The medicinal properties of apple cider vinegar, one of the most versatile kitchen ingredients, have been known since long ago. Its powerful antiseptic properties are extremely efficient in treatment of wounds, bruises and even prophylactic cleansing.
There’s a list of 25 different uses of ACV below, along with information on how you can save money when buying it.
ACV can be used instead of cleaning products and weed killers, which are full of toxic chemicals.
1. Non-toxic alternative
Raw, unfiltered ACV is abundant in beneficial bacteria, which lack in refined ACV. It’s these bacteria that make apple cider vinegar one of the best household cleaners. You can efficiently eliminate toxins, bacteria and dirt by mixing water and ACV in equal ratio and spraying this solution on any surface in the house. And you needn’t worry about the smell as it disappears as soon as the vinegar dries off.
2. Weed killer
A powerful weed killer, ACV is more efficient than the toxic glyphosate. Simply blend half a cup of ACV, ¼ cup of salt and ½ cup of dish soap. As this solution is really strong and kills any weed it’s sprayed on, make sure to protect your garden flowers.
3. Eliminates odors
Apple cider vinegar is equally efficient in eliminating household odors. No matter where the odor comes from, just place a dish of ACV nearby and the odors will soon disappear.
ACV is abundant in medicinal properties that can improve your health on many levels.
4. Reducing serum blood glucose
According to a recent study on the effects of ACV on lipid levels in rats, ACV significantly reduces triglycerides, as well as HDL and ADL levels, thus stopping the onset of diabetes. In the four-week study the rats were fed on a diet that included ACV. The results revealed that the HbA1C levels of the diabetic rats decreased significantly. HbA1C is a test which measures the plasma glucose levels over a period, and is more reliable for diagnosing diabetes than testing the blood sugar levels. The results of the study clearly show that ACV can successfully lower blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes.
5. Weight loss
ACV is also beneficial for weight loss owing to its ability to make you feel full longer, and this is very important for weight loss. According to research, the acetic acid in ACV reduces the accumulation of fat. However, many shun from this ingredient due to its pungent flavor. ACV can be used in many ways – diluted with some water or as an addition to juices and salads.
6. Lowers cholesterol
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that ACV reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels in lab rats. During the study, the rats were fed on a high cholesterol diet which also included ACV.
7. Detoxifying the body
Among other things, ACV is a powerful antioxidant that efficiently eliminates free radicals and toxins from the body. A glass of ACV in the morning is all you need to detox your body, stimulate your metabolism and promote weight loss.
8. Clears sinuses
This common kitchen ingredient is extremely beneficial for reducing mucus and cleaning your sinuses. Plus, the antimicrobial properties it has prevent infections and colds. Sip some ACV diluted with water alleviate breathing.
9. Relieves sore throat
You can easily relieve your sore throat by gargling some warm apple cider vinegar. For this, mix water and ACV in equal ratio and gargle the solution several times a day. This won’t only reduce the inflammation, but it will also relieve your sore throat.
10. Improves digestion
You can easily treat indigestion or stomach problems by drinking a mixture of ACV and some water or juice. According to health experts, apple cider vinegar has strong antibiotic effects, and is helpful in cases of intestinal spasms owing to the pectin it contains.
11. Itchy or sunburnt skin
If your skin is itchy because of a bug bite, poison ivy or a jellyfish sting, apply some ACV on it. Plus, you can easily relieve pain from sunburns by soaking in a bath to which you have previously added a cup of ACV.
12. Removes warts
To remove warts, soak a cotton ball in some ACV and apply it regularly on the affected area until the wart falls off. ACV is extremely beneficial for treatment of warts.
13. Post-exercise energy drink
The amino acids in ACV can effectively eliminate the effects of lactic acid that forms in the body after a workout. To prevent muscle pain after exercise, drink some ACV diluted in water.
ACV can also be used for personal hygiene and body care:
14. Shiny, flake free hair
To provide your hair with an irresistible shine and softness, rinse it with apple cider vinegar once a week. ACV will not only balance the pH levels of the scalp, but the acid content will also clean up any residue from hair-styling products you use. To make ACV hair rinse, mix 1/3 cup of ACV with 4 cups of water and rinse your hair with it after shampooing and rinsing it with water. In case you need dandruff treatment, make a mixture of ACV and water and spray your scalp with it two times a week. Leave this to act for an hour before you wash your hair as usual.
15. Facial toner\cleanser
ACV is also an excellent facial and body cleanser due to its strong antiseptic properties. ACV works on two levels – it prevents break-outs and it restores skin’s pH balance. What you do is dilute some ACV in water and apply it on your skin with a cotton ball.
Body deodorants are often full of chemicals that pose a real health threat. ACV, on the other hand, can naturally eliminate the bacteria that cause body odor. Simply apply some ACV on your armpits. The smell is nothing to worry about as it will evaporate as soon as the vinegar dries off.
17. Fades bruises
Treat bruises and cuts with some apple cider vinegar in order to reduce discoloration and relieve inflammation.
18. Whitens teeth
Disinfect your mouth and whiten your teeth by swishing some ACV in your mouth. Don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards. ACV is extremely beneficial for destroying all oral bacteria.
19. Eliminate bad breath
As ACV can eliminate all bacteria in your mouth, it can also kill those that cause bad breath. Simply gargle some ACV to eliminate bad breath and improve your oral health.
20. Stop smelly feet
As mentioned before, ACV can successfully eliminate odors, which also applies to smelly feet. Just wipe your toes and feet with a towel soaked in ACV to fight the bacteria and odor. Or, soak your feet in a mixture of ACV and water to balance the pH levels and eliminate the smell.
Last, but not least, ACV can be added to your favorite dishes and recipes.
It’s really recommended to mix ACV with other juices as undiluted ACV can damage your tooth enamel and your throat. You can mix it with any juice, and apart from the health benefits it gives you, it also adds flavor to your drinks.
Add some ACV to your baking to fluff it up. ACV will lift the dough for cookies, cakes and sweets, but it won’t be discernible when the goods are baked.
Enhance your barbecue sauce with some ACV to give it a tangier and more distinct flavor. You can also add ACV in your favorite marinades or condiments.
ACV is the perfect addition to salads. Add some of it along with olive oil to your favorite salads.
Add plain soups some ACV to improve their taste.
Note: Raw organic apple cider vinegar is the best to use as it comes with abundance of beneficial bacteria and from organic apples that haven’t been chemically treated.
Source: Healthy Life Land