cidervinegarI don’t know why I haven’t written about apple cider vinegar and its healing and healthy cleaning applications until now. What inspired me to write this is when I commented to my friend Isabel last week about how beautiful her skin looked and she said: “apple cider vinegar in a spritzer bottle.” Then I told my daughter Emily (who has beautiful skin as well) and she proceeded to tell me she uses it for dry scalp, on her face and she drinks it every morning. Research started immediately thereafter and sharing is caring, right? FYI, I crossed referenced this with about ten websites but one of the sources I most respect is that of Dr. Joseph Mercola. I have such a high opinion of this man that I dedicated a chapter of my book to his work. Pretty much EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about apple cider vinegar and maybe even some info you didn’t want is one click away. Trust me when I say you will find some surprises!

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version. For you long “fact finders” please click on the link above.

Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Please read this part first: There are no official guidelines concerning taking vinegar internally. Some people take one to two teaspoons a day, mixed in a glass of water, before meals or in the morning, and report benefits from doing so. The risk of taking small amounts of vinegar is low, and research suggests it may have some real health benefits. Ready for this?

Heart Health
Weight Loss
Sinus Congestion
Sore Throat
Digestion and Acid Reflex
Skin Irritations

Energy Boost

Household Uses
You can actually use distilled white vinegar for household use and the cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples or cherries for consumption. However, if you prefer you can use apple cider vinegar around your home as well.

Natural Cleaning – Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents  there is. Why? Its antimicrobial properties!  Who knew or am I the last one attending the apple cider vinegar party?

Other uses: weed killer; neutralize odors; fruit and veggie wash; hygiene and beauty (this knocked my organic green socks off!); hair rinse, facial toner; deodorant; oral health; and foot odor (head to toe?)

Two more quick tidbits: There are lots of ways to use apple cider vinegar in your cooking and you need to choose your vinegar wisely and AVOID distilled vinegar. Once again, refer to the link above for great info.

Final thought: can you think of a healthier, more AFFORDABLE item to keep in your house than this? And, no, you won’t smell like a salad. At least I hope not.