What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
ACV is obtained from crushed apples which undergo the process fermentation for a certain period of time. The first fermentation turns the juice into alcohol while the second one converts into vinegar.
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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Work?
There are many claims and counter claims to support the effectiveness or otherwise of ACV. Regarding the claims, most evidence is anecdotal and thousands of years old. It is as old as the time of Hippocrates. He used and advised it for many ailments. It has even been used in the Islamic medicines since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad said “Vinegar is the comfort for man” and that “it is the best dip (for bread).”
So the anecdotal evidence is very vast and spans on thousands of years.
Anecdotal evidence shows it to be a miracle cure which treats almost any ailment. People swear by it to have taken it effectively for anything like weight loss, acne, sunburn, weight gain, indigestion, acid reflux, gas, hemorrhoids, infections, kidney stones, gall bladder stones, constipation, and the list goes on.
On the other side, there are many counter claims both anecdotal and scientific. The anecdotal claims are simply that it did not work for some people. Such people related their own individual experience. Interestingly, the amount of anecdotal evidence that acv works is far greater than that of those who report that it did not work for them.
On the scientific side, there is no evidence that it does not work. Those who claim against its scientific evidence simply do not find any support from research and science for its effectiveness. They have neither an overall evidence of its effectiveness nor ineffectiveness. However, it does not mean that there is no scientific evidence at all. Some studies have shown positive results on lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, skin conditions and overall health benefits. However, these studies are limited in nature and needs further investigation.
Our conclusion is that all individuals are not the same. Everyone has their own individual situation. It may work for some and not for others. People who may want to try it may either find it in-effective or they may get positive results as they have heard, even more than what they heard.
Those who have no medical conditions may give it a try and see it for themselves. Those who have any medical conditions must talk to their doctor before embarking on such regimen.
It is extremely important to take the right amount and never exceed the dose as prescribed by experts.
1. Athletes’ Foot
Add an equal amount of acv to pure lukewarm water and put your feet for 30 minutes. Repeat daily before going to bed at night. Soak the socks in a mixture of vinegar and water and squeeze out. Put the socks on for one hour.
2. Abrasions and Cuts
Organic apple cider vinegar is naturally anti-bacterial and kills the germs which cause infection. It is a great anti-septic for wounds, bruises and cuts. Apply directly to areas and bandage to cover.
The alpha-hydroxyl acid content in acv helps to eradicate many skin conditions. It helps to destroy fat deposits, prevent peeling. Soaking a cotton ball in the undiluted solution and applying directly to the affected area works great on acne and pimples. Apply on a small area first to test for any allergic reaction. Apply twice a day. Do not wash with soap. Wash with lukewarm water.
4. Acid Reflux
This is one of the most illogical looking treatments. It is treating to reduce acid with acid! However, taking raw apple cider vinegar will not simply increase the amount of acid in the stomach but it will enable it to function properly. It regulates the stomach to produce a balanced amount of acid. This naturally eliminates acidity in the stomach.
Heat up 8 oz of water and add 3 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it. Soak a bandage in the solution for 20 minutes and wrap it around the affected joints. Before you wrap the bandage around, it is best to put your hands or feet in the solution to get them soaked well. Make sure that the bandage is warm not hot. Some users report that adding baking soda to the solution works best.
6. Age Spots
These are brown spots which appear on the neck, chest, shoulder, arms, hands and face. Age spots are very common in the Western countries of the world. Although, these are called age spots, they may have nothing to do with age and may appear at any stage of life. The following is one of the best home remedies for removing age spots.
Peel and cut a slice of onion and soak it in apple cider vinegar for a few minutes. Once soaked well, rub it gently on the area where the age spots appear. Continue the treatment for four to six weeks or until you see the results.
Mix half a teaspoon of buckwheat honey with the same amount of acv and take it before going to bed. It works great to reduce or even eradicate the problem of bed wetting.
