APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Definition: “Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber colour. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed.”
I bought a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar after hearing so many people online raving about the positive effects of the natural product. My first reaction to it was shock from how strong this vinegar smells. However, if you can get past the potent scent then this product can change your internal and external health, which can be life changing. To read all about the uses and benefits of the product, then keep reading.
- Facial Toner: Many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle treatment for acne due to anti-bacterial properties. To use this product as a facial toner it needs to be diluted first as it is very concentrated. The product should be diluted a ratio 1:7 Apple Cider Vinegar and water into a bottle with a pipette. Once the product is diluted, it can be applied to the skin. I apply a good amount to an organic cotton pad/round and rub over the skin for roughly 60 seconds. I like to rinse my skin afterwards to remove most of the product, but that is optional. The scent of this toner is quite strong so bare this in mind.
- Healthy Detox Shot: A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar can be added into a glass of water and drank as a diluted shot. Alternatively, the vinegar mixed with fresh lemon juice, turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper makes for the ultimate detox shot. It is very strong to swallow, but has a lot of health benefits from the vinegar, lemon, and the curcumin in the turmeric.
- Detox Drink: This is similar to the recipe mentioned above. Once you get used to the taste of the vinegar, it can be drank gradually throughout the day as a detox drink. Just add the vinegar into filtered water with some lemon juice and whatever else you’d like: ginger, turmeric, spirulina, or even iced tea.
- Conditioning Hair Rinse: An ACV rinse is a common conditioning method for the Low-Poo/No-Poo method. The PH level of the vinegar is similar to our hairs natural PH and ACV is high in acetic acid, so rinsing with it can help bring the hair to its ideal acidity. To do a vinegar rinse, just add 1/5 of vinegar into a glass and fill with water. Then, after shampooing or using a low-poo method, pour this rinse over wet hair.
- Sunburn Soother: A recommended method for soothing sunburn is to saturate a cloth with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar and apply the cloth to the burnt area for up to 30 minutes. Once the cloth is removed, cover the area with organic, unrefined coconut oil to moisturise.
- Natural Teeth Whitener: Apple Cider Vinegar can be diluted in water and used as a natural mouth wash. Alternatively, rubbing the vinegar directly onto the teeth for 30-60 seconds can remove stains and act as a natural teeth whitener.
- DIY All Purpose Cleaner: Apple Cider or White Vinegar can be used as a natural all purpose cleaner. For a stronger cleaner, mix with Bicarbonate Soda and tea tree essential oil and get spraying.
- Salad Dressing: This is quite an obvious choice for the vinegar. I personally don’t use it as a salad dressing as I find it quite strong, but mix it with some lemon juice and you’re good to go.
For the Skin:
- Naturally kills bacteria on the skin.
- Works as a natural acne treatment.
- Is a natural retinoid.
- Helps with liver detoxification.
- Improves digestion.
- Helps with acid reflux.
- Has powerful healing compounds, which includes acetic acid.
- High potassium and magnesium content.
- Is a probiotic and fosters the growth of good gut bacteria.
- Ability to improve immunity.