We have received many queries as to what Raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used for.
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ACV is one of the most amazing things you can own. This great tonic has been used since ancient times to help with numerous different ailments including common colds and infections, kidney stones, high blood pressure, allergies, arthritis and more!
Despite vinegar being acidic by nature, it actually helps to balance your pH levels, which helps support a healthy body, decreasing chronic inflammation and warding off illness.
Below, you have a list of 42 proven benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar you have probably been unaware of:
ACV FOR HEALTH
- Improves digestion:
Apple cider vinegar is high in living enzymes which help to break down food and make digestion easier. As mentioned above, the acid in ACV stirs up the digestive juices and thus ensures an effective digestion. Moreover, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar stimulates mineral absorption, which in turn allows us to get the most of the food we consume.
- Eases the symptoms of a sore throat:
Apple cider vinegar comes with strong antibacterial properties, which mean that it can eliminate dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that lead to the pain and problems in the throat.
If you mix it in combination with raw honey, a strong natural anti-inflammatory and antiviral compound, you can expect to get better results.
So, take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 3 teaspoons of raw, organic honey and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix them in a glass of lukewarm water. Cayenne pepper is used to ease remaining pain.
- Eases heartburn and acid reflux:
Heartburn is a very common problem and it is a consequence of depleted hydrochloric acid. The production of this acid is very low in people who have suboptimal gut flora, which means that they don’t consume enough fermented foods. Taking antibiotics is yet another reason for this as well, as it may destroy natural healthy bacteria.
Stomach acid is a protective measure against microbes but when the stomach pH is high, pathogens may spread around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscles, which in turn allows the food to relax back up the esophagus.
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.
- Relieves sunburn
If you start feeling a need to relief and relax your skin make a hot bath and put two cups of apple cider vinegar. 10 minutes is enough time to bring back your normal pH and start feeling better.
- Soothes burns
Apple cider vinegar works in a similar way when it comes to burns too. 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.
- Treat bruises
Heat up a cup of apple cider vinegar and pour one teaspoon of sea salt in it. It will speed up the healing process of bruises on your body. It should be used on daily basis.
- Cures fungal infections
One of the most common fungal infection is Candida. Candida is a type of parasitic bacteria which causes yeast overgrowth, leading to poor digestion, canker sores, yeast infections, and low energy. Candida overgrowth is typical a result of poor diet which is high in carbohydrates and refined sugar as well as overuse of antibiotics or birth control.
When treating candida, apple cider vinegar and lemon water are one of your best allies. ACV promotes better digestion and balance in acidity/alkalinity, which in turn allows the healthy bacteria to thrive in the gut as they used to.
- Eases sore muscles
Once you are finished with a hard day at work or an intense gym session, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water or just use this mixture externally on the problematic area. If you feel pain all over the body, make a hot bath, pour two cups of apple cider vinegar and stay in the water for 20 minutes.
- Soothe an annoying itch
It seems that there are itches that look like they are not going away, ever. If you want to avoid using polysporin, soak a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and use it on the itch.
- It can help type-2 diabetics and improve insulin sensitivity
Apple cider vinegar aids the body’s efforts to manage glucose metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels. In case you want to control your diabetes take 1 tablespoon ACV with a glass of lukewarm water after meals. According to a study, the consumption of ACV resulted in 35% of decrease of blood sugar levels.
- Keeps sinuses clean
By taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glass of warm water, you will break down the mucus and soothe stuffiness.
- Flows lymph
Experts recommend half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water enriched with lemon in order to support the flow of blood and lymph.
- Improves energy
Adding a small amount of this kind of vinegar in your water will improve your energy level.
- Treats stomach ache
There are many reasons that lead to stomach aches and upset stomach. It turns out that apple cider vinegar is one of the most efficient natural remedies to soothe nausea and stomach ache.
Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of ginger (grated) to make a paste. You can add some raw honey to make it taste better.
- Prevents muscle fatigue after exercising
Mineral and electrolyte depletion are often manifested by muscle fatigue. Taking a tablespoon of diluted apple cider vinegar before a workout ensures that your body has enough electrolyte stores. When the pH of our bodies is balanced, it is easier for them to eliminate excess lactic acid and oxygenate the bodies during working out.
- Allergies and congestion
Besides helping you break up mucus, apple cider vinegar acts as a natural anti-histamine agent as well. Apple cider can alleviate the unpleasant symptoms, whether you are suffering from pet-related, environmental, or seasonal allergies.
- Muscle cramp relief
People who are using folk medicine claim that massage with apple cider vinegar on muscle cramps can significantly lower the pain and intensity.
- Helps in losing weight
Apple cider vinegar can help people who feel sated .You can use half of tablespoon of this vinegar in lukewarm water before each meal in order to suppress appetite.
Taking preventive measures and consuming protective foods into our diets is of utmost importance, given the fact that we are constantly surrounded by toxins. The good news is that ACV contains unique acids which attach to toxins and flush them from the body easily. To release toxins, you can either consume ACV or add it into your bath along with some Epsom salt.
- Soothes gout
One of the best natural remedies when it comes to inflammation is vinegar, which breaks down uric acid that accumulates in the joints and leads to gout. Three tablespoons, three times a day in a glass of water can make a big difference to your health.