8. Bladder and Kidney
Mix one tablespoon of raw manuka honey with the same amount of organic cider vinegar. Eat twice a day. It will reduce bladder inflammation and help cleanse the bladder. Both manuka honey and acv are anti-bacterial which kills the bad bacteria and promotes the healthy ones.
9. Block Heads
Block heads mostly appear on the face. Here is an easy way of how to remove blockheads and let your face shine smooth, clean and soft.
Take 3 strawberries and crush them. Add them to two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Leave the solution for at least two hours. Apply the paste as mask on the face. Wash with warm water after an hour. Some people use the mask before going to bed and leave it overnight for best results.
10. Body Stiffness
Cocktail of apple vinegar and raw honey three times a day works wonder in curing stiff joints. Raw honey and raw vinegar contains several enzymes, minerals and vitamins which promotes healthy joints and muscles. Adding fresh fruit and vegetables to the above regime will expedite the treatment.
11. Bacterial Cystitis
As we have seen that acv is anti-bacterial. It kills bad bacteria and promotes healthy gut flora. When taken regularly with honey, it reduces the chances of recurring bacterial cystitis. It kills the bad bacteria and replenishes the system with good bacteria. People who have used organic ACV for bacterial cystitis have reported improvement in burning sensation in the bladder as well as in urethra.
During cold, the body is more alkaline and hence the ph balance is not perfect. By taking 2 teaspoons of acv in water three times a day will adjust the ph balance. Continue at least three days to get relief from cold and related symptoms.
Mix 3 teaspoons of raw honey, three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and some hot sauce. Take one tablespoon three times a day. Make sure that you do not give this remedy to children as the hot sauce is not recommended for them.
14. Cold and Genital Sores
The sores caused by herpes virus makes the skin around the rectum and anus very itchy and burning. Apply some undiluted acv on the affected area. It will burn initially but within a few minutes the burns will go away and itching relieved.
15. Dandruff and Scalp itching
Take the above solution and message well into the hair so that it passed between the hairs and also reaches the scalp. Leave for at least 30 minutes and then shampoo. Make sure you use herbal shampoo. Also make sure to use clean hairbrush for combing your hair. Repeat the application twice a week.
The following method also works great for treating itchy scalp.
1. Chop two apples and grind them in a grinder
2. Add two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
3. Add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
4. Add one teaspoon of cornstarch
5. Apply the solution to hair and leave it for 30 minutes
6. Rinse with warm water
16. Chronic Fatigue
People these days turn towards harmful stimulants to relieve their fatigue and tiredness. These stimulants relieve the symptoms temporarily but in the long term they may contribute to making them chronic. These among other include: alcohol, tea, coffee, cola and pep pills.
If you suffer chronic fatigue, add one table spoon of raw honey into on one table spoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar and mix it in glass of water. Drink twice a day.
17. Combating Underweight
Underweight people are normally deficient in enzymes. They have weak metabolism so the body does not get enough nutrients. The food eaten is not used by the body no matter what quantity it is eaten. You see that some underweight people take a lot of food rich in fat, yet they gain no weight. The reason behind this is simple. All that food and fat taken in is not converted by the body and is not assimilated to become part of the body.
Patricia Bragg advises that underweight people should take the following acv regimen and they would instantly be able to gain some weight.
- Mix 2 tsp of acv with 2 tsp of honey
- Add 2 drops of liquid iodine
- Eat every morning upon arising. Eat multi-digestive enzyme with each meal.
Source Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System by Patricia Bragg
18. Leg Cramps
Defeat the haunt of night time leg cramps by taking the acv tea. Mix a tablespoon of honey with the one tablespoon of vinegar and 200 ml glass of water. Mildly warm the solution and drink before going to bed. You will find easing the debilitating night time leg cramps.
19. Kidney Stones
Kidney stones when dissolved or broken to very small pieces can find their way through the bladder and urethra to get out. It is said that salads of cucumbers, parsley, green onion, tomatoes, beet root, celery, carrots and cabbage smothered in raw organic apple cider vinegar with mother can dissolve the stones in the kidney.
