February 08, 2018
An In-cider Look with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made of high-quality fermented apples that go through a rigorous process. The health benefits of ACV are intensive. They are packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
AVC helps deep clean your digestive area when taken orally, leaving the blood cleansed by the oxidation process. Not only is it good for digestion and detox, it is also a strong cancer remedy, as the beta-carotene acts an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals. The amino acid and pectin content acid in alcoholic apple cider regulates your cholesterol level.
Proven by scientific evidence, ACV is a wonder medicine known to help diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and weight loss. As well as its many more areas of use for home and natural beauty!
I’m sure you’ve all used it to dress your salad, but did you also know ACV is known as one of the strongest antimicrobial substances out there, known to disinfect as well as bleach, but with zero harmful properties? Your house will love you once you learn the wonders of ACV.
There literally almost isn’t a single purpose you can’t use ACV for, as it is totally safe and will not harm you or your belongings. It is commonly combined with baking soda, lemon, coconut oil, olive oil, castile soap, salt, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel etc. for cleaning purposes (also natural beauty!).
A word of warning - if combined with baking soda, the bacterial killing ability will decline due to the natural alkaline state of the baking soda. This combo is great for unclogging drains or cleaning the oven, but if cleaning an area where food is involved, it is better to avoid mixing the two.
Raise your hand if you are one of the teens who remembers scrunching your nose up at the stench of ACV because you had to apply it to your skin (mixed with water but still felt the smell hugging your face!) to minimize our least favorite BFF - acne.
If you did not do this, are you also the lucky one who got away with not using it to rinse your hair to manage frizzy and unmanageable hair? Turns out mamma wasn’t wrong after all and all the scrunching was worth it. My hair is today as shiny as a new dime, it’s the perfect conditioner rinse, for your hair.
It is also well known for its hair calming and cleaning abilities. It is often used alongside a baking soda no-poo wash, where the ACV conditioner rinse is applied after to the scalp and hair.
A powerful remedy, it not only cleans your hair, but also gives it more shine, detangles, stimulates hair growth, balances hair and scalp pH, treats dandruff, and reduces hair loss and split ends. If you are bothered with dandruff or itchy scalp, ACV is your friend. It will literally destroy the bacteria and fungi creating the problem. It’s a pure miracle worker.
The recipe and method?
1 cup alkaline water, 2 tablespoons ACV, a few drops essential oil of choice (optional).
Shake to blend and pour on hair and massage into scalp. Leave on for a couple of minutes, rinse and voila - healthy shiny hair!
Speaking of rinsing, let’s not forget how it can benefit your washing machine and wallet! No more need for nasty expensive chemicals. A splash of ACV in your washing machine rinse cycle (I love adding some essential oils too for nice smells!) will leave your clothes soft, smooth, crease-free and fresh in no time. Your wallet and Mother Earth will thank you too. Win-win.
It is here worth mentioning that most use white vinegar for washing purposes, as it is cheaper. There is a cleaning vinegar on sale which states it is not for food consumption, but I prefer having a multipurpose vinegar on hand, white and ACV.
WikiHow has a wonderful page on the topic outlining all the possible uses of vinegar when washing clothes, outlining anything from using it for pre-washing/soaking stains, instead of washing powder/liquid, as a fabric softener, bleaching clothes naturally without chemicals (along with lemon and borax), stopping colours from fading, as well as preventing static and lint, removing soapy buildup on clothes (often shown as yellow stains on white) and cleaning your washing machine.
Fast forward today, are you still avoiding Apple Cider Vinegar? Maybe you shouldn’t. Although natural beauty products laced with ACV might have a slight smell lingering for a few seconds after application, the benefits for your skin and hair far outweigh this slight inconvenience. And now all grown up, the smell is perhaps not really as bad as you remember?
AVC can be taken as a tonic by drinking one tablespoon. This is most helpful for your bowel and weight loss. Many use this along with one teaspoon baking soda and lemon in the morning, to balance the body pH, and create a natural medicine 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
When combined with lemon, honey, cinnamon and alkaline water, you have the perfect recipe to detox your body. This will help you lose weight, control appetite, improve digestion, detoxify your body and improve your immune system.
DETOX RECIPE (hot or cold)
○ 2tbsp ACV
○ 2tbsp Lemon Juice
○ 1tbsp Honey
○ 1tsp Cinnamon
○ 1 glass Alkaline Water
○ 1tbsp Honey
○ 1tsp Cinnamon
○ 1 glass Alkaline Water
As a natural beauty remedy it can be used as a toner mixed with alkaline water, or mixed with green tea as a facial toner or with green tea and honey as acne face mask. Using ACV as a toner restores the glow of your skin by restricting dilation of pores.
Let’s not forget our loyal furry four legged friends. ACV can be used to clean litter pan as well as washing and rinsing your dog, as an effective way to treat it’s infections, and to repel insects and ticks living in their body.
As with everything, do your own research, make sure that you are getting high quality ACV from your trusted grocery stores, health food stores or markets. High quality may cost a little more, but it will also provide the high quality results that your body needs.
Don’t settle for what’s available, use your resources and go online to research where you can get the real stuff, the good high quality stuff. The best ACV’s are the raw cloudy ones, where you see the ‘mother’, the fermented starter, still inside it.
Here’s to good health and invigorated living!