The Secret Wonder: Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits, Uses And DIY Remedies
Apple cider vinegar has garnered a huge popularity mainly because of its multi-purpose use and application in our everyday lives. But don’t let the recent surge in popularity fool you in to thinking that it’s a new find – in fact, the benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar have been well known for centuries and have been an integral part of some of the “concoctions” and home remedies that were used by the people back then.
One thing that most people do is mix up apple cider vinegar with apple cider. But don’t let the similar names fool you in to thinking that they are one and the same because they are different and serve their own purpose. While apple cider is similar to apple juice and is made from freshly pressed apples, apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, is made from apple cider and goes through a two-step process. The first step involves taking apple cider which has been fermented by bacteria (the good kind) and yeast to turn the sugars present in the cider in to alcohol. The second step involves a second fermentation process through which the alcohol is converted into acetic acid.
It is this fermentation process that we are able to enjoy the numerous health benefits that we get from consuming apple cider vinegar. And while apple cider may taste pretty great, it doesn’t contain the same level of “goodness” that we can get from apple cider vinegar.
Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
So what makes apple cider vinegar such a popular staple in our pantry? Studies have found that including 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can lead to numerous health benefits, which include:
- Apple cider vinegar is a great way to regulate your blood sugar
- The addition of apple cider vinegar is a great way to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Improves the health of the skin by treating acne scars and pigmentation
- Reduces blood pressure
- Provides instant relief from symptoms faced by acid reflux
- Helps in soothing sunburns
- Fights fungal infections such as jock itch, athlete’s foot, yeast infection and toenail fungus
- Treats warts
- Helps in warding off seasonal allergies
- Great for healing poison ivy
- Using apple cider vinegar on hair can add shine
- Acts as a natural deodorant
- Great cleaner for around the house
- Balances your pH levels
- Detoxifies your body
DIY Remedy For Upset Stomach
Nothing is worse than an upset stomach that results due to excessive bloating, gastritis, food poisoning, stress, overeating, constipation, intestinal blockage or even due to certain medication leading to indigestion creates uneasiness and discomfort in the upper abdomen. But don’t let that stop you from going about your day! In fact, this easy DIY tonic is quick to make and requires just 3 simple ingredients that can be found in your own kitchen.
One of the key ingredients to this little recipe is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known to contain a high concentration of pectin that helps in soothing the irritated abdomen (intestine), giving you relief from nausea.
Apple cider vinegar, being acidic in nature, helps in curing upset stomach and move things normally.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can prepare this quick DIY remedy at home!
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey in 1 glass of water (prefer warm water).
- Stir well and drink it to get relief from upset stomach within few minutes.
- Make sure to use raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that has the mother to get rid of any health problem.
- Continue intake of this drink after having meals to get proper digestion without any upset in your stomach.
DIY Remedy For Common Cold
Nobody likes a case of the sniffles and when you start to feel a tickle in your throat or start getting symptoms of the common cold, immediately reach for this home remedy that consists of all natural products and works like a charm.
The recipe is extremely simple and the best thing is that you don’t even need a lot of things – in fact you probably have them right now in your kitchen!
This simple recipe requires only three basic ingredients: lemon, honey and ginger. What’s best about this recipe is that you can make a big batch of this at one time and keep in your fridge. Anytime that you feel a cold coming on, just take this concoction out of the fridge, scoop out a few tablespoons of it and mix it in to hot water for instant relief.
To make this simple recipe at home, you will need:
- 2 pieces of Fresh ginger
- 2 lemons
- Honey (raw)
- Mason jar (to store the mixture)
- Start by slicing the lemon and ginger
- Next, take a mason jar and line up the lemon and ginger in alternate layers
- Once you have those layers, slowly start pouring in the honey over the lemon and ginger, allowing it to fully sink down to the bottom of the jar and coat the layers of ginger and lemon slices.
- Fill the honey to the top of the jar and seal the lid tightly, storing it in the refrigerator. Over time, the mixture will turn in to a jelly consistency.
- When you require the tea, simply scoop out 2-3 tablespoons (making sure to include whole lemon and ginger pieces), add it into the hot water, and let it steep for a few minutes and then drink.
DIY Remedy For Insect Bites
No one likes getting bit or stung by an insect. Not only does it hurt but it also itches and leads to inflammation especially in the summer heat. That pesky red bump can quickly turn into an eye sore not to mention the pain and constant itch that comes as a package with it! But there is a relatively simple way to counteract that bite – and you guessed it right – it requires the use of apple cider vinegar!
Below is a really simple “recipe” that you can use with a cloth and place it over the bite to soothe the affected area.
- Take one part water and one part apple cider vinegar.
- Take a cotton pad and soak the apple cider vinegar mixture and apply it to the affected area.
- Repeat this application several times throughout the day to provide relief and speed up your recovery.