A vinegar or cider made of apples – a fermented liquid, with health benefits and uses in abundance!
Generally when one thinks of vinegar, you immediately know the smell and it is usually associated with uses in foods (or ‘over’) foods such as the smell of hot chips (slap tjips) with salt and vinegar but not so with apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is better known for its medicinal properties or weight loss benefits.
One of the oldest folk remedies for ACV is for tummy woes ~ be it cramping, upsets, spasms, diarrhoea or just bloating, our Grannies knew the benefits of taking a tablespoon or two of ACV in some water.
I remember so well having my hair washed by my mum – leaning over the wash basin water with soap in my ears and running down my chin and then the familiar smell of the last rinse with a little vinegar. I was told that it helps to control the oiliness but in actual fact it helps to rebalance the pH of the scalp and acts as a natural detangler and conditioner leaving it soft and smooth and super shiny.
Currently it is sold in health stores specifically for detoxification of the body but did you know that ACV has been around since Hippocrates’ days when he prescribed it taken with a little honey; the natural health properties of both products are endless.
So why would we include ACV in our daily regime?
The benefits of ACV are endless ….
Detoxifies the body: it is a natural liver and lymphatic tonic and a stimulant which aids these detox systems of the body.
Common Cold: ACV mixed with a little honey, is a go to remedy for a sore throat and because of the probiotic boost, it is a great natural cure.
Natural deodorant: Dip your fingers in some ACV and rub the armpit to kill off the bad bacterial and yeast which causes body odour.
Anti-fungal: Fungus of toes, feet or nails. Make a mixture of coconut oil, oregano oil and ACV and rub on the affected areas a few times a day to treat the fungus.
Weight loss aid: Consuming ACV daily promotes fat loss according to the Journal of Diabetes Care. It reduces sugar cravings and as mentioned earlier improves detoxification.
Blood sugar balance: Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in ACV can balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses.
Candida cleanse: ACV contains probiotics and acetic acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida; Use ACV together with a low sugar/ carb diet as part of a candida cleanse.
Household cleaner: ACV has anti-bacterial properties and as it balances the pH it makes a perfect household cleaning product. Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% ACV and spray windows and counters for cleaning. This spray will also keep fleas at bay!
Skin toner for Eczema and Acne: ACV is an excellent remedy for skin issues. Rub some ACV on the affected areas and follow with some coconut oil to further promote healing.
Like all fermented products, ACV is made using active yeast that is combined with sugar, but in this case – it is the naturally occurring sugar from crushed apples. The yeast actually consumes the sugar and uses this to grow healthy bacteria. The acidity of the vinegar is enough to prevent unhealthy bacteria from developing. After the fermentation process is completed, the result is the formation of acetic acid, the main beneficial compound found in ACV.
Salad dressing using ACV
2 – 3 TBS of apple cider vinegar
2 – 3 TBS olive oil
Pinch of pink salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ – ½ tsp pommery mustard
Use over your favourite fresh salad of sliced cucumber, chopped tomatoes, onion and avocado