Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Victorious Vinegar: Health Uses

There are many uses for vinegar, many of which are great for your personal hygiene and health. Some of the uses that I list below I have personally tried, many I have not. I am sourcing these uses from Margaret Briggs's book Vinegar, 1001 Practical Uses. I am not including them all, so I highly recommend getting a copy and learning about all of vinegars wonderful uses.

Here's to your health!

Age Spots may be cured by mixing equal parts onion juice and vinegar and putting on spots daily for a few weeks. Allergies to Dust Mites can be minimized by adding 1/2 C vinegar to 1 gallon of water to keep vinyl floors clean and shinning and killing any dust mites! To aid Arthritis drink a glass of water with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons honey 3x a day to dissolve crystal deposits of uric acid that form between joints. Local treatment can be given to a hand or foot by soaking in strong, comfortably hot solution of cider vinegar for ten minutes, 2 to 3 times a day- 1/4 C vinegar to 1 1/2 C water. To get rid of Athletes Foot, soak feet in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to change the pH balance of your skin so that fungus cannot grow. Soak for 3 evenings in a row.

Bone Density can be sustained with the use of apple cider vinegar as it contains manganese, magnesium, silicon, and calcium. The easiest solution is to add a little to your water every day.

Corns and Callus removal can occur painlessly by soaking a bit of cotton ball (or Q-tip head) in vinegar and taping to the corn or callus overnight. (Use duct tape or a cloth band-aid). Cold sores doused repeatedly with vinegar will dry up the sore and prevent further outbreaks.

Diarrhea can be slowed by 1 tsp cider vinegar in a glass of water taken before and in between meals, about 6 glasses over the coarse of a day. Another alternative is to take 1 tsp of vinegar strait to stop diarrhea. Normally once the vinegar was taken, the visits to the RR stopped after about 30 min. Dandruff can be alleviated by re-balancing the scalp's pH by spraying a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar on head and brushing scalp before bed. Dry with a towel and wash hair in the morning. Done regularly this will keep the dandruff at bay.

Ear Discharge which occurs most often in children can be lessened if not completely gotten rid of by adding 1 tsp of vinegar to the child's water to be drunk mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If this doesn't work, one may also try an ear wash. Using any vinegar, mix in equal parts water, warm slightly so as not to mess up your inner ear equilibrium- but not too warm! Flush the affected ear 2-3 times twice a day, do not swab with q-tips.

Food Poisoning can be prevented by adding vinegar to your drinking water as it has antiseptic qualities that neutralize noxious food.

Gallstones and Kidney Stones may be softened/dissolved by the acid found in Apple Cider Vinegar. Add to your drinking water.

Head Lice
can be killed and removed with the use of warm vinegar applied to the head. Dip nit combs in the vinegar as well as it will help break down the glue that the nits use to stay attached to the hair. Heartburn usually occurs after eating. This unpleasant feeling can be alleviated by taking cider vinegar water before meals. Cider vinegar can help Healing Wounds by helping the blood to clot more easily. A very weak solution of cider vinegar and water can be applied to the sore, wound or cut. Poultices of cider vinegar can be applied to a stubborn open wound. Hiccups can be solved by drinking a tsp of cider vinegar straight or gargling.

Infected Piercings can be cured by applying warm vinegar to area as it acts as a natural antiseptic. Soak the area regularly for about three days. If there is no positive change seek medical assistance. Become a super Insect Repellent by drinking a couple spoonfuls of vinegar  a day to keep mosquitoes away. This will cause your perspiration to be unpleasant to them. Rub or spray yourself with vinegar to keep ticks off- they may land but will not stay. Once dry you won't smell like vinegar.

Metabolism can be aided by use of vinegar in cooking to help break down fatty foods and proper digestion of proteins, fats, and minerals. The malic acid and tartaric acid found in cider vinegar balance the acids in the body and kill of unfriendly bacteria, aiding in bloat reduction. Minor burns from cooking can be helped by putting some vinegar on a paper towel and applying it to the burn. This will remove the pain and prevent a blister from forming.

Reduce cholesterol by adding in the water soluble fiber such as pectin found in apple cider vinegar. Fiber soaks up fats and cholesterol in the body and then is excreted instead of being reabsorbed. Try this drink: 2 C grape juice, 1 C apple juice, 1/4 C white vinegar. Mix together and chill and drink 1/2 - 1 C before your largest meal of the day.

Cider vinegar can help some Skin Rashes to clear up and relieve itching. Apply 2-3xs a day for 2 weeks. Babies who react to something their mother ate when breast feeding can be aided by a vinegar bath. Add one cup of vinegar to bath water. Stings from bees, wasps, and jellyfish can take the pain out, if not the stinger!

Toe Nail Fungus can be treated by soaking feet in warm water with equal part vinegar. Apply white vinegar to nail several times a day for best results.

Remove Warts with this vinegar lotion of half cider vinegar and half glycerin.  Apply daily to the warts until they dissolve. Remove Fruit Stains by applying vinegar to hands.

Yeast infections can be solved with a cider vinegar bath to restore acid balance. Use 2 tbsp vinegar to 1 quart lukewarm water.

I hope this article provides an easy, natural, alternative to problems you may be having!
Thanks for reading!