Everyone should have a bottle of Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It is one of nature’s most powerful ingredients that offer health as well as beauty benefits. Though it may be new for many people, its use can be traced back to 400 BC. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used natural ACV to treat many of his patients.
ACV is rich in acetic, citric and malic acids as well as vitamins, enzymes, mineral salts and amino acids. As an antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal agent, it helps treat the common cold, muscle pain, arthritis pain, diabetes, high cholesterol and weight issues.
This all-natural, all-purpose kitchen staple is also becoming a preferred beauty ingredient. However, to enjoy its health and beauty benefits, use only the raw and unfiltered version. This type of ACV is unpasteurized and contains the original enzymes.
- SKIN TONER
Apple cider vinegar is good for people who have oily skin, thanks to its astringent properties. In addition, it is a rich source of alpha hydroxy acids that increase blood flow to the skin and minimize pores. Plus, apple cider vinegar regulates the pH level of your skin.
Apply 50/50 part ACV and purified water to a cotton ball or pad and apply to your face after you shower. It can also be used to cleanse left over residue after removal of make up. The ACV smell will linger for a couple minutes after you apply, but will dissipate and you will no longer smell.
2. KEEPS HAIR HEALTHY & SHINY
According to Dr. Mercola, he states – It takes just a minute or two to give your hair a thorough washing, but when you multiply that by every day, or at least a few times a week, for a lifetime, it adds up to many minutes — and loads of exposure to the chemicals in your shampoo.
During that time, you want to be sure that the shampoo you’re putting onto your scalp is safe and non-toxic for your body, and this will take a bit of due diligence on your part because the majority of shampoos on the market are actually quite toxic. These toxins include: Parabens (preservative), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES), and Dioxane, a byproduct of ethylene oxide which received a “high hazard” rating from EWG’s Skin Deep.
There are no federal regulations for beauty products, including shampoo, so it’s really a buyer beware market.
ACV is just another great way to keep hair healthy, shiny, and away from these types of toxins. It is also great in restoring and keeping pH levels of our hair normal. An easy way I find to apply to hair is by using a measuring cup with part ACV and water to rinse hair off while in the shower.
3. ELIMINATES DANDRUFF
Since ACV is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aid, it’s a perfect tool for not only treating the agony associated with dandruff, but in treating the excess bacteria and yeast-like fungus that make dandruff reoccur as well.
Since apple cider vinegar doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and specifically targets the cause of dandruff, many victims of dandruff find quick and effective relief using ACV in their daily hygiene.
As you use an apple cider vinegar cure for dandruff, you can see positive results within a few days to a week of use, depending on how severe your symptoms are and how you are using ACV to treat your itchy scalp. For the best results, you should use an undiluted version of apple cider vinegar and avoid using non-organic varieties.
4. WHITENS TEETH
Apple cider vinegar acts as a powerful cleansing agent with a very mild action. It also helps to maintain the pH balance in the acidic range, thereby brightening your smile. It is known not only to remove stains to whiten teeth but also to kill gum disease causing bacteria in your mouth.
Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar solution to a cup of water) and gargle in the morning. Brush as usual after you gargle. Do this regularly to get rid of stains on teeth and whiten them.
5. DISINFECTS AND REMOVES FOOT ODORS & SMELLS
Make amazing foot deodorizer wipes by pouring one-cup apple cider vinegar over baby wipes. (Thick single-use size paper towels will also work.) Soak the wipes overnight in the fridge, then store in a zip-lock bag to use as needed. The acids in the apple cider vinegar will alter the pH level of your skin, which fights off bacteria that cause smelly feet. In a pinch, these wipes also make great all-natural underarm deodorizers. Don’t be thrown off by the vinegar smell – it will dissipate once it dries.
6. ASSIST IN WEIGHT LOSS
Turns out, sipping on apple cider vinegar before a meal may help lower your blood sugar, finds new research published in the Journal of Functional Foods. Study participants who drank a tablespoon of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water prior to eating had lower blood glucose levels compared to participants who didn’t consume the tart solution. “Acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch,” says lead study author Carol Johnston, PhD, associate director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.
7. CLEANS AND DISINFECTS YOUR HOME
Apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product. It is the result of fermenting apples to the hard cider stage, then a second fermentation to the vinegar stage. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of molds & 80% of germs (virus).
From removing soap scum, cutting down grease, killing mold, and keeping those windows spotless, ACV is your go-to DIY without all the harsh chemicals. All you need is a spray bottle, water, and the ACV (add some orange or lemon peels for added scent).
8. KEEPS YOUR PETS HEALTHY
When you have a dog suffering from itchy skin or ears, you’ll do just about anything to help. I know I have. And the more things we try, the more we buy… and things start getting expensive. Here are 3 simple ways ACV can help your furry baby.
- Itchy Skin – The best way to apply is by making a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and applying directly onto itchy spots, but NOT open wounds – the vinegar will sting if the wound is raw. If you can’t apply topically and yeast is the main concern, you can feed ACV in your pet’s food or water.
- Ear Cleaner – Clean dirty ears using individual cotton balls soaked in the solution. Swab out the ears until no gunk appears on the cotton ball.
- Flea/Tick Repellant – Before your dog goes out, spray him/her with that 50/50 solution of ACV and water. And for some added oomph, give 2 tablespoons of ACV in your dog’s food or water during flea and tick season. The same acidity in ACV that repels yeast, also repels ticks and fleas.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that nature can come to our rescue when we need it. No appointment necessary! Comment below and tell me other ways you use this magical product.