Apple cider vinegar has many other uses beyond the kitchen. Most people are familiar with ACV as an ingredient to be used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes and more. But this stuff has far more potential than simple kitchen uses. Below are just some of the many uses for apple cider vinegar. But first – what is it?
What is Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. But this raw, organic version packs a nutritional punch that makes ACV the mother of all vinegar.
As a nourishing food, ACV provides a lot of health benefits when taken internally. It’s been said to help with weight loss, lower glucose levels, detox the body, promote a healthy digestive system, boost energy, and regulate candida issues. Simply mix 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of filtered water (or you could mix it with herbal tea). You can also add a tablespoon or two of raw honey (which has its own major health benefits!). Of course, you can add ACV into salad dressings as mentioned earlier.
• Reduce gas and bloating
• Relieve heartburn
• Maintain a healthy alkaline pH level
• Stimulate cardiovascular circulation and helps detoxify the liver
• Cleanses the lymph nodes
• Can help with allergies by reducing mucous and sinus congestion
• Helps rid the body of candida through the natural enzymes found in raw apple cider vinegar
• Has been said to dissolve kidney stones, prevent flu and stomach illnesses, relieve nausea, and help with migraines
Toner: Since apple cider vinegar helps regulate the pH of your skin, it’s a perfect non-toxic toner. Mix one part ACV with two parts water. Dab a cotton ball into your mixture and then gently rub onto your face. This will help fade age spots and acne scars.
Hair care: ACV works as a wonderful hair rinse after shampooing. It will balance your scalp and hair’s pH and leaves hair smooth and clean. It’s also been known to help treat dry and itchy scalp. Just mix one tablespoon of AVC into a cup of water. Slowly pour mixture over hair and then rinse with water. ACV is commonly recommended as the conditioner for the “no ‘poo” method of using baking soda as shampoo.
Wart Removal: Apple cider vinegar has been used to help with warts for a long time. Simple soak a cotton ball in ACV and then place directly on top of the wart. Cover with a bandage overnight. Repeat daily until the wart falls off and then continue for a couple more days.
Sunburn Relief: ACV can be used to help neutralize the burn. Dilute it in water and pat on the sore skin, or add a cupful to your bath.
Teeth Stain Remover: Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse out with water. Notice the sparkle and shine.
Natural Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
Since most cleaning products contain unregulated and harsh chemicals, switching them out for something as simple as apple cider vinegar is awesome. ACV can absorb odors and has some nifty antibacterial properties. (Please note, you may not like the smell of ACV itself, but it does go away).
All Purpose Cleaner: Mix together one part of apple cider vinegar to one part water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on hard surfaces such as bathroom tiles, cabinets and counter tops, then wipe it off with a damp washcloth.
Toilet Cleaner: Pour some ACV into your toilet and allow it to sit overnight. Scrub and flush.
Pet Care: Many people have been using ACV to help repel fleas on their pets. Mix one part of vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on your pet’s fur and rub it in the skin thoroughly. Be sure to saturate the entire coat. Repeat daily (up to a week) to get rid of fleas.