A TO Z OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
JENIFER OMIS (Ph.D)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
3. Constituents of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
4. Types of Vinegar
5. General uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
6. Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really work?
7. Health Uses/ Benefits/ Simple Home Remedies of Apple Cider Vinegar
8. Back Home to Herbs
Rev. 21:5 “He who sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new.
Man dies by the way he lives. This is a popular supply. To many it sounds true, to others false, because in spite of all their careful of way of life, they came up with debilitating illness, that keeps them focused on it and keep on asking why, until it is too late, to do anything. The point is that too often we are too busy with our schedule, to pay attention to that “little message” our bodies gives us. The alert continues until it becomes a “bigger message” that cannot be ignored. It is obvious that in the herbal and medical world, that no established ailment just happen, but signals must have been given, which the bearer, prefer to just ignore for the time being. Health is an asset that must be guided /guarded jealously. Our health has many ways we can safeguard it; through orthodox and unorthodox means, as long as it does not affect us negatively. Many aliments that affect man can be managed and cured by organic approach to eating and health. But in this day, many people have come to believe so much and have accepted the medical establishments’ well orchestrated pharmacommercials that the holistic and alternative approaches to diseases seem alien, primitive or even termed fetish. Today the medicine man/woman has disappeared along with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they possess. Thus the truth about health has been distorted so much and for so long that sick people listen with bending ears, even when they know that they are in the last stage of life, they are so gullible that they prefer to take one last shot of insulin or dose of chemo just to prolong life, one day longer and because orthodox practices endorse it. Perhaps it is time we can look at how we can use organic foods that abounds in nature as a method of prevention and cure for diseases.
The essence of this A TO Z Guide is to alert us of the fact, that we believe so much in Modern medicine and have stepped too far away from age odd home remedies that our fathers used, that kept them in optimal health till ripe old age.
This A TO Z Guide will help healthy and unhealthy people to discover the beauty/nourishment in our age old fruit called apple in preventing, healing and promoting good health and even in reversing their physical affliction in time through administering simple home remedies.
It is hoped that you will by God’s grace find this A TO Z Guide an invaluable and loyal friend which could be consulted whenever the need arises.
Nwamaka Nwukor Enyimba ( Ph.D )
P.M Natural Health,
INTRODUCTION to Apple Cider Vinegar
Health is Wealth, is a popular adage. Only a sick person can see that a healthy person wears a crown worth more than gold, and diamond or all the wealth in the world. At any stage in life health is the most crucial need of man without it; man is suffering (Ibrahim, 2011). Health is a favor from God, and so must not be joke with, rather should be cherish, guided and cared for. Don’t forget that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
As an ardent health researcher, I have come across a lot of simple remedies to health problems and have come to appreciate the work of nature through 3 items via: vegetable, fruits, and herbs and also come to the conclusion that, a lot of pains we go through and invariably die from can be avoided by applying these 3 items in the right quality by going back to Mother Nature. We have come to a stage in our development where we have now realized what Hippocrates said ages ago “let food be our medicine”.
A lot of health supplements are found in our foods, fruits, nuts, spices etc but most of them are denatured, through chemicalization and overheating during the process of cooking.
The author will x-ray the many health and beauty remedies of an age long fruit which have made name in history of mankind called the APPLE in its supplement form known as Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). To bring the knowledge to people who will need it for therapies that work wonders. Apple may be taken for granted and less appreciated in ordinary form but as Cider Vinegar, which it turns to after fermentation, recent research shows least about 130 ways it can be used for health and beauty benefits.
CONSTITUENTS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of the most useful, affordable and versatile supplements you take, for your general health. It fights infection, inflammation, eases pain and helps many digestive issues. Taken daily ACV will provide numerous health benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar is made from crushed apples which undergo the process of fermentation for a certain period of time. The first fermentation turns the juice into alcohol while the second one converts into Vinegar. ACV contains acetic acid, citric acid some lactic and malic acid. It also contains many vitamins, mineral and amino acids. Apple Cider Vinegar is the “comfort for man” it has been in use for thousands of years that even Hippocrates used and advised it for many ailments and has been used in Islamic medicines since the time of prophet Muhammed (Peas Health, 2014). You cannot underestimate the potentials of ACV. It 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.
TYPES OF VINEGAR
There are basically three kind of Vinegar: the white vinegar, red vinegar and apple vinegar. The types made from apple, grape and lime orange are the best. Others were made from guinea corn, maize, dates and so on.
_ the white vinegar is cheap and used for treatment of headache, stomach ache, fever, high blood pressure, indigestion, toothache, skin rashes, blisters, cuts, burns, wounds, and so on.
_ the red Vinegar or malt vinegar contains iodine, vitamin C and compound, useful for growth and general well being.
_ the brown vinegar or apple cider vinegar has various uses which will be extensively discussed in this booklet.
Though any of the vinegars can go, but the best is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It can be used daily as a safe natural alternative to chemicals and as an overall health boosting tonic. The benefits are unbelievable. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most useful and affordable supplement and its health and beauty benefits can never be overemphasized.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also in capsule form for people who find the liquid too harsh.
