Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for its health properties. Around 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar for a variety of ills. It was used in Biblical times as a cleanser. It is a truly healing elixir. It can be used for health, beauty or around the house. It’s very versatile.
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from fresh, crushed apples. It’s important to get organic, raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that contains the mother. The ‘mother’ is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria. This is what makes the vinegar looks cloudy. Apple cider vinegar also contains some amino acids, potassium and antioxidants.
I personally use Bragg’s Organic raw apple cider vinegar on a daily basis and recommend this brand.
Here are 30 ways in which you can use apple cider vinegar:
- Cooking and Baking
Apple cider vinegar can be used in salad dressings, sauces and chutneys, soups, and even juices and smoothies. You can also use it to marinate meat, which help to tenderize it and kill bacteria. You can also add a spoonful to the water when boiling hard shell eggs to facilitate peeling. When baking, you can substitute one egg with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It also act as a natural preservative.
- All-Purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar absorbs odors and has anti-bacterial properties. It makes a great natural disinfectant. Simply mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and use as needed. You can also add essential oils if you like. The vinegar smell goes away as it dries.
- Clean Fruits and Vegetables
You can clean fresh fruits and vegetables with apple cider vinegar. Simply add your fruits and vegetables in a big bowl of water and add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Let sit for about 5 minutes, stirring often, scrub with a little brush if necessary and rinse with water.
- Weed Killer
You can use apple cider vinegar in your garden to help you get rid of weeds. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with 8 parts water in a spray bottle and spray where necessary. You can also pour vinegar directly in crevices and between bricks.
- Fruit Fly Trap
Put 2 or 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar in a bowl or jar and covered with plastic wrap. Poke a few small holes with a toothpick in the plastic wrap. Flies get in, but not back out. Make a few traps if necessary and leave them where needed overnight.
- Fleas on Pets
Add one part vinegar to one part water in a bottle and spray on your pets fur. Do it every day for a few days to a week. You can also give your pet a bath with apple cider vinegar and water once a week. Any flea infestation will be gone.
Apple cider vinegar can increase blood circulation and help to detoxify the liver. It’s a great way to alkalize and remove toxins from the body. Upon waking, drink a glass of water with 1 or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. You can add a little raw honey or pure maple syrup if you like.
- Weight loss
Apple cider vinegar is known to boost metabolism, control blood sugar and suppress appetite. It also helps to break down fats. Try apple cider vinegar in your salad dressings, soups, sauces or smoothies. You can also add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a bottle filled with filtered water and drink it throughout the day.
- Balance Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar helps to improves blood sugar levels. Research suggests consuming 1-2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar before each meal containing carbohydrate, and at bedtime.
10. Regulate Body’s pH
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has an alkaline effect on the body. Balancing body’s pH can reduce risk of chronic illnesses like cancer.
11. Gas, Bloating and Heartburn
Apple cider vinegar works as a detox and will help to break down fats and improves bowel workings. Just take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in water or tea before a meal. As soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming, take a dose.
12. Candida and Yeast Infection
Apple cider vinegar can help your body get rid of candida and yeast infection. This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes and friendly bacteria, and has anti microbial and anti fungal properties.
Try swallow one teaspoon of undiluted apple cider vinegar the next time you come down with a hiccup. Its sour taste could stop it.
14. Sore throat
If you have a sore throat, gargle equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar every hour or so. The bacteria fighting properties will help. You can also put two teaspoons of vinegar in your humidifier.
15. Sunburned Skin
As soon as you get a sunburn, apply apple cider vinegar on the affected area to calm inflammation, neutralize the burn, and help prevent blistering and peeling. If you have a big sunburn, add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak in for 10 minutes to help ease the pain.
16. Bug Bites
Apply apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and apply directly on the mosquito or other bug bites. It works for bee sting and jellyfish too.
17. Remove warts
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid overnight or for 24 hours. Change the soaked cotton ball and band-aid everyday. Repeat until the wart is gone.
18. Energy Boost
Apple cider vinegar contains enzymes and minerals that helps to boost energy. Simply add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water or juice. Drink upon waking.
19. Seasonal Allergies
Apple cider vinegar helps break up mucous, clear sinuses and lymph nodes. It also supports the immune system. Put 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water and drink 3x daily.
20. Fight Lactic Acid
After a workout, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your bottle of water to help to fight lactic acid buildup.
21. Relieve Arthritis
Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Give this remedy at least three weeks to start working.
22. Facial Toner
Apple cider vinegar helps to balance skin’s pH, minimize appearance of pores, improves acne, prevents break outs and reduce fine lines. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two or three parts water or green tea, and apply on the skin. No need to refrigerate. Make a new batch monthly.
23. Face Mask
Apple cider vinegar can be used to reduce inflammation. Make a facial mask using equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay powder, and mix well. You can also add a little raw honey and essential oils, such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree or frankincense if you like.
24. Help Eczema
Apple cider vinegar can be very helpful to calm symptoms of eczema. Dilute about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 3 cups of water. Apply on the affected areas with a cotton ball. Use twice daily.
25. Shiny Hair
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for hair. It helps balance hair’s pH level, give extra bounce, body, and shine. Simply rinse your hair after your shampoo once a week with a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water, then rinse very well with cold water.
If you have dandruff, spray your scalp twice a week with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, leave it in your hair for about an hour and wash your hair as you normally would. It will also clear greasy build-up, and soothe itchiness and irritation of the scalp.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural deodorant. It absorbs and neutralizes scents. Simply rub a bit of apple cider vinegar in your underarms. The vinegar smell will go away as it dries.
28. Eliminate Food Odor
Apple cider vinegar makes a great foot deodorizer. The acids will help to balance the pH level of the skin and will fight bacteria that cause smelly feet. Soak a paper towel in apple cider vinegar and rub on the feet. You can also prepare them in advance, by sealing them in a plastic bag or container, and leave them in the refrigerator.
As soon as you hit yourself, or right after the appearance of a bruise, directly apply apple cider vinegar or make a compress on the skin. It acts as a anti-inflammatory and will help to ease the discoloration.
30. Whiten Teeth
Simply swish apple cider vinegar diluted in two parts water in your mouth and brush as usual. Apple cider vinegar also has anti-bacterial properties, which is excellent for the mouth too. It can also remove stains from teeth. If you have bad breath, it will help to kills bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath.