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Apple cider vinegar, a healthy summer tonic


Apple Cider Vinegar, photo by Lorene

After finding cider vinegar useful for pets, D.C. Jarvis, a physician from Vermont, suggested that regular doses could help increase longevity in people.

Apple cider is less acidic than wine vinegar and is high in potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral for the muscles and heart. It can also be used in place of wine vinegar for people with heartburn or excess stomach acid. In addition, it contains beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, some B vitamins, and vitamins C and E. It also contains enzymes, amino acids and pectin.

Benefits: Cider vinegar is natural germicide and therefore it can help fight infection and inflammation. It can be used either internally or externally. It is also useful as a blood purifier and can help prevent blood clots.

Because of the many nutrients it is beneficial for digestion, the skin and the heart.

For skin – using equal parts of cider vinegar and water, dip a cloth into the mixture, wring it out and apply to sunburn.   Vinegar water can also be used to relieve dry or itchy skin. A daily 20-minute bath in hot water and 1 cup of cider vinegar can help purify the skin by cleansing excess acid. Vinegar baths are also useful for fungal infections. Cider vinegar baths are safe to take up to 6 weeks.

For energy – drink a warm glass of tonic each morning by dissolving 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey into warm water. This can be used up to 6 weeks.

Cough syrup – Cider vinegar is a useful cough syrup remedy. Mix 5 tablespoons of honey with 5 teaspoons of cider vinegar. Take 1-2 teaspoons as needed to help break up phleghm and calm a cough. By soaking a towel in equal amounts of cider vinegar and hot water it can also be used as a chest compress for 30 minutes to help break up congestion. Children can safely use these remedies as well. 

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  • Kimberly - Boise SAHM Mom Examiner 5 years ago

    I tried some in my bath last night and I loved it! Thanks for the tips.

  • Tina Gunther 5 years ago

    I'm not sure what is meant by "Cider vinegar baths are safe to take up to 6 weeks." 6 weeks is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g b-a-t-h!