Over the centuries, vinegar has been used for many purposes: making pickles, killing weeds, cleaning coffee makers, polishing armor, and dressing salads. Notice I slipped ‘polishing armor’ in there? Told you it has many uses! It’s also an ancient folk remedy, touted to relieve just about any ailment you can think of.
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples and is pleasantly mild with a slight apple taste, making it surprisingly versatile in comparison to white vinegar, which has a very strong, sour flavor.
Then you have the unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which is in its most natural form because it still has the “mother” in it which gives it a more murky appearance. My aunt recommended a remedy for whenever I’ve been suffering with a sinus infection:
Take grape seed extract and grapefruit seed extract (if you aren’t on a medication that won’t let you eat grapefruit) and mix with 3 Tablespoons of organic or unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 3 cups of water (you can add sweetener so it tastes like apple cider) and sip it throughout the day. It will end a sinus infection.
I’ve been wanting to try that, but haven’t been able to find the unfiltered apple cider vinegar anywhere in my area, no matter how high or low I looked. Instead, I found the regular version, as well as a version that I can’t find anything about – the “Pepper Perfect” version:
I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do with that, though the search goes on for the Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar so I can indulge in many things. Apple Cider Vinegar can do so many things!
Did You Know…
Allergies and Colds
This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms (sore throats and headaches).
Skin pH Balance
Natural apple cider vinegar (aka unfiltered) regulates the pH of your skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
Coffee or red wine drinkers (like me) can be happy that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from your teeth. Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse out with water.
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn. Wish I had apple cider vinegar to bathe in when I got a bad sunburn years ago – the apple cider vinegar smells way better than the regular vinegar I used at the time.
Tired hands or feet? Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief.
Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss. For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water – this concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited (yet significant) weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar). Besides, it makes plain old water not so boring.
Natural Flea Repellant
Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, then spray it on your pets, rubbing it in to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and repeat every day for a few days to a week – any flea infestation should then be eliminated (and your pets will smell fresh!)
Natural Toilet Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and have your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. Stubborn stains may need to be scrubbed with a toilet brush, but before you know it, your toilet will not only be sparkling clean, but smell much better.
Natural Dishwasher Detergent
Apple cider vinegar can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent.
Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.
Bet you didn’t know that apple cider vinegar was such a versatile miracle elixir, did you?
Have you tried using apple cider vinegar? Of the uses I’ve mentioned, which one are you going to try first?
Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.