8 Amazing Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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8 amazing uses for apple cider vinegarIf you only use apple cider vinegar on your salad, you’re seriously underestimating its potential. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (often abbreviated as ACV) can be used in so many ways that by the end of this article you may start keeping a bottle in every room of your house, not just the fridge! You can use apple cider vinegar for hair and skin care, household cleaning, healing and cooking.

What kind of apple cider vinegar?

Get the good stuff. By “the good stuff,” I mean raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. We’re big fans of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (pictured at the top).

If you’ve got a good bottle of apple cider vinegar, you should see some strand-like sediment floating at the bottom. No, your vinegar hasn’t gone bad—that gunky-looking stuff at the bottom is the most important part! It’s called “the mother,” and it contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing. In the animated GIF below, you can see what the mother looks like floating around at the bottom of the bottle (I gave it a vigorous shake first so you can see it better).
ACV-the-mother-animated


1. Eat and/or drink it, of course!


Since apple cider vinegar is, first and foremost, a food product, I would be remiss if I didn’t first fill you in on its nutritional value and health benefits first.

Apple cider vinegar lowers glucose levels, and may be helpful for diabetics. It has also been touted as a weight-loss aid, as it is said to help you feel fuller and eat less. The enzymes in apple cider vinegar also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida issues.

How to take apple cider vinegar orally: Mix 1 tablespoon with a cup of water or herbal tea. (Apple cider vinegar is quite strong, and when taken straight can be harsh on the esophagus, so you’ll want to dilute it).

And, of course, apple cider vinegar is a classic salad dressing ingredient, which you can definitely get a little creative with! While olive oil, the most commonly used oil for salad dressing, is not permitted on the therapy, you can mix your ACV with flax oil and lemon or orange juice, and perhaps even whirr it all together in a blender with a clove of garlic and a bit of onion. I even like to just drizzle it on my salad plain!

(Here’s one of our favorite go-to salad dressing recipes with ACV: Triple Citrus Dill Vinaigrette.)


2. Relieve gas, bloating and heartburn


Apple cider vinegar can also be very helpful in reducing gas and bloating. Just take a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water or tea before a meal. It can also help ameliorate symptoms of heartburn. Take a dose as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on.


3. Promote alkalinity


Despite its acidic taste, apple cider vinegar actually promotes alkalinity in the body. As Charlotte Gerson says, “cancer cannot live in an alkaline body,” and one of the primary ways the Gerson Therapy battles cancer and other diseases is by bringing the body into an alkaline state which makes it an inhospitable environment for cancer.


4. Non-toxic cleaning spray


Most cleaning supplies are full of harsh chemicals, so apple cider vinegar can surprisingly provide an excellent, cheap alternative to many cleaning products. It absorbs odors and has antibacterial properties.

Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on hard surfaces such as hardwood floors, bathroom tiles, cabinets and countertops, then wipe it off with a rag.


5. Hair care


Apple cider vinegar, when used as a rinse, will make your hair feel smooth and shiny, and provide a bit of extra clarification to remove oil and dirt. It balances your hair’s pH, which helps seal the cuticle and make the hair smoother. It can also help with dandruff, clear away greasy build-up, and soothe itchiness and irritation of the scalp.

Simply mix a tablespoon or two in a glass of water, and rinse your hair with it at the end of your bath. Make sure to rinse it out well afterwards, or your hair might feel a little crunchy.

Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will dissipate once your hair dries, so you don’t have to go around smelling like salad all day (not that that’s a bad thing!).


6. Skin care


While one of the promised benefits of detoxification is clear skin, anyone who has done the Gerson Therapy or another type of intensive detox can probably agree that the road to clear skin can be fraught with blemishes. As your body releases toxins from your blood and tissue, some toxins make their exits through the skin in the form of pimples, rashes and other angry red eruptions.

You can use apple cider vinegar as an astringent, by soaking a washcloth/cotton pad in diluted ACV and applying it to your face. Or, you can simply dab it right onto blemishes to dry them out and heal them.

It’s amazing how smooth your skin feels after applying ACV, it tightens and plumps it a bit, and can help reduce or minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.


