It may be old, but it’s gold and it’s bold!
One of the most powerful, healing home remedies and one of the world’s oldest, is apple cider vinegar, commonly called ACV for short. Rumour even has it that Hippocrates himself was into it and that it was well used in ancient times.
Now ACV has made a resurgence and more and more uses are being discovered. If you can get over the taste, you will find it helps with so many things, even complete relief from allergies and sinus infections.
Stomach soother and popular kitchen staple, ACV also has many other uses including weight loss properties, all-purpose cleaning and even adding it to your beauty care routine.
It’s made in a two-step process, firstly crushing the apples into yeast, which ferments the sugars and turns them into alcohol. Then bacteria is added for further fermentation and to turn it into acetic acid, which is vinegar’s main active compound.
Make sure you look for the ACV that has the ‘mother’ inside. What’s that all about? Well, this wonderfully icky looking mix of friendly bacteria contains all the enzymes, proteins and fibre. If you look at the bottle it should mention the ‘mother’ and you will know it is there because there’s usually a cloudy, or “gritty” look to it. Also aim for organic, wherever possible.
Let’s look at some great uses for ACV
Wash your fruit and veg!
If you cannot always guarantee organic produce, rinse your fruit and vegetables in ACV and water in the sink, this will remove any pesticides or nasties that you cannot see.
Cleans your fridge/toilet/microwave
Pour two cups into the toilet at full strength and leave it overnight and then flush/scrub in the morning. For cleaning kitchen appliances mix equal parts ACV and water and put into a spray bottle.
Deodorize your laundry
A capful in your laundry can help deodorize your clothes, and is especially great for helping to soften towels.
Wash your hair
A great alternative to conditioner, it will help remove any build up of mineral deposits and improve blood circulation to the hair follicles. Mix 1/3 of a cup of ACV with 4 cups of water. After shampooing your hair, pour this mixture over, leave for a few seconds, then rinse out with cold water. It will help create shiny, tangle-free hair
Combine half a cup of ACV with four cups of water and then dip a cloth into the mixture and apply to affected areas. It will assist with healing, prevent blistering and relieve pain. Great to bug bites as well.
Mix equal parts water and ACV and use it as a toner. Malic acid in ACV has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Great for evening skin tone, balancing the skins pH levels and battling breakouts. For age spots, dip a cotton ball or pad into the mix and dab onto the skin, letting it soak in. leave for 10-15 minutes if there’s no adverse reaction and then rinse.
Get rid of warts
Due to its high acidity, ACV can attack the flesh that makes up a wart, killing it and then allowing it to peel away naturally from the skin, taking the virus away with it. Use two tablespoons of ACV and soak a cotton ball with it until saturated, squeeze out the excess liquid and then place over the wart. Secure with a bandage. Repeat daily until it dies and comes off, usually a couple of weeks.
Add a capful to raw rice before cooking to help it become nice and fluffy!
Add a small amount to your morning smoothie (it can be quite strong, so ease your way into this according to taste!)
Mix some with sparkling water for a refreshing and cleansing drink
Take a shot of ACV to get rid of hiccups!
ACV will help you to feel fuller longer and help you eat fewer calories, that is of course, if you are eating a healthy diet. An Arizona State University study supported the therapeutic effects of drinking ACV to help to reduce blood sugars. This is particularly useful for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Researchers found that two tablespoons of ACV taken in water just before bed had a significant effect on lowering blood sugar levels by morning. It has also been shown to reduce blood triglycerides, can help increase the good cholesterol and blood pressure, particularly with ingredients like potassium and magnesium.
Ease a cold
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoon of raw honey all into hot water and sip slowly.
Want to try it over a salad? Here’s one way to enjoy it!
Apple Cider Vinegar recipe
¾ cup of coconut aminos
¼ cup ACV
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 and ½ teaspoons of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon of cracked pepper
Combine all in a blender and pour over your preferred salad ingredients. Any salad combo will work well. Try and include cucumber and tomato, the flavours go really well together! Enjoy!