You knew that you could make a mean salad dressing using apple cider vinegar, but did you know that it can also be used as a natural remedy for a number of ailments? Apple cider vinegar is so much more than just another food product in your pantry, and when used correctly, it can be the perfect all-natural, cost-effective alternative to some of the most popular medicines we use to solve common health issues.

 

Here are some of the useful but lesser known benefits of apple cider vinegar, all of which will definitely affirm that this is a product you want to keep on your grocery list.

 

Healing a Sore Throat

Apple cider vinegar is a great natural remedy for a sore throat and a perfect alternative to cough syrup and other over-the-counter solutions. According to Dr. Oz, this comes down to apple cider vinegar’s acidity and anti-bacterial properties which can help fight off infections that lead to a sore throat. By decreasing the pH level of throat tissue, apple cider vinegar can make it difficult for infection-causing bacteria to grow thus eliminating a sore throat from the source. Oz suggests mixing one tsp. apple cider vinegar, one tsp. cayenne pepper and three tsp. clover honey in a glass of warm water as a perfect remedy.

 

Relieving Sunburn

Sunburn is an unfortunate consequence of too much fun in the sun, but apple cider vinegar can be an excellent natural healer for sunburnt skin. Not only does it possess anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and redness caused by sunburn, but it also helps balance skin’s pH level in order to promote healing.

 

Reducing Bad Breath

Suffering from foul breath can happen for any number of reasons, but whatever the cause, it is never pleasant. Apple cider vinegar can help reduce or eliminate bad breath as its natural acids serve to fight off bacteria in the mouth that could be causing the problem. Try combining a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with ½ a cup of water and gargling the mixture for about 20-30 seconds.

 

Eliminating Dandruff

Dandruff is a condition caused by a high level of excess fungus growing on a person’s scalp, and while it could be due to anything from stress to allergies, the key to eliminating dandruff is inhibiting this rapid and excessive growth. Apple cider vinegar can be an excellent alternative to costly chemical remedies because it serves as a natural anti-bacterial agent, and its acidity may contribute to a decrease in the growth of dandruff-causing bacteria. To use apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for dandruff, you can add a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to your hair after shampooing and allow it to sit on your hair for about 20 minutes before rinsing it out. You can also consider combining a bit of apple cider vinegar with your usual shampoo to create a natural anti-dandruff cleanser.

 

Clearing Up Acne

Many store bought creams and scrubs meant to combat acne can be extremely harsh on your skin and don’t always contribute to a healthier looking complexion. Apple cider vinegar can serve as a great natural acne-fighting substitute, as it has the ability to draw out excess oil in the skin as well as fight off the bacteria that cause acne. Dilute apple cider vinegar by combining it with water and then apply it evenly around your face using a cotton ball or washcloth for softer, smoother, and more even-toned skin.

 

Eliminating Food Odor

Apple cider vinegar has the power to act as a strong foot deodorant, as its acidity helps it fight off odor-causing bacteria by creating an environment in which these bacteria can’t survive. The vinegar also plays a role in drying up excess sweat, which can be another cause of foot odor. To eliminate foot odor, combine about ½ of apple cider vinegar with a few cups of warm water and soak your feet in the tub for about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Have you ever tried using apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy? If so, we want to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below or tweet me @tamarahoumi