Does your apple cider vinegar sits in the pantry waiting patiently to be used in the occasional cooking recipe?
It can offer you so much more
Below is a list of 13 ways in which humble apple cider vinegar can improve your life
1) help with weight loss
Drinking apple cider vinegar when eating a high-carb meal will make you feel fuller, which will mean you won't feel so much need to snack. A Japanese study concluded that vinegar, due to its acetic acid properties, helps reduce body weight, BMI and visceral fat.
2) improve the health of your gut
Laboratory tests have found that apple cider vinegar has a large number of probiotics including lactobacillus, which is well known for its role in keeping the gut healthy. Unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is fully bioactive and organic apple cider vinegar has the widest microbial range of all.
3) relieve burns and stings
For hundreds of years apple cider vinegar has been used to take the heat out of burns and stings. Soak a cotton ball or clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and then apply to the burn or sting. Do not use apple cider vinegar if you have any broken skin.
4) soothe a sore throat
The compounds in apple cider vinegar such as acetic acid can kill harmful bacteria whilst promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. To remedy a sore throat you can gargle 1 - 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a little salt and some warm water for 20 - 30 seconds a couple of times a day or you could mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of honey in some warm water and drink it.
5) treat warts
Apple cider vinegar's acidic nature makes it good for breaking down the skin cells that make up warts. To treat a wart mix two parts of apple cider vinegar to one part water. Place cotton wool into the mixture and soak it. Once it is soaked place it on the wart and use a plaster to hold it in place. Leave the plaster on all night until the wart has fallen off.
6) stop hiccups
Apple cider vinegar can be a cure for hiccups. Next time you are plagued by hiccups pour yourself a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to drink. Try not to use this method too often as the acid in undiluted apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth.
7) treat nail fungus
Apple cider vinegar is good at killing harmful bacteria so works well to remedy nail fungus. To prepare a bad bacteria killing foot bath, fill a bowl with equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Soak your feet in the bowl for about 20 minutes, repeat daily until symptoms are gone.
8) increase the life of nail polish
Many people swear by this hack to help nail polish to last longer. Mix together 1/2 cup of warm water and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, then soak your fingernails in it. Remove your fingers and wait for your nails to dry. Once they are dry paint with nail polish as usual. The apple cider vinegar removes the oil from the nails so the polish sticks well to the oil free nail as opposed to trying to adhere to oily nails.
9) remove nail polish
Versatile apple cider vinegar not only helps nail polish last longer but it can also help to remove it. To make this homemade nail polish remover you will need the juice from one lemon and 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. In a small bowl mix these two ingredients together, they should be of about equal parts. Next soak your nails in warm water to loosen the polish. Then dip your fingers into the bowl of lemon and apple cider vinegar for about 30 seconds (it may sting a little). After that you can wipe the polish off with a cotton wipe. For stubborn polish you might want to soak the cotton wipe in the bowl first. Once the polish is off rinse your hands under warm water and moisturise. Our Cocoa Butter Moisturiser and Almond Lotion Bar are both perfect for this job.
10) tone your face
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a facial toner as it is know to remedy skin conditions and reduce signs of ageing. To make this skin tonic mix one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water and then apply it to the skin using a cotton wipe. If you have sensitive skin you should first try a more diluted solution.
11) poach eggs
Protein in egg whites firms up quickly when exposed to acidity. To help eggs keep their shape when poaching, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the boiling water, before adding the eggs.
12) clean hair
Apple cider vinegar removes product from your hair, detangles and adds shine. To make a hair rinse mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part warm water and pour it over your hair. Leave on your hair for a few minutes before washing out. If you have sensitive skin you will want to try a more diluted mixture.
13) treat acne
Some people swear by using apple cider vinegar to rid themselves of acne. Dilute some apple cider vinegar in water and dab it on to the acne. Always dilute the apple cider vinegar as if undiluted it may burn the skin.
It is hard to believe that one ingredient is so versatile and can have so many uses around the house. Let us know if you have found another use for apple cider vinegar.