Are you looking for an inexpensive but effective all around beauty product?
You might not know it but what you probably have what been looking for hidden in your kitchen cupboard.
I’m talking about the apple cider vinegar (or ACVS), that yellow-brown liquid you probably use for cooking, vinaigrettes, chutneys and salad dressings. Apple cider vinegar is made from organically grown apples. It is made by crushing the apples and squeezing its juice. In the first fermentation process, bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid, where the fruit’s sugar content is turned into alcohol. This sugar is the converted to vinegar by acetic forming bacteria which gives it its sour taste.
ACV is often yellow brown in color because it is unfiltered and unpasteurized, with a dark cloudy sediment settled at the bottom. Because it is unpasteurized, it retains many of the fruits’ beneficial components such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Its two-way fermentation process has produced enzymes and nutrients that makes it, not only a kitchen staple but a health conscious must-have.
The malic and tartaric acids in apple cider vinegar can stabilize the acid level in our digestive tract and it also prevents the formation of harmful bacteria that can lead to digestive problems. Apple cider vinegar is an effective antacid and is considered as an inexpensive medication for those who suffer from acid reflux, ulcer and gastroenteritis. The same malic acid also makes ACV anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacteria. It will offset the uric acid that tends to collect around body joints and cause joint pain.
ACV has potassium that helps prevent brittle teeth and excessive hairfall. It contains pectin that helps regulate blood pressure and reduce the level of bad cholesterol. ACV has ash that maintains proper PH levels for a healthy alkaline state.
To maintain general digestive, skin and overall health, drink 2 tsp. mixed in 8 oz. of water three times each day. This will improve conditions like acid reflux, sore throat and bronchitis.
To reduce stress and to calm the nerves for relaxation, mix 1 to 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar with 1 to 2 tsp. of honey and 1 cup of water and drink before bedtime.
Aside from all these health benefits, apple cider vinegar is also a staple for beauty buffs. You can:
- Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water in a plastic bottle and use as a toner or astringent in the mornings and evenings.
- Lighten age spots by dabbing affected areas with apple cider vinegar and leave it overnight.
- Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling specially during pregnancy.
- Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo/conditioner by combining 4-5 Tbsp. baking soda with 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water for a clarifying and chemical-free shampoo. Rinse and then apply 1 cup apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. These will leave your hair soft and shiny. If you don’t like the smell, add essential oils to your mixes.
- To treat dandruff, skin-brush your scalp and saturate the hair with undiluted apple cider vinegar. Wrap your head with a towel and keep it in place for an hour. Then wash the hair with regular shampoo
- Apple cider can be used to relieve the skin after sun exposure. Sponge your skin with apple cider to prevent blistering and peeling.
- Add to 2-3 cups of ACV to your warm bath to further enhance the muscle relaxing and restorative procedure of the bath itself.
- For your nail polish to last longer, soak fingertips for 1 minute in 2 teaspoons vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water before applying the polish.
- For men, use it as an aftershave. This will help keep their skin soft and young looking. Keep a small bottle of it in the medicine cabinet, and splash on face after shaving.