloth.
Sponges and dishrags: disinfect and deodorize by soaking overnight in 1 quart hot water with ¼ cup vinegar.
General hard surface cleaner: Mix vinegar and water in a 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle and. Add 10-20 drops of an essential oil like thyme, lavender, lemon, or tea tree for added disinfecting and a great scent.
Source: BRAGG Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System. By Paul Bragg, and Patricia Bragg