Apple cider vinegar is a must have ingredient in your kitchen and medicine cabinet.
And while many health publications praise its healing abilities, it’s important to note that certain precautions need to be taken in order to best use this powerful superfood.
The Dangers Of ACV
While apple cider vinegar can remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums, it can also damage your teeth if used improperly (1).
In fact, acidic food like vinegar can wear down tooth enamel, one of the toughest tissues in the human body. This thin layer protects the tooth from the strain of chewing, biting, crunching and grinding (2).
The problem is, if enamel is worn down, you’re more likely to develop permanent tooth, nerve and gum damage. This is because tooth enamel is actually composed of dead cells and cannot be regrown or naturally repaired (3).
Don’t be too alarmed though, you can still use apple cider vinegar safely by diluting it in water and drinking the mixture at least a half an hour after brushing your teeth.
Brushing you teeth after taking vinegar can actually cause more damage to your teeth. It’s even better to drink ACV through a stainless steel straw to avoid exposing your teeth to the acetic acid.
And it’s worth taking these precautions: there are countless testimonies and case studies that document its healing properties (4).
Not convinced? Try the 15 healing remedies.
ACV treats joint pain by nourishing joints and detoxifying any toxins accumulated in your tissues, bones and fluids. The vinegar also relieves painful inflammation associated with the disease.
You can use the powerful ingredient daily as a refreshing tea by combining 1 tablespoon ACV with a teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon in a cup of hot peppermint tea. you can also try adding 2 cups of vinegar to your hot bath and soak for 30 minutes nightly to heal pain.
ACV can relieve headaches by reducing sinus inflammation and treating other underlying conditions like, blood sugar spikes, cold and flu or hormonal imbalance.
Apples are a commonly recommended food in childhood because of its ability to prevent asthma. According to the Daily Mail, the American Journal Of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, UK researchers reported that adults who ate at least two apples a week reduced their asthma risk by up to a third. In a separate study, children of mothers who ate apples during pregnancy were found to be significantly less asthma-prone in their first five years (5).
The acetic acid in ACV kills candida and other yeasts and fungi and it strengthens your stomach acid to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause the condition. To use, mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a hot cup of water and take 3 times a day.
Apple cider vinegar can actually relieve a sore throat and thin mucus to ease coughing. To treat a stubborn cough and the infection causing it, try the recipe below. ACV also has antihistamine properties,so you can use it to treat hay fever too!
- Half a yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 red chili peppers, roughly chopped
- 1 heaping tablespoon of ginger, roughly chopped
- Juice of one lemon
- Apple cider vinegar, preferably organic
- Please consider wearing gloves if you have sensitive skin, and try not to rub your eyes as you put this tonic together, as some of the natural oils involved can lead to unhappy muttering.
- Start with a 350 mL to 500 mL mason jar. Add roughly chopped onion.
- Roughly chopped garlic next please.
- Followed by red chili peppers, seeds and all.
- Then chopped ginger – what a lovely hue of yellow in fresh ginger.
- Add fresh lemon juice – what you can get out of one medium-size lemon. It’s fine to substitute with lime if you wish.
- Top off mason jar with apple cider vinegar, but leave about a cm of room at the top.
- Cap your jar and leave on your counter or in a pantry. Your sore throat, cold, and flu tonic is ready for use!
7. Eye Health
Natural medicine suggests that sore, tired eyes can be rejuvenated by taking a tall cups of hot water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey up to three times daily until symptoms subside. After drinking, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to rinse away any vinegar stuck to your teeth.
Vinegar stabilizes blood sugar and blood pressure to avoid lightheadedness and dizziness.
9. Eczema and Hair Loss
AVC contains nutrients that balance pH balance and promote skin regeneration. Meanwhile, its acetic acid fight bacteria and fungi that can cause skin lesions and hair loss.
To use, mix equal part vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply directly to your skin or scalp. For sensitive skin, dilute 1/3 cup of vinegar for every 3 cups of water. You can also add it to your bathwater or hair washing routine.
Unbeknownst to most people, acid reflux can actually occur when you have too little stomach acid. The vinegar also kills h.pylori bacteria, which can contribute to the condition and is the leading cause of stomach ulcers.
In these cases, taking a spoonful of ACV dilutes in a tall glass of water before your meals can help you better digest your food and avoid heart burn.
This remedy can also relieve hiccups by restoring acid balance in the stomach and relaxing the diaphragm.
11. Wound Healing
Vinegar is used by midwives worldwide to avoid infection after childbirth and to treat viral lesions. While it’s better to use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, coconut oil or honey to treat wounds, ACV is a respected alternative (6).
12. Insomnia and Fatigue
Prevent daytime fatigue by drinking a cup of hot water with 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey before bed. This will relax your muscles and detoxify your body as your sleep. The mixture will also help your fall asleep easier.
13. Food Poisoning
By mimicking stomach acid, ACV can help kill the bad bacteria that causes the condition and cures common symptoms, such as upset stomach, headache and diarrhea (7).
14. Ear Infection
Vinegar is one of the most time-tested ways to get rid of a painful ear infection. To use, combines equal parts filtered water and ACV and use a sterile eye dropper to administer a few drops directly into the ear. Lie on you side for 5 minutes to let the solution penetrate deep int your ear. Then, lie down on your other side with a towel over your ear to let the liquid drain. Use once a day for up to a 5 days to cure your infection (8).
If the condition persists, visit your doctor or naturopath. If you feel constant pressure in your ear, the infection may have already affected your eardrum. In this case, it is not safe to administer any liquid into your ear without medical supervision.
15. Hearing Loss
Vinegar contains essential nutrients like zinc and magnesium, which all play a role in hearing health (9). Potassium also plays an important role in the inner ear by converting sounds into signals that the nervous system recognizes (10). As you age, make sure to take ACV several times a week for best results.