5 reasons you need apple cider vinegar in your pantry
posted: April 11, 2014
There’s a reason that Scarlett Johansson puts apple cider vinegar all over her face, and it’s not for her latest role as a sex-crazed extra terrestrial in Under The Skin.
The buzz around apple cider vinegar (aka ACV), the ‘alpha-dog of home remedies’ has gotten so loud lately that we, too, decided to give it a shot.
We started by adding two tablespoons to a glass of water. Truthfully? It made us gag. Yet, given its health benefits, we’re still going to recommend that it’s worth plugging your nose and knocking it back.
To reap the benefits of ACV, you’ve going to need the good stuff; raw, organic, unfiltered and made from fermented apples that haven’t been treated with toxic pesticides. It also needs to contain ‘the mother.’ What’s the mother? That dark, cloudy sediment you find floating at the bottom of the bottle, which tells you that your ACV has living nutrients and good bacteria. Just make sure you give it a good shake before you consume it.
If you don’t already have a 2L jug of it in your pantry (or your medicine cabinet), here’s why it’s worth jumping on the ACV bandwagon.
1. Charge up your immune system. Got a cough just as warm weather has finally arrived? That’s because your body’s defense mechanisms are kicking in to deal with sudden temperature changes. Calm your throat by mixing 2 tbsp of ACV with 1L of distilled water. The acidity wards off sickness and kills bacteria. Watch out though, the smell is mighty.
2. Clean your home, naturally. Dirty stainless steel fridge? Toothpaste splashed bathroom mirror? ACV is antibacterial, so it’s a natural disinfectant. Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it ¼ full of ACV, and the rest of the way with water. This two-ingredient cleaner will leave your mirrors streak-free and will have your kitchen lingering with the refreshing scent of vinegar—a natural air freshener.
3. Get awesome hair. Want gorgeous hair? Of course you do. ACV removes built-up dirt and closes the cuticles without stripping your hair of its natural oils (making it super shiny). After shampooing, mist your hair with ½ tbsp of ACV and 1 cup of cold, filtered water. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. Repeat three times a week.
4. Pronounce your vinaigrette. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you’re actually eating? Many commercial salad dressings are filled with a ton of ingredients you can’t even pronounce, so how are you to know if they are good for you? Splash some ACV onto your salad, or mix it with minced garlic, a little Dijon mustard and a few teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil to create a low-cal vinaigrette.
5. Thwart break outs. “I love it when I break-out” said nobody, ever. ACV to the rescue here, too. Soak a cotton pad in one part ACV and three parts cooled green tea, and apply it to your face. Let it dry and finish with your usual moisturizer, or some coconut oil. If the smell of the ACV is too much for you, add an essential oil into the mixture, like grapefruit or lavender oil (also soothing, healing additions to your skincare regime.) Leave this mixture in a cool dry place for up to two weeks. No time for concoctions? Simply dab ACV straight onto your blemishes with a Q-tip to dry them out and expedite healing.
Have you found other ways to integrate ACV into your daily routine? Share ‘em with us!
Sam Turchan is a Vancouver-born writer who is contagiously positive and passionate about healthy living. She’s an indoor cycling enthusiast and acclaimed health food junkie. When she is not flipping pages of the local newspaper, you can find her blending up new batches of almond milk in her kitchen and finding new uses for kale. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.