7. Sunburn relief


While you should always strive to avoid skin damage by not staying out in the sun uncovered for more than 15 minutes, if you do accidentally find yourself burnt to a crisp, you can use apple cider vinegar to neutralize the burn. Dilute it in water and pat on the sore skin, or add a cupful to your bath.


8. Deodorant


Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. Plus, most drugstore deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and a host of unpronounceable chemicals and synthetic fragrances, so you want to avoid them anyway.

So, it might sound a little crazy, but you can actually use apple cider vinegar as a natural deodorant! Apple cider vinegar absorbs and neutralizes stinky scents. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms and it will absorb and minimize body odors. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
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While I’ve listed 8 uses for apple cider vinegar here, I’ve heard of many other creative uses, including using it as a flea bath for pets and to get rid of warts. I only listed things that I’ve personally tried out for myself, but I can only imagine the vast number of other uses floating around out there!


Have you heard of any other great uses for apple cider vinegar? Please share in the comments below!


About the Author

Ally Bacaj is the Gerson Institute’s Communications Specialist.

Ally manages the design and content of our website and writes, edits and collects contributions for our blog. She also shares information about the Gerson Therapy and nutrition on our Facebook page, Pinterest and on Twitter @GersonInstitute.

In her spare time, you can find Ally exploring flea markets, going to concerts, embarking on ambitious DIY projects and occasionally finishing them.


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  • Philip

    End bladder infections in 5-10 minutes
    2 tblspn in about 8 oz of water

  • Angelicarose

    Awesome post! I use ACV for all of these things. For a great face mask you can mix diluted apv with equal parts aztec clay powder! http://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Cleansing/dp/B0014P8L9W

  • sandra

    je utilize pour les poules!melange avec eau pour le manque de calciun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bridget.robertson.940 Bridget Robertson

    I use it combined with coconut oil and vegetable glycerin as a mask on my hair. You do need a shower cap and turban wrap over that..but it is amazing! A friend shared this with me.

  • sandra

    use to boot chicken soft egg,
    which lacks
    calcium

  • Mandy

    I have two jobs and an active workout lifestyle. At the end of my day nothing is more welcome than a hot bubble bath and a cup of hot tea. As most females know frequent bubble baths aren’t exactly healthy for us but I add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to my bath water, it is barely noticeable smell wise, my skin gets the benefits as well as my body’s natural pH. Slip a little in the hot tea as well and I’m not only getting pampered and relaxed every night but getting healthy along the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boz.hobbs Boz Hobbs

    To reduce my blood glucose (sugar), I regularly take two oz. a day in a vegetable drink. I find adding one half jalapeno pepper to the drink adds a heat element that mellows the sour of the vinegar. My glucose level had decreased 100 points in two months!

  • scott

    I heard, and I’m currently trying with some success, that you can take it orally or as a dirrect applicant for all sorts of body fungus! Including toenail fungus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fintan.brady2 Fionntáin Mac B

    APPLE CIDER VINEGAR hooray! We have a wonderful supplier here in tipperary called Con Traas http://www.karmine.com

  • Carrie B.

    I keep a bottle in the shower, and about once a week I dump some in my hair between washing and conditioning. It really helps keep my thick curls defined, healthy, and non-frizzy. Just keep your head tilted back otherwise it will run into your eyes (I learned that by trial and error the first time!)

  • mark boutwell

    You can also us it to soften stones in your body when u are doing a liver and gallbladder flush.

  • lendsey8

    I have also heard that it can help with fingernail fungus when applied and dried twice daily for a few weeks.

  • Quinlan

    i took it for acid reflux which i got in my third trimester – it really worked!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.mallen Steve Mallen

    I heard it gets rid of nail fungus which I hear is a form of Cancer in the first place. Cancer is a Fungi. I am trying it out for nail fungus and to help detox. See Baking Soda also! I believe this event called “Project Cloverleaf” Google that! This Is what is breaking our immune system down and making us all sick.

  • Leonie

    I have been using apple cider vinegar for some time, and feel a lot better.

  • Linda Powers

    I use it for leg & foot cramps. It works fast

  • Alyssa Tillett

    I use it for allergies or if i’m getting sick! I only had to drink it once for allergies, because i haven’t had them since!