20. Detoxify Your Body Naturally
Toxic poisons accumulate in the body overtime. People who have strong immune system may be able to naturally eliminate toxins and poisonous materials. Some people may not have the naturally ability to purge their system of toxic waste. Consequently such toxins become the cause of many illnesses and diseases. The powerful mother enzymes in the raw apple cider vinegar render such toxins harmless.
Apple cider vinegar purifies the body and even helps the system to get rid off the free radicals which may cause cancer. Drinking apple cider vinegar along with carrot and fresh green vegetable juice is a great way to detoxify the body of the harmful materials.
Headache may be either acute or chronic. Acute headache may be temporary and go away by taking simple pain killers or just taking rest. Headache may be chronic which means that it is recurring and may be a symptom or warning for some underlying problem in the body. There are many causes of headache. It can be caused by poor health, poor diet, poor organ performance due to the lack of nutrition etc. It may also be due to emotional factors, stress and depression.
When the body and mind (physical and emotional) balance is out of place, headache may become a daily occurrence. Migraines and other types of throbbing headache are very painful.
- Mix 2 tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar with mother in a glass of water
- Boil the mixture.
- Put a towl on your head and inhale the steam.
It will clear the sinus and releasing the pressure and strain built around the nerves, tissues in the neck, shoulders and head areas.
22. Corns and Calluses
Take warm water and add 2 tablespoon of organic raw acv. Soak the affected area for 20 minutes. Dip a piece of cotton in undiluted acv and place it directly on the corns. Apply a plaster over it so that the cotton piece keeps over the area. Replace the cotton piece in the morning. Repeat twice a day. Continue the regimen unless the corns and calluses are cured.
23. Skin Tags
These are dead outgrowth or tumors hanging on the skin. Skin tags are usually harmless and do not cause pain. However, if they are on visible places like face, eyelids, foreheads etc. they may not look nice. Take Q-tip cotton and dip it in the organic raw apple cider vinegar. Apply it to the skin tag with a little bit of pressure on the tag. Do it twice a day until the skin tag falls off.
24. Sore Throat
Some people suffer from sore throat quite often due to some allergic reactions. Sore throat can be also bacterial which may cause fever. If you have sore throat natural acv works great. Mix one tsp of acv in a 200 ml glass of warm water and mix well. Gargle every hour. Once you feel a bit better you can gargle each three hours. It is also recommended to gargle with the solution even if your throat is not sore. This will make sure to kill any bad bacteria residing in your throat and avoid any oncoming infection. Gargling with acv cleanses the throat off bacteria and toxins. Make sure that you do not swallow the acv after gargling as it contains bacteria and toxins. Instead spit it out.
25. Skin Health
ACV can revitalize the skin and give it a fresh glow. You can mix it in your bath, simply wash your body or just spray it. What I do personally is mix ½ cup of acv with water in a spray bottle and then spray it all over my body after shower and leave it to dry. It washes away all the chemicals, germs, toxins and refreshes the skin.
26. Tone the Skin and Open its Pores
The pores on the skin play an important role in eliminating poisons and toxins. Overtime, skin pores are blocked because of dirt. Add 2 tablespoons of acv to 1 liter of water and boil. Face over the steam with a towel on your head to trap the steam. Clean the skin with undiluted acv to remove the dirt and toxins. Repeat twice. Please note that first apply undiluted acv on a small portion of skin to avoid risk of allergic reaction.
27. Sunburns and Blisters
Blistered, sun burnt and peeled skin is usually very irritating and even painful. To get rid of give it a good soak of acv mixed with water. After you have soaked the affected area, apply undiluted acv gently. It may burn for a few minutes but it should go away within 15 minutes.
28. Shingles and Chicken Pox
Shingles and chicken pox are caused by herpes zoster virus. Apply some undiluted acv directly to the affected area without pressing or rubbing. Apply twice a day. Healing shall start in a few days.
29. Stop Bleeding
It has the natural property to clot blood when applied to bleeding cuts or wounds. Once applied to the affected areas cover with a clean bandage.
