The use of vinegar against infection and other health issues goes back to the time of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 BC) who prescribed a vinegar preparation to clean ulcerations and to treat sores.
Oxymel, a popular ancient medicine prescribed by Hippocrates and his fellow physicians for persistent cough was a mixture of 4 parts honey and 1 part vinegar according to the British Pharmacopoeia (1898) and the German Pharmacopoeia (1872).
Now for the best results, always use the best vinegar, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV). Here are just some of the many things apple cider vinegar is good for:
- Acid Reflux
This may be contrary to what many people believe but many cases of acid reflux are caused by too little stomach acid instead of too much. Correct this stomach acid deficiency with 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar mixed with 8oz of water taken 3 times a day. In fact, you can go to as high as 5 teaspoons for more beneficial results.
- Strep Throat
To treat this common problem, just gargle with a solution of 1-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar in 8oz of warm water.
- Nasal Congestion
Take a mixture of a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of local honey several times a day to get rid of nasal congestion. The potassium in apple cider vinegar can help reduce mucus production while acetic acid prevents bacteria growth.
- Menstrual Cramps
The potassium and calcium in apple cider vinegar reduce, menstrual cramping by relaxing the muscles in the uterus
- High blood sugar levels
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce blood sugars by 4% according to researchers at the Department of Nutrition, Arizona State University, Mesa, Arizona.
The acid in ACV binds to toxins which make it easier to remove toxins from the body. Potassium in ACV helps in breaking up mucus that clog pathways of body fluids as well as in clearing the lymph nodes.
To treat hemorrhoids, soak cotton ball or piece of cloth in ACV and apply it to the hemorrhoid area. Repeat the treatment until the inflammation disappears.
It only takes a teaspoon of ACV to get relief from hiccup which can b caused by eating too much or slow digestion resulting from low stomach acid. ACV solves the hiccup problem by fixing acid balance in the stomach.
Apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial property makes it the effective natural
killer of the bacteria that cause the development of the red, swollen acne on the skin. ACV is effective not only for mild and moderate acne but also for the severe ones.
- Heart Disease
Studies show that chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant in apple cider vinegar protects LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation. Oxidized LDL promotes inflammation that can lead to disease of the coronary artery. A high level of oxidized LDL has been observed in patients with heart disease.
There are more health concerns where apple cider vinegar has been the effective remedy for many years. If you don’t have any serious health concerns, you can try ACV to get rid of dandruff, as a natural skin toner, to make a fruit fly trap, or as a cleaning agent.