365 Simple – #59-70 My top 12 uses for ACV

Slide1So, did anyone besides me make a new batch of Apple Cider Vinegar this week?  I have a quart jar fermenting away even as I type this.  I’ve also got a pint jar that now lives on the counter top so I won’t forget to drink a bit of it all day long.  I’ve been a fan of ACV for a very long time, but since I’ve been doing a little more reading on the subject I am even more keen on this wonderful substance.

I’m going to share my top 12 uses for ACV.  I need to make a disclaimer now and tell you to use it wisely and in moderation.  Sometimes people go overboard with natural cures and think more is better.  Not so.  You’ll have to experiment on your own to find the exact amount of ACV that works for your particular needs.  I do encourage you to try ACV for yourself and then come back here and tell me what you think.  Obviously, if you decide to drink it three times a day as a healthy drink or for weight loss you wouldn’t then drink an additional portion for indigestion or leg cramps.  Capisce?


Food Uses:

#59 – Eating/Cooking

Obviously apple cider vinegar works great as a salad dressing.  Mix it will EVOO, some herbs, a chopped clove of garlic, and some finely grated onion.  Finish off with salt and pepper and you’ve got a mighty fine everyday type of dressing.  Use it also in any recipe that calls for vinegar.  If you make it yourself you don’t ever have to buy the distilled white stuff or the extra fancy stuff, just use what you’ve got.

Health Uses:

#60 – Helps allergies & sore throats

ACV helps break up mucous and sinus congestion.  Mix 1 T with 1 cup warm water and gargle.  This soothes the throat and eases the sinuses.

#61 – Sunburn relief

Add 1 cup ACV to cool bath water and soak or dilute the ACV with water and gently pat this onto sunburned skin for instant relief.  It also helps relieve the itch that occurs as the skin is healing after a bad sunburn.

#62 – Ease leg cramps

Drink 1 T ACV in a cup of water before bed.  This purportedly dissolves acid crystals in the blood and provides potassium and other essential minerals.  My mother’s doctor recommended this over prescription medicine.  One caveat, it doesn’t give instant relief.  It works best after regular use.

#63 – Digestive aid

To correct low stomach acid, raise alkaline levels, and reduce heartburn drink 1 T in 1/2 glass of water 15-30 minutes before each meal.

#64 – Bad breath

Naturally occurring acetic and malic acid reduces bacteria that hides in the nooks and crannies of the mouth and tongue.  A 20-second gargle with 1 T ACV in 1/3 cup warm water does the trick.  Brush teeth after rinsing as vinegar can be tough on tooth enamel.

#65 – Afternoon pick me up

Feeling droopy?  Don’t reach for the coffee, reach for the ACV and add 1 T to a chilled glass of vegetable juice or just plain water – if you dare.

#66 – Daily healthy drink

Mix 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp honey, and 1 cup warm water.  Drink upon arising, mid day, and in the evening.

#67 – Promote weight loss

In 2009, a 12-week study was performed on overweight individuals and significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, and waist circumference, as well as triglycerides were noted.  You can see the study here.  Again, it seems like 1-2 T per 8-16 oz of water taken before meals was key.

Beauty Aid

#68 – Facial toner

1 part ACV to 2 parts water.  Soak cotton ball and apply to skin.

#69 – Hair rinse

1-2 T per cup of water.  Pour over hair after shampooing to remove excess oils and build up in the hair and scalp.  Rub into scalp well and rinse well.  The smell will dissipate as your hair dries.  Or try adding citrus peels to a jar of ACV.  Let stand for 2-3 weeks to allow the natural citrus oils to infuse the vinegar.  You won’t walk around smelling like a salad on a hot day. Note, you need to strain the vinegar before using it as a hair rinse or else the globby bits of the mother will get stuck in your hair.  Not pretty.

#70 – Hair mask

Mix equal parts ACV, coconut oil, and vegetable glycerin.  Apply to hair.  Cover with shower cap and wrap in warm towel.  Allow to sit on hair for at least 30 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with very warm water.

Well, that’s 12.  I’m going to give you a bonus, BUT I haven’t tried this yet, so……..

Flea repellent – Supposedly mixing equal parts ACV to water in a spray bottle works to repel fleas on pets.  I guess you soak your dog’s fur, belly, etc., avoiding the eyes, allow to dry, and have less fleas bothering Fido. If I do try this I’ll let you know.  I would think this would be helpful if you live in tick country as well.  I’d love to see if a tick reacted to getting hit with a spray of ACV.  If you’ve tried this one, let me know!

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