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The many uses of Vinegar

Updated on March 29, 2011

Vinegar comes from the French word "vinaigre" or "vin aigre" which means "sour wine". It is said that vinegar is useful for health and beauty regimen.

It can be used as an alternative to Pap test to help detect cervical cancer. It turns cancerous cells in the cervix white, making them easier to spot. By washing the cervix with vinegar and then viewing it with a flashlight, doctors could see white spots that could be cancer.

It can control diabetes which can cause blindness, heart and kidney disease. It can reduce jumps of insulin and glucose that usually occur after meals.

It can heal skin burn.

It can sparkle your dentures by soaking them overnight in a glass of white vinegar then brush them with your usual denture cleaner.

It can be used for your beauty routines like it makes your nail polish glossy and longer lasting. It can be a facial toner because the acid in the vinegar makes dead skin cells flake off for a fresh and glowing skin complexion. It can be a facial rinse (1/8 cup in water) for it seals the moisture in the skin. To prevent skin blemishes, mix equal parts of onion juice and vinegar then dab it on age spots, or you can mix your favorite cream or lotion in half as much vinegar. Vinegar can be used as a light peel, safer than acid peel products. It can make your hair soft, shiny, and free of styling product buildup, dandruff, hair frizz. It seals your hair color so it doesn't fade out quickly. It can also be a hair lightener like blonde. It can be used as an aftershave to soften skin. Other uses are: keeps hands soft, eyeglass cleaner, removes any odor.

Kinds of Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar - originates in Italy. It is made from sweet white trebbiano grapes.

Malt vinegar - comes from a cereal grain. It is good for pickling and for fish and chips.

Rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar - made from the sugars that come from rice. It is good for Asian food or stir-frys.

White wine vinegar - comes from a blend of white whines, whether clear or pale gold.

Apple cider vinegar - made from ripe apples. This vinegar is a powerhouse potion. It contains lots of minerals for good health like strong heart, digestive tract, and kidneys. Health experts recommend drinking a glass of water blended with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium that helps prevent high blood pressure, stops fluid retention, fatigue, nausea, tooth decay, acne, muscle cramps, and sore joints. It is also good for asthmatic due to its high vitamin C content that helps make breathing easier. It helps fight common cold, flu, and infection. It can keep your digestive system healthy and it can destroy bacteria, viruses, and prevent poisons or toxins from entering your system. It can stop gastric acid from leaving the stomach which helps in the food digestion. It can help your kidneys and bladder eliminate waste from the body, eliminates germs in the urinary tract. It's good for athlete's foot. It can kill the bacteria that causes body odor. It can heal insect stings and bites, dandruff, sunburns, skin ulcers, warts.

Miracle Tea

Aside from vinegar, honey also has healing properties like treating wounds by daily topical application of honey. It's like an antibiotic. It also helps with insomnia, indigestion, and weight control. To make the miracle tea, put 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of any tea of your choice with or without caffeine. This miracle tea can soothe ailments like allergies (hay fever and runny nose), baldness, chronic headache, colds and flu, cold hands and feet, constipation, dizziness, fatigue, heart disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, insomnia, memory problems, muscle tension, obesity, sore throat, varicose veins. Always check with your doctor first before starting any new health program.


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      carpet cleaning Grand Rapids Michigan  6 years ago

      Vinegar has a lot of uses in cooking foods. Some of us use vinegar in cleaning carpets and even removing smelly odors. Truly, it is effective. But, not all fabrics are not suit for some cleaning alterntives. Before starting cleaning, better ask someone who knows or expert on carpet cleaning.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks gramarye for putting a link to this hub.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      I'm a fan of Balsamic, and try to incorporate it into my recipes such as kangaroo, as per my hub. I've put a link to here because I think this is great information.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Thanx Micky Dee.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Gee- I'll increase my intake a bit. Thanks

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Coolmon.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice hub good information. I will have to try the honey/vinegar

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      My brother used apple cider vinegar to clear his gallbladder stones. My other relatives used vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, honey, oregano leaves to cure cough, cold, sore throat. I've tried garlic for my migraine. Thanks Dream On for your comment.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      My mother swears by white vinegar for cleaning the list is really endless.I loved your ideas and I will try the miracle tea first.What have you used for yourself.I like to read personal experiences the best.

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      dyesebel10 8 years ago from USA

      nice input.. thanx Abs Machine for your comment.

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      Abs Machine 8 years ago

      in Spain they also have Sherry vinegar, made from Sherry wine. It's delicious! Nice hub :)