Apple Cider Vinegar: why everyone should have it in their kitchen, beauty bag, medicine cabinet and cleaning cupboard
Apple cider vinegar, cider vinegar, or ACV as health foodies like to call it, has been used for hundreds of years. It was originally used just for its healing properties, but it can also be incorporated into your everyday beauty and cleaning regime. Put simply, the stuff is awesome and if you read on you’ll see why.
ACV is made from the liquid of crushed apples which is then fermented until it turns into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar was largely used for its many health benefits and it has even been said that Hippocrates used it to heal his patients.
Some of the health benefits of ACV include:
- It contains vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B6, E and provitamin beta-carotene;
- It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron and silicon;
- It aids in weight loss by helping control your appetite and sugar cravings. Try having a teaspoon in warm water before each meal;
- It helps digestion and can ease constipation due to the acid in it which helps break down food that may be hard to digest. It also helps kickstart a sluggish digestive system;
- It helps balance the body’s alkaline levels;
- It helps prevent the flu and also relieves sinus pressure and fights infections;
- It has anti inflammatory properties which can be very helpful for people with arthritis;
- Helps to relieve gout, asthma and allergy symptoms;
- It’s a great detox aid;
- Helps increase energy;
- Helps you to sleep better when taken with warm water and honey before bed;
- Helps treat and prevent eczema; for this you can drink it, but also having a bath with 2 cups of ACV will help reduce eczema;
- Disinfects wounds and soothes bug bites;
- Helps to relax sore muscles when used in place of massage oil; and
- It can get rid of warts. Soak a cotton ball in ACV, put it on the wart with a band aid, leave overnight and continue until it is gone.
How to incorporate it into your routine
To improve health
As a general rule try and have 2 teaspoon a day. A great way to have it is with lemon juice and hot water every morning.
Another way to get ACV into your diet is by adding it to salad dressings. My personal favourite is 1 tablespoon ACV, juice of half a lemon, 3 teaspoons olive oil and some salt and pepper.
Inexpensive Beauty product
Now to my favourite part how you can use ACV as an inexpensive beauty product:
- For shiny bouncy dandruff free hair use 1 tablespoon of ACV with 2 cups of water and rinse your hair with it in place of conditioner after shampooing. Do this 1-2 times a week.
- Use it as a toner to balance your skin’s PH levels by soaking a cotton ball in 2 teaspoons ACV mixed with 4 teaspoons water. Wipe it over your face every night and follow it with moisturiser. You may notice that any acne scars on your face will start to fade.
- Mix a few teaspoons with your body cream to give you smooth skin.
- Use it as an aftershave to soothe the skin. Mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 2 tablespoons water and splash it on the shaved area.
- Got sunburn? Add 1 cup ACV to your bath to help relieve the pain.
- Remove stains from your teeth by rubbing it onto the affected tooth, then rinse.
- If you have swollen hands or feet, massage them with ACV and the swelling should soon go down.
- To remove toenail fungus soak your toes in 1 cup APV and 1 cup of water every day until it starts to subside.
Household cleaning agent
ACV is great to use as a cleaning product as it is chemical free but still works as an antibacterial agent. Some ways you can use it are:
- Floor cleaner – Just mix 1 cup of ACV with water in your mop bucket and clean away.
- Bathroom and kitchen cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with ½ cup ACV and water and use it to remove and prevent mould and any grime build up.
- Drain Cleaner – Mix ½ cup of salt and ½ cup baking soda together and pour it down the drain, then follow it by 1 cup of ACV. These ingredients will work together to break down the blockage. Follow it with water after about 3 hours.
- Use it to clean your fruit and vegetables by soaking them in the sink filled with water and 1 cup of ACV.
So there you have it – the many, many uses and benefits of ACV. Leave a comment if you know of or have any other uses for it that haven’t been mentioned already.