One amazing, multi-purpose, natural product that no household should be without is organic apple cider vinegar. There are so many uses for this nutritious elixir that it is difficult to list them all.
In order to enjoy the best quality product, and all the benefits that accompany it, go for organic, unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar. It is made by the simple process of crushing apples, squeezing out the juice, and adding bacteria and yeast cultures to kickstart the fermentation process.
A quality apple cider vinegar will appear cloudy, with a web-like substance floating inside, known as the mother of vinegar. While it may look a little strange, it is filled with nutrients and beneficial bacteria. The clear apple cider vinegar that you may find on store shelves has had much of the goodness pasteurized out.
The following are just seven of the virtually endless uses of organic apple cider vinegar.
Soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and apply to sunburnt skin – it will instantly soothe your skin and help the burn to heal faster.
If you or anyone in your family is afflicted with a sore, raspy throat, add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water, and use it to gargle. Then (for adults), swallow one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water (about six ounces), and drink before meals to ease heartburn.
Combine about a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of water, and use as a mouthwash after you brush. This will destroy harmful (and odor-causing) bacteria in your mouth and help break down plaque.
Splash a bit of apple cider vinegar into your palms, and rub under your arms. This will help to kill bacteria, and keep body odors at bay.
Flea and tick protection
Our pets are family members too, and apple cider vinegar has them covered. Add one part apple cider vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle, and spray it generously on your dog or cat’s coat – making sure to avoid the eyes – to help protect against fleas and ticks. Repeat several times a week during flea season.
Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into about 16 ounces of water in a bottle, and sip it throughout the day. This practice is linked to fending off cravings, lowering cholesterol levels and even helping to reduce stubborn belly fat deposits.
Drinking water with a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar throughout the day also has other nutritional benefits besides weight loss. This vinegar contains important enzymes, is rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, and helps the body attain an alkaline pH.
Along with the above-listed uses, apple cider vinegar is linked to reducing system-wide inflammation, thereby reducing the risk of many chronic ailments, improving allergy symptoms, aiding in digestion, and clearing up skin conditions such as acne.
Note: Before giving apple cider vinegar to children, especially young children, check with a health professional to make sure it is safe for their individual state of health.
All in all, apple cider vinegar is something you don’t want to be without in your home. To learn more about this amazing gift from nature and 81 more ways how it can improve your health and wellbeing, click here.
-The Alternative Daily