Benefits Of Vinegar
Many of the home remedies for common ailments listed below, call for a tonic of RAW apple cider vinegar (ACV) made by mixing 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV in an 8 ounce glass of water and drinking this before each meal.
By taking this nutritious tonic you will, at the very least, be helping to reduce the nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western diet containing many processed, refined foods.
Raw Apple cider vinegar kills germs, so have a look at some of the many different ways people have been benefiting from the external and internal application of this folk medicine.
Note: If you take ACV between meals or before going to bed, always rinse your mouth to avoid any prolonged vinegar contact with the enamel on your teeth. Any acid food or drink however, such as citrus fruit, soda pop, and apple cider vinegar can erode tooth enamel if it is allowed to stay in contact with the teeth for long periods of time.
Apply a solution of ACV and water (2 tablespoons to 1 eight ounce glass of water) with a cotton ball several times a day. This will help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.
Apply daily, to these darkened areas of the skin, a solution containing 2 teaspoons of AVC and 1 teaspoon of onion juice. According to this home remedy, the spots should begin to fade within 2 weeks.
Message the sore joints with a liniment made up of 2 egg whites, ½ cup (125 ml) ACV, and ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil. Also, simply taking the ACV tonic before each meal has been an effective natural healing home remedy for many people.
Some people have found relief from mild asthma by taking the ACV tonic along with applying a vinegar-soaked compress to the inside of the wrists.
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 ACV and water. Or, you can apply RAW ACV to the affected areas several times a day and before bedtime.
Soak a cotton ball in RAW ACV, have the person lay his head back and then place it in the bleeding nostril. This home remedy will help stop the bleeding quicker.
Take 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of RAW honey in a glass of water twice a day to help lower blood pressure. The high potassium values in both natural healing substances helps to balance out sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits. ACV and honey also contain magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower high blood pressure. To maximize the benefit of this and other home remedies, take the holistic approach, and couple this with dietary modifications such as a reduced fat and salt intake, increased fiber intake, moderate coffee and alcohol, no smoking, and daily exercise.
Use ACV as a natural body deodorant and eliminate the bacteria causing offensive body odor. For example, check out these two related home remedies:Underarms can be kept free of odor causing bacteria by wiping them once a day with undiluted ACV whereas foot odor can be greatly minimized by soaking the feet two or three times weekly in a pan of warm water mixed with 1/3 cup of ACV.
Due to its mineral content, ACV helps to sustain bone mass and fight against osteoporosis. The important minerals involved include manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon.
Take the general ACV tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to boost the body's supply of these minerals.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ cup (125 ml) of warm ACV and apply it to the bruise as a compress.
Apply RAW ACV to the burn, whether it's from the sun or a hot surface, to reduce the pain, to disinfect, and to supply nutrient required for healing.
Apples and ACV contain numerous substances that protect against many types of cancer. They contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols that are also protective against cancer formation.
Plus they both contain pectin, a soluble fiber , which binds certain cancer causing compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the body.
So eat an apple a day and take the general ACV tonic to maximize these benefits.
It is thought that the water soluble fiber pectin, found in ACV, absorbs fats and cholesterol and eliminates them from the body. And at the same time, the amino acids present in ACV neutralize some of the harmful oxidized LDL cholesterol.
Recently, researchers from Mizkan, a japanese food manufacturer, reported that regular vinegar intake of 3 teaspoons (15 ml) or more per day can significantly lower the level of cholesterol in a persons blood. They found that acetic acid, the major ingredient in vinegar, is responsible for this effect.
Maximize this benefit by taking the ACV tonic home remedy and increasing the amount of fiber rich food in your diet (more fruits and vegetables) while reducing the amount of saturated and unsaturated fat.
At the first sign of a cold, take 1 teaspoon of ACV 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.
A low fiber diet and the reduction in digestive acids and enzymes as we age, can lead to constipation. More fruits and vegetables and a daily tonic of ACV is a natural healing home remedy to combat constipation.
CORN AND CALLUS TREATMENT
Soak your feet for half an hour in a warm bath containing half a cup of ACV. Use a clean pumice stone to rub the affected areas then apply pure ACV and cover with a bandage. Reapply vinegar and bandage the following morning.
A home remedy to sooth a nighttime cough is to sprinkle ACV on a cloth placed on a pillow.
Muscle cramps can be caused by a calcium and magnesium imbalance in the body and by a lack of vitamin E. To help prevent the recurrence of cramps, take a regular tonic of ACV along with 1 teaspoon of honey.
Apply pure ACV 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. 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.
A daily tonic of ACV supplies dietary fiber and other ingredients, which are beneficial in controlling blood glucose levels. As well, the acids and enzymes promote better digestion and nutrient absorption, which is impaired in many diabetes sufferers.
This home remedy has been the subject of new research that shows that apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels.
Use a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water to eliminate the bacteria and fungus that cause diaper rash.
Pectin, the water soluble fiber in ACV, 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 sooths the irritated lining. The well known over the counter diarrhea preparation, Kaopectate contains pectin. So take the natural healing apple cider vinegar tonic to help eliminate diarrhea.
As we age, it is common for people to produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which can lead to digestive problems. Taking the ACV tonic before a meal will enhance the action of your stomach's acid and digestive enzymes.
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.
If the ear problem persists, see a health professional.
To help relieve the itching and dryness of eczema, apply a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water to the affected areas.
