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The Beauty of Vinegar
Vinegar and Its Many Uses
As far back in history as one can go vinegar has been used for medical ailments from skin treatments to beauty secrets. In 5000 BCE the Babylonians believed that vinegar had exceptional healing properties. They first converted wine into vinegar using date palms, grapes, and figs, and believed vinegar had . Regarded as the greatest physician of his time, Hippocrates is said to have used vinegar as an antibiotic. Samurai warriors supposedly used a vinegar tonic for strength and power. During the Bubonic Plague people poured vinegar on their skin to protect themselves from germs. During the U.S. Civil War, soldiers used vinegar to prevent stomach upset and as a treatment for various ailments including pneumonia and scurvy. It was used to treat wounds during the first World War. Sailors have long used vinegar as a food preservative during long voyages.
Derived from the French word vin meaning wine and aigre meaning sour. Vinegar can be made from most any sweet or starchy material, such as juices of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Vinegars take their name from the material used to make the vinegar, so apple cider vinegar comes from apples, wine vinegar comes from grapes. With a little warmth, the bacteria will turn the sugars and alcohol into acetic acid, which is the main component of vinegar.
Did You Know That
Vinegar May Be A Cancer Detector
Some researchers believe vinegar will ultimately be used to diagnose cervical cancer in women.
Braggs Best Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar Will Never Spoil
So you just came across an old unopened bottle of vinegar, and you wonder is it still any good? The answer is a definite YES! Vinegar has a practically limitless shelf life. Its acid content makes it self preserving and even negates the need for refrigeration.
The Many Uses of Vinegar
Many cultures use white vinegar for cooking and food preparation. For me personally, the true beauty of it how well it is for cleaning and disinfecting. Instead of using windex and the chemicals that are in such a cleansing product why not use something that can be digested. Most know that to clean the deposits in a coffee machine a rinse of vinegar will do the trick. Guess what the same holds true for our digestive system. Yet vinegar gets a bad rap.Its true that the smell at first may be offensive. But give this product a try and in a minute or two and the sour smell turns to sweet. From the kitchen to the bathroom to your car, there is a good reason to turn to vinegar time and time again!
As much as I love white vinegar, it is Apple cider vinegar that I probably love most. As most know it is highly prized in the natural-products community, both for its reported health benefits and its extra nutrients that can help beautify your hair or skin. My favorite apple cider vinegar is Braggs. Made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples, it proves the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I often wonder why modern research has yet to verify the many benefits of using vinegar as a treatment for ailments, There are few and far between scientific studies which confirm some significant health benefits vinegar. Could the reason there are not many studies on vinegar is because if there were studies showing all the reasons to use this natural product the shelves in drug stores would be empty. From rinsing your hair to softening your cuticles, its uses are endless.
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits and uses of my favorite, cant live without Vinegar!
The Beauty of Vinegar for Your Skin
Add one cup apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of cold water for a refreshing bath to help soothe the itching.
Mix 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and 1/2 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar. Rub the mixture into your skin.
Say Good-Bye to Age or Sun Spots
To remove brown spots on your skin caused by over exposure to the sun or hormonal changes, pour full strength cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and apply it to the spots for 10 minutes at least twice a day. The spots should fade or disappear within a few weeks.
Pamper Your Skin
After washing your face, mix 1 tablespoon cider vinegar with 2 cups water and use it as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also make your own facial treatment by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let dry.
To cool a bad sunburn, gently gently dab the skin with a cotton ball saturated with white or coder vinegar, preferably before the burn starts to sting.
Calm Bug-Bite Itching
Applying a cotton ball dipped in vinegar also helps stop the itch of mosquito and other insect bites, as well as poison ivy or poison oak rashes.
Give Dandruff the Brush-Off
Rinse your hair after each shhampoo with 2 cups cider vinegar mixed in 2 cups cold water. Or, massage 3 tablespoons vinegar into your hair and scalp before shampooing. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and wash as usual.
