Wednesday, 30 May 2012


I have used Apple Cider Vinegar in my cooking and salads and sometimes wondered how it was made,what were the benefits and other uses.  I would like to share these interesting facts with you. Lets call it  ACV.  

As the name suggests, the main ingredient is apples.  
The apples are crushed and the liquid is squeezed out.  Bacteria and Yeast are then added to begin the process called alcoholic fermentation where the sugars are turned into alcohol. Next, acetic acid-forming bacteria(acetobacter) is added to the alcohol in a second fermentation process which will convert it into vinegar.  The sourness comes from the acetic acid and malic acid. 

Where does cider come from?  Well, cider is the term used to describe an alcoholic drink made from fermented  crushed fruit, typically apples.

The Benefits of ACV
ACV has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can easily relieve some common ailments the natural way.

Bladder Infection and Burning Sensation
Mix one half teaspoon each of ACV and honey in a glass of warm water. It helps acidify the urine and prevent bacterial growth.

Bloody Nose
To cure bloody nose- Add 2 teaspoons of ACV to one cup of cool water, soak it with a towel and place the towel at to the base of the neck and to the top of the nose.
Make a hair spray by mixing ACV and rosemary oil or lavender oil. This spray also works like a repellent for bed bugs.


ACV is effective in treating heartburn. Drink a cup of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of ACV.
Improve Memory
To improve your memory, consume a teaspoon of raw ACV in a cup of water, 3 times a day before meals.

Insect Stings and Mosquito Bites
Make a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and ACV. Apply it on the stings.
Add ¼ cup of ACV to the final rinsing water while laundering your baby’s cloth diapers. This makes them soft and can help preventing diaper rash.
Use a mixture of ACV with sea salt to treat sprains.

Sore Muscles, Sunburn and Itchy Skin
To soothe sore musclessunburn and itchy skin- Add one cup of ACV to your bathing water 

Varicose Veins 
To ease the pain of varicose veins,  apply ACV directly to the affected area
Ladies, if you have heard that ACV helps in weight loss, the scientific and medical community do not recommend it as there is still not enough research to support this claim.  The status quo is still good old exercise and controlling food intake. 

But what are the foods we should be taking? So, my next topic for discussion is, " Acidic or Alkaline?"

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Thanks for looking and taking the time to read my blog. I welcome feedback and please feel free to share your experiences in relation to today's topic.

Until my next post, "Here's to your health!"

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