Raw apple cider vinegar for health and well-being:
For centuries people have used vinegar for health and beauty purposes. It is commonly known as a cleaning antiseptic substance which can speed up the healing process when used to dress wounds and sores. However, thousands of people testify that Apple Cider Vinegar has some other truly amazing health benefits, some of which may surprise you. When taken in its raw and pure form Apple Cider Vinegar is packed with antioxidant vitamins, minerals, healthful acids and dietary fibres which make it an extremely versatile health product.
Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss:
Is apple cider vinegar a weight loss drink? Research suggests that few teaspoons of the vinegar mixed into as glass of warm water before each meal may help to reduce excess fat. This works in a number of ways. Firstly, Apple Cider Vinegar helps to boost the metabolism, which in turn burns more calories. The extra fibre contained in the apples also helps to give a feeling of fullness and reduces the appetite, with the additional potassium helping to flush out retained fluids. Apple Cider Vinegar generally helps the digestive system to assimilate nutrients more efficiently. This works best when combined with a healthy diet and consuming your essential 2 litres of pure water daily. On average people testify to loosing approximately 2lbs a month by taking Apple Cider Vinegar, with no changes to their normal diet. Some may prefer to consume the vinegar in its neat form however this is not advisable, and caution must be taken to try and not let the vinegar remain in contact with the teeth due to its high acid content, which may damage enamel. After drinking the diluted vinegar through a straw, either brush the teeth or rinse the mouth in fresh water.
Why not try a facial steam clean over a bowl of hot water mixed with half a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar? Open your pours by leaning over a bowl of steaming water and a towel draped over the head. After five minutes, gently wipe the face with a cotton wool ball. Try this procedure once a week to remove deeply ingrained impurities and dead cells which cannot be removed through regular cleansing. This is a natural and effective deep cleanser which leaves your skin looking toned, radiant and fresh. The best thing about it is that it won’t cost you as much as expensive high street products.
Apple Cider Vinegar is excellent for adding shine to your hair. After shampooing simply rinse the hair with half a cup of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of warm water. Apple Cider Vinegar will naturally remove the build-up of chemicals and residue caused by cosmetic shampoos and styling products, leaving blond hair shining and dark hair brightened. The vinegar will also help with scalp conditions such as dandruff, as it kills the microorganism ‘bottle bacillus’ which is often at the root of the problem.
To alleviate sore throats:
The anti-bacterial properties of Apple Cider Vinegar can help to neutralise painful sore throat infections caused by viruses or bacteria. At the first sign of a sore throat gargle with 6-8oz of warm water, 1tps raw honey and 1-2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar 2-4 times daily. Ensure that the mouth is rinsed in fresh water after use to prevent the erosion of tooth enamel from acids in the vinegar.
Eases insect stings and bites:
Insect bites can be relieved by gently swabbing the affected area with a solution of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with corn starch. This solution helps to draw out fluid and decrease inflammation, having an instant cooling effect to relieve discomfort. It is also believed that a daily vinegar tonic will act as an insect repellent too!
Good for animals:
Apple Cider Vinegar can help animals and pets too. A pure and natural product, used as a probiotic helps to restore appetite, helps with skin conditions and improve fibre lustre. It is beneficial as a fly repellent, helping to keep flees, ticks and lice at bay. 1-2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in a bowl of drinking water should be sufficient to maintain a healthy urinary and digestive system, as well as benefiting the overall health of your pet. For a more direct approach to treat flees and skin irritations try mixing equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar to water and putting it in a spray bottle. Spray directly on troublesome areas. The solution will relieve itching and increase the lustre of your pet’s coat.
Apple Cider Vinegar generally increases the feeling of health and well-being
There are perhaps hundreds of other ailments which can be relieved through the healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar – far too many to list them all here, but very interesting to research. All in all, it is true to say that apple cider vinegar, taken in its raw and pure form, will make you feel healthier, happier, younger and vibrant in life. Why not give it a try? Below we have listed a few other interesting everyday uses of the product.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar with food:
Incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into your cooking can be a delightful experience, as it not only enhances the flavour of many foods but adds a healthy freshness which you will want to return to often. From vinegar dressings to marinades you will be surprised at just how much a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar will make a difference your dishes. Experiment with different quantities of ingredients to suit your taste. Below are a few ideas to get you started:
Apple Cider Vinegar salad dressing:
- 1 cup olive oil
- ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Shallot
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- (1 teaspoon raw honey – optional)
Mix the ingredients together well. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Toss liberally in fresh green leaf salad. Any leftover dressing can be kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator for a few days.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar as a marinade is an easy way to create a variety of delicious meat feasts, even with less expensive cuts of meat. All that is needed is oil, vinegar and seasoning. Apple Cider Vinegar acts as a tenderising enzyme, whilst the oil helps the ingredients to adhere better and acts as a browning agent. Generally speaking, most seafood can marinade for up to 1 hour, whilst other cuts of meat can marinade for up to 2 days. Simply use:
- ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Seasoning of your choice.
Mix the marinade into the meat, cover and refrigerate for the required amount of time.
A natural cleaning agent for your home
Many modern household detergents contain chemicals which are potentially dangerous to us and to our environment. Whilst it is not necessary to use your good Apple Cider Vinegar for cleaning purposes, as normal white vinegar will do the job just as well, you may be surprised to know that vinegar can be used to clean just about every area of your house. Here is a list of a few vinegar uses in your home:
- For clean sparkling windows use an undiluted solution of vinegar directly on the glass and polish off with a clean dry cloth.
- For sparkling glasses and cutlery rinse in a solution of vinegar before polishing with a dry cloth.
- Wipe kitchen surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with vinegar to clean and shine and kill bacteria.
- Deodorise the microwave by heating vinegar to boiling point, then wiping the interior and door.
- Keep drains odour free by putting baking soda down the plug hole, then pouring vinegar directly on top.
- After mopping your kitchen floor tiles, rinse with a solution of vinegar to remove the dull finish often left by regular cleaning detergents.
- Pet accidents can be cleaned with vinegar to de-odorise the area and prevent your pet returning to the same spot.
- Disinfect toys by rinsing in vinegar and hot water.
- Wipe chrome and stainless-steel fittings
- with vinegar and buff with a dry cloth to add a real shine.
- Plastic shower curtains can be washed in a solution of vinegar through the washing machine to remove mould and mildew.
- Sliding glass shower doors come up a treat when lime scale is removed using a solution of vinegar.
- Stains and odours in the toilet can be eliminated by pouring a cupful into the bowl and after a good brush, leave to soak for 10 minutes before flushing.
What makes our Apple Cider Vinegar Special?
Wildcrafter Apple Cider Vinegar is both ‘raw’ and ‘pure’. It is un-pasteurised which means it has not been heat treated. Many of the vinegars which you will find in health shops today have been pasteurised and filtered; a process which essentially kills and removes the health promoting living enzymes that float within the vinegar. Our vinegar contains the all-important ‘mother’ which rests on top of the liquid as it ferments in large oak barrels. The wooden barrels add to the ‘tartness’ and give the vinegar a better and higher quality flavour. Our apples are grown locally and have not been sprayed with harmful chemicals and pesticides. There are no preservatives added to the product at any time, so it is true to say that our Apple Cider Vinegar is raw and pure and fully loaded with goodness.