Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been around for centuries with its use dating back to as early as 5000 BC. Growing up, we always saw this vinegar around the house but I never truly appreciated its true value until I was much older. When referring to “raw” Apple cider vinegar, I am referring to the unpasteurized version that contains “the mother” in the vinegar. The “mother” often resembles a stringy like substance at the bottom of the bottle, confirming that you have the high quality good stuff which is loaded with enzymes and has not been heat treated.
When it comes to the plethora of health benefits of this super tonic, the list is endless. For the most part, many consume approximately 1 – 2 Tbsp. of ACV daily and experience many of its benefits, me included 😉 ACV can also be applied topically for certain skin issues and of course is a great addition to many dishes. Here are a few of my favourite uses for ACV that you can enjoy as well:
- Helps alleviate stomach troubles by battling bad bacteria with its antibiotic properties.
- Helps cure hiccups.
- Helps relieve a sore throat: Mix ACV, hot water, lemon and a dash of cinnamon
- Helps combat indigestion issues.
- Helps improve digestion and acid reflux by increasing stomach acid, which is usually lacking with these issues.
- Helps break up and clear mucus in the body.
- Its antibacterial properties make it great for helping with infection in the body.
- Helps battle candida in the body (the bad yeast).
- Natural weight loss aid: acetic acid in ACV helps increase metabolism, reduces water retention and suppresses your appetite.
- Natural dandruff treatment when applied to the scalp. ½ c water with ¼ c ACV, spray on scalp, leave on for 20 minutes then rinse.
- Helps treat acne: equal parts water with equal parts ACV dabbed on face with a cotton ball.
- Natural energy booster.
- Helps reduce muscle cramping: ACV is high in potassium so mixing 2 Tbsp. ACV with warm water then consuming can do the trick!
- Helps eliminate bad breath. Gargle equal parts water with ACV.
- Natural tooth whitener. Apply a drop or two to your toothbrush when brushing or swish around a small amount in your mouth.
- Helps maintain an alkaline pH level in the body when consumed.
- It’s anti- inflammatory properties help fade bruising when added to a compress.
- Helps control blood sugar when consumed.
- Increases hair shine: Add 1 Tbsp. ACV to 2 cups cold water and add to hair after shampooing – do not rinse.
- Great natural skin toner: apply diluted ACV to face with cotton swab.
- Can be used as a natural aftershave: 1 part water + 2 parts purified water.
- By balancing pH levels, it also helps your body’s natural detoxifying organs.
- Natural bug repellent for your pest: equal parts water and ACV sprayed to pets fur.
- Helps remove warts and/or skin tags: saturate a cotton swab and leave on wart overnight (cover with a Band-Aid). Repeat until it falls off.
- Natural household cleaner due to high antimicrobial properties. Add diluted ACV to spray bottle and clean surfaces as normal.
- Great fruit and veggie wash: add ¼ cup ACV to 3 cups water and soak produce in the solution then rinse/wipe.
- Helps treat foot fungus: add ACV to a foot soak or wipe feet down with ACV on a cotton swab.
- Natural odor eater: ACV’s properties allow it absorb odor both in your home and on your body. Add a Tbsp. to a bowl with water in your home to clear out any funky smells or a dab a bit under your pits when you forgot to bring the deodorant that day 😉
- It is a KEY ingredient when making homemade bone broth: the vinegar helps pull all the vital minerals from the bones into the stock. I never make stock/bone broth without it.
- Adds zip to homemade dip, sauces and dressings.
Note: If this is your first time using Apple Cider Vinegar, it’s best to start with a small amount and work your way up to 1-2 Tpsp. doses. As always, use your discretion ☺
Have you had a great experience with ACV or have a “secret recipe” with ACV that does the trick? I would love to hear about it! Leave your comment below ☺