Wellness Wednesday: 10 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
If you haven’t incorporated this powerhouse remedy into your daily routine yet, the time is now! Long touted for its overall health benefits, it has gained widespread acceptance in the health community as a natural beauty enhancer and antibiotic replacement for sickness, skin disorders, high blood pressure and more. Here are 10 ways to start using apple cider vinegar today.
Ditch your expensive, store bought toner and mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water for the perfect all natural, skin solution. Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and known to help acne, but it also works to balance the pH levels of your skin so that it’s at the optimal level between dry and oily. Reduce red marks, blemishes and improve your overall complexion by applying the mixture with a cotton pad before moisturizing.
Go eco-friendly by making your own all-purpose cleaner with apple cider vinegar. Dilute with one cup of water and let it go to work on kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, windows and mirrors. It can also be used as a dish detergent substitute or carpet stain remover when combined with baking soda.
Soothe a Sunburn
Spend a little too much time in the sun? Use apple cider vinegar to ease the pain and prevent blistering and peeling. Dab it on with a cotton pad or pour two cups into a warm bath and let the antiseptic properties work their magic.
Weight Loss Aid
Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily to help lose weight and detoxify your body. Not only is it a natural appetite suppressant, but it boosts your metabolism and helps block fat absorption in the small intestine. Due to the acidity, it can be hard on your enamel so be sure to dilute it with water before consuming.
Mix apple cider vinegar with water and pour the mixture on your hair to help remove product residue and build up for ultra soft strands. Besides increased body and shine, it helps restore the natural pH balance of your hair while fighting dandruff.
Skin Problem Cure
In addition to acne, apple cider vinegar can work to help other skin conditions such as dermatitis, warts and psoriasis. Depending on the severity of the issue, it may be beneficial to leave the treatment on for an extended period. Looking to get rid of a wart? Fasten a soaked cotton ball onto the wart overnight and it should fall off within the next couple days.
Fight Sickness and Allergies
Use its antiseptic and antimicrobial powers to fight colds, the flu, sore throats and allergies. Taking it daily can help build up your immune system to fight bugs and also breaks up mucus within the body while cleansing your lymph nodes. Got a sore throat? Gargle apple cider vinegar for instant relief.
Add flavor and a boost of nutrients to your favorite dressings, sauces, dips and anything that calls for vinegar as an ingredient. You can also add it to your morning tea as a detox agent.
There’s nothing worse than a pet with fleas. Instead of masking the problem with chemical solutions, save money and go natural by applying apple cider vinegar to their skin with a cotton ball or misting their fur with a spray bottle to fight off these pesky guys.
Lower High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Amongst its many healing properties, the vinegar has also been said to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol due to its ability to balance the body’s pH level. Before going on medications for these health issues, try the natural route and consume daily.
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