This weeks post is a little different. One of the kids stuck some Q-Tips in a bottle of apple cider vinegar (ACV) used for salad dressing and, well, that was the end of that bottle in the kitchen. After chatting about it at Modern Kids Design, we got curious and looked into some of the different ways ACV can be used. While half these suggestions are for internal use, ours is now in the bathroom next to the shampoo. :-)
You probably already know that vinegar is great for natural cleaning, but have you ever used apple cider vinegar for anything other than that or for for cooking? If you haven’t, now’s the time to explore the many benefits of apple cider vinegar. Here are four to start you off.
4 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Healthier Skin
It’s easy to use apple cider vinegar as a natural toner. The ACV will help balance the pH of your skin and help fight acne. To make your own toner, mix one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water. Spritz on face or dab on with a cotton ball after you’ve washed your face as usual. Let dry.
- Shiny Hair
Let apple cider vinegar rejuvenate your hair and balance its pH. By removing product build up, ACV can make your hair shinier and help reduce frizz. Plus, because it’s anti-inflammatory, a nice ACV rinse can help prevent dandruff and soothe an itchy scalp. To make a nice rinse, simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and pour it into a squeeze bottle. Apply it to your hair after you shampoo and condition your hair like normal. Rinse. After your hair has dried, the smell of vinegar will disappear as well. Alternatively, spray your hair with a half apple cider vinegar, half water mix and leave in hair. Dry as you normally would and repeat weekly.
- Digestive Aid
Apple cider vinegar is fermented—just like kombucha and yogurt, two other tummy-friendly treats. Now available in stores as drinking vinegar because of its helpful bacteria that can help reduce gut inflammation and blotting etc. If you aren’t prepared to purchase a drinking vinegar, consider making yourself a nice drink. A popular recipe is to add 2 tablespoons to 12 ounces of water. Then, add your preferred spices and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. A teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper make for a spicy infusion. If you like yours sweet, consider adding some raw honey or another natural sweetener.
- Immune Booster
Drinking some apple cider vinegar during cold and flu season or when you feel like you’re coming down with something can help you fight off viruses. ACV alkalizes your body, which makes it more effective at fighting off those nasty bugs. An ounce or two of ACV when others around you are ill or when you feel the onset of a cold can help strengthen your immune system. If you’re not a fan of the taste, experiment adding it to tea with some honey and lemon.
Apple cider vinegar is known to be antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic—plus, it has antiviral characteristics, too. That means it can work as a natural remedy for numerous problems—from digestion issues to acne and allergies. Some studies even show that it can help with weight loss! If you’re interested in having a daily cup, consider adding some to your tea or come up with a nice drink recipe.
Choosing an Apple Cider Vinegar
To get the full benefits of apple cider vinegar, you’ll want it in its least processed form. That means purchasing raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar. This vinegar will still have all those yummy bacteria ready to help you look and feel your best.
Have you tried any natural apple cider vinegar remedies? Which is your favorite? Let us know! As always, thanks for reading and feel free to reach out and let us know what you'd like to read about on the blog.