apple cider vinegar

Nothing but Amazing

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most amazing liquids I have ever worked with.  Besides making delicious dressings for salads or marinades, this condiment can be used for so much more.  You can cook with it, clean with it and use it as a fruit and vegetable wash.  I have even killed weeds with this versatile ingredient. There are natural benefits of apple cider vinegar to treat your scalp, even out blood sugar and quench your skin’s thirst (see more information below).  And these are just a few benefits of apple cider vinegar.

I recently had a personal experience with it.  My son had a stubborn wart and I tried everything to remove it!  I tried Compound W and a trip to the doctor for painful freezing that cost hundreds of dollars and lots of tears.  I was so desperate that I even tried a substance from Canada derived from a beetle that blisters your skin to remove it.  NOTHING WORKED!  So, after much hesitation, I decided to try apple cider vinegar, a cotton ball and a bandage.  In less than a week it was completely gone!  It was easy, inexpensive, highly effective, and pain and tear free!

Now you may ask, other than removing warts, are there health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar? Vinegar has been used as a remedy for centuries. The ancient Greeks treated wounds with it. In recent years, people have explored apple cider vinegar as a way to lose weight and improve heart health. Vinegar also has chemicals known as polyphenols. They help stop the cell damage that can lead to other diseases, like cancer.

Uses

After my son’s wart experience I started trying this vinegar for everything!   It cleared up my rosacea and removed my son’s dandruff.  It even helped dissolve my neighbors gall stones.

Choosing the right vinegar is important.  I use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  It is fermented and contains the “mother” in it.  Mother is a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, this indicates your vinegar is of the best quality. Most manufacturers pasteurize and filter their vinegar to prevent the mother from forming, but the “murky” kind is best, especially if you’re planning to consume it.

For more information on the numerous benefits of apple cider vinegar, check out Apple Cider Vinegar Uses and give one of the many uses a try!  You might just be shocked at the result!

Natural Benefits

(Reference: Prevention.com, October 2019)

Maura Henninger, a naturopathic doctor based in New York City explains that with its high levels of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar can sooth inflammation, raise your metabolism and knock out bacteria. She shares some fresh ideas for using it.

Dandruff and VinegarTreat Your Scalp

Kill fungi that contribute to dandruff while improving your scalp’s overall health. Add equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to a spray bottle and spritz on hair, then shampoo after 15 minutes. Or use it as a weekly clarifying rinse to remove product buildup.

Stabilize Blood Sugar

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as helping people eat less by stabilizing blood sugar and giving a feeling of fullness. (If you have diabetes or acid reflux, check with your doctor first.) Sip this metabolic booster with meals: Stir 2 Tbsp of the vinegar and a little stevia or honey into hot green tea. This is also reputed to stimulate metabolism.

Quench Your Skin’s Thirst

Skin has an acidic barrier that maintains its moisture levels and protects against infection and conditions like eczema. You can restore its acidity and rev up moisture by adding this to a lukewarm bath: 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. After soaking, apply moisturizer liberally while skin is still damp. Remember this remedy in the summer because it’s also great for taking the sting out of sunburn.

 

Recipes

Vinegar enhances flavor and adds zing to vegetables, meat and grain salads when you are without fresh citrus or want to avoid sodium.  As with our other blog posts, we always try to finish with a recipe.  Try these simple recipes made with apple cider vinegar from The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass.

House Vinaigrette

House vinaigretteIngredients

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Pro Tip

  • If there is an additional herb, spice or citrus that you like in your other dressings, give it a try in this one too!
  • Remember what we said above — vinegar enhances flavor and adds zing to vegetables and meat. Try this simple anti-inflammatory as a marinade too.

 

Sautéed Radishes

Servings:  4

radishesIngredients

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 12 oz radishes, quartered
  • 6 medium shallots, quartered
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp butter or ghee

 Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook 3 chopped bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and leave drippings in the pan.
  2. Add radishes and shallots to the pan and cook undisturbed until slightly charred, about 2 – 3 minutes. Stir and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 – 10 additional minutes.  Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and add vinegar, butter and bacon, stirring until everything is well combined.

 

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