If you haven’t tried apple cider vinegar yet, you are missing out on a world of possibilities contained within a bottle. Made from fermented apples, this vinegar is more gentle than generic white vinegar and packs some serious punch all across the board from taste, to the variety of ways you can use it.
Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
The most common way to consume Apple Cider Vinegar is to drink it. Add 1-2 teaspoons to 8oz of water and chug away. If the taste is too bitter for you, some people add honey or stevia to the mix, lemon works nicely with the flavour as well. Drinking ACV has many health benefits including alkalizing the body, boosting the immune system, increasing energy naturally and helping to heal the digestive tract.
Not everyone knows the connection between skin health and the gut health. It’s a not so well known fact that our digestion plays a key role in how our skin looks and feels. Since our skin is the body’s largest organ, often the various skin conditions that arise such as eczema, swelling, redness, bumps, acne and more are all symptomatic of a deeper issue that most likely originates in the gut. Even if we don’t have major skin outbreaks or conditions, we may have dull, lifeless and rough skin that is a result of a digestive system that is not performing correctly.
This all being said, drinking apple cider vinegar daily is a great practice to get into; both for your digestive health and to help you achieve glowing, soft skin.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin Care
In addition to drinking ACV, there are a variety of ways you can use it in your skincare regime.
Firstly, ACV makes an amazing toner that is super easy and very cost effective to make. Just combine 2 parts of distilled or filtered water with 1 part of Apple Cider Vinegar, shake and use! You can either use a spray bottle or apply with a cotton ball. There are many reasons why ACV benefits the skin, many are owing to the properties of apples. The acids in apples help to exfoliate and regenerate skin cells, also contain potassium which helps to keep the skin moisturized, and the pectin in apples has anti-ageing properties.
A special treatment you can do once a week with ACV is a mini-facial using simply water, a soft cloth and of course, ACV. This is from the Bragg website, who is probably the most well-known producer of Apple Cider Vinegar. One of the founders, Patricia Bragg is said to look many years younger than she is, which she attributes to her healthy lifestyle, positive attitude and the daily usage of Apple Cider Vinegar in a number of ways!
To do an ACV Facial:
- First, wash your skin with warm water (no soap)
- Next, apply wrung-out, hot water-soaked cloth to face 3 minutes, then remove.
- Now soak a thin cotton wash cloth in hot ACV water (1 Tbsp. ACV per cup water) again apply to your face.
- Cover the ACV-soaked washcloth with a cotton towel that has been wrung out in hot water. Now lie down for 15 minutes or longer with your feet elevated up on the couch, against a wall, or a slant board. This brings more blood circulation which increases cell rejuvenation that revitalizes the face.
- Remove both cloths and gently rub the skin upwards with a coarse towel or our favorite – a small loofah face pad. This rub removes all of the old, dry skin scales that have been detached and loosened by the ACV facial.
Try this amazing facial at home and see your skin instantly look more youthful and glowing!
Apple Cider Vinegar Deodorant
The next amazing usage of this multifaceted vinegar is to make your own deodorant. ACV kills the bacteria and fungus on site that causes body odor. Simply apply it underneath the armpits using a cotton ball or spray bottle. Using a 1:1 ratio combined with water is probably best for the delicate underarm skin, as pure vinegar on the skin can be too strong for many. The slight vinegar smell should dissipate within a few minutes. It’s also fun to add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make a lovely smelling all natural deodorant.
Adding ACV to the bath creates a lovely treatment that is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and detoxifying. Since you have learned what it can do for your digestion, face and armpits, imagine how soaking in it would provide all those same benefits – but for your entire body! Another bonus from adding ACV to the bath is the relief of arthritis and joint pain. Also, regularly bathing in this magic stuff can help to alleviate foot fungus and issues like athlete’s foot. Add 1-2 cups to the bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Take a brief shower to wash off the vinegar and give your face a gentle scrub with a washcloth afterwards. You will feel energized, refreshed and your skin will look polished and squeaky clean.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Soft and Shiny Hair
Lastly, for some natural hair care help, look no further than Apple Cider Vinegar. It benefits the hair in many ways, first by balancing the scalp which can help keep dandruff at bay and remedy a dry and itchy scalp. Vinegar is also an amazing way to deep cleanse your hair from shampoo and product buildup. Simply add a few tablespoons to a large container of water and pour it over your head after shampooing. Your hair will feel softer and more manageable, and you will notice that your favourite styling products will work like they did the first time you used them.
Hopefully, this has made you a believer of the amazing benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar for beauty and health. Make sure to choose a good quality raw and organic brand whenever possible, and you may want to stock up on it in bulk.
Let your good health shine through in everything you do!