Thursday, May 21, 2009

Apple Cider Vinegar. The Mother of Natural Remedies.

When I was 18, I was introduced to the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar in cleansing and nourishing the internal organs. Never since then have I needed any drug or pain medication for stomach pains and cramps.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Who knew?
For centuries, people have been using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for everything from encouraging weight loss and healing aches and pains, to improving hair/skin condition and treating dandruff. ACV contains all of the nutritional value of apples, as well as additional enzymes and acids produced in the fermentation process.
Not all Apple Cider Vinegars are created equal. Make sure yours is unpasteurized and unfiltered. This extra processing negates many of the benefits and enzymes that were in the product in the first place.
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For overall health: kill germs, aid in vitamin deficiency and cleanse the internal organs, drink a tonic of ACV 2 times a day before or during meals.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic-- Mix 2-3 tablespoons in 8 oz. of water. Note: If you take ACV between meals or before going to bed, always rinse your mouth or brush your teeth to avoid any prolonged vinegar contact with the enamel on your teeth.
ACNE BLEMISHES: Apply ACV tonic with a cotton ball several times a day. This will help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.
ATHLETE'S FOOT: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which is quite difficult to get rid of. One of the best home remedies involves soaking the feet twice a day in a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Or, you can apply pure apple cider vinegar to the affected areas several times a day and before bedtime.
BODY ODOR: Drinking the ACV tonic helps reduce body odor as does applying with a cotton ball directly to underarms and feet.
BRUISES: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ cup (125 ml) of warm apple cider vinegar and apply it to the bruise as a compress.
COLDS: At the first sign of a cold, take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water several times a day. The body becomes more alkaline during a cold and the vinegar will help to rebalance the body's acid level. If you have a chest cold, a long-standing home remedy calls for soaking a piece of brown paper in vinegar then sprinkling one side of it with black pepper. Place the peppered side of the paper on the chest, cover with a towel, and relax for 20 minutes.
DANDRUFF: Apply pure apple cider vinegar to the scalp and work it into the roots of the hair; allow the vinegar to stand for a half hour or a full hour before washing your hair. This will help to destroy the bacteria and fungus that cause dandruff and itchy scalp. Click here for information on how apple cider vinegar can be combined with certain herbs to make an extra strength natural hair care product for combating dandruff and soothing itchy scalp.
DIAPER RASH: Use a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to eliminate the bacteria and fungus that cause diaper rash.

DIARRHEA: Pectin, the water soluble fiber in apple cider vinegar, will help to absorb water in the intestines and provide more bulk for the stool. Also, intestinal bacteria transforms pectin into a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining. The well known over the counter diarrhea preparation, Kaopectate contains pectin. So take the natural healing apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to help eliminate diarrhea.
DIGESTION: Due to aging and bad diet, it is common for people to produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which can lead to digestive problems. Taking the apple cider vinegar tonic home remedy (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before a meal will enhance the action of your stomach's acid and digestive enzymes.
EAR INFECTIONS: Use an ear syringe (found at drug stores) to squirt a vinegar solution into the ear and let it sit for a minute or so, then turn your head and let the liquid drain out.The vinegar solution can be a 50/50 mixture of ACV and pure water, a 50/50 mixture of ACV and rubbing alcohol or a solution consisting of one-third vinegar, one-third pure water, and one-third rubbing alcohol.
HEADACHES: Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. An apple cider vinegar tonic will help restore your body's acid/alkaline balance. According to one home remedy, inhaling the vapors from a small bottle of apple cider vinegar can also help or if you have a vaporizer, add about 2 tablespoons cider vinegar to the water and inhale the vapors for five minutes.
HEARTBURN (ACID REFLUX): To relieve occasional heartburn, try drinking the general apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal.
HEMORRHOIDS: Apply the natural healing abilities of pure apple cider vinegar directly to hemorrhoids to help reduce stinging and promote shrinking. Use a cotton ball to apply the vinegar every few hours until symptoms are relieved.
LEG CRAMPS: Take the ACV tonic regularly to help the body's absorption of calcium and magnesium and thus protect against painful leg cramps.
MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS: A glass of apple cider tonic in the morning has been reported to help reduce the flow of a heavy period.

MORNING SICKNESS: Many women experience nausea and vomiting, often in the morning, during the first three months of pregnancy. A home remedy reported to help keep morning sickness at bay involves simply drinking, as soon as you get up, a glass of water containing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
NIGHT SWEATS & HOT FLASHES: ACV tonic has helped reduce hot flashes and night sweats for some menopausal women who for various reasons can't take hormones.
SORE THROAT: One of many natural healing home remedies for a sore throat involves gargling with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to half a cup of water, using 3 mouthfuls of mixture each hour. As P. Bragg warns in her book "Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Health System", don't swallow the gargled mixture, because ACV acts like a sponge drawing out throat and mouth germs and toxins.
SUN BURNS: If the sunburn is localized, apply full strength apple cider vinegar on the affected skin to obtain relief. Do this by soaking a thin towel in apple cider vinegar and placing it over the burn. Leave it on to help prevent peeling and itching.If the sunburn covers a large part of the body then try this home remedy recommended by Patricia Bragg in her book called Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Health System:Take a cool bath in which one cup of ACV has been added. After soaking in the bath, gently dry the body and pat ACV directly onto the needed areas. Wait 5 minutes, then pat on aloe vera gel.
WEIGHT LOSS: The use of apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for weight loss is centuries old. Naturalists maintain that an overweight person can lose weight gradually by taking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water at each meal. No change in the daily food intake is required except to avoid high fat containing foods.
This is by no means a complete list of natural healing home remedies that use apple cider vinegar. For more, visit


Beth said...

Wow, that is awesome! I will have to try some of those things out! Who knew? (I didn't)

Brenton and Adree Jensen said...

Thanks for posting these, Emily! I talked with some family members last night and borrowed some ACV out of their cupboard..I'm starting to use some today!

Emily Ruth said...

Great Ladies! I'm excited for you: )

Robbie said...

I love Bragg acv. Trying it out on my scalp, and post-partum b.o. wow!

Anonymous said...

Drink lukewarm water in its place of cold water. Hot fluids like soups, tea, and broths will also help in throat irritation.

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steven said...

Hi i use acv all the time im a big fan.Just wondering could i give it to a 4month baby for constipation
maybee a small amount in water?

CKD said...

I use it as a hair conditioner. 1c ACV to 3c water. Amazingly clean and shiny!!!

Gisela said...

Is it ok to take while breastfeeding

crystal said...

I use it for my cat! 1/4tsp. Acv to 1tsp of water in a dropperful and no more urinary track or bladder infections for her! Give it to her every other day..She's 20 and still going strong!

jay22 said...

Can you wash a 1yr old hair with Acv

Dilki said...

Can you give Apple cider vinegar to a one month old baby for acid reflux?

Dilki said...

Can you give Apple cider vinegar to a one month old baby for acid reflux?

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Unknown said...

Can I give my 8 month old ACV for diarrhea if so how much?

Unknown said...

Is it ok to drink while breastfeeding?!?!

Unknown said...

Is it ok to drink while breastfeeding?!?!

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Blair Woods said...

Ask your Doctor but my personal opinion is yes of course. I make salad dressing with ACV, olive oil, garlic & herbs. It is good for you & if you are breastfeeding it is much healthier than premade bottled dressing with preservatives & chemical ingredients.

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