Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a home remedy for a variety of ailments. Recorded use of vinegar has been dated back to 5000 B.C. in Babylonia. During biblical times, it was used both as a preserving agent and to flavor foods. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (the Father of Modern Western Medicine) would prescribe apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of illnesses. And legend has it that Cleopatra won a wager with the Roman general Mark Anthony in 40 B.C., when after a lavish meal, she dissolved a priceless pearl in vinegar and drank the resulting solution…proving that she could provide a feast for the two of them that would cost a fortune! Here are 9 amazing uses for apple cider vinegar that don’t involve the disintegration of expensive jewelry.
Thanks to the acetic acid, adding apple cider vinegar to water helps with weight loss. It detoxes your liver, reduces heartburn, and combats candida overgrowth.
For you hair
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water. Use after you shampoo for shiny, soft hair. As you rinse, it helps remove build up from other hair products.
For the garden
Add 1 part apple cider vinegar to 8 parts water. Pour into a spray bottle and use as a natural weed killer.
For a bad sunburn
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into your bath and soak. It works to soothe sunburn and provide relief. For added burn relief, use coconut oil post-bath to moisturize severely burned skin.
For your face
Create a toner using 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water. It serves as a natural way to tighten the skin and reduce acne breakouts.
Freshen up and disinfect
Dilute 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. It will clean surfaces while acting as a natural deodorizer, leaving your home with a happy smell of apples.
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water. Pour into a spray bottle and gently spritz your pet’s fur. It works as a flea repellant and leaves their coat nice and shiny.
Use apple cider vinegar to gently wash your produce. Add 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. It will keep your produce fresh while removing dirt and pesticides.
Just one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle is known to cure a bout of pesky hiccups.
Whiten your teeth
Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of water and gargle every morning. ACV helps remove stains while cleaning the mouth and gums.
Beat sore muscles
Lactic acid buildup following exercise causes sore muscles and fatigue. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to 8 ounces of cold water for some quick relief. You can even rub ACV directly on the sore muscles to reduce cramping.
Soothe an upset stomach
Feeling a little nauseous? Try this digestion “mocktail.” Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger water, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 8 ounces of water. Pour over ice and enjoy.
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