The medicinal properties of apple cider vinegar are undeniable. For one thing, this common kitchen ingredient has strong antiseptic properties, which makes it an excellent tool against germs and bacteria. It’s also a powerful detoxifier that efficiently removes waste and toxins from your body. The raw unfiltered version of ACV is the most beneficial of all. However, there’s one drawback to this natural medicine and it’s the high acidic content of ACV, which can damage your tooth enamel if taken inadequately.
Below you can find some unusual, but highly beneficial uses of ACV. Read on and learn how ACV can improve the quality of your life even in areas you didn’t know of.
- Hair loss
ACV makes an efficient natural remedy against hair loss. Losing 100 strands of hair a day is considered normal, anything above this is alarming. It’s usually the androgen hormones that trigger thinning hair or excessive hair loss. However, apple cider vinegar can restore the pH balance of the scalp stimulating healthy hair growth. It’s also beneficial for treating dandruff and itchy scalp. Last, but not least, it eliminates dead skin cells which normally clog the hair follicles and thus inhibit hair growth.
Asthma is a serious lung condition that prevents proper breathing. Although there are a number of medications for treatment of this condition, you can also resort to natural remedies. One such remedy that effectively alleviates asthma symptoms is apple cider vinegar used as an inhaler.
- Blood loss
Frequent nose bleeds that appear for no particular reason affect a large number of people. To treat this health issue, drink a mixture of 2 tsps. ACV and a glass of water three times a day. ACV is extremely beneficial for stimulating the natural blood clotting process.
Cold winter weather is normally accompanied by irritating and painful coughs. If you want to reduce cough symptoms without medications, use apple cider vinegar, preferably raw and unfiltered.
Apple cider vinegar is highly beneficial for fighting bacteria that cause diarrhea. In addition, its high pectin content sooths the irritation of the colon lining. Simply, mix 2 tbsps. ACV and 8 oz water and drink 3 times a day.
Mixing 1 tbsp ACV and 8 ounces water and drinking this before going to bed can help against sleeplessness. You’ll not only fall asleep faster, but also wake up refreshed in the morning.
Apples, which are low in sugar but high in acidity, account for the high acidic content in ACV. In fact, fermented apples are the main ingredient of apple cider vinegar. According to natural medicine, ACV can effectively relieve dizziness and vertigo by reducing blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
- Ear discharge
Apple cider vinegar is extremely beneficial against ear infections as well. Simply mix equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar. Then soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it in your ear like an earplug. Let it act for five minutes, remove the ball and lie down on the side of the infected ear so that the liquid drains out. You can even use a hair dryer to dry your ears afterwards. If the infection appears in the Eustachian tubes, you can also gargle using apple cider vinegar.
You can treat eczema by consuming a mixture of ACV, honey and water three times a day. Also, you can apply diluted ACV on the affected skin twice a day.
- Eye health
You can relieve tired and sore eyes by drinking a mixture of ACV and honey (two teaspoons of each) and a glass of water three times a day.
ACV is particularly beneficial for relieving migraines, detoxification, balancing blood sugar levels, regulating blood pressure, alleviating joint pain, promoting weight loss and helping with constipation.
To relieve arthritic pain, mix a glass of water, two teaspoons ACV and two teaspoons of honey. Drink this three times a day. Or, soak the painful area in ACV solution, but no longer than 10 minutes. Repeat the treatment 2-3 times a day. Alternatively, soak a cloth in ACV solution and apply it on the painful spot. Repeat several times a day.
To effectively fight fatigue, make a mixture of 3 tsps. ACV and a cup of honey. Take this before going to bed. The honey will start acting in 20 minutes – your muscles will become more relaxed and your fatigue will slowly disappear.
- Food poisoning
ACV is particularly beneficial for soothing GI lining and destroying the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Simply mix 2 tbsps. ACV and a cup of hot water. Take this before a meal.
- Hay fever
To alleviate allergy symptoms, including hay fever, dilute 1-3 tablespoons ACV in water and consume it during the day.
ACV is rich in magnesium, potassium, zinc and manganese, all of which can treat hearing problems. In fact, deficiencies in these minerals often result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. It also helps prevent the development of sclerosis. Mix 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp honey in a cup of water. Drink 3 cups 3 times a day.
ACV stimulates digestion and prevents common digestive discomforts such as heartburn or reflux. Just mix a teaspoon of ACV in a cup of water and drink before meals.
The ACV supports blood clotting. If you’ve got a cut, take 2 tsps ACV mixed with half a glass of water. Drink a maximum of 6 glasses of this mixture during the day.
- Hiccoughs ( Hiccups)
To prevent hiccups, consume 1 tsp ACV or ACV mixed with water before a meal.