The Benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
What’s Good About Apple Cider Vinegar?
- Potassium – to avoid runny nose, hair loss, brittle teeth
- Malic Acid – to fight infections from harmful bacteria and fungus
- Acetic Acid – accounts for the sour taste of vinegar; lowers the blood’s pH levels thereby creating an inhospitable intestinal environment for bacterial & fungal infections.² ³
- Pectin – facilitates regulation of blood pressure and removal of bad cholesterol
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is also good for horses, cats and dogs because it helps them with arthritic conditions, barn flies and fleas control, and helps them to have shiny coats.4
How Should I Drink Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar?
- You could drink Apple Cider Vinegar straight, but you need to be careful of your teeth, since the acid in the vinegar can damage your teeth. It’s best to mix with a small amount of purified water.
- Mix Apple Cider Vinegar with water and raw honeyor nectar for a refreshing morning drink; the honey is also beneficial to your immune system and provides energy.
- You can use Apple Cider Vinegar when you’re making a salad.
- If you like to pickle fruits & vegetables, raw apple cider vinegar is a very healthy choice.
- Add Apple Cider Vinegar to your regular blend of herbs & spices when you mix marinades for meats.
The Benefits Of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Smoothes skin texture and tone.
- Promotes a healthy immune system.
- Improves digestion and helps expel body toxins
- Can help soothe neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps clear skin irritations, like acne & contact dermatitis.
- Helps with weight control – Raw Apple Cider Vinegar taken before meals will speed u your metabolism
- Can be applied shoulders, neck and forehead to feel rejuvenated (only for 30 minutes per session and shower after).
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has even been known to help relieve the symptoms of constipation
As a result, apple cider vinegar uses and benefits for the hair include:
- Vinegar hair rinse
- Hair Herbal rinse
- Essential oil vinegar hair rinse
- Dandruff and itchy scalp relief
- Natural hair loss treatment
- Home Remedy for head Lice
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9).
On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline.
Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.
By infusing various herbs into the vinegar rinse, you can enhancedifferent hair colors and condition hair at the same time.
Here are some recommended herbs to use with apple cider vinegar:
- For dark hair:……Parsley, Rosemary, Sage
- For light hair:…..Chamomile, Flannel Mullein, Marigold
- For red hair:…….Henna
- For oily hair:……Lavender, Thyme, Witch Hazel, Yarrow
- For dry hair:…….Marigold
- For brittle hair:…Horsetail
To make your own herbal hair rinse natural hair care product:
- Place 2 tablespoons of the dried herb (or herb mixture) into a muslin bag or tea ball and put in a warmed tea pot.
- Pour 1 pint (500 ml) of boiling water over the herbs and infuse for 2 hours.
- Allow the liquid to cool then pour it into a quart (1 liter) jar.
- Add 1 pint (500 ml) of apple cider vinegar and mix well.
To add extra fragrance to the herbal rinse, try adding a few drops of lavender or lemon or rose essential oils.
If preparing a vinegar/herb infusion is not your cup of tea, then a faster way to enhance the hair conditioning effect of apple cider vinegar is to add a small amount of certain types of essential oils.
To make a batch, just add 5 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup (250 ml) of apple cider vinegar. When you are ready to rinse your hair, take 1 tablespoon of this mixture and add it to 1 cup (250 ml) of warm water.
Types of essential oils that go well in a vinegar hair rinse include:
The acids and enzymes in ACV kill the “bottle bacillus”, a bacteria that is one of the causes for many scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and often baldness.The bacteria clogs hair follicles allowing dry crusts to form that itch and flake.
For a simple home treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp, apply full strength ACV to the scalp, rub in, and leave on for a half hour to an hour before washing your hair.
For an extra strength natural hair care product, apple cider vinegar can be infused with herbs such as stinging nettle, southernwood, goosegrass, plantain and burdock root all of which help prevent dandruff on their own. Tea tree oil is another excellent natural anti-dandruff ingredient, which can be added.
In her book Apple Cider Vinegar- Miracle Health System, Patricia Bragg recommends trying the following natural hair loss treatment:
For bald and thinning areas apply to scalp an hour before shampooing- 2 Tbsp ACV mixed with a tiny pinch cayenne powder.
Then before going to bed, mix a royal jelly capsule with one tsp ACV, pat on bald areas and leave overnight.
The following herbs have also been used to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth:
- Saw Palmetto
Make your own vinegar mixture as per the herbal hair rinse recipe given above and apply it full strength to the scalp. Rub it in and leave it on for a half hour to an hour before washing your hair.
Apple cider vinegar is just one of many natural products that can be used to treat hair loss.
Lice infestations are very contagious and are characterized by intense itching caused by an allergic reaction to a toxin in the saliva of the lice.
If you find that commercial lice preparations are too toxic (many contain pesticides) for you or your child’s skin, try the following herbal head louse treatment described in the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine that uses all natural hair care products:
- Carefully brush the child’s head with a mixture of 3 parts olive oil and 1 part lavender essential oil.
- First apply to a small area to test for allergic sensitivity or skin reaction.
- The hair should be saturated with the olive oil mixture and a shower cap put on for 5 hours.
- The olive oil clogs the breathing pores of the lice and they can’t hold their breath for more than 4 hours.
- Follow this by an apple cider vinegar rinse, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ACV added to 1 cup (250 ml) water, to unglue the nits from the hair.
- Nits or lice eggs are fairly small and can be pearly to grey in color.