Apple Cider Vinegar – For Beauty & Beyond!
The Power of Vinegar…..
There are many forms of vinegar from Malt vinegar, I usually use to douse on my fish and chips. White Vinegar, which can always be found in my cupboard under the sink to cater to a number of household needs. From cleaning my windows to throwing into the washing machine draw or drum on a quick spin cycle to sort dirt build up. Balsamic (great for salad dressing), White Wine, Red Wine , Rice, Honey, Cane, Fruit, Sherry, Kiwifruit Vinegar the list goes on..….. Ok I’m rambling, we finally come to Apple Cider Vinegar, the queen of the Vinegar family!
This ‘Elixir’ has all manner of Health and Beauty benefits. I’m not talking the clear kind, but Organic, containing what is known as the Mother. The unheated, unfiltered and unpasterised containing pectin and trace minerals. That’s the unattractive strange floating bits. This of course makes the vinegar cloudy in appearance especially after giving it a shake, which is almost always advisable. I am going to share with you some uses for Apple Cider Vinegar, that I’ve picked up over the years, without a mention of a salad leaf!
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Next time you’re bunged up, grab the apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Additionally, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is said to benefit your lymphatic system by helping to cleanse lymph nodes and break up mucus in the body. Over time this can relieve sinus congestion, reduce colds and alleviate allergies.
Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses .
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% .
Apple pectin fiber, found in the mother of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, soothes the entire gastrointestinal tract, helping to prevent stomach cramps, bloating and wind.
Apple cider vinegar can also be useful as a mild laxative to stimulate peristalsis in cases of occasional constipation. It should not have this effect if your bowel movements are already regular. Your intestinal flora are a big part of your body’s immune system. It makes sense then that improving the conditions for the growth of friendly bacteria with apple cider vinegar can help improve your overall immunity.
The malic acid in ACV is also a strong antiviral, perhaps one of the reasons people often say they experience fewer colds when they take apple cider vinegar in water daily.
For Beauty and Beyond…
Dried Flower Bath Soak or Cleanser
Vinegar is really effective when used with Lavender, Rosemary, Rose, or Elder Flower. Dry any fresh plant material for two days before using.
Measure and mix only dried plant material and then add the vinegar. Prepare the latter in a screw-top jar and leave for 2 weeks, strain, and then bottle (glass). Calendula and Elder Flower
Plant material: 2 oz. Lavender and Rosemary
3 oz. elder flowers
Vinegar: 2 pints Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Macerate: 2 weeks
To use, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider to a cup of filtered or distilled water to wash your face or pour 3-4 tablespoons into a bath.
Lavender, Rosemary and Rosewood bath soak
2 Cups of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar:
Essential Oils: 3-5 teaspoon each lavender and rosemary, 2-5 teaspoon rosewood
Plus: 2 tablespoons glycerin
Mix and store in a glass jar or bottle
For a simple yet effective Toner:
Use 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 parts Filtered or Distilled water. You can decant and store in a glass bottle. Shake well.
Apply to face after cleansing using cotton wool, as you would with other toners. The Apple Cider Vinegar balances and restores your skins PH level. ACV is antiseptic and antibacterial it clears away excess oils and make up. It’s shocking how well it works, especially after you’ve cleansed and think your face is clean!! Once your face is air dried apply the moisturiser of your choice. Use morning and night or whenever you wash your face. Store your bottle in a cool, dry place for the next time.
Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Face Mask/Scrub
The natural ingredients needed for this face mask are:
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tsps Green Tea
5 tsps Brown Sugar (it’s soft)
1 tsps Natural Raw Honey
Take a bowl and put the Apple Cider Vinegar in it. Add the cooled green tea, Sugar and Honey. Mix all the ingredients well to make a uniformly consistent mixture. If needed add more sugar and stir to make it thick enough to apply.
Apply the mask on your face with fingers and massage it gently for a few minutes to slough off the dead skin cells. The sugar in this acne facial mask acts as a natural exfoliant to break the scar tissues and unclog skin pores. Let the mask sit on your face for 10 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. You can use this facial mask for acne twice a week. If you suffer from Back Acne, this is also a good one just increase the amounts….
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discolouration.
If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn’t do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odour-causing bacteria.
Make amazing foot deodorizer wipes by pouring one-cup apple cider vinegar over baby wipes. (Thick single-use size paper towels will also work.) Soak the wipes overnight in the fridge, then store in a zip-lock bag to use as needed. The acids in the apple cider vinegar will alter the pH level of your skin, which fights off bacteria that cause smelly feet. These wipes with a few drops of Lavender or Rosemary oil also make great all-natural underarm deodorisers. Don’t be thrown off by the vinegar smell – it will dissipate once it dries.
Apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment. Yep! The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
These are just a few uses for wonderful Apple Cider Vinegar. If you’ve only used AVC on salads, at least try one of these suggestions. Once you have a decent bottle containing the ‘Mother’ in the house…You can really start to experiment! It really is worth it.