  • Bill Schoppert

    I know this is a little late but I use it for a weed killer. I don’t use the precise organic cider vinegar. I put a gallon of apple cider vinegar in my sprayer and add about a tablespoon of dish washing soap and spray away. Kills most broad leaf weeds in one spraying but I have had to spray more than once for something. Grasses will yellow a bit but come back. Nice to use around your organic gardening.

  • Carrie Jaimes

    How do you use it for allergies?

  • mila

    Thank you I will try all this

  • Melody Nydam

    One teaspoon each vinegar and honey in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps your varicose veins heal…I’ve done it :)

  • Charlotte Griffiths

    Great article! I have always been a fan of the possibilities of ACV. My most recent discovery is to use it as a natural alternative to insect repellent on the body. Put it full strength into a small spray bottle (2 oz or so) and add organic essential oils. Any mixture of eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, peppermint, tea tree and rose geranium at rate of 25 drops per 2 oz ACV. Rose geranium is reportedly most effective for repelling ticks, so that’s always in my mix. Spray on body, avoid eyes of ,course. Keep refrigerated in hot weather.

  • Leighsa Cee

    don’t forget the pets…(cats dogs birds etc) a tiny bit in their water or mixed into their food helps keep them in the proper ph dalance and prevents kidney issues and UTI. In a pet bath it’s good for their skin and fur too…and if they lick their fur after they get it internally too. It’s a natural flea repellant as well. I spray a diluted mixture on pet bedding, blankets etc

  • http://www.facebook.com/heike.eckhoff.3 Heike Eckhoff

    I have also used it very often for burns- not dissimilar to sunburn I guess and as compresses on bruising wrapped up.Most effective.

  • vanda jones

    I have successfully used applecider vinegar for athletes foot. Leaving a soaked cotton wool inbetween the toes and changing daily for a week.I

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelley.sayleudall Shelley Sayle-Udall

    Used it successfully on a wart on my daughter’s foot when she was 7 years old. At her age, burning it off at the doctor’s office was not an option. We removed the cotton off one end of a q-tip and soaked it in apple cider vinegar, then place dit on the wart, and covered it with a bandaid. It was left on her foot overnight, while she slept. Within a couple days it turned black (kept treating it overnight during this time) and fell off several days later. Had my daughter picked it off, it would have come off sooner. She chose to let it fall off completely on it’s own, so it took just over a week. Amazing and NO pain!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240922195 Sunshine Reyes

    is my ACV the right one? it is the commercial one that doesn’t have those strand-like sediments at the bottom (brand: Heinz or California Garden).

    I also read somewhere that it is good for knee-whitening. I just don’t know if you’ll apply it directly thru cotton or what.

  • Lori

    Diluted in a spray bottle I use it to deter cats and other animals from my garden. It is also good for diluting and sloshing in mouth to help with or eliminate gum disease and bad breath.

  • GersonInstitute

    Hi Sunshine! No, the Heinz vinegar is the exact opposite of what you want–no nutrients in there, and it’s certainly not organic! Plus the reddish color in those commercial vinegars doesn’t even come from the apples, it’s just artificial food coloring. That stuff won’t give you any of the nutritional benefits that I’m referring to in the article.

    You want raw apple vinegar that’s unpasteurized, with the “mother” at the bottom. I think Bragg’s is the most commonly available raw ACV (it’s the bottle in the picture at the top–you can find it at any health food store).

  • rose

    Ferment veggies with ACV, mineral water, spices and raw honey- the veggies are delish done this way and the drinkable solution that it produces is a great immune boost

  • Kyle Weiland

    Also works on warts! Tape a damp cotton ball over the wart for 5-7 nights and it should die off soon

  • vinegarguru

    I’d just like to say an Amen to ACV for the relief of Athletes foot, but all AF is not confined to toes. You can soak both feet in a 50/50 ACV and water solution or get a spray bottle and use it full strength.

    Spray infected areas for a period of about 2 to four weeks. when you get a sudden itch use the spray it will put out the fire right away, especially at night when the itch keeps you awake.

    The trick to keeping it gone is also using the ACV to thoroughly clean the insides of ALL your shoes and hosiery, The acidic ACV will kill all fungus so that you are not re-contaminated.

