Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar comes in 2 forms. Store-bought, pasteurized and culinary, or organic, raw (unpasteurized), unfiltered; “with the mother” meaning it has sediment on the bottom that looks unappealing but is in fact what gives it medicinal properties as well as culinary functionality. The following information implies to the latter.

Orally, apple cider vinegar alone or with honey has been used for weight loss, leg cramps and pain, queasy stomach, sore throat, sinus problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, detoxification to stimulate thinking and to slow aging, to fight infections and to fight osteoporosis. In addition, it is a great digestive aid and improves circulation; it also supplies the body with amino acids, minerals and vitamins. It is the only vinegar that is safe with candida and yeast issues and is often used in baths for vaginitis.

Topically it is used for acne (as a skin toner), as a hair rinse and to soothe: Sunburns, shingles, insect bites, and to prevent dandruff, baldness and itchy scalp.

Note: Overuse (~1 cup/day, long term) of apple cider vinegar has been linked with depletion of potassium when used in combination with insulin, laxative herbs and potassium depleting diuretics. Aloe, cascara sagrada, senna (Senakot), rhubarb, castor oil, licorice and horsetail fall under that category.

Substitute any of your recipes for this versatile and medicinal vinegar!