For many of us, the uses for apple cider vinegar begin and end in the kitchen. It’s a staple ingredient in many recipes, from stews to marinades. However, older generations and those that are used to living “off the grid,” where trips to the doctor are few and far between, apple cider has many other uses. Here are five things you can do with apple cider to improve your physical health.
Apple cider vinegar is essentially made up of a compound called acetic acid. This acid is known to kill bacteria and fungus, so rinsing your hair in apple cider vinegar after shampooing could essentially kill all of the dandruff-causing elements. Simply mix equal parts of the vinegar and water and scrub away!
Eliminate Toenail Fungus
As mentioned above, the acid in apple cider vinegar will kill many bacteria and fungus, including toenail fungus. Most testimonials state that the fungus will be gone in a matter of a few weeks, but it could be more or less depending on the individual.
Condition the Skin
Some of the skin cleaners and conditioners at high-end department stores are ridiculously high-priced. A jug of apple cider vinegar will only set you back a couple of bucks. Simply dilute the cider with some water and apply the solution to your face at night with a cotton ball, just as you would one of those expensive astringents.
Alleviate Stomach Issues
One of the biggest medicinal uses for apple cider vinegar is the treatment of stomach related issues and digestive problems. Our grandmothers used to (and still do) mix a bit of apple cider vinegar in a hot drink every day to stave off heartburn and other such problems. An easier and tastier way to use it for this purpose is to drizzle some on salads and vegetables at dinner.
Use It As A “Cure-All”
Many folks who grew up during the Great Depression or in areas where trips to the doctor weren’t always feasible, apple cider vinegar was thought to help cure just about anything that ails you. From colds to fevers, folks would swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar anytime they felt under the weather. While there’s no conclusive data that it will actually cure the common cold, it does have other benefits that will make the whole recovery process a bit easier.