    That’s why the OTC and prescription creams and pills only work for a while, They don’t instruct you to clean shoes, socks and surfaces where the fungus lies in wait to attack again, and keep you going back for more toxic meds $$$

  • Geraldine Schlichter

    My child was getting small warts on the soles of the feet-I think from the public pool. I used Dr Jarvis’s remedy. Soak the feet in apple cider vingar for 1 hour, repeat in 24 hours if necessary. The warts did not continue to grow & eventually disappeared.

  • Geraldine Schlichter

    how do you use it? What quantities mixed with what, and how to take?

  • Antoinette

    We’re using it in eyedrops as recommended in The Master Cleanser: 5 parts distilled water, 2 parts best grade of honey, 1 part pure apple cider vinegar – we use Bragg’s cause it’s the absolute best :) One drop each eye in the morning and at night.

    It stings for about a minute but after a week my sight has improved; I do eye exercises (The Program for Better Vision) sporadically and can definitely tell the difference over exercises alone. The book says people have overcome the need for glasses and that’s my aim – to get rid of my reading glasses. Yesterday I studied all day and didn’t need them until the end of a long day, so that’s progress.

  • JWHacket

    It also works very well to get rid of molluscum. Soak a small piece of cotton and attach it to the wart with a band-aid or tape and in a day or two the wart will turn very white and then black. It worked better for me than a very expensive prescription from my doctor .

  • Susie

    I have been using ACV as a spray cleaner while washing fresh fruits and veg to kill bacteria in a non-chemical manner for my cancer survivor hubby. He’s still here at 90 so I guess it works!

  • holly

    ACV is great for liver/gallbladder pain! A tablespoon or two in a large d glass of water or diluted organic apple juice. Also a great energy booster/ detox aid for Lyme disease and treatment. Best used in conjunction with epsom salt baths or foot baths. Personal experience.

  • Nancy Drew

    Really? this is the 1st time I’ve heard about this ‘cure’ (for varicose veins), will def. try it…:)

  • Louise Eld Basford

    Yes!! Another use is as an allergy relief!!!!

  • Gloria Ramirez

    Hello, Greetings from Sunny San Antonio, TX. I had used ACV successfully to minimize and all together end dizziness when I moved from a high elevation to a lower elevation. I drinked 1 tsp on 1 cup of lukewarm water. I also use it in my shower: en empty pint water bottle, add about 1/4 of ACV then rest water (we have reverse osmosis filter). Use it as rinse on female body parts after period, intercourse and any time odor is present. It balances the pH- in there. It also helps with the whitish discharge related to candida.

  • Qadar Khan

    I love apple cider vinegar for its healing but I do not like the stinking smell. Any here are more than 60 benefits explained.

    http://www.peashealth.com/sixty-health-benefits-and-home-remedies-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

  • Kara Helena

    I use it to help whiten my teeth and I always apply it to new bruises just after icing. It helps speed up the healing time and diminishes the dark coloring of bruises.

  • Cecilia Mendez

    How to use the apple vinger to loose weight and I also was told you can use it for a natural colon cleansing is this true ?

  • James Smith

    This is fantastic. Also please see some other natural products which save you money, your health and the environment:
    1. Do NOT use Anti-Bacterial soaps. These are unnecessary but also damage the
    natural (good) bacteria of your body, allowing harmful bacteria to thrive
    causing many problems. Also if children ingest it (for example in the bath) it
    is very harmful to their digestion and can cause long term problems.
    Furthermore, this is a major cause of “super bugs”, harmful bacteria that
    mutate and are more resistant and much more harmful. Super bugs have only
    recently developed as a result of anti-bacterial soaps, anti-bacterial cleaning
    products and antibiotics, they can kill and there are no known antibiotics to
    combat them! Never buy anti-bacterial soaps, just use normal soap and water.

    2. Do NOT use household cleaning products for kitchen or bathroom, etc. They
    contain anti-bacterial agents (as mentioned above) but also contain many
    strong, harmful chemicals. They are expensive and unnecessary. Use Sodium bicarbonate (Soda). It will
    clean your kitchen and bathroom, leaving it bright and shiny.

