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Heal Yourself With Cider Vinegar

Updated on November 4, 2007
A glass of cider vinegar tonic ... hold your nose.
A glass of cider vinegar tonic ... hold your nose.

Apple-cider vinegar, most commonly called cider vinegar, has been one of the folk remedies that seem to have more going for it than just tradition and superstition. Before you use cider vinegar for any mild health problems, know that it is going to have quite a pungent odor. It is, after all, vinegar. Most people also find the taste quite strange, but most commercially available medicines also taste quite strange.

Swallowing cider vinegar is not recommended for small children (it may make them choke or vomit) or for anyone with any kind of heartburn problem (it'll trigger your heartburn symptoms.) Also, please use these articles as SUGGESTIONS for helping with mild ailments, but don't take them as a substitution for a medical professional' advice.

Can You Buy Cider Vinegar Pills Instead?

Unfortunately, you won't be able to get all of the healthy benefits from liquid cider vinegar if you take pills made with cider vinegar, instead. The manufacturing process of the pills involves hardly any actual cider vinegar at all, although it will certainly smell as if vinegar is in there. There just isn't a suitable powdered substitute for liquid cider vinegar.

Cider vinegar has a lot of good stuff in it for most of your body parts like beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin, thiamin, a few vitamins including Vitamin C, fruit acids and pectin.

An Overall Tonic

Although cider vinegar is super good for you, the taste can turn your stomach, unless you are into pickled foods. One suggestion is to combine 2 teaspoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of warm (not boiling) water. Then, you have to drink it, preferably twice a day for at least six weeks to feel more energized and to help lower your blood pressure.

This is called a tonic. They used to be drunk everyday as a preventative by our ancestors, who were more into preventing illness than curing it. It certainly saved a lot of time if you could avoid getting sick in the first place. Tonics are not so popular today, because they seem unnecessary. It can be hard to doubt the effectiveness of a tonic if you never get sick ("Is it the tonic, or something else?") But many people even today swear by various tonics. So you don't wind up swearing at your tonic, talk to your doctor first before taking a daily tonic.

Excellent Compress

Never underestimate the value of a good compress for varicose vein sores and corns or calluses on your feet. Keep in mind that it will smell a bit. It also might stain, so lay down any newspaper or rags if necessary and use dish towels for your cider vinegar compresses that you don't mind ruining. Soak a clean dishtowel in cider vinegar, wring out the excess and place it on the owie. Cover with a clean towel. For varicose vein pains, elevate your legs and keep on for 30 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, then dilute the cider vinegar in warm water before putting in the dish towel.

For corns or calluses, an old folk remedy has you using a slice of bread instead of a bandage or dishtowel. However, you have to leave it overnight, which may not be possible, depending on your sleeping circumstances. Even for a couple of hour's soak, the corn or callus will soften up.

For itchy skin (not due to any sensitivity from cider vinegar!) or mild sunburn, soak a linen cloth in equal parts water and cider vinegar. Place it on and repeat as necessary. Some people use the cider vinegar as a rinse to bathe itchy or dry skin.

A hot compress for coughs is described under Cough Syrup.

Fever Reducing Folk Remedy

This writer has never personally tried this interesting folk remedy for fever - especially children's fever. Soak a pair of socks you don't mind destroying in equal parts cold water and cider vinegar. Wring them out and put them on the feet of the fever victim. Re-soak the socks when they start to dry out. This might take a few times. Remember to also take any fever-reducing medications, drink plenty of clear liquids and contact the doctor for a stubborn fever. If the temperature gets to 104 degrees Farenheight, it's 911 (999 in England) time.

Cough Syrup

Mix 5 teaspoons of honey with 5 teaspoons of cider vinegar. Take a teaspoon at a time, or as much as you can stand. This is best for coughs with a lot of phlegm or clogged sinuses.

A hot compress for coughs with stuffy nose might work better if you have trouble swallowing. Mix equal parts hot water and cider vinegar and soak in a towel or bandage. Place it on your chest. Put a towel under it if it is too hot. Repeat as necessary.

If that seems too dangerous (say, if you are by yourself), then get a bowl or boiling hot water, pour in an equal amount (or as equal as you can get it) of cider vinegar, then lean over the bowel and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the steam. Do this for only ten minutes. If you start feeling faint before then, go up for air.

A Great Cooking Ingredient

Oh, uh, I guess you already know that. But in case you didn't, cider vinegar is also versatile in the kitchen as well as the medicine cabinet. It can be used for dressings, marinades and occasionally baking.

This hub has only scratched the surface of all cider vinegar is reported to do. However, I've chosen here to concentrate on the more common ailments and believable cures. For even more detailed information, check out this Hub, Healing Power of Apple Cider Vinegar.

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