GENERAL USES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar is very useful for treating the skin, teeth and hair. Check out all the ways you can incorporate a little ACV into your health and beauty regimen.
Note – ACV must not be taken raw, it is quite strong and harsh on the esophagus.
ACV can be used generally as follows:
· Use as a hair rinse to fight dandruff, add body and shine to hair
· Use as a facial cleaner to boost the pH of your skin.
· Add to bath water to relieve the redness and pain of sunburn.
· Reduces buildup on the scalp
· Helps in the removal of warts
· Skin toners for blemishes
· Reduces cellulite
· Helps control bad breath
· Whitens teeth and kills mouth bacteria
· Reduces swelling and fades bruising
· Use as a an overnight soak to clean dentures
USES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR YOUR HEALTH
· Use as a detox to cleanse the kidneys
· Drink as supplement to prevent flu
· Reduces inflammation from arthritis
· Relieves sinus pressure and fights infection
· Aids weight loss by decreasing appetite and increasing fat burn
· Relieves gout
· Balances the body’s pH level
· Lowers cholesterol
· Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
· Remove’s nail fungus
· Soothes bud bites and other minor skin irritations
· Aids digestion
· Taken with warm water and honey before bedtime, ACV may help with sleep issues
· Strengthens bones
· Has anti inflammatory properties
· Relieves pain from jellyfish stings
· Aids in relieving chest congestion
· Promotes bowel movements and eases constipation
MORE USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
· Relieves heart bum
· Can help stop hiccups
· Promotes sinus drainage
· Treats ear infections
· Soothes rashes
· Promotes growth of healthy flora
· Helps control sugar cravings
· Helps cure strep throat
· Helps treat eczema
· Increases energy and boosts metabolism
· Relaxes sore muscles
· Disinfects wounds
· Boosts immunity
· Lowers blood pressure
DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WORK?
There are many claims and counter claims to support the effectiveness or other use of ACV. Regarding the claims, most evidence is anecdotal and very vast and spans thousands of years, (as old as the time of Hippocrates). Thus evidence shows it to be a miracle cure, which treats almost any ailment, people swear by it, to have taken it effectively for anything like, indigestion, and reflux, weight gain, weight loss, gall bladder stone, inflammation, fatigue, kidney stone, haemorriods, constipation and so on.
On the other hand, there are many counter claims both anecdotal and scientific. The anecdotal claims are simply that it did not work for some people. Such people related their own individual experience. Interestingly, the amount of anecdotal evidence that ACV works is far greater than that of those who report that it did not work for them.
On the scientific side, there is no evidence that it does not work. Those who claim against its scientific evidence simply do not find any support from research and science for its effectiveness. They have neither an overall evidence of its effectiveness nor ineffectiveness. However, it does not mean that there is no scientific evidence at all. So far some have shown positive results on lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, skin conditions and overall health benefits.
In conclusion, let us appreciate the fact, that all individuals are not the same; everyone has their own individual situation. It may work for some and not for others. People who may want to try it may either find it ineffective or they may get positive result as they have heard, even more than what they heard.
Those who have no medical condition may give it a try and see for themselves. Those who have any medical condition should talk to their doctor before using.
HOME REMEDIES / (A-Z) OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: PRESCRIPTIONS AND APPLICATION
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
1. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Abdominal Fat – Apple Cider Vinegar speeds up the metabolism of fat and some liver fat. Some studies found out that obese people who consume ACV daily for 12 weeks experience significant decrease in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and bad cholesterol or triglycerides. Add 2 table spoon of ACV into a glass of warm water and drink before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Abrasion and Cuts – ACV is an anti bacterial and antiseptic for cuts, wounds and bruises infection. Apply directly to areas and bandage to cover.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Acid Reflux – it sound illogical, more like trying to reduce acid with acid. ACV helps the stomach to function properly. It regulates the stomach to produce a balanced amount of acid and this eliminates acidity – sip before eating especially when you want to indulge in foods – add 1 tea spoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of ACV to a glass of warm water and drink 30 minutes before you eat.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Acne/Pimples Remedies - ACV has alpha hydroxyl which helps to eradicate many skin conditions. It helps to destroy fat deposits, preventing peeling. To use, apply on small area to test for allergic reaction. Then soak a cotton ball in the undiluted solution and apply directly to the affected areas. Apply twice a day. Do not wash with soap. Wash with lukewarm water. Alternatively, for sensitive skin mix one part of ACV with 3 parts of water. Dab the solution on the acne with cotton wool and leave overnight and wash off with warm water.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Age Spots or Liver Spots – ACV contains sulphur that fights the effect of aging, including age spot – age spots are brown spots which appear on the necks, chest, shoulders, arm, hand and face. It is more common in the western world and may have nothing to do with age even though it is called age spot. It can appear at anytime or stage of life – to relieve them;
(a) Dab the spot with ACV before bed, don’t wash off if your skin is sensitive, dilute ACV with water before using. Wash off in the morning.