    3. Dish washing – Use hot water (wear gloves). You can add soda also. For greasy
    dishes, use lemon and hot water.

    4. Do NOT use Toothpaste. Tooth pastes have many harmful chemicals which are
    absorbed in your mouth even if you spit it out. NEVER NEVER use toothpaste for
    children under 6 years old, even the “children’s toothpaste”, they can cause
    long term physical and neurological problems. Even the organic toothpastes that
    we have seen have harmful ingredients. Use one drop of Mint oil (peppermint or
    spearmint), you can also add one drop of
    Tee Tree Oil. Also you can use Sodium Bicarbonate which is an effective and
    natural teeth whitener. Mint and Tee Tree are very effective against even the
    strongest bacteria which can cause Peridontis disease therefore even if you
    have Peridontis disease this is an effective treatment. You can also use Mint
    Oil as a mouth wash. If you are not convinced, try it once and you will see how
    strong and effective this is and how fresh your mouth will feel! These products
    are effective toothpastes and completely harmless to your body if swallowed.
    Also brush with salt is an effective bacterial killer.

    5.
    Do
    Not use shampoos on children. Shampoos, Soaps, shower gels, body washes and
    dishwashing liquids and face creams contain parabens, SLS, SLES (Sodium laureth
    sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate) and other chemicals that are harmful
    to our skin, our health and which have been linked to cancer; they are washed
    into the water system damaging rivers, lakes, seas, and contaminating the fish
    that we eat. SLS and SLES will damage the scalp and strip it of the natural
    oils of the scalp. All shampoos, even organic ones have these chemicals and
    will strip the hair of it’s natural oils, but the scalp produces more oil to
    compensate for this and in time, the hair will become more and more greasy and
    you will have to shampoo it more frequently (which is the aim of the shampoo
    manufacturers). You may have noticed that you need to shampoo your hair much more
    often now than when you where a child. It is likely that you are already
    “addicted” to shampoos and if you try to use alternatives your hair will be too
    greasy. But for children, it is important to use natural cleaners before their
    scalp becomes addicted. Use Sodium Bicarbonate (Soda), this is the most
    effective and it doesn’t matter if they ingest it in the bath. Soda makes your
    hair clean, thick and neutralizes chlorine in the water which damages your
    hair. Also you can use Tee Tree,
    Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus oils to add a wonderful smell and improve the
    hair (just one drop in a bottle of water is enough).

    6.
    DO
    NOT USE Deodorants . Deodorants can give you cancer from chemicals seeping
    into your lymph glands under your arms. Also they are a major cause of
    allergies. Use Sodium Bicarbonate, it is MUCH more effective than any deodorant
    and lasts ALL day. Wet your fingers, take a small amount of the powder and rub
    it on. It doesn’t damage your clothes at all, it’s hard to believe that it is more effective than deodorant but
    try it and you will see!

    7.
    Do
    NOT use skin creams or moisturizers. Use Jojoba oil, it is natural and is
    the only oil that will not clog your pause.

    8. Do not use Sun Tan creams. Use a hat
    and light shirt / clothes.

    9.
    Spots
    on your face and body. Use a little piece of lemon and rub on the spot. Do
    this 3 times per day.

    10. Be very careful if you have to use
    Antibiotics. Get a second opinion if your doctor prescribes them. If you do
    have to use them, then use them correctly (make sure you take them at the
    correct time and you finish the course), and use a good quality Probiotic 2
    hours after the antibiotic.

    11. Wherever possible, do NOT use plastic
    containers, bottles or bags for liquids (especially hot liquids or in hot
    weather). Use glass containers if possible.

    12. Do not use Teflon (non-stick) or aluminium
    cooking pans. Use stainless steel, Pyrex or ceramic.

    13. Do NOT use Prescriptions Drugs unless
    absolutely necessary. There are usually much better, more effective,
    cheaper and healthier natural alternatives to Prescription Drugs which even
    your Doctor may not know about. Many drugs have side effects which can be worse
    than the symptoms they are trying to cure, for which you will have to buy other
    drugs to control. In general, the Pharmaceutical industry is one of the most
    unethical industries. Remember, they make their money from selling Drugs,, NOT
    BY CURING PEOPLE! If people were cured they would not get any more revenue.
    They make enormous profits which they use to market and advertise to doctors
    and pharmacies.

    15. Mosquito repellant: Use Laveder,
    Eucoliptos, peppermint oil. And see: http://gerson.org/gerpress/6-herbs-that-naturally-repel-mosquitoes-and-fleas/

    16. For Sleeping. Couple of drops of
    Lavander Oil in a spray bottle with a little water and spray the bed and
    pillow.

    17. Sore or swollen throats. This is a sign
    that you are getting flue. Immediately (even if you feel it in the middle of
    the night) take one teaspoon of salt in a small glass of hot water and gargle 4
    times.

    18. Nose Wash / Irrigation. This is
    effective against flue and colds. Do every night before bed, also you can do it
    in the morning and you’ll feel much better due to the increase in oxygen you
    can breathe in through a clean nose. Put quarter of a teaspoon or less of salt
    in a bottle of filtered water. Use a sports bottle with pop up top as they fit
    the nose well. Put your head forward
    slightly, squeeze gently up one nose until the water comes out the other side.
    Repeat on the other side.

    Note:
    Sodium Bicarbonate (Soda), is one of the most incredible
    substances. It’s natural, environmentally friendly, kills bad germs and
    bacteria (antibacterial and antifungal). Amazingly, you can drink it but also
    clean the bathroom with it!! It has many other uses than the ones mentioned
    above, including washing clothes (it’s cheaper than washing liquid), for baking
    cakes, cleaning toothbrushes and hair brushes, etc. And it’s cheap! Hence the
    reason why no-one tells you about it or advertises it.

  • paula

    I heard this was good for hot flashes, and may ease the night time sweats etc., within 2-5 days. 2tbles in 6-8ounces water, 2x/day. Has anyone any experience with this? I suggested to my neighbor, who has an awful time with these, but she is afraid to try it? Mentioned it was an organic food product, helped with digestion, inflammation and toxicity and was very healthy and was nothing to be nervous about. Tried to be helpful but at the moment don’t know if she has tried or not. thoughts on this?
    .

  • GersonInstitute

    Great suggestions, thanks James! The only thing I would say (for the benefit of any Gerson patients that may be reading) is that baking soda is prohibited for patients on the Gerson Therapy to use internally or externally–though it’s fine for household cleaning, etc. It’s prohibited due to the high sodium content, and sodium is very restricted on the Gerson Therapy.

    However, for people not following the Gerson Therapy to treat a chronic degenerative disease, baking soda can definitely be a very useful and versatile replacement for shampoo, toothpaste, household cleaners, etc.

  • GersonInstitute

    Hi Cecilia! Generally for weight loss, people take apple cider vinegar orally, about 1tbsp diluted in a glass of water.

    As to colon cleansing, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of anyone using apple cider vinegar as a colonic/enema–I imagine it would be rather harsh though, as ACV is so strongly acidic. I wouldn’t recommend it without asking a doctor first.

  • Annabelle Betancourt

    how do you use it? Quantity and mixed with what?

  • Annabelle Betancourt

    wow, I’m going to try this.

  • Jd Brunnhoeffer

    I love using Raw, Organic ACV in certain situations.

    Bragg is only one product, Tree of Life also makes a good product. And better riced. Third manufacturer on shelves, looks good but, is not, it is pasteurized.

    SO! Buyer Beware. Read the labels. It should state, Raw, Unpasteurized.

    As a licensed Aesthetician, our skin is acid for a reason, PROTECTION. That is why a toner is used after using an alkalizing wash to dissolve oils &
    impurities collected during the day. A toner restores the acid ph. If you re-balance, oil production is minimal.

    If you do not use a highly alkalized product, you do not need a toner.

    I naturally have oily skin. I do not use soap on my body. When I wash my hair with an Organic, clean shampoo I let is drip onto my body & wash with it. I am clean with minimal disruption to my acid body system. My face does not produce an overabundance of oil & my body is not flaky, nor do I have an objective body odor. No One Has Backed Away From Me! LOL!

    People I know use mainstream soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions, antiperspirants etc. & STILL HAVE SKIN MAJOR ISSUES.

    These people also have had bouts with Breast Cancer & Bone Cancer.

    DUH! They are stripping the skin with harsh chemicals, then applying harsh chemicals that do NOTHING to restore skin balance. Leaving them to disease through infiltration from the environment or direct absorption from lame/toxic products that are widely marketed.

