Sunday, April 5, 2015

30 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly popular in the natural health community. Apple cider vinegar benefits are plentiful. Its wide-ranging uses (rivaling the number of uses of tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help fight diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues. Here is just a small portion of what apple cider vinegar can do for you and your family.

#1 Dandruff: Mix equal parts water/vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat for a few days until dandruff problem disappears. Repeat once every week or so for maintenance.

#2 Sore Throat: Combine 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp cayenne pepper and 3 tsp raw honey in a glass of warm water. ACV and honey have antibacterial properties to help speed up recovery and the capsaicin in hot peppers will help soothe pain.

 #3 Foot Odor: Pour ACV over baby wipes, store in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight and use as needed. Also works as an underarm deodorizer.

#4 Gas and Constipation: Dilute a tablespoon of ACV into warm tea and drink before a meal. Vinegar stimulates digestive juices (HCl - hydrochloric acid) that help your body breakdown food.

#5 Heartburn: Dilute a tablespoon or so in some water or tea anytime you feel heartburn symptoms coming on. If it is too nasty for you to swallow, add a little raw honey.

 #6 Clear Skin: Soak a washcloth in ACV and apply to your face to lessen oil. This will also help with scarring from acne.

#7 Sunburn: Add a cup or two of ACV to a bath and soak for ten minutes. This helps the skin feel soothed and cool, as well as restores the skin’s pH.

 #8 Whiten Teeth: Apply directly to teeth and then rinse with water. Don’t do often as it may break down tooth enamel. For a more gentle approach, dilute with water and use as a mouth rinse.

#9 All Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1 part water, 1 part ACV and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil together in a spray bottle. ACV is double fermented and an excellent detoxifier. Making your own cleaner is a fantastic way to get rid of unnecessary chemicals in your home.
#10 Odor Remover: ACV breaks down the volatile compounds and kills bacteria that causes unpleasant odors around the house. You can mix 1 part water and 1 part ACV in a spray bottle and use in rooms where a bad odor is present.

 #11 Weed Killer: There are lots of recipes for using ACV as a weed killer. You can use it on its own, mix with dish soap, water, salt and/or lemon juice.

#12 Flea Repellent (pets): ACV makes an awesome natural flea repellent, that actually works! Simply apply topically to your dogs skin or put in a spray bottle and spray over fur and in the dogs bed.

#13 Skin Tags, Moles, Warts: Soak a cotton ball with some ACV, place over the skin tag, mole or wart and secure with medical tape (duct tape works too!). Leave on overnight and wash area once removed. Repeat nightly until wart problem is gone.

#14 Burns: Apply ACV to the burn as soon as possible to help soothe pain and stimulate healing. ACV will also help to disinfect. Note: do not apply to open wounds.

#15 Bruises: Warm up a cup of ACV and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Apply to bruise as a compress.

#16 Bad Breath: Mix 1 tablespoon ACV in a cup of water and gargle for 10 seconds.

#17 Post Shaving Treatment: Mix ACV 50/50 with water and apply to skin for a soothing aftershave.

#18 Condiment Enhancer: ACV can liven up condiments like a rockstar. Try adding a little to sauces, marinades and vinaigrettes. Mix ACV with a little olive oil and fresh herbs for a simple topping for meat or salad. Mix with lemon juice for a great veggie dressing.

#19 Mix with Fruit Juice: Might seem a little strange pairing vinegar with fruit juice, but it is actually pretty good! Try mixing a small amount of ACV into grape or a similar type of juice. It is an easy and tasty way to get a daily dose of ACV.

#20 Soups: Add a splash of ACV to your soup for a little extra punch.

#21 Baked Goods: Add to baked goods to add an extra lift. Don’t worry, a small amount won’t be detected by the kids or the guests.

#22 Antifungal: Apply ACV topically to affected area or soak area in 1 part ACV 5 parts water for 30 minutes a day if possible.

#23 Sore Muscles: Mix a tablespoon with water and gulp it down for pain relief or rub it directly over sore muscles.

#24 Anti-Itch: If you’ve become the unfortunate enemy of a jellyfish or even poison ivy, some ACV should do the trick to get rid of the itchiness. Simply apply directly to skin and let it work its magic.

#25 Insulin Sensitivity: Regularly taking ACV may help keep blood sugar levels balanced.

#26 Clear Sinuses: A stuffy nose that won’t clear is the worst. Try sipping a cup of water mixed with ACV - it will act as an antibacterial in your throat and may help decrease and break-up the mucus.

#27 Lymph Circulation:Take daily for detox benefits and to help build immunity. ½ tablespoon mixed in some tea or lemon water every morning should do the trick.

#28 Energy Boost: Add a little to a fresh morning juice or smoothie (just a little, it packs a strong taste!).

 #29 Facial Toner: Mix 1 tsp ACV in a little water and apply to face with a cotton ball. Yes, the smell is strong but it dissipates quickly and will improve your skin. Repeat daily for best results.

#30 Upset Stomach: ACV has antibiotic properties and pectin, which are soothing the stomach. For a stomach soothing cocktail combine: 2 tsp ACV, 1 tbsp fresh ginger water, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 8 ounces sparkling water and raw honey to taste. Take a swig in a glass of water when you start feeling unsettled or bloated.

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