If you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry, you may not realize all the different ways you can use it. Holistic and naturopathic health experts, nutritionist, cooks and parents have come up with dozens and dozens of uses for this tangy vinegar and they can help you lead a healthier life.
Here are our six top ways to utilize apple cider vinegar throughout your home and for your health:
1. Bite Remedy -- The worst part about having a bug bite is the itching. Scratching too much can create a larger wound, allowing dirt and germs to get in and potentially cause an infection. Instead, moisten a cotton ball with the vinegar and dab it onto bug bites, like mosquito bites, to reduce inflammation and keep you from scratching.
2. Dandruff Fighter -- Dandruff is the result of dead skin cells being shed too quickly on the scalp. It's a normal process, but can be embarrassing when the amount is more than normal. Using either a spray bottle or a cotton ball, apple apple cider vinegar to the scalp and let set for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, shampoo out to remove debris, fight bacteria and prevent dandruff.
3. Sore Throat Soother -- When you're sick, coughing seems unavoidable, but the more you hack and hack, the more irritated your throat gets. If your throat is scratchy and sore and you have a cough, add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a cup of tea or warm water with honey and lemon juice for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Weight Loss Aid -- If you're not a fan of stimulants or extreme diets but need to shed some pounds, apple cider vinegar is said to boost the metabolism, helping the body burn calories more quickly to lose weight. Advocates of using the vinegar for this purpose will either have a plain shot of the vinegar first thing in the morning, or take it in capsule form.
5. Household Cleaner and Refresher -- When cleaning the surfaces you and your family touch the most, you want to keep things as natural as possible, especially where food is prepared and eaten. Apple cider vinegar can be diluted in water and used as a multipurpose cleaner to remove dirt and germs without the harsh chemicals.
6. Acne Fighter -- Just like apple cider vinegar can reduce inflammation related to a bug bite, it can also help with reducing the size of acne blemishes. This vinegar also has antibacterial and antifungal properties to remove dirt and excess oil. You can use it twice a day, applied with a cotton ball as a toner. You may want to start with using it at night first, since it does have a strong smell.
Of course, apple cider vinegar also works as an amazing flavor booster. That's probably why you always keep it on hand. When you need to add an acidic element to your food, consider using some apple cider vinegar instead of fresh lemons or limes that can be difficult to keep on hand at all times. Add apple cider vinegar to salad dressings or marinades for meat, fish and vegetables or add a dash to your guacamole for extra tang and to prevent browning.
We carry a range of apple cider vinegar products including supplements and bottles of organic vinegar. As with all supplements, it's important to keep your doctor informed if you plan to begin taking apple cider vinegar in supplemental form on a daily basis, especially if you're pregnant, breastfeeding or being treated for a medical condition.
You also need to remember that consuming highly acidic foods, like apple cider vinegar, in too high amounts, can be irritating for the mouth, throat and stomach. Start with small amounts and dilute it if you plan to drink the vinegar and pay attention to how you feel.
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