I have discussed the benefits of apple cider vinegar several times already but the more I experiment with it, the more impressed I become. The organic, unfiltered variety of apple cider vinegar has so many applications that every household should have at least one bottle in the kitchen cabinet.
You can use apple cider vinegar to make your hair shinier, to get rid of skin imperfections, to detoxify your body and to live in a cleaner, greener home. The following list includes the best uses of apple cider vinegar that I have discovered through my experiments.
① Skin pH Regulation
Do you suffer from dry or excessively oily skin? If you experience issues related to sebum production, you are probably having skin pH problems. Apple cider vinegar can be used to regulate skin pH and help you overcome problems like excessive oiliness or dryness. To get the apple cider vinegar benefits, make a tonic consisting of one part vinegar and two parts water.
② Treat Sunburns
Apple cider vinegar has soothing qualities. Do you have a painful sunburn? Add one cup of organic apple cider vinegar to your bathtub water. Soak in it for a bit and you will feel almost instant relief.
③ Remove Warts
The vinegar can be used for the natural removal of warts. Soak a cotton ball with organic apple cider vinegar and place it on the respective area. Use a band-aid to keep the cotton ball in place overnight. You may feel slight skin irritation but the wart will fall off after a couple of treatments.
Commercially-produced aftershave contains a wide range of chemicals and artificial substances – just take a look at the label.
Apple cider vinegar can be used for the creation of an all-natural, soothing aftershave. You will need equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Always shake the aftershave before applying to your face.
⑤ Shiny Hair
Rinsing your hair with vinegar after you have just washed it will result in a beautiful shine. Dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and pour that in a spray bottle. Apply to your hair immediately after you have shampooed it.
⑥ Remove Stains from Your Teeth
Apple cider vinegar can be used to remove dark spots from the skin and it is also good for making teeth whiter. Rub a little bit of the vinegar into the stained part of the tooth. Rinse your mouth with water.
⑦ Weight Loss
Drinking apple cider vinegar can produce a wide range of health benefits and faster weight loss is just one of them.
You can start the day by drinking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water or a glass of apple juice. A study was carried out, showing that people who consumed vinegar for 12 weeks saw a significant reduction in their weight, body fat and body mass index. The results of the study were published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry Journal.
Apple cider vinegar has an overall detox effect, and it improves the functioning of the digestive tract. This cleansing power is critical for sustainable, healthy weight loss.
Apart from balancing the skin’s pH, vinegar can be used to restore the body’s inner balance. Consuming apple cider vinegar assists the functioning of the liver, as well.
Though it may sound strange, apple cider vinegar is an alkaline rather than acidic food. People that have an acidic pH tend to have lower energy levels, and they tend to suffer from infections more frequently.
⑨ Improve the Functioning of the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is vitally important for the elimination of toxins from the body and for the proper immune response.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to “cleanse” the lymph nodes and to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
⑩ Overcome Heartburn and Digestive Issues
Treating problems connected to excessive stomach acid production with vinegar may seem weird but it can be really effective. Apple cider vinegar is a great natural remedy for frequent heartburn sufferers. Taking a teaspoon of vinegar should produce almost instantaneous results.
⑪ Get Rid of Candida
Yeast infections happen to be quite common and the pH regulating qualities of apple cider vinegar are great for dealing with such problems.
⑫ Room Freshener
If you want to have a perfectly clean bathroom, use apple cider vinegar. It will kill all of the bacteria found in the toilet and once you are done, it will leave a pleasant scent behind. Apple cider vinegar can also substitute the dish detergent that you put in the dishwasher. If you are looking for a natural cleaning possibility, this one is the perfect option.
⑬ Insect Repellent
Pour one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Spraying it on your body will protect you from those itchy insect bites during the summer.
⑭ Home Detox
All of the cleaning solutions and detergents that you use at home can have a negative impact on health. They contain a medley of harsh chemicals. These could produce various risks when inhaled or when they come in direct contact with the skin.
⑮ Do you want to make your home greener?
Get in the habit of using apple cider vinegar as a cleaning and washing solution. It will quickly result in a much more sustainable and safer home. Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.
⑯ Get Rid of Stinky Feet
Soak your feet in a mix of water and apple cider vinegar to soften the skin and eliminate odor. This is an excellent treatment for anyone suffering from athlete’s foot or other types of fungus.
What Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar to Use?
Now you see how beneficial apple cider vinegar is. If you want to get all of its health and beauty benefits, use the unfiltered variety, I always recommend using the “Bragg” brand. It contains the so-called mother, which consists of living enzymes.
The mother makes the raw and unfiltered vinegar look slightly murky, but it is the most beneficial part and the one that delivers the numerous and amazing benefits.
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