It is thought that the potassium and enzymes obtained through regular use of a vinegar tonic can help beat fatigue. Some experts believe that the addition of 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the ACV tonic will also help.
Many people avoid eating certain foods such as beans due to the gas they produce in the body. This gas is a result of incomplete digestion and can be minimized by soaking the beans in ACV prior to cooking them.
Try this home remedy for sore and tired feet which sometimes ache at the end of a long day: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a basin of warm water and allow your feet to soak for 15 minutes.
Although not yet backed up by scientific testing, many people have found that gout home remedies using ACV are very effective.
The procedure involves either ingesting an ACV tonic or applying ACV to the affected area.
Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. An ACV tonic will help restore your body's acid/alkaline balance.
According to one home remedy, inhaling the vapors from a small bottle of ACV 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)
Heartburn or acid reflux is a condition in which some of the acid content of the stomach periodically backs up into the esophagus.
Even though testimonials abound throughout the net on the effectiveness of using ACV to relieve heartburn, no scientific studies have been done to substantiate this.
A recent survey, however, conducted at the Earth Clinic web site found that vinegar was the best of all the home remedies suggested to relieve heartburn or acid reflux.
Apply the natural healing abilities of pure ACV 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.
To stop hiccups, try sipping a glass of warm water in which one teaspoon of ACV has been mixed in. This is a lot simpler than many other home remedies for hiccups.
INSECT BITES AND STINGS
Bee and wasp stings, as well as itchy mosquito bites can be soothed by applying undiluted ACV to the affected area.
Dr Jarvis in his book "Folk Medicine" recommends the use of honey and ACV for those who have a hard time falling asleep at night. Mix one tablespoon of ACV in one cup of honey and take two teaspoons of this mixture just before going to bed. Repeat after an hour if required. (You can sleep on that one!)Some people find that simply taking one tablespoon of ACV in 8 ounces of water just before bedtime, helps them to get to sleep quicker and sleep much longer.
JELLYFISH STINGS (Chironex Fleckeri and Chiropsalmus Quadrigatus)
The sting of the large box jellyfish, found along the northern tropical coastline of Australia, can be deadly. The venom injected by these animals is capable of killing humans within minutes.
When a sting occurs, pieces of tentacle may be left in the victims skin which can continue to release venom. However, by dousing the sting area with regular vinegar (5% acetic acid content), the further release of poison will be rapidly and completely stopped.
That's why Australian lifeguards always keep vinegar on hand and it's their initial first aid treatment of choice.
Take the ACV tonic regularly to help the body's absorption of calcium and magnesium and thus protect against painful leg cramps.
A glass of ACV tonic in the morning has been reported to help reduce the flow of a heavy period.
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 ACV.
Apply a cloth dampened with ACV and a dash of cayenne pepper directly to the sore muscle for 5 minutes and reapply as needed.
For sore muscles all-over, try soaking in a warm water bath into which you have added 2 to 3 cups of ACV.
NIGHT SWEATS & HOT FLASHES
Apple cider vinegar has helped reduce hot flashes and night sweats for some menopausal women who for various reasons can't take hormones. Use the ACV tonic regularly.
POISON IVY & POISON OAK
The health and fitness expert Patricia Bragg recommends spraying a solution of equal parts ACV and distilled water on to the affected areas to stop the pain, itching and ease the swelling. Cooling the spray in the refrigerator will provide even more relief.
SINUSITIS: To help relieve the pain of sinusitis, both Patrick Quillin PhD, in his book Amazing Honey Garlic and Vinegar, and Cynthia Holzapfel, in her book Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and Good Health, suggest drinking a glass of water with 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV added, every hour for 6 to 8 hours.
For sinus headache, Marie Nadine Antol, in her book The Incredible Secrets of Vinegar, recommends adding an eight of a cup of ACV to a cool-air vaporizer and inhaling the infused-air directly for 5 minutes.
After that lie down for 20 minutes and wait for your respiratory passages to clear.
For excess mucus in the nose, throat, or sinus cavities (post nasal drip), try a solution of warm water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV. Place a small amount in the palm of your hand, block one nostril, then place the other nostril into the vinegar solution and sniff hard. You'll experience the disinfecting and mucus-cutting benefits of ACV deep into your sinus cavities. Let the solution run down the back of your throat then spit it out. After that, repeat with the other nostril.
SORE THROAT: One of many natural healing home remedies for a sore throat involves gargling with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of ACV to half a cup of water, using 3 mouthfuls of mixture each hour.
ULCERS: A preliminary study in Japan showed that taking a weak vinegar solution can give over 95% protection from alcohol-induced ulcers.
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS: Drink a daily tonic of ACV to help you keep the right pH balance in the urinary tract since the proper acidity creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeasts that cause these infections. For a tasty drink, try adding 2 teaspoons of ACV to an eight ounce glass of cranberry juice and benefit from both home remedies at the same time.
VARICOSE VEINS: Apply undiluted ACV to the varicose veins at night and in the morning, and take two tsp of ACV in a glass of water 2x/day. Shrinking of the veins will be noticed after one month.
WEIGHT LOSS: The use of apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for weight loss is centuries old. Dr Jarvis maintained that an overweight person could 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.
YEAST INFECTION: According to one home remedy, relief can be obtained by the use of a vinegar douche, consisting of 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed in one quart of warm water, applied twice a day until the burning and itching symptoms of the infection have stopped.