The many diverse uses for Apple Cider Vinegar!

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  • 1 June, 2020
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Apple Cider Vinegar

by Jeremy Sweet, LMT

         Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful, inexpensive way to treat some conditions that the body may go through, especially during the quarantine that we have been experiencing. In weeks past we have shared with you things that we like to call homework for our clients so they have the ability of self care while they wait for their next appointment for bodywork. Many of you may already know the benefits of ACV but some of you may not. I am going to switch it up a bit this week and give you a big list of benefits of the wonderful yet sometimes pungent ACV. If you ask my wife, I love using this natural product even if she can’t stand the smell (it works).

Get ready for your ACV “home-spa” applications:

  • Acids found in apple cider vinegar fight the fungus that contributes to dandruff that grows on the scalp. Mix equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle. Apply this remedy to clean hair, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with water.
  • ACV is a good natural toner. Many of us use cleansers and soaps that cause our skin to lose its natural acidity. Apple cider vinegar will help to regulate the pH of your skin and make it look healthier. Mix one part vinegar with 2 parts water and apply it with a cotton pad all over your face.
  • Thanks to the malic and lactic acids that soften and exfoliate the skin, the same DIY toner can be used to treat acne and other skin problems.
  • If you try to avoid chemicals in your cosmetics, substitute your everyday deodorant with ACV by applying a vinegar and water mixture to your armpits. Vinegar acid reduces odor by killing bacteria.
  • Mix one tsp of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and use as a whitening mouthwash. If you have stubborn stains, try rubbing vinegar right onto your teeth and rinse with water. *Be careful not to use it too often as the acids found in ACV can be harmful to tooth enamel.
  • Use as a DIY hair rinse made of 2 Tbsp of ACV and 1 Cup of water after shampooing for clean and shiny hair.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar to your bare nails before applying nail polish and it will make your manicure last longer. Acids in the vinegar remove excess oil from your nails and make nail polish adhere to your nails better.
  • Dilute ACV with water and rinse your hair with this mixture after dying. This tip will help you seal the color.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for razor burn. Apply vinegar with a cotton pad onto the affected area, let it dry, and rinse with water. Repeat 2-3 times a day until the burning stops.
  • Add one or 2 cups of ACV to your bath once or twice a week and it will make your skin healthy, shiny, and smooth. Acids, trace minerals, and vitamins make for a detoxification effect, and by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil you’ll make your bath relaxing as well.
  • Use apple cider vinegar together with coconut oil to remove makeup. ACV will not only clean your pores, it will also nourish your skin thanks to its probiotics.
  • Drinking diluted ACV and applying DIY vinegar-based shampoo will help you fight balding. ACV fights scalp buildup and improves blood circulation to hair follicles.


Apple cider vinegar can help with some minor health problems but remember that it is not a substitute for medication, and you should visit a doctor if your health bothers you.


  • Apple cider vinegar is a great natural deodorizer for your feet because it kills the bacteria that cause the odor. Pour vinegar over baby wipes or paper towels and wipe your feet. You can even store these vinegar wipes in the fridge and use them when necessary.
  • ACV has antibacterial properties and it may come in handy if you have a sore throat. Try mixing 1 Tbsp of vinegar with 2 Tbsp of honey in a mug of warm water or make yourself a cup of vinegar tea.
  • It is good to use ACV if you get a sunburn. The antiseptic properties of this product will prevent your sunburn from becoming infected. Spray a mixture of vinegar and water on your sunburn or pour the mixture on a napkin and dab it gently on the skin.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for itchy and irritated skin. Add a few drops of vinegar onto a cotton pad and dab it onto the affected area. Use organic ACV with sediment on the bottom of the bottle. This sediment contains enzymes and bacteria that soothe irritated skin.
  • Drinking ACV diluted in water on a regular basis will help you lose weight thanks to the acetic acid that is found in apple cider vinegar.
  • An apple cider vinegar compress can be effective in speeding up the healing of bruises. Vinegar enhances blood flow and helps dissolve the blood that has collected in the bruised area.
  • Thanks to its antiseptic properties, organic ACV can be used to treat the symptoms of sinus infections that cause swelling in the nasal area. You can prepare DIY vinegar rinse by mixing ½-1 tsp of vinegar with a cup of warm water. Two typical ways to benefit from the healing power of organic ACV is by drinking a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water daily, or by sipping a mixture of   1/8 to 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water throughout the day.  Aside from drinking and sipping, here is another way to use organic ACV to treat sinus infections:
    • ACV Rinse Procedure:
      • Mix 1/2 – 1 tsp teaspoon organic, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water.
      • Stir solution for thorough mixing.
      • Transfer some of the mixture into your palm and inhale or breathe in through one nostril only.
      • Plug or press the other nostril using the other hand.
      • Repeat the same procedure to the other nostril.
  •  If you want to get rid of heartburn symptoms, mix 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it during your meal. ACV lowers the stomach acidity and tones the lower esophageal sphincter preventing stomach acid from traveling back into the esophagus.
  • Organic ACV is a good natural product for removing warts. Remember that ACV only helps to eliminate the warts, but it doesn’t cure you from the HPV virus that causes warts.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for getting rid of toenail fungus. Mix one part vinegar with one part water and use it as a foot bath. Acids are too mild to damage skin and nails but are harmful for fungus that cannot survive in acidic pH.
  • ACV can be a good detoxifier for your liver as it helps to remove harmful toxins that build up in this organ. Drink a mixture of 1-2 tsp of vinegar in glass of water when you wake up in the morning, before lunch, and before dinner and this mixture will flush the liver, improving its blood filtration function.
  • Apple cider vinegar can improve your digestion by delaying the food passage from the stomach to the small intestine and helping food to break down easier. Mix ACV with water in different proportions to treat the symptoms of indigestion, constipation, or diarrhea.
  • ACV is also good for improving your immune system. If you are brave enough for experiments, prepare a DIY immune-boosting tincture by mixing apple cider vinegar with ginger, garlic, herbs, horseradish, and honey.