10 Best Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarAnn
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s true. And maybe now you’re saying: “Duh! But what is that proverb has anything to do with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)? After being fermented, nutrients in fresh apples disappear!” Well, you’re probably right. But did you know that this fermentation process reduces sugar and calories in apples? And thus, ACV is a helpful and healthy home remedy. In this post, I’ll share with you 10 ways to use it after introducing what it is.
Apple cider vinegar is fermented apples that were turned into vinegar. Natural sugars in apples are converted to alcohol, which is then formed acetic acid. With a high volume of acetic acid, ACV helps absorb important minerals from your daily intake of different foods and beverages. It can be used for a variety of different purposes as below.
1. Make healthy drinks
Blogging this reminds me that I haven’t made my favourite drink for quite a while. Will definitely make it again this weekend! Below is my recipe:
- ACV (1/2 cup)
- Fresh ginger (1 tablespoon)
- Lemon (1/2)
- Maple syrup (3 tablespoons)
- A little bit of salt
Mix it. Keep it in the fridge for about 3-4 hours, take it out, add water. Then you’ll have a perfect drink for sipping that support digestion.
2. Make salad dressings
I’m a big fan of good green salads. Who doesn’t, right? But I don’t like the ready-made salad dressings in supermarkets, they’re too sweet. I always think making home-made salad dressings takes time until my friend shared with me a super easy recipe:
- Olive oil (3 tablespoons)
- ACV (1 tablespoon)
- A pinch of salt
- A bit of black pepper
- Fresh/dried chopped herbs like basil or dill (2 tablespoons)
- Honey (1/2 teaspoon)
Shake this mixture until it’s well blended. Almost done! Now just taste and adjust if needed! You know why it’s my favourite. It’s simple (even for the lazy ones like myself)
Ah, this recipe reminds me of another good use of ACV below.
3. Remove pesticides from vegetables
I used to use salt water to clear away chemical residues and insects from vegetables and fruits. However, it often leaves my veggies with an ugly look, especially lettuce. ACV, on the other hand, keep my veggies attractive and yummy and that’s why I love it. My ratio is 1:9 of ACV to water and I just soak my veggies in for about 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Now you might want to keep one jar of ACV in your kitchen and place another (or a few) around the house as it has other great benefits for treatment too.
4. Rinse hair
ACV has been used as a natural hair care product thanks to its acidity. It helps repair the cuticle by rescuing frizzy, dull-looking hair. The secret lies in the rebalancing of PH levels that were lost by using chemical shampoos and conditioners.
What I normally do is to simply mix two tablespoons of ACV with a cup of water, then I cover my hair in this mixture after washing with shampoo and conditioner. I then leave it for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. When I first use ACV hair rinse, I was worried not knowing if my hair will smell like vinegar (To be honest, I don’t like its smell at all even though I love its benefits). When my hair was dried, I realised it’s a silly worry, the smell disappeared just minutes after drying.
5. Brighten skin
ACV does not only balance the PH levels in your hair but also in your skin and thus, it can reduce age spots and clear pimples away.
Depending on your skin type, the mixing method could be slightly adjusted: ratio 1:2 for oily skin and 1:3 for sensitive skin. Use it just like your regular toners. First, put a cotton wool ball in the water, then dip it in the solution, sweep it over your face. Be careful not to let it touch your eyes. This natural toner leaves amazing toning & clarifying effects on your skin.
6. Relieve sore throats
Don’t get me wrong! ACV won’t be able to cure severe coughing or a sore throat, but it can help relieve the irritation in your throat thanks to its antibacterial properties1 . I use it to gargle and my ratio is 1:8 of ACV to warm water. I also add one tablespoon of honey or lemon to balance out the sour flavour of ACV. Alternatively, you can try Barnes Naturals Apple Cider Vinegar With Honey which is available on our online shop. This certified organic ACV product from Barnes Naturals already has the mixture of vinegar with honey, so saving you time from mixing. It works wonders for me.
7. Clear nasal congestion
ACV is antibacterial, which helps reduce irritating stuffy nose. Simply add one teaspoon of ACV to a glass of warm water. Stir and sip it throughout the day until your symptoms are gone.
Aside from the internal use above, ACV could also be used for nasal rinse to clear your congested nose.
8. Help bad digestive system
I easily suffer from bloating and indigestion, especially after parties with grilled or oily stuff. So if I have no chance to avoid these appealing yet heavy dishes, I often drink one glass of water mixed with 2 teaspoons of ACV 15 minutes before meals. ACV helps improve digestion by increasing acid in your stomach.
9. Relieve acid reflux
You know it. It’s a burning pain in your lowest chest after eating. That’s because stomach acid goes back up into your oesophagus. This results in an awful sour taste in your throat. Good news is that ACV can help: just sip a glass of warm water added with 1 teaspoon of ACV 15 minutes before meals.
10. Eliminate bad cholesterol
There’s a fibre in ACV called pectin, which helps eliminate bad cholesterol from our bodies. So try to maintain a healthy diet, keep regular exercise and keep this unassuming liquid around the house. It brings great benefits to your family.
I hope this post about 10 uses of ACV is useful. Have you used ACV before? Would love to hear your thoughts!