Apple cider vinegar is a staple item that has been around for hundreds of years. It is claimed to be filled with healing properties for all kinds of diseases and health issues. Not all claims are supported by scientific evidence, yet people continue to swear by these remedies.
Apple cider vinegar is said to cure jellyfish stings, asthma, yeast infections, constipation, sinus problems, cramps, diarrhea, depression, gallstones and kidney stones, and headaches. Some claim that it slows down the progression of arthritis. Others use it on skin conditions such as boils, and claim that it kills staph and other bacteria.
To get rid of bad breath, add 1/2 tbsp to a cup of water and gargle for ten seconds at a time until cup is empty. Some also claim this will benefit a sore throat.
Mixing 2 or 3 tspn's of apple cider vinegar to 8 oz of water is said to reduce the flow of heavy periods. This is also believed to be helpful in diminishing morning sickness.
Get rid of feet odor by adding 1/3 cup of vinegar to a foot bath and soak for 15 minutes per week. Or mix a foot bath of half vinegar, half water to cure athlete's foot.
Apply bandages soaked in apple cider vinegar to warts over night, and replace in the morning with castor oil soaked gauze. At night alternate ACV with crushed garlic and vitamin E.
Drinking two tsp of vinegar in a glass of water before meals is believed to prevent acid reflux and heartburn.
If you suffer from allergies try try mixing 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water and drink three times a day when allergy symptoms start to flare up. This is also believed to thin mucus and help with sinus infections.
For gout relief, mix one tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp distilled water, and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. When taken twice a day after meals it is said that swelling, aches, and pain will be gone within one week.
Using a 50/50 mixture is believed to help diaper rash by killing the bacteria, and also to relieve eczema when the mixture is applied to problem skin areas. Some also claim this mixture will take away pain and swelling from areas affected by poison oak or poison ivy.
To help get a restful night's sleep some claim by taking 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of honey twenty minutes before bed it will help you sleep.
For fatigue mix 2 tbsp of honey and one tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink one glass in the morning and one before bed.
Some studies have shown that apple cider vinegar lowers glucose levels in diabetes patients, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure, and that it may be able to kill cancer cells or at least slow its growth.
Other uses of apple cider vinegar include its use as a flea repellent. Mix a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar and spray on furniture and pets. Rub into the skin of the pet. Some claim by adding a miniscule amount to your pets water also aids in keeping away fleas.
Some use apple cider vinegar as a disinfectant by mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water. Others use it as a face wash mixing one part vinegar to wo parts water and apply to face using a cotton ball. There are also claims of using ACV as a hair rinse to seal dead ends and give hair a shiny appearance by mixing 1/2 tbsp of vinegar and one cup of water. It is also believed to heal sunburn by adding one cup of vinegar to the bath and soaking for ten minutes. Some use ACV as a detox agent, by drinking 2 tsp vinegar mixed in one liter of water.
There is no official recommendation on how to administer apple cider vinegar. When ingesting the vinegar, most people mix 2 tbsp of vinegar with a glass of water. Some can not stand the taste, even when mixed. These people can still benefit by taking apple cider supplements in capsule form.
Raw apple cider vinegar has several nutrients that promote good health. Potassium prevents brittle teeth, hair, and helps to prevent runny nose. Pectin regulates blood pressure and helps lower bad cholesterol. Malic acid is considered an anti viral, anti bacterial, and anti fungal property. Calcium promotes strong bones and teeth. Ash helps the body maintain proper pH levels. Acetic acid slows down digestion of starch and lowers glucose levels.
Always rinse out your mouth after consuming apple cider vinegar to prevent prolonged contact of vinegar on the enamel of teeth.
Critics argue that nutrient amounts are so minimal in apple cider vinegar that no benefits are actually received by the body. They also believe that the acid in the stomach would eat up any nutrients before the body could absorb them properly.
People who are allergic to apples should avoid apple cider vinegar. Use caution when applying to skin as it can cause scarring. Excessive dosing may cause damage to the stomach and liver. Undiluted ACV may damage the esophagus and digestive tract. Drinking ACV may cause damage to tooth enamel. Taking high amounts for a long period of time may lower potassium levels.
According to many faithful users, apple cider vinegar works for nearly everything. Use caution and stick to small doses.
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be safe in food amounts and for short term medical use. Not enough is known about using apple cider vinegar while pregnant or breastfeeding, so it is best not to use during this time. If supplementing with ACV to lower glucose levels, be sure to keep a check on levels in case insulin amount need to be altered. The vinegar may also cause a reaction with certain medications, so it's always best to speak with your doctor before trying any new remedies.