Put Life Back Into Limp or Damaged Hair
Combine 1 teaspoon cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and three eggs. Rub the mixture into your hair and cover it for for 30 minutes with a shower cap. Then shampoo and rinse as usual.
Protect Blond Hair from Chlorine
To keep your golden locks from turning green in a chlorinated pool, rub 1/4 cup cider vinegar into your hair and let it set for 15 minutes before diving in.
RELIEF FOR COLDS AND SORE THROAT
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the water in your vaporizer. Do not add vinegar to a cold mist vaporizer without checking with the manufacturer.
Get relief fast by dissolving 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and gargling several times a day.
Combine 1/4 cup cider vinegar and 1/4 cup honey and take1 tablespoon every 4 hours.
Cough and an Irritated Throat
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar , 1/2 cup water, 4 teaspoons honey, and 1 teaspoon hot sauce. Swallow 1 tablespoon 4 or 5 times daily, including before bed.
HANDS, FEET AND LIPS
Make a Poultice for Corns and Calluses
To treat corns and calluses soak a piece of white bread in 1/4 cup white vinegar for 30 minutes. Break off a piece big enough to completely cover the corn and secure it with adhesive tape overnight. It will dissolve the hard, callused skin, making the corn way to remove. Older thicker calluses may need several treatments.
Get the Jump on Athlete's Foot
You can often stop the infection and ease the itching of athlete's foot by rinsing your feet three of four times a day for a few days with undiluted cider vinegar. Also soak your socks in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water for 30 minutes before laundering.
Soften Your Cuticles
Before manicuring your nails, soak your fingers (or toes) in a bowl of undiluted white vinegar for 5 minutes to soften the cuticles.
Treat An Active Cold Sore
You can usually dry up a cold sore in short order by dabbing it with a cotton ball saturated in white vinegar 3 times a day. The vinegar will quickly soothe the pain and swelling.
Miscellaneous Beautiful Uses for Vinegar
Freshen Your Breath
To sweeten your garlic or onion breath, dissolve 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth.
Many people cure hiccups by drinking one teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar stirred into one cup warm water.
You can speed healing and prevent black and blue marks by putting a piece of cotton gauze soaked in white or cider vinegar in the injured site for an hour.
Before cooking beans, add 3 teaspoons white vinegar to a pot of water and soak the beans in the solution over night. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves some of the indigestible sugars in the beans that would otherwise produce gas in your system.
Mix 2 teaspoons Apple Cider vinegar in one cup of water and sip it during your meal. In many cases heartburn is caused by low acid, and the acetic acid in the vinegar corrects this inadequacy.
Vinegar Cure for UTI
Use Vinegar for UTI
Treating your urinary tract infection naturally can be healthier and more effective because you are allowing your body to fight and kill the infection. Not only can it rid the UTI out of your system it will soothe the pain that accompanies this nuisance. It sure beats taking antibiotics that may or may not work.
Got a yeast infection? Try using apple cider vinegar as a douche. The beauty of this is that it may help restore your vagina's natural acidity levels to the point where Candida will not grow. According to the Candida Cure Recipes website, apple cider vinegar naturally has the same acidity as a healthy vagina. By adding three tablespoons of it to two quarts of warm purified water and douching two times a day, yeast infections symptoms should disappear. Personally a a good swipe in the area will ease the pain and itching that comes with the yeast infection. Swipe the area till the burn stops and walla the itch will be no more!
Walmart Goes Green
Walmart Now Has A Vinegar Aisle
Vinegar is the best natural cleaner EVER!! And now at a go green Walmart near you. Who knew that one of the best places to find Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is at Walmart. They even now have their very own aisle for this product that you can use for almost everything. Simple, smart solutions at a great price and its natural.
You ever hear the saying one apple a day will keep the doctor away? An apple maybe the answer but in my books the apple should be sprayed with Vinegar!