Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is mouth puckering on its own, but use it as an ingredient in a salad dressing and you have magic! ACV is considered magic by some as it is incredibly versatile. You can use it to alleviate sore muscles, get rid of skin tags, shrink facial pores and include it as a part of your household cleaning arsenal to name a few.
It’s highly recommended that you purchase ACV that contains the mother; the mother is the cloudy substance at the bottom of the jar which is from “naturally occurring strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules.” In layman’s terms, this means it means that the mother is what makes the vinegar so special.
ACV has been touted as being helpful for weight loss, for its ability to curb sugar cravings and promote detoxification. I gave this method a good ole’ college try and bailed after a few days because I couldn’t get past the sourness of it. Always dilute this vinegar with water prior to consuming or gargling due to the high level of acidity content. It could irritate the mouth, throat and stomach as well as wear on tooth enamel.
This vinegar is great for relieving a sore throat; I tried it last winter and loved how quickly it eased the pain. The major benefit is that ACV is that it has antibacterial properties and will help to kill the germs in the mouth and throat, and it also helps to loosen the mucus.
ACV Sore Throat Gargle Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 8 Ounce cup
- Add the vinegar to a cup and pour in water to the top
- Gargle with the mixture and spit it out when done
- Repeat 3 times a day
One other great use for ACV is for easing bruises. I had smashed one of my toes and ended up with a deep cut on it; an acquaintance recommended that I soak my injured toe in a mixture of the vinegar and water. Besides being antibacterial, ACV also has anti-inflammatory properties which eased the pain and lessened the swelling and bruising. To a bowl I added a cup of the vinegar and fill the rest of the bowl with water and soaked my foot for about 15 minutes. I did this two times a day and it helped to heal my cut and lessened the bruise significantly.
There are so many uses for ACV its crazy, in a good way. If you have a favorite use for this magic liquid we would love to hear from you! Leave a comment so that others can benefit from the knowledge.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.
BRAGG. (n.d.). How to Use The World’s Best BRAGG Organic Apple Cider Vinegar [PDF]. Retrieved from http://bragg.com/products/PDFs/ACV%20_Brochure.pdf.