(b) Cut a slice of onions and soak it well in ACV for a few minutes, then rub it gently on the spots. Use for 4 to 6 weeks or until you see result.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Allergies and Asthma Symptoms – Add one table spoon of ACV and a teaspoon of honey with a little splash of lemon juice and quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in half glass of warm water.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Alkaline acid (pH) Balance – ACV can balance or restore the alkaline acid balance. Our body is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and our diet, supposed to reflect this pH level. A diet high in acid producing foods lead to lack of energy, excessive mucous production, infections, anxiety, irritability headache, sore throat, nasal and skin congestion, allergic reactions and increased risk of conditions such as; arthritis. Gout and so on.
ACV is an acid solution and has an alkalinizing effect on the body thus restores the pH .Take one table spoon of ACV with a glass of water as a daily health tonic.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for AidsDigestion - Add one table spoon of ACV to a glass of water and drink after meal, it aids the digestive process.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Aiding Growth – By aiding the digestive process, the ACV also help the body to absorb the nutrients and aids growth.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Arthritis - ACV helps to prevent calcium build up in the joints, which causes joints stiffness. Heat up 200ml of water and add three (3) table spoon of ACV. Soak your hands or feet in the solution (you may also add baking soda to it) for some time, to soak them well. For joints, soak a bandage in the warm solution for 20 minutes and wrap it around the affected joints. Use warm not hot bandage. Also mix two table spoonful of ACV and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of water and drink several times daily.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Athlete Foot – Add equal amount of ACV to pure lukewarm water and soak your feet for about 30minutes daily before bed at night. Alternatively soak he socks in a mixture of white vinegar and water and squeeze out, wear the socks for about one hour at night Also you add a little potash to one tablespoonful of ACV, soak with cotton bud and apply to the site affected overnight. Repeat for about one week.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Appetite Booster - ACV mixed with water and taken before meal, boost the appetite and quicken digestion.
13. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bad Breath (Halitosis) – Add one tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds and spite out until it is finished
14. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bacteria Cystitis – ACV is anti bacterial; it kills bad bacteria and promotes healthy gut flora or good bacteria when taken regularly with pure honey. It reduces the chances of recurring cystitis. It reduces burning sensation in the bladder as well as in urethra.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bald Hair- Mix ACV with olive oil and water and use to massage hair, it activates the hair follicles.
16. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bath Soak – Add one or two capfuls of ACV, into a warm water and soak in it for about 20 – 30 minutes draw out toxins from the body and moistures the skin.
17. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Beta – Carotene – ACV is a good source of B – carotene and hence is a good supplement that aid the body immunity.
18. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bedwetting – Mix half a teaspoon of pure honey with equal amount of ACV. And take before going to bed, It reduces or may even eradicate the problem of bedwetting.
19. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Black Heads – Blackheads appear mostly on the face, Blend a slice of unripe plantation add 2 tablespoon of ACV to it and mix with mud or clay, leave the solution for at least one hour. Apply the paste as mask on the face. Wash with warm water after an hour. Some use the mask lightly before bed time and leave it overnight for best result.
20. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bladder – Mix and drink twice a day, one tablespoon of pure honey with equal amount of ACV. It reduces bladder inflammation and helps cleanse the bladder.
21. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Blemishes – One benefit of detoxification is a good skin, but the road to it during detox is filled with blemishes. As the body is releasing toxins from the blood and tissue, some toxins makes their exits through the skin in the form of pimples, rashes and other angry red eruptions. Use ACV as an astringent by sinking a cotton wool in diluted ACV and applying it to your face. Or simply dab ACV onto blemishes to dry them out and heal them.
22. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Blood Sugar – Take a glass of water with one tablespoon of ACV, one table spoon lemon juice, one teaspoon of cinnamon every day, until the sugar level normalizes.
23. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Body Stiffness – Taking a cocktail of ACV with pure honey 3 times a day works wonder in curing stiff joints. Both components contain several enzymes, mineral and vitamin which promote healthy joints and muscles. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to the above improve the treatment.
24. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Bone Health – ACV has a lot of calcium, potassium, magnesium and other vital mineral that makes ACV good for maintaining bone health.
25. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Boosting Immunity – Daily intake of ACV aid, the digestion and absorption of food, hence the elimination of impurities, when the body is chemically balanced, immunity is high.
26. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Breast Massage – ACV mixed with coconut oil or olive oil is used for breast massage to prevent lumps.
27. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cancer Growth – Despite the acid taste, ACV actually promote alkalinity in the body. Cancer cannot live in an alkaline body. ACV brings the body into an alkaline state, which makes it an inhospitable environment for cancer.
28. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cellulites – ACV aid in digestion and hence the burning of fat deposits in the body and hence reduces cellulites.
29. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Chicken Pox – Herpes zoster virus causes shingles and chicken pox. Apply undiluted ACV to affected area without pressing or rubbing. Applying twice a day, healing starts in a few days
30. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cholesterol – ACV improves the lipid profile of the body by decreasing the level of triglycerides and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL.C) or bad cholesterol. It also increases the level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL.C) or good cholesterol.
31. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Chronic Fatigue-People turn to harmful stimulates to relieve their fatigue and tiredness. The stimulants only give temporary relieve to symptoms but make them chronic e.g. coffee, black tea, cola, alcohol and so on. Exercise and extreme stress causes lactic acid to build up in the body causing fatigue. ACV contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve the tired feelings for chronic stress. Mix one or two tablespoon of ACV to one tablespoon of raw honey in a glass of chilled water or vegetable water and drink twice a day.
32. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cold Sores – This sore can be caused by herpes virus on the skin around the rectum and anus. It is itchy and burning. Apply undiluted ACV on the affected area. It will burn initially, but burning or hurting and itching will be relieved in a few minutes.
33. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cold and Stuffy Nose – The body is more alkaline during cold and hence the pH balance is not perfect. Take one tablespoon of ACV in water, 3 times a day for 3 days, will adjust the pH balance and relief the cold and related symptoms. It also helps sinus drainage, respiratory congestion can be cleared up by ACV by inhaling vapor mist from pot containing hot water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
34. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Constipation - Daily intake of ACV with water after food, helps digestion, and hence relieves constipation.
35. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Cough – Mix 3 teaspoons of raw honey, 3 tablespoons of ACV and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ginger or any hot sauce. Take one table spoon 3 times daily. Not a remedy for children. For children add, garlic powder and a little garlic to the honey and ACV.
36. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Corns and Calluses - Mix 2 tablespoon of ACV in warm water and soak affected areas for 20 minutes. Soak a small piece of cotton wool in undiluted ACV and place on the corn directly. Apply a plaster over it and go to bed. Replace the cotton piece in the morning. Repeat twice daily until you get desired result.
37. Apple Cider Vinegar Cooking Benefits – Soak fish in vinegar water before cooking for a tender sweet taste.
· Add spoonful vinegar to boiling harm to improve and cut salty taste.
· Add spoonful of vinegar to water for cooking fruit to improve flavor
· Add vinegar to deep fryer to eliminate a greasy taste
· Use vinegar instead of lemon on fried and broiled foods
· Steep your favorite herb in ACV until a pleasant taste and aroma is obtained
· Rub vinegar in the cut end of uncooked yam to prevent mould
· Prevent discoloration of peeled potato by adding a few drops of vinegar to water, it will keep it fresh.
· Rice – add 1 teaspoon of ACV to cooking water for fluffier rice
· Shinny crust on bread and rolls – before they finish baking, take it out and brush crusts with ACV or vinegar, return to oven to finish baking
· Sour cream- blend one cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup skimmed milk and 1 teaspoon ACV.
· Sugaring – can be prevented by mixing a drop of ACV in the cake icing.
· Boiling meat – add a spoonful of vinegar to water to make it more tender.
38. Apple Cider Vinegar Cure all Remedy – ACV and honey is a cure all remedy, for apathy, obesity, asthma, rashes, food poisoning, heart burn, bad eye sight, sore throat, hay fever, brittle nails, dandruff, bad breath and so on.
39. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Dandruff and Scalp Itching – Mix ¼ cup of ACV and ¼ cup of water in a spray can and spritz on the hair scalp avoiding the eye and ear areas. Wrap a towel around the hair and leave for 15 – 30 minutes, and then wash off with shampoo. Repeat twice a week.
40. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure as Deodorant – ACV absorbs and neutralizes odour, rub a little ACV in your underarms. The vinegar smell dissipates, after it dries.
41. Apple Cider Vinegar uses to Detoxify the Body – Toxic poisons, accumulates in the body overtime, if your immunity is high you will be able to eliminate toxins and poisons materials naturally. But this toxic accumulation is the cause of many illness and diseases. ACV purifies the body and helps the body get rid of the free radicals and body scavengers which may cause cancer. Drink a mixture of apple cider vinegar with cabbage or carrot juice and fresh green vegetable juice to detoxify the body of harmful materials.
42. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Depression – Mix one tablespoon of ACV and half of raw honey, add, sage powder to help alleviate mood swing and depression.
43. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Diabetes Control – ACV have the ability to stabilize glucose – 2 tablespoon of ACV in water at bed time, showed stabilized blood sugar level in the morning (2007 reported in diabetes care) it helps prevent sugar crashes that encourage one to wolf down the nearest source of carbohydrate that will shoot blood sugar up again. Insulin resistant individual who drink one teaspoon of ACV and water before meals, enjoy improved insulin sensitivity. It speeds up digestion which helps to maintain a consistent blood sugar level.
44. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Diarrhea – Pectin content of ACV treats diarrhea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin forms a protective coat for smoothing the Colon lining and intestinal spasms. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV into water and drink.
45. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Drains – Pour boiling ACV or white vinegar down drain to unclog and clean them.
46. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Ear Problem – ACV is great in ear problems such as ear infection, drum inflammation, earache, ear blockage and summers’ ear. Dilute an equal part of ACV and purified water and apply it using ear syringe. Note if you have perforated eardrum or hole in it, you must not introduce any liquid into your ear unless qualified professional health practitioner advises unless.
47. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Eczema – Dilute equal amount of ACV and water and apply to the affected area daily for at least 10 days. Wash the affected area with only plain lukewarm water, don’t apply soap or detergent. Also take one teaspoon of ACV to a cup of warm water daily, over time the skin become normal as this detoxes the kidney.
48. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Egg Leakage - Add ACV or any vinegar to the water for boiling eggs to prevent white from leaking out of cracked egg. When poaching eggs, add teaspoon of vinegar to the water to prevent separation.
49. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Energy Drink – Drinking a mixture of ACV and cold water can be reviving and energizing, when you feel tired and thirsty.
50. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Exhaustion – Exercise and extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. ACV contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve the tiredness. Add 1 or 2 table spoon of ACV to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to glass of cold water.
51. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy as Facials Mask – Mix equal parts ACV and water, add 1 teaspoon and pure honey. Apply to skin, leave on for 10 – 15 minutes to detoxify and cleanse out the pores, before rinsing off with warm water. Alternatively mix one teaspoon of ACV, to the teaspoon of clay and pinch of turmeric and use for mask wash after 30 minutes for clearer skin.
52. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses as Foot Soak – To sooth aching and swollen feet, mix ACV with warm water and soak feet in it for 20 – 30 minutes.
53. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses as Facial Treatment – Skin pores are blocked overtime because of dirt. Add 2 tablespoon of ACV to a liter of water and boil. Face over the steam with a towel on your head to trap the steam. Clean the skin with undiluted ACV to remove dirt and toxins. Repeat twice a week.
54. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Gall Bladder Flush – Naturopath and Herbalist recommend, various types of gall bladder flush e.g. olive oil gall bladder flush. ACV can be used effectively for this flush using organic olive oil, organic apple juice and organic raw ACV. Mix 1/3 of the olive oil to 1 teaspoon of the ACV and 2/3 of the apple juice. Drink the mixture 3 time the first day, twice the second day and as desired the third day. At night sleep on the right side and pull up knee to open the pathway.
55. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Gas and Bloating – ACV reduce gas and bloating. Take a table spoon of ACV in water or tea before meal.
56. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Glucose in Blood – As prescribed in blood sugar.
57. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Gout Relievers - same as in arthritis
58. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Genital Sore – Same as in cold sore
59. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Hemorrhoids (Pile) – May cause anal or rectal itching. Soak a cotton ball in ACV and put it in the anus, leave for at least 20minutes. Initially the burning sensation or itching will increase, but this indicates that the applied therapy is working and soon passes; if the undiluted ACV is too harsh then dilute with a little water.
60. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses as Hair Conditioner – For a natural shine to your hair, mix 2 tablespoon of ACV with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, one egg white. Apply to hair and cover with shower cap for about half hour, and rinse with warm water. Alternatively, rinse hair after shampoo with ¼ cup of ACV to ¼ cup of distilled water.
61. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Hair Loss – Mix one tablespoon of ACV with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add 3 tablespoon of water. Massage the solution into bald area. The hair should patch up bald areas in few weeks time.
62. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Hair Rinse – ACV removes the build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthens the hair shaft, leaving hair soft and shiny. It balances hair pH level, stimulates scalp to promote hair growth and clears dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup of ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave in for 3 minutes and rinse your hair with cold water to seal the hair shaft.
63. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Headache – headache may either be acute or chronic. Acute headache maybe temporary and go away by taking simple pain killers or resting. Chronic headache means that it is recurring and maybe a symptom of some more serious health problems. Headache can be caused by poor health, poor diet, poor performance due to lack of nutrition and so on. It may be due to emotional factors, stress and depression (peas health). When the body and mind (physical and emotional balance is out of place, headache may become a daily occurrence. Migraines and other type of throbbing headache are very painful. Mix 2 tablespoon of ACV with a glass of water and boil, cover towel on your head and inhale the steam. It will clear the sinus and release the pressure and strain built around the nerve and tissues in the neck, shoulders and head areas.
64. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses for Healthy Heart – Heart is the hardest working muscle in the body. It needs a lot of potassium to perform its daily job of purifying blood and supplying it to the various parts of the body. Some studies show that, ACV can break the plague built in the arteries thus, unclogging them and making the blood thin. ACV lowers blood pressure and makes the heart strong by providing it enough amounts of potassium and other minerals.
65. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and use for Health Tonic – instead of drinking coffee in the morning, use instead a cup of hot water, 1 tablespoon ACV, ½ tablespoon lemon and 1 tablespoon pure honey. Sip it and feel good. Alternatively, blend raw eggs with ACV and black pepper – it is invigorating.
66. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Heart Burn – Same as in gas and bloating take a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water or tea before a meal. Take a dose as soon as you feel heart burn symptoms coming on.
67. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Herbal Infusion – Steep your favorite herb in vinegar until you have a pleasing taste or aroma.
68. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Hiccup – Some hiccups are caused by low stomach acid – slowing the digestion of protein or eating too much. ACV restores the acid alkaline balance and eases irritating spasms of the diaphragm. Add one teaspoon of ACV to a glass of warm water and drink.
69. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for High Blood Pressure – Wong (2014) reported that a study published by Bioscience, Biochemistry and biotechnology 2001 noted that ACV can helps lower blood pressure. For the blood to circulate efficiently in the system, it must be thin, with the passage of time and due to intake of high fat food and lack of exercise, the blood may thicken. Thus leads to inefficient blood circulation which increases the pressure and strain on heart and this causes the blood pressure to go up and this may lead to other heart related complications. Positive result has been reported by people who take ACV because it keeps the arteries from fatty stuff and thin the blood. Add 1 table spoon ACV, one table spoon lemon juice and one table spoon cinnamon every day, at bedtime.
70. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Insect Bites – Pains of insects bites or stings can be relieves using ACV. Apply ACV undiluted or dilute with a small amount of water on the affected area. The ACV neutralized the venom from the bites or stings.
71. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Intestitial cystitis – This ailment has no known medical cure for now, but, some regimens has been used by people and said it works. Mix equal amount of pure honey with undiluted ACV. Take a spoon in a glass of water first thing in the morning and last at night before going to bed.
72. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of raw ACV on avocado pear and eat it. It makes food passage through the intestine easy and help pass the stool smoothly without pressure.
73. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Joint Aches/Pains – Add a cup of raw ACV to Lukewarm bath. Lie down for 10minutes, and then gently start massaging your body from foot to head. Repeat thrice and stay another 10 minutes. This alleviates the muscle and joint pain completely.
74. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Kidney Flush – as in bladder flush
75. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Kidney Stone – Kidney stone if broken down or dissolved into smaller pieces can pass through the bladder and urethra to get out. It is said that salad of cucumber, parsley, green onions, tomatoes, beef root, celery, cabbage mixed in raw ACV can dissolve the stones in the kidney. Alternatively, mix equal amount of raw ACV with camel urine and take 2 table spoons twice daily.
76. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Kitchen Drain – Same as drains
77. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Laundry – ACV added to water used to rinse, removes all soap and prevents discoloration of the materials.
78. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Liniment – Beat one whole egg, add one cup of ACV and one cup of turpentine and blend.
79. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Meat Tenderizer - Marinate tough meat in vinegar overnight to tenderize. Also when boiling meat, add a spoonful of ACV or any other vinegar to the water to make it more tender.
80. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses for Morning Tonic – Add one table spoon ACV, ½ tablespoon lemon and ½ tablespoon pure honey to a cup of warm water as early morning drink to start the day. It stabilizes the body for the day activities.
81. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and use for Muscle Binder – Rub on skin and muscles to tighten the affected area.
82. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and use for Muscle Cramps – Muscle cramps occurs when the precipitated crystals accumulates in the body. Muscle cramps may occur in several parts of the body especially the leg, one table spoon of ACV and one tablespoon of pure honey taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve the acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to relieve the body of the cramps. One can also massage the area with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and ACV solution.
83. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Mould and Mildew – Wipe jars with ACV to prevent mould producing bacteria. Also dust Mildew and odours can be wiped down walls with vinegar soaked cloth or towel.
84. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Mouth Thrush – Add one tablespoon of ACV to a glass of water and gargle 3 times a day.
Note: do not brush immediately after gargling, as it is hard on teeth enamel and might erode it, give about 30minutes before brushing.
85. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Nail Fungus – Mix 2 tablespoon of ACV with 1/3 teaspoon of potash, and apply directly to the nail, a plaster or band aid can be used to hold it in place over night. Repeat until desired result is observed.
86. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Natural Detoxifier – ACV mixed with carrot juice is a good natural detoxifier. Take at least once daily for 7 – 10 days.
87. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Open Pore – Same as in facial mask/treatment.
88. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Odor Control – ACV and water is used to remove odor from jars, cabbage, and skunk odor from pets by rubbing their fur with ACV.
89. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Pets Drinking Water – Add vinegar to eliminate odor.
90. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for pH level in Body – Same as alkaline – acid balance
91. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses for Preservative – Pour boiling vinegar over freshly picked pepper in a sterilized jar to preserve it. Also olive fruits will be preserved, if covered with ACV or white vinegar and kept refrigerated.
92. Apple Cider Vinegar uses in Poultry Water – Add ACV to poultry water to increase egg production, and to produce tender meat.
93. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Psoriasis – ACV is used to reduce inflammation. Apply a few drops of ACV to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zones and other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes (checkout on eczema treatment).
94. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for a Quiet Night – One tablespoon of ACV mixed with ½ tablespoon of lemon, ½ tablespoon of honey and 1/3 tablespoon of mint tea powder in a glass of warm water, will release the nerve and induce a cool night sleep.
95. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Rashes – ACV rubbed undiluted on rashes on the body eliminates them over night. It acts like magic. Alternatively, if you have tender skin, mix with olive oil or coconut oil and apply liberally last thing at night before bed. It keeps the skin cool. Also ACV can be diluted with water and little baking soda added, is a wonderful remedy for skin rashes, pimples and acnes.
96. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Rectal Itching – Same as hemorrhoids (pile)
97. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Rosacea – This is common skin disease, most common in Europe, America and Canada than other parts of the world. It appear after the age of 30 upwards to 60years of age. It affects the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead more than other body parts. Some people get redness in these area, others gets bumps and pimples along with redness. Mix equal amount of ACV and water, and apply to affected area before bed at night, wash with normal water in the morning.
98. Apple Cider Vinegar uses for Salad Dressing – ACV is a classical salad dressing ingredient, it can be mixed other dressing like flax oil, olive oil, and lemon or orange juice or just drizzle it on your salad plain.
99. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Scalp Itching – Same as dandruff.
100. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Sleeplessness – Same as quiet night
101. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Shingles and Chicken Pox – Herpes zoster virus causes shingles and chicken pox. Apply undiluted ACV to affected area without pressing or rubbing. Applying twice a day, healing starts in a few days
102. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skin Burns – Apply ice cold vinegar right away for quick relief. It will prevent burn blusters.
103. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skin Care – Apply ACV to chapped, cracked skin for quick healing. Also rub ACV on tired, sore or swollen areas for quick relief.
104. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skin Fungus – ACV is useful against yeast and fungus of the skin, apply ACV directly if you have foot or toe fungus. Soak the feet in one cup of ACV and warm water. For children and those with sensitive skin, dilute ACV with water before applying to the skin.
105. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skin Health – ACV revitalizes the skin and gives it a fresh glow. You can mix it in your bath, simply wash your body or just spray it with a spray bottle after shower and leave it to dry. It washes away chemicals, germs, toxins, and refreshes the skin. Alternatively, mix few tablespoon of ACV in your daily body lotion or cream and use twice daily for even, brighter complexion.
106. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skin Tags – These are dead out growth or tumors hanging on the skin, they are usually harmless and cause no pain. They don’t look nice when on visible places, like, eyes, face, foreheads etc. using a cotton wool apply raw ACV with a little pressure on the tag, twice a day until the skin tag falls off.
107. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Skunk Odor – Same as odor control
108. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Sinusitis – Boil 200ml of water, leave to cool off for about 10minutes, add one table spoon of ACV into the warm water, fill in a syringe and spray inside your nostrils. Do a couple of time and blowout after each spray. It helps sinus drainage.
109. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Sore Muscles – Same as joint ache
110. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Sore Throat - Same as mouth thrush
111. Apple Cider Vinegar uses for Stain Remover – Soak ACV in a washcloth to remove greases and stains from ovens, stainless steel and chrome. Glasses and dishes can be rinsed with ACV water to remove spots and films. Also vinegar and water can be boiled in pots to remove stains.
112. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure to Stop Bleeding – ACV has a natural property to clot blood when applied to bleeding cuts or wounds. Cover the affected area once ACV is applied and cover with a clean bandage or plaster.
113. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Stretch Marks – These are marks which appear on the body especially on the belly, upper arms, thighs and breast. It is also called striae distensae in medical terms. Weight gain is the most common cause of stretch marks, because the skin is overstretched and may tear, which causes appearance of stretch mark. Other causes are hormonal changes, body building, pregnancy and puberty.
114. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Swelling and Bruising - Rub ACV in swollen hands or feet to reduce it especially in pregnancy.
115. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Sunburn and Blisters – blistered, sun burnt skin can be very painful. Soak the spots with ACV mixed with the cold water on a wash cloth for about 5 to 10minutes, and then gently apply undiluted ACV gently. It may burn for a few minutes, but goes away. It prevents blisters from forming.
116. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Teeth Whitener – ACV removes stains, whiten teeth and kills bacteria in your mouth and gums. Gargle with diluted ACV and brush gently after sometime.
117. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Thirst Quenching – as in energy drink
118. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Toe Fungus – As in nail and skin Fungus.
119. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and uses to Tone Skin – as in skin health
120. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Underweight – Underweight people are normally deficient on enzyme. They have weak metabolism, so the body does not get enough nutrients. The food eaten is not used by the body no matter what quantity or type of food eaten. They don’t gain weight because all the food and fat taken is not converted by the body and is not assimilated to become part of the body. To gain weight. Mix one tablespoon of ACV with one tablespoon honey and 2 drops of liquid iodine to be taken at least thrice a week until good result is obtained.