30. Insect Bites
Acv helps against pain caused by insect bites such as bee stings, mosquito bites and jelly fish stings. Apply directly on affected areas undiluted or dilute with a small amount of water. The application neutralizes the venom from the bites and stings.
31. Ear problems
It works great in ear problems such as ear infection, drum inflammation, ear ache, ear blockage and swimmers’ ear. Dilute an equal part of acv with purified water and apply it using ear syringe. Please note that if you eardrum is perforated or has a hole in it; you must not put any liquid in your ear unless advised by a qualified professional health practitioner.
32. Hemorrhoids and Rectal Itching
Rectal or anal itching may be caused by hemorrhoids, worms, virus or bacterial infection. Soak a cotton ball in acv and put it between the cheeks i.e. in the anus. Leave the cotton ball for at least 20 minutes. Initially the burning sensation or itching may increase, but this is indication that the application is working. You will soon find it soothing and relieved of the itching. If you find the undiluted vinegar too harsh, mix it with some water.
33. Mouth Thrush
Add one tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar with mother in a glass of water and gargle three times a day. Please note not to use undiluted acv for gargles as the acids may hurt the throat. Also it is important to note that you should not brush teeth immediately after gargling with cider vinegar because it is very hard on teeth enamel.
34. Yeast’s Infection, Eczema and Psoriasis
Dilute an equal amount of water and vinegar and apply to the affected area daily. Continue for at least 10 days. Don’t wash the affected areas with soaps or detergents. Just use plain lukewarm water. You may also use herbal health soap.
35. Hair Loss
Mix one tablespoon of cider vinegar with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add three tablespoon of water. Massage the solution to bald areas. In a few weeks time, hair should patch up bald areas.
36. Hair Conditioner
This remedy works great if you want a natural shine in your hair. The steps are easy to follow and the ingredients are easily available.
- Take two tablespoon of acv
- Mix it with one tablespoon of olive oil
- Add egg white to the solution
- Apply to the hair and leave for half an hour wearing a shower cap
- Rinse with warm water
37. Sore Muscles and Aching Joints
Add one cup of natural organic and raw acv to lukewarm bath. Lie down for 10 minutes and then gently start massaging your body right from foot to head. Repeat the massage thrice and then stay there another 10 minutes. Sore muscles and aching joints will be only a memory.
38. Interstitial Cystitis
Medical science has not found any medical treatment for treating interstitial cystitis. However there are some regimens used by people and they swear by them.
Mix an equal amount of manuka honey with raw and organic apple cider vinegar. Take a tablespoon of organic apple CV diluted with 200 ml of water upon rising and another one before going to bed.
39. Gall Bladder Flush
There are several types of gallbladder flashes recommended by naturopaths and herbalists. Many people report a good rate of success using natural remedies. Olive Oil gallbladder flush is very popular among the sufferers. Another great way is to use organic acv. The following method of gallbladder flush has been derived from Patricia Bragg’s Book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System.
You will need
- Bragg Organic Olive Oil
- Organic Apple Juice
- Bragg’s Organic ACV Raw with the Mother
- Take water in a glass 8 oz
- Add 1/3 Bragg organic olive oil
- Add one tsp organic acv
- Add 2/3 organic apple juice
- Drink the mixture 3 times the first day
- Drink it twice the second day
- Drink it as desired the third day
- At night sleep on the right side and pull your knee up to open the pathway.
40. Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps occur when the precipitated crystals accumulate in the body. Muscle cramps may occur in several parts of the body especially in the feet, lower and upper legs. Taking 2 teaspoons of acv with 2 teaspoons of raw honey will flush out precipitated crystals and relieve the body of the cramps. It is also recommended to massage the area with a mixture of organic olive oil and acv solution.