    Sometimes it is medications they are on. Or deficiencies in their diet.
    Shampoos are alkaline to remove oils/impurities from the hair. Shampoo diluted over my body cleanses but doesn’t radically strip natural oils.

    To restore our natural barrier, our bodies reproduce acid sebum (oil) to protect us. Daily intake of good fats & oils ensure a rapid replacement. Be sure to only eat grassfed meats, use unrefined palm, coconut, butter, ghee, olive, avocado, nut oils in your diet. These should be organic/grassfed sources.

    Health comes from within, not from outside. That being said, what you expose yourself to matters.

    BUT, your skin exposes what is going on inside your body. If you have eruptions, of any kind, unless is is obviously not from an external source, it is from something wrong internally. Your skin is your largest organ of elimination. If you liver, kidneys, bladder, colon can not eliminate a toxic overload, your skin will activate elimination.

    If your skin is eliminating,through eruptions. You need MAJOR help. Slowing down detoxification so other organs can process.

    Fine for cleansing, IF, the proper ph is restored immediately for defense. Alkaline, spring water is a good solution.

    I am concerned with the overall use of vinegar. It disrupts the
    natural shield & prolongs the acid oils from forming to protect our
    skin, which is our first & foremost line of defense. Not to mention
    our largest organ of elimination.

    We need the acid coating to repel invasion of bad bacteria/viruses/parasites.

    These days most of us are so full of toxic chemicals through municipal water, environmental conditions (fragrances, exhaust), processed foods, fast foods, Rx drugs, OTC drugs, topical creams/lotions, we are not aware of the dangers.

    Soaps, that most people use, do the same thing. Alkaline soaps dissolve oils
    & remove impurities collected during the day. This removes our
    bodies mainline defense mechanism, our shield.

    Growing up an older sister of my friend asked what I cleaned my face with because I never had breakout in my teens. I retorted water. I washed mt face with water. Mind you, this was in the 60s.

    I used a moisturizer afterwards. Not the best, but, the important thing was I wasn’t stripping my skin.

    What I have found as a blemish remedy is egg white. A simple dab of eggwhite with a q-tip, preferably free-range & organic cotton, works wonderfully. Egg white (albumin is used in a lot of the eye tightening products).

    Your article, concerning skincare is misleading. Skin & internal function of the body are different.

    So do cleaning products in the home affect health.

    Sorry, I have gotten on a roll about natural health & common sense.

  • GersonInstitute

    Hi JD! I think with regards to ACV and skincare, I may have been a bit unclear in terms of the pH issue, which is admittedly a little contradictory-sounding.

    Apple cider vinegar is acidic; undiluted apple cider vinegar has a pH of around 4.25-5. So when it is used externally for skin care, it doesn’t remove the beneficial acids from the skin, it promotes and restores them. It serves the same purpose as a toner in that regard.

    However, I referred to ACV as an “alkaline food” earlier in the article because, even though it is technically an acidic solution, ACV does not cause the body to produce more acid to digest it. It has an overall alkalizing effect on the body when digested.

    -Ally

  • Sarah

    I’ve heard about using it to remove moles. Anyone else heard of this?

  • Gene Conway

    It also make a great non selective herbicide, safer and as effective as Round-up and far cheaper.

  • dbezt

    I suffer from chronic migraines; and have taken all type of pain meds even prescribed medications. And none of them have given me relief, a friend told me to drink ACV diluted with orange juice or something else. I had relief within minutes of drinking it.

  • IslandBoi1

    I’ve heard for warts, not moles though.

  • Nada

    I took this to lower my cholesterol but, also noticed that I was breathing better as I was releasing phlegm….i swear by this product and have recommended it to my smoker friends.

  • Qadar Khan

    Yes, Maria. Apple cider vinegar works on moles and skin tags. This article explains how to use acv for moles and skin tags. http://www.removeyourskintag.com/home-remedies-for-skin-tags/

  • Sandy Feet Events

    instant cure for hiccups! that really actually works

  • Ruth Loffa

    if you are in UK/Europe look out for Higher Nature. A really good brand. I would banish anything from Heinz from my cupboards.

