Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle liquids. There are hundreds and hundreds of different things apple cider vinegar can be used for. For our health, healing, cooking, cleaning, washing, the list goes on. For short we like to call it ACV.
ACV should always be Raw and Unfiltered with the ‘mother’ for best results.
I have compiled 15 uses for Apple Cider Vinegar that you may not have ever thought of or known about. I have personally had positive results from all 15 methods.
Make fried potatoes
I have Irish heritage so I cannot stay away from delicious potatoes. I only just found out this one and had to try it and WOW, they are amazing. All you do is; slice the potatoes, soak in 1 part ACV, 1 part water for 30-60 minutes then shallow fry in your oil or fat of choice. Sprinkle with sea salt and you are in chip heaven! If you really love vinegar you can also sprinkle on top after cooking too.
Relieve Leg cramps
It is said if you drink ACV with honey before bed it can help ease night time leg cramps. A cause of leg cramps can be that you are low in potassium. ACV is high in potassium so having a drink high in potassium may give your body what it needs. Mix 1-2tbs of ACV and 1tbs of honey in warm water and drink before bed.
Let me tell you first, the smell will disappear. You’re not going to smell like rotten apples all day. This is a super simple solution for a deodorant. I actually do this when I need an underarm detox. Even when using a natural deodorant, our bodies need rebalancing on occasion.
For the deodorant, make a mixture of 1:1 ACV and water. Dip a reusable make up cloth, cotton cloth or cotton ball (be careful as cotton balls soak up A LOT) into the mixture. Squeeze out if dripping. Swipe under your arms a few times. Once the ACV has dried on your underarms you won’t smell like a salad anymore.
Soak in a bath
Did you know our skin is our largest organ? When soaking in a bath with ACV, your body is able to absorb all the beneficial nutrients and vitamins. Soaking in a bath can help balance your skin’s pH levels, fight any fungus, yeast or bacteria, reduce body odour and leave your skin and body feeling fresh and revitalised. Pour 1-2 cups of ACV in a warm bath and soak it up!
Conditioning hair rinse
Even when using a completely natural shampoo, occasionally you will need to do an ACV rinse to realign you hair’s pH.
Make your hair shiny again
Define curls and reduce frizz
Stimulate hair growth and Reduce hair loss
Unclog hair follicles
🚿How to make the rinse
1. Mix one cup of water with three Tbsp of ACV.
2. After shampooing hair and rinsing, slowly pour the ACV mixture over your entire scalp, allowing it to run down the length of your hair (be careful not to get it in your eyes ).
3. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave in for one to two minutes, rinse out.
We recommend using a Natural Shampoo which wont strip your natural oils.
For your dog’s coat
Did you know that ACV also does wonders on your dog’s coat?
Leave the coat smooth and shiny
Relieve irritated or itchy skin
Get rid of doggy dandruff
After using a gentle and natural shampoo, use ACV on their coat. No need for conditioners after using this.
How to use ACV for your pooch
Rinse their coat with 3 Tbsp ACV to 1 cup water and rinse over the coat, leave for a few min then rinse with water for a smooth, dandruff free coat or to relieve itchiness. For fleas, use the same ratios in a spray bottle or use a sponge and dampen the coat with the ACV and leave to dry naturally. Always avoid their little eyes.
Try Using a shampoo bar or a fragrance free castile soap
In a spray bottle, add 1/3 ACV and the rest water. Each morning before school, kindy or day care, spray hair to help deter nits. This is also a great detangler for your children’s hair.
Use as a face cleanser
Apple cider vinegar can help with skin issues such as acne, can kill bacteria, remove excess dirt, oil and makeup and dissolve dead skin cells. This amazing liquid in a bath can help rebalance your skins pH and help with regeneration and healing. To make a simple ACV facial cleanser, all you need to do is mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 three parts water. After washing your face, using a cotton ball soaked in your mixture, apply onto your face and neck. Leave to dry. You may experience more breakouts at the beginning as your body draws out any toxins, try to persist.
Help relieve the pain of sun burnt skin
I know this one sounds counter intuitive, put acid on sunburn! Also many sunburn relief creams contain preservatives, even the aloe vera gels, so check those ingredients. For a completely natural choice, try this: Dilute ACV and put into a spray bottle 1:3 to 1:4 ratios ACV to water. No spray bottle? Try a washcloth or take a bath with ACV to ease the pain of sunburn.
Use as an all-purpose cleaner
Using ACV for an all-purpose cleaner have antimicrobial properties. The definition for antimicrobial is “destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms”. To make the cleaner, mix 1 part ACV to 3 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe surfaces clean. Feel free to add essential oils; to add a pleasant smell or for extra antibacterial effects.
Use to remove warts or skin tags
This one is such an effective remedy! My husband Brendan, has used this method quite a few times on warts and moles/skin tags. It is so simple. All you need to do is dip a cotton ball into undiluted ACV, squeeze out excess, place over the wart and secure with a bandaid. Leave on overnight. Do this for as long as needed; it may take up to two weeks or as little as one. You will notice the wart or mole going black or grey and eventually just fall off.
Help treat fungal skin conditions, yeast, candida
Using the same method for removing skin tags, you can also get rid of candida or yeast/fungal skin issues. Our skin can often get infections in areas which sweat or are constantly warm (this can be common with young children and their adorable rolls). Areas prone are in the groin area, feet, under your breasts or anywhere that may be warm and sweaty.
Use daily for a gut boosting start to the day
Having ACV every morning is a great habit to try to stick to. Ingesting ACV has been known to help with candida overgrowth, acid reflux, skin irritations and other digestive problems. It’s also great for sore throats. Starting the day with a tart drink like ACV also helps get your digestive system read for the day. To make an ACV drink, mix 1 to1.5tsp of ACV to 1 cup of water.
Some people also swear by drinking it throughout the day. For a daily drink to sip, try 2 to 3Tbps of ACV to 4 cups of water.
Whiten your teeth
Try mixing one teaspoon of ACV with a cup of water, then swish around in your mouth. This has been said to be quite affective with removing stains on teeth. Try once a week as ACV is very acidic; also wait for at least 30 min before brushing your teeth so you don’t brush the ACV into your teeth. This is less abrasive than charcoal and other teeth whiteners, so it’s worth a go!
Lowers blood sugar levels
More doctors are now prescribing ACV to diabetes patients. I was very surprised when someone I know who has diabetes was told by their GP to have a swig of ACV each day. Apparently ACV can lower your blood sugar levels thus helping to improve insulin sensitives. Dilute 1 to 1.5tsp of ACV in a glass of water each morning or night.
Always use caution when using ACV neat as it’s highly acidic, so it is always recommended to dilute if it is touching the skin or for drinking. Always consult your practitioner for any medical conditions ACV is not a medical cure.
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