121. Apple Cider Vinegar use for Vaginal Douche – Add 2 tablespoon of ACV to 100m/s or ½ cup of warm water for douching.
122. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Varicose Vein – ACV improve circulation in the vein wall and help ease the bulging and swelling vein, hence making it less noticeable and less painful. Mix equal part of ACV and your body lotion and apply morning and night to varicose vein in a circular motion until absorbed. Improvement will be noticed within a few weeks depending on severity, or alternatively soak a cotton cloth in ACV and wrap around the legs, leave for about 30 minutes and keep legs elevated during treatment.
123. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Warts Removal – Soak a cotton pad with ACV, put a band aid or plaster over it and let it work overnight, check out the effect within one week. Note. Test out a small part of the body or face with ACV to check for skin sensitivity.
124. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy for Weight Loss – Many people claim that ACV promotes weight loss, obese people who consume ACV regularly or daily for 12 weeks experienced significant decrease in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. ACV speeds up the rate of digestion or metabolism and may also help to prevent the buildup of body fat and certain liver fat. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of ACV into a glass of warm water and drink before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day.
125. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for Wrinkles – ACV can be used as an astringent by soaking a cotton pad in diluted ACV and applying it to your face, or simply dab it right onto the face. It tightens and plumps it a bit and can help reduce or minimize the appearance wrinkles and fine lines.
126. Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and cure for YeastInfection – As with eczema.
(i) Apple cider vinegar, must not be taken raw, it should be diluted with water for oral consumption.
(ii) Always carry out a skin patch test, before applying raw ACV to your skin. If irritation occurs in the patches than dilute with waters.
SIDES EFFECTS AND DRUG INTERACTION of Apple Cider Vinegar
Wong (2014) gave the side effects of ACV as follows:
1. Undiluted ACV in liquid or pill form may damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract
2. Strong ACV drinks may damage teeth enamel if sipped for long.
3. Excessive intake can cause low blood potassium level (hypokalemia) and low bone mineral density. Thus people with osteoporosis, low potassium levels and people taking potassium lowering medication should use with caution.
4. People allergic to apple should avoid ACV
5. ACV applied to skin may cause burns and scarring
6. Excessive use of ACV has been found to cause damage to the stomach, duodenum and liver.
Possible drug interactions are;
7. The prolonged use of ACV could lead to lower potassium level, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as lanoxin (digoxin) insulin, laxatives and directive such as lasix (furosemide)
8. ACV may have additive effect if combined with diabetes medication, since it affects blood glucose and insulin level.
9. ACV may also have additive effect if combined with high blood pressure medication since it lowers blood pressure.
BACK HOME TO HERBS
People have used plants, for medicine since before recorded history and all known cultures have long histories of folk medicine, that include, the use of herbs. Early observation of the characteristics of herbs and the way certain plants affected animals and humans were amassed in collections called phamacopoeias or material medica. Many traditional herbalists believed that a healing energy inherent in the plants and not the chemical constituent alone, accounts for the beneficial effects.
Ancient cultures such as those of Greece and Rome developed well defined herbal pharmacopoeias. In USA, herbs were used for many years to prevent various ailments and treat minor emergencies. In fact American physicians relied so much on herbal preparation as primary medicines through the 1930s. But in the later part of 20th century, the use of plants remedies declined with advancement in medical technology and development in the production of new pharmaceuticals. Obviously, our knowledge of herbs as medicinal plants and as unique species may soon be lost. In our community the old medicine man and woman has long died with their knowledge.
Recently, however, interest in herbal therapy has dramatically increased, partly in response to the growing perception that medicinal drugs are expensive, may cause side effects or allergic reactions, are incapable of curing every disease, and is heavily adulterated. Herbal therapy offers remedies for virtually every ailment affecting all the body system. Herbal medicines are prepared from a wide variety of plants materials. Frequently the leaves, stems, roots and bark, but also the flowers, fruits, twigs, seeds and exudates. They contain several biological active ingredients and are used primarily for treating chronic or mild conditions, though they can be employed as supportive therapy for acute and severe diseases.
Schoenbart and Shefi (2013) noted that herbs are categorized or grouped according to the effect they have on the body. They are classified according to whether they have a warming or cooling effect on the body. Their taste is also significant. The sweet herbs tonifies the system, sour herbs are astringents, bitter herbs, dry damp and clear heat, acrid herbs, disperse cold and stagnation and salty herbs have a softening, purging effect. Depending on diagnosis, individual herb or herbal formula can be given for treatment. That is, formulas or single medicinal herbs can be combined to address various aspects of a disease pattern. They are:
(a) Chief herb: This addresses the major complaint and is the main content of the formula than other herbs.
(b) Deputy herb: Assist the chief herb in its function.
(c) Assistant herb: Reinforces the effect of the chief and deputy herbs to perform secondary function of harmonizing or detoxifying the other parts of the formula. Herb can be taken inform of decoctions, pills, liquid extract, powder extract and syrups. Usually decoction is the strongest medicine, followed by liquid extract, and powder extract. All are effective, but the use of different forms depends on the individual personal choice.
Based on this information, I will like us to re-orientate our psyche towards herbal or traditional medicine, and embrace the fact that it has a lot to offer us, both now and the future.
I wish you all the best.
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