  • Carrie

    Cancer is not fungus. It is our own cells growing out of control. ACV helps cancer patients but not because it killing fungus.

  • Jimbo Franks

    Use as a sinus wash for infection. Dilute it first or it will burn like hell.

  • Asha Latha

    Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

  • Robbie Fields

    Can you use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with mother, to remove skin moles & tags? If so, how.

  • Robbie Fields

    Thanks, I will try the vinegar on the moles.

  • Arvz

    Can i use Apple Cider Vinegar to achieve white skin? How to do it?. Thanks in advance..

  • Stefan Rudolph

    Thank you. I have a ptregyium and have been using this step to avoid surgery but my vision seems to be blurring or getting worse, but I feel I’m mentally creating that effect. Can ACV effect my vision or eyes in a negative way?

  • Winnie Ooi

    Hello, could the ACV help for the dark eye Circle? Please advise. Thanks in advance.

  • Pragni Kasa

    but it will not work for all people…..some people get side effects by drinking this one………

  • Guest

    Best thing ever for settling the stomach – indigestion or acid reflux

  • Linda

    ACV is the most effective thing I have ever used to settle the stomach – indigestion or acid reflux. Almost instant relief.

  • Linda Perkins

    Great insights. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits. Its wide-ranging uses (rivaling the numberof uses of tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to fight against diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and issues on weight.

    -http://www.botanicchoice.com/

  • Sreenivas Rao

    I took organic apple cider vinegar after seeing reports on several websites for treating my psoriasis of 7 years. I took 5 ml of the ACV with 16 oz of water, 2 times daily am and pm and what I experienced was magic. My psoriasis vanished! I used to have cracks, bleeding and discharges at the sole area where all the weight of the body is felt. It was driving me to a point where I just decided that I had to live with it for the rest of my life. Thank god the apple cider vinegar worked. I did have constipation as a side effect but I ate fruits to counter it. Some people may see other side effects, but the benefits simply are too many. Great product.

  • Sarah

    No. Thank you for the info; it helps!

  • Lee-Anne Van Eyk

    I find relief for sinus headaches when I put a drop of apple cider vinegar in both eyes…yes it does sting – but not for long…far better than a headache :)

    A drop in both nostrils before bed keeps your airways open and breathing better than when you are on a C-PAP machine :)

    Could these two ailments be acid related????

  • Alison Skees

    My 5 year old son had this rash and bumps all over his knees elbows and scalp. I gave him two baths with One Cup of ACV and about a cup of Epsom salt. And the rash and bumps disappeared. I think he had eczema. Also it cured his Molluscums.

  • karen hobbs

    I used it on my cat who has a tendency to hair loss between his eyes and ears but I found a completely bald spot on his neck. Looked it up on the internet and applied ACV several times a day with a cotton ball. He also licked it off, being a cat. don’t know if it was the direct application or the ingestion but in a few days the hair started to grow back. You can’t find the original spot.

  • ak

    Tried it out on my skin tag and ACV worked like a charm. The skin tag fell off after 3 nights of application. Thanks!!

  • Muriel

    Has anyone ever used this on their skin for relief of pain caused by shingles?

  • Connie

    Bragg Organic Raw-Unfiltered Apple Cider is the best!

  • Kathleen

    How many times in a day/week use of ACV? because I have seborrhoeic dermititis and hopefully I could recover.

  • Becki Warshow

    did you keep it covered overnight or did you leave it exposed?

  • Catdog

    Topical use on meloscum contagiosum for two consecutive nights cured my daughter after 12 months of battling with the pain and unsightly ness of the condition

  • Tiffany

    I used it to get rid of strep. I recently figured out the right blend of acv, apple juice, and grape juice so my kids can get used to it. Bye bye, strep, we hope for good. (I used to get strep and ear infections more than my children. The last time I had it I decided to go back to my natural ways. I felt better within 30 hours, the same time frame as a pharmaceutical antibiotic. The best part was that I had more energy and after a few days I wasn’t battling yeast.

  • Tiffany

    This is the best. I do this, too. It makes my skin look and feel younger, probably from removing toxins. I have plans to do a mask tonight. I was going to add activated charcoal since I haven’t done a mask in so long.

  • Sharon-Shay Walsh

    Great for your fur baby’s as well.

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