41. Treating High Blood Pressure
The blood runs through veins, arteries and capillaries in our body. The arteries carry blood from the heart to the various part of the body while the veins carry it back to the heart. The heart purifies it and then the arteries take it back to the parts of the body. This is called the blood circulation system. A healthy blood circulation means healthy heart and low risks of coronary heart diseases.
For the blood to circulate efficiently in the system, it must be thin. With the passage of time and due to intake of high fat food and lack of exercise the blood may thicken. This leads to inefficient blood circulation which increases the pressure and strain on heart. Once there is more strain on the heart, the blood pressure goes up which may lead to other heart related complications.
People who take acv for high blood pressure report positive results. According to Bragg.com it unclogs the arteries from fatty stuff and thins the blood. According to Bragg.com they carried a 48 hour test of patient suffering from high blood pressure. The patient was given organic Bragg acv and put on a fast of Bragg’s cocktail. Within 48 hours her blood pressure lowered to the normal level.
42. Healthy Heart
Heart is the hardest working muscle in the entire body. It needs a lot of potassium to perform its 24/7 job of purifying blood and then supplying it to the various parts of the body. According to some studies, ACV can break the plaque built in the arteries. This helps the arteries unclog and makes the blood thin. ACV lowers blood pressure and makes the heart strong by providing it enough amounts of potassium and other fuel.
43. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Spray two tablespoon of raw acv on avocado and eat it. This makes the passage of food easy through the intestines. It also helps pass the stool smoothly without applying pressure.
44. Varicose Veins
Soak a piece of cloth preferably cotton cloth in organic apple vinegar and wrap around the legs. Leave for at least 30 minutes. During treatment it is best to keep the legs elevated. Continue the treatment for 6 weeks.
This is a skin disease which affects many people around the world especially in Europe, America, Canada and some other countries. It appears after the age 30 upward up to 60 years of age. The main affected areas of the body are nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Some people simply get redness in these areas while other may get bumps and pimples along with redness.
Try this simple and easy home remedy for the cure of Rosacea.
- Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, preferably organic, to one table spoon of water
- Dip a cotton ball in the solution
- Apply to the affected areas before going to bed.
- Wash with normal water in the morning. (Not too cold not too warm)
Make sure that you apply first on a small area to test for any reaction.
Boil 200 ml of water hot and leave it for about 10 minutes so it is still warm. Add two teaspoon of acv into the water. Fill in a syringe and spray inside your nostrils. Do it a couple of times and blow out after each spray.
47. Stretch Marks
These are marks which appear on the body especially in the belly areas. They are also called striae distensae or stiae gravidarum in medical terminology. The most common cause of stretch marks is weight gain. When the body gains weight the dermis is overstretched and may tear which causes appearance of stretch marks. Other causes for stretch marks are: hormonal changes, bodybuilding, pregnancy and puberty.
Grate half a cup of onion and mix it with one tablespoon of undiluted apple cider vinegar. Apply twice to the affected areas. This home remedy may take a while before you see the results. Bear in mind that “slow and steady wins the race.”
Warts can be quite irritating. Good news is it is easy to get rid off them. Warts are generally hard and it takes a few weeks to completely disappear. Just use the same procedure as described for corns and calluses. It is a perfect and wonder treatment.
49. Jock Itch
50. Skin Mole
51. Digestive Problems
52. Nail Fungs
53. Strech Marks
55. Blocked Nose
56. Skin Flakes
57. Sore Eyes
58. Cracked Heels
59. Bleeding gums
60. Finger Warts
1. Don’t take it Undiluted
ACV is acidic and should not be taken on its own. When taken undiluted, it may be harsh on throat and may even burn it. As it is high in acid, it is also hard on tooth enamel. It is always best to dilute it with
2. Prolong Use May have Side Effects
Doctors warn that prolong use of apple cider vinegar may reduce potassium levels. It may also be harsh on stomach when used repeatedly.
3. Take the Right Dose
Never overdose any medication. Small amounts are safer while overdosing may be harmful.
4. Speak to Your Doctor
It is always prudent to speak to your medical doctor before taking any home remedies especially if you have a health condition and are on medication.