The 5 Most Clever Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

November 15, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

By Kali Kushner

Raw, Organic apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful natural remedies on earth. There are thousands of uses, from creating your own DIY laundry detergent and helping with digestion to aromatherapy or detangling your hair.I've gone through various online lists, and curated from personal experience, to gather what I believe are the five most beneficial uses for apple cider vinegar, with real science backing them up! Beloware five of thecleverest uses for this natural cure-all.

Use as face toner

Apple cider vinegar not only balances your skinspH levels for healthy, glowing skin, but it also gently exfoliates by removing dead skin and toxins. It is ideal for those who suffer with skin conditions such as acne or scarringbecause the lactic and malic acids in the apple cider vinegar work to restore the acid mantle and draw out toxins from the skin.

Howto:You can create your own DIY facial toner by mixing ¼ witch hazel, ¼ apple cider vinegar, ½ water, and about 4-5 drops of tea tree oil. Witch hazel will reduce inflammation and soothe irritation while tea tree oil will fight off and prevent new acne from forming due to its antibacterial properties. 

Mix with ginger as a digestion cocktail

Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to digestion. It helps with bloat,intestinal inflammation,and delays the emptying of the stomach; all allowing for increased nutrient absorption.It is also considered a prebiotic,which is asource of food forbeneficial bacteria. Maintaining the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut isoptimal for keeping your digestive system healthy.

How to:Drinking a warm glass of water with1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and2 teaspoons of freshly juiced ginger willgive your digestion the kickstart it needs (plus it tastes great!).If you don’tfeel like making it fresh yourself each day or just prefertheconvenience of apre-made drink, you canbuy theBraggsorganic apple cider vinegarginger spice drink here!

Whiten your teeth

The acetic acid in Apple cider vinegaris beneficialat removing surface stains and plaque build up.It is also great forimproving overall mouth health by killing bad bacteria, bad breath, and encouragingthe growth of healthy bacteria!

Be wary- Apple cider vinegar is very acidic with a Ph of3.075, anything under a 5.5can damage enamel and lead to tooth erosion.

Howto:The safest way to use Apple cider vinegaris todilute it in a glass of warm waterand use as a mouthwash for about 20 seconds.After rinsing wait about20-30 minutes before brushing your teeth as the acidity will make your teeth extremely sensitive and vulnerable to damage.And don’t forget, besure to use theconcoction sparingly- as little as once a weekwill show noticeable improvement withoutcausingany unwanted tooth damage.

 ACV shampoo rinse

While there are many uses for Apple cider vinegar, both internally and externally, one of my favoritesisusing it asa DIY hair rinse! Using Apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse helps to restore the ph balance ofthe scalp and the shaft of the hair, allowing for optimal hair growth. ACV alsoworks to seal damaged hair cuticles, giving the hair asmooth, shiny appearance while protecting from moisture loss.

How to:To make your own rinsesimplycombine2-4 tablespoons of ACV,16oz of water, and1-2 drops of desired essential oils in a plastic squeeze bottle.After shampooing and rinsing your hair, use the Apple cider vinegar rinseby pouring it on your entire scalp.Let it siton your hair for about 2 minutes beforerinsing thoroughly.If you don't feel like making your own but still want to experiment with theeffects of an apple cider vinegar hair rinse,DpHUE makes their own rinse sold at both Ulta and Sephora that carries thesame simple ingredients!

As a pre-workout

Supplementing apple cider vinegar as apre-workout can help with energy production and ensure pain-freeexercise. This occurs because apples are a natural pH balancer and have an alkaline effect on the body, riding your system of any excessacids in the muscles. Our Ph is a natural monitor of carbon dioxide and plays a huge role in oxygenating your body duringexercise.

For use as apre-workout simply mix a full glass of water with 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Remember tobesure todilute the apple cider vinegar, it is extremely acidic and if leftundiluted it can cause more harm than good!

There are 101 ways to use apple cider vinegar, these are just some of my favs! Have any of your own favorites remedies or suggestions? Leave a comment below!


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