- Lowers bad cholesterol and prevents heart diseases
Once the arteries become clogged by bad cholesterol, there is a big risk of cardiac arrest. ACV contains chlorogenic acids which lower bad cholesterol, which in turn prevents its accumulation and crystallization in the bloodstream.
- Prevents bladder stones and UTI
Stones are a result of acidic urine which leads to a formation of crystals out of calcium oxalate, struvite, and uric acid. Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the urine and reduces the risk of formation of these stones. If we take into consideration its ability to stimulate mineral absorption, it is not surprising that this potent ingredient can even break down kidney stones.
ACV AS A NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT
- Bad breath
Besides being embarrassing, bad breath can often indicate a serious health issue. People claim that mixing 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with water and gargling twice daily solves this issue in no time. Moreover, it can be used to remove stains and whiten teeth as well.
- Teeth whitening
You should not use apple cider vinegar directly on your teeth because it can damage the enamel. You can use 3-4 tablespoons of this vinegar in a glass of water and use it as a natural mouthwash. When you are done, use plain water to rinse the mouth again.
- Skin cleanser
If you have oily skin or acne, an amount of apple cider vinegar is here to restore your natural skin pH. You just need to soak a washcloth or cotton bud in a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar and apply it on the face. If you are dealing with sensitive skin, you can remove it after 10 minutes.
- Cures dandruff
To fight off dandruff, combine equal amounts of water and ACV and apply onto the scalp. Let it work for about 1-2 hours and then rinse it off thoroughly. Repeat the procedure at least once a week for optimal results.
- Natural Deodorant
Just wash the problematic area in a regular way and use a towel to dry that area. After that, use diluted or pure (if your skin is not very sensitive) apple cider vinegar and leave it until it gets dry. In this way, you will prevent odour for 24 hours. Apple cider vinegar can also detoxify the armpits from the dangerous substances found in commercial deodorants.
- Age Spots
To treat age spots, simply dab areas with apple cider vinegar and let it work overnight.
- Acne cure
Given the fact that apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of the skin, it can successfully treat acne as well. Dilute apple cider with 2 parts water and apply the solution onto your face with a cotton ball. Repeat the procedure every night and every morning before applying moisturizer.
- Facial toner
Use one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in an equal amount of water and use this mixture on your thoroughly cleaned face with the help of a cotton ball. In case you have very sensitive skin, you should dilute the mixture a little bit more.
Leave it like that until it gets dry and uses coconut oil on top of it. You can use this natural facial toner on a daily basis.
- Powerful hair conditioner
If you are looking for healthy, shiny hair, make a mixture of one cup of water and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and also you can put orange oil. For five minutes you can use this mixture on your shampooed hair, and after that wash your hair and don’t use a commercial conditioner.
- Detoxification bath
If you are looking for calming and regenerative bath, pour one cup of organic apple cider vinegar and one cup of Epsom salt in the water. In case the scent is too strong for you, you can pour ten drops of essential tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you need thorough cleansing, pour a quarter a cup of baking soda too.
- Natural aftershave
If you want to avoid skin rashes after shaving and protect yourself from ingrown hair, create a mixture of one tablespoon of water and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and use it on the face. There is no need to rinse it.
ACV USES AS A HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT
- Preserving Food
Vinegar has been long used as a food preservative as it allowed the people to store their food for an extended period of time. The same method is widely used these days too, allowing people to enjoy their favourite food all year long.
Make pickles with apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, as it gives them specific flavour and adds numerous health benefits.
Make your own cleaning solution by mixing half a cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Clean and disinfect windows, glasses, mirrors, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, and microwaves with this solution.
- Odour removal
Apple cider vinegar has the ability to eliminate odour by eliminating fungi or bacteria that lead to this odour. So, make a combination of half a cup of apple cider vinegar and half a cup of water and spray this mixture in every room. The strong smell of vinegar will remain for an hour and after that, you will feel the freshness of the air in your home.
- Weed eliminator
In case you notice weeds in the lawn, you can rely on vinegar because it can remove weeds in a natural way. Take a bottle of apple cider vinegar, one cup of salt and a small amount of dish soap (without toxic elements).
Begin by adding salt into the spray bottle and pour vinegar over it. Leave space for two inches. Take a spoon with a long handle to mix everything well before the salt gets dissolved. After that, pour one tablespoon of dish soap, seal the bottle and shake it well.
You can use this product when the weather is warm and dry in order to wrap the weeds. The results should come after a few days.
- Remove stains
If you have heavily stained clothes or sheets, pour half a cup of vinegar in your washing machine together with the detergent that you usually use.
KITCHEN USES FOR ACV
- Dish cleaner
Take your dish detergent and pour two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it. This mixture will help you remove grease easily and get rid of stains on glasses.
- Condiment booster
Apple cider vinegar can act as salt to spice up the plate. Use it in marinades, dressing and sauces in order to make them better.
Feel free to use it in broths, soups and even in smoothies.
- Vegetable wash
Vegetables and fruits are usually packed with chemicals and pesticides from the outside and vinegar is able to remove these compounds.
Use an equal amount of water and apple cider vinegar (with the help of a bottle sprayer) on fresh fruits and veggies and after that use, water to rinse them.
- Balance spices
In case you believe that your meal doesn’t taste good because there is a significant amount of cayenne powder in it, just pour one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the taste should be better.