ACV is widely used as a do-it-yourself beauty and health remedy, yet many people have no idea of the power it holds besides an afterthought for your evening salad dressing. Behold, the numerous uses of Apple Cider Vinegar!
Health Benefits: The main way in which ACV has the power to help and heal you is by maintaining homeostasis in your body. It balances the inner ecosystem – making the internal pH more alkaline. Disease prefers an acid environment, provided by processed food, artificial sweeteners, etc. It can cure sinus infections, headaches, sore throats, and even the flu. It can also help you lower cholesterol and blood pressure, often in just a few short weeks of use. It can also help you slim down by breaking down fat cells. it kills Candida (and yeast infections) and fungus, and populates the gut with friendly microflora (good bacteria and yeast). This usually stops sugar cravings as well. If you would like to kick up your diet a bit, try adding some organic ACV to your morning juice or your lunchtime drink.
Beauty Benefits: It provides a rosy complexion; is used as an aftershave, teeth whitener, facial toner, age-spot lightener, and an effective hair rinse (for body and shine). lt can clear up acne, contact dermatitis, warts, varicose veins, and other skin problems. It can encourage hair growth: ACV will stimulate hair follicles, and can also treat dandruff and an itchy scalp. You can give yourself an at-home pedicure by soaking your feet in equal parts warm water and ACV. Its anti-fungal properties will keep your feet healthy, soft, and clean. It will help with varicose veins because of its high levels of vitamins, which will work to deter and reduce the veins. You can also target age spots: mix 1 tablespoon orange juice with 2 tablespoons ACV to fade age spots. It also soothes sunburns, and even relieves swelling in hands and feet. It has been proven as a safe and natural way to even out skin tone from bumps and acne to moles and skin tags.
Not only does this vinegar have a multitude of health and beauty functions, it is also very accessible and affordable.
I found the all natural raw, unfiltered brand (pictured above) at Whole Foods for $4.69. You will be able to find this at any health food store and even some supermarkets, but want to make sure that you go for an unfiltered option that is as raw and organic as possible. With all of the health and beauty benefits discovered, I would definitely classify that as a beauty bargain :)