Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples, squeezing out the liquid and then adding bacteria and yeast then leaving to ferment. It has been known throughout the years as a miracle worker even Hippocrates – the father of medicine – used this potion to help with colds and coughs. But there is much more that apple cider vinegar can offer you, here are our top 10 uses of apple cider vinegar.
It makes your hair appear shinier
A well-known trick and very popular too. You can use apple cider vinegar on your hair to give it a much shinier appearance. Although it may smell bad at first, the scent will go away after a few hours and leave your hair looking much brighter. If you’re interested try this method on your hair:
Just remember not to try this before a night out in town.
Maintains skin pH balance
Natural apple cider vinegar aids in the regulation of skin pH levels. The most basic way to use this to your advantage is by diluting apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:3 ratio and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball. You can do this just before bed and follow it up in the morning just before applying moisturiser.
Apple cider vinegar also works to brighten your skin and has many antibacterial properties. As a result it is a good idea to apply directly onto spots and acne scars. However be careful as it may be too strong for sensitive skin, if this is the case we recommend you dilute the vinegar prior to application for a more gentle effect.
Are warts a problem? This will make them go away. Just soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, cover the wart and secure it to your skin using a plaster or an elastic band. This is to ensure that it does not come off during the night. The skin may swell as it will react with the solution, however the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days just to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
Time to freshe up your clothes. Just add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle to get rid of any nasty mucky smells.
You can also use cider vinegar to remove any yellow stains from clothing. Just dilute apple cider vinegar with water in a 12:1 ratio and let your clothes soak in it overnight.
It’s an all-natural massage treatment. Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief.
For aid with daily weight management, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. For the best results you should drink two of these mixes a day. These don’t need to be drunk all at once they can be sipped throughout the day.
Limited data, yet significant, has shown weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is the primary ingredient in cider vinegar). A study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry from 2009 was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol which we avoid.
Add balance to your inner body system
The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection.
Detoxify with apple cider vinegar
Cider vinegar can help you detox. As a part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggest that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with and acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.