Hey you *waves*. Compliments of the new year…hope your year started on a good note …either way….iHave this new ‘craze’ that iGot to know about while iWas in search of hair care products some weeks back… iCouldnt just keep to myself *itching to share*…and without much ado about much talks, my new craze is non-other than *drum roll* the Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV).
Now before you go all…”D’uh! I Know vinegar and all”…hear me out ok…iDid a whole lot of research (online, by trial and also via friends that have good word about ACV)…just patiently read to the bottom of the post and trust me, you’ll find yourself wanting to have a bottle of vinegar in your kitchen, toilet or room….and hey this is for both ladies and dudes.
I’ve always known about Vinegar, but little did i know that it is used in many more ways than just as a classic salad dressing ingredient (which iLearnt from my mum)….and before iDive into telling you what vinegar does from my research and trial…it is best you know what vinegar is (+made of).
Vinegar is a sour liquid that is generally used to flavor or preserve foods and also to clean things. Vinegar is a product of fermentation. This is a process in which sugars in a food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the first stage of fermentation, the sugars are turned into alcohol. Then, if the alcohol ferments further, you get vinegar.
Vinegar can be made from all sorts of things like fruits, vegetables, and grains, and apple cider vinegar comes from pulverized apples, and that is my new craze .
Now here are some of the things you can use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) for.
1) Hair Care:
ACV can be used to rinse your hair after a shampoo session. To do this, recycle an old shampoo bottle or buy any empty bottle and fill it with 1/2 or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for better results.
ACV, when used as a rinse, will make your hair feel smooth and shiny, and provide a bit of extra clarification to remove oil and dirt. It balances your hair’s pH, which helps seal the cuticle and make the hair smoother. It can also help with dandruff, clear away greasy build-up, and soothe itchiness and irritation of the scalp. Make sure to rinse it out well afterwards so that your hair won’t feel crunchy.
Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will dissipate once your hair dries, so you don’t have to worry about smelling like salad all day.
2) Skin care:
-After shave for guys:
Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
As mentioned earlier,ACV has antibacterial and antifungal properties to help prevent acne and skin infections. Apple cider kills bacteria, helps balance skin pH, and absorbs excessive oil from our skin. Use 1 part vinegar with 3-4 parts water. Apply to the skin using cotton swab and leave for ten minutes then rinse. Use 2 times every day. Don’t make a fuss about the smell, once the ACV is dry, the smell will disappear.
A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade acne scars.(if your skin is sensitive, you might want to dilute acv to suit your sensitivity)
Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water in a water bottle or jug with lid. Shake it up before you use it and pour some on a cotton swab (use after washing your face) and wipe on skin.
You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer.
For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
The enzymes in apple cider vinegar also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida issues.
How to take apple cider vinegar orally: Mix 1 tablespoon with a cup of water or herbal tea. (Apple cider vinegar is quite strong, and when taken straight can be harsh on the esophagus, so you’ll want to dilute it).
Add 1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This is done once a day for 3 days.
After 3 days of soaking, make a mixture consisting of 1 ½ cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This time use as a vaginal douche two times a day for 5 days.
After a few days of douching, start to drink a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once a day. This can help prevent the occurrence of yeast infections.
4) house cleaning:
Non-toxic cleaning spray:
Most cleaning supplies are full of harsh chemicals, so apple cider vinegar can surprisingly provide an excellent, cheap alternative to many cleaning products. It absorbs odors and has antibacterial properties.
Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on hard surfaces such as hardwood floors, microwave, windows, bathroom tiles, cabinets and countertops, then wipe it off with a rag. The mixture also works as a disinfectant
5) Sunburn relief:
While you should always strive to avoid skin damage by not staying out in the sun uncovered for more than 15 minutes, if you do accidentally find yourself burnt to a crisp, you can use apple cider vinegar to neutralize the burn. Dilute it in water and pat on the sore skin, or add a cupful to your bath.
-Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. It might sound a little crazy, but you can actually use apple cider vinegar as a natural deodorant! Acv neutralizes stinky scents. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms and it will absorb and minimize body odors. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
-Helps Body Odor:
It helps adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Take a cotton ball filled with ACV and wipe it directly on the part where you have body odor.
7) 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) as it is said to help you feel fuller and eat less.
Note-In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant decline in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.
Nutritionists believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is what helps.
As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
9) Salad dressing:
-apple cider vinegar is a classic salad dressing ingredient, which you can definitely get a little creative with! While olive oil, the most commonly used oil for salad dressing, is not permitted on the therapy, you can mix your ACV with flax oil and lemon or orange juice, and perhaps even whirr it all together in a blender with a clove of garlic and a bit of onion.
It is also believed that ACV does the following….
-Prevents Indigestion – Add 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink 30 minutes before you eat.
-Soothes Sore throat – Mix 1/4 Warm water with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar every hour.
-Help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol when you drink it regularly.
-Foot Odor – Add 2/3 cup of ACV to a pan with warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes.
-Bad Breath – Add 1/2 tablespoon ACV into 1 cup of water and gargle every other day.
-Diabetes – helps to control high blood sugar levels.
Cellulite – Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part Vitamin E oil and massage the into the skin two times a day.
-Diarrhea – The pectin in ACV coats the inflamed colon lining. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV vinegar to some water in a large glass – can be taken 3 times a day when you have symptoms.
-High cholesterol: A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol.
-Hiccups: when you have a spurt of those annoying hiccups, drink some ACV with water.
-Stuffy Nose: Sip some ACV and water. This helps sinus drainage.
Rich in enzymes & potassium.
-Beat the Exhaustion from Working out – When you exercise, lactic acid can build up in the body, causing fatigue. Since ACV has amino acids, it can help reverse this. It also contains potassium and enzymes that can help relieve feeling tired. Try drinking some mixed with water after a workout.
If your skin is the sensitive type(or easily prone to react), you should dilute the ACV to a minimum concentration, and also if you have any serious health condition or are under any special medication, be sure to ask your doctor before you start taking or using apple cider vinegar, just to make sure it is safe for you to use.
P.s…another good thing about ACV is that it is quite affordable and easy to get at most stores and market.
Now if you know more uses of ACV please do share and also if you have used ACV and have a positive testimony please do share.
Either way, iHope this bit of info was worth your time.
Take care of yourself and catch you on the flip side of my next post.