Apple Cider Vinegar: You’ve probably heard of this cure-all, clean-all tonic before. You’ve most likely seen the golden elixir on the shelves at grocery stores, or you’ve stumbled upon a health and lifestyle website that raves about its many uses or you may have even learned about its medicinal properties from a friend.
Over the past few years or so, people across the web (as well as in health stores and farmer’s markets alike) have been heralding apple cider vinegar for its many healing properties. But the use of apple cider vinegar as a restorative is nothing new. This elixir has been used by ancient civilizations to remedy a variety of ailments for millennia.
The vinegar is made by letting fresh, crushed apples mature and ferment in tanks. At the end of this process, a cloudy enzyme and material-rich substance called “mother” is produced. It’s believed that this portion of the potion is where its universal properties lie, although science hasn’t fully backed up that claim. However, science has proven that there are many beneficial uses to the amber tonic.
From your health and body to your home, there almost isn’t any place where apple cider vinegar couldn’t serve your needs. Here’s a list of 9 unconventional uses for the all-purpose elixir that you may not have heard of.
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1. Foot Odor
Maybe you’re an athlete; maybe you’re not, it doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to foot odor (okay, maybe the varying degrees of odor). Whatever the case, sometimes our feet don’t smell their best. A bit of cider vinegar mixed with water and Epsom salt creates an odor-neutralizing, natural foot soak. The solution kills odor-causing bacteria and fungus, like the kind produced from athlete’s foot. Plus, who doesn’t like a relaxing foot soak?
2. Mosquito Bites
There aren’t too many things more unpleasant than an itchy mosquito bite. If you’ve been the target of a mosquito attack, then put two cups of apple cider vinegar in a bathtub of water and dunk yourself in for some sweet relief.
3. A Sore Throat
In 400 B.C. Hippocrates described using apple cider vinegar and honey as an effective way to treat sore throats. That cure still rings true today. Apple cider vinegar is so acidic that it kills the germs causing any trouble in your throat. Mix equal parts water and vinegar, then gargle the infection away.
4. Blood-Sugar Control
Those at risk for diabetes or heart disease may find adding apple cider vinegar to their routine beneficial. Apple cider vinegar (any vinegar actually) has been found to inhibit the enzymes that help your body digest starch, and less digested starch means a less blood sugar response. Reap these benefits by mixing a tablespoon or two in a glass of water about an hour or two before eating.
If fleas are a problem with your furry friend, then apple cider vinegar mixed with water is the solution. Just check with your vet before rubbing the mixture into their fur.
6. Revive Your Rugs
Smelly rugs can put a damper on a room. Revive your old rug by spraying it with a water-vinegar mix and then letting it sit and air out for an hour so. Run a vacuum over it and voila! Just like new.
The acid in apple cider vinegar can help change the pH level of your scalp and stop yeast overgrowth, which is the leading cause of dandruff. Just mix a tablespoon or two with a glass of water, and then rinse it over your hair as you shower.
8. Menopausal Symptoms
Women going through menopause experience dreadful symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Drinking a glass of water with a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar may assist the body in regulating and flushing out toxins that it normally detoxes via sweating.
9. Window Cleaner
We all know by now that using water and soap to clean windows only leads to dried up streaks, and store brand cleaners often contain a toxic list of cleansing agents that you don’t want released into your home. A 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water can lead to a streak-free, shiny window.
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