Natural Benefits of Vinegar: Using Vinegar As a Natural Remedy
Vinegar is essentially sour wine. It is not only a useful ingredient in the kitchen, but is also a natural remedy. There are several different types of vinegar. These include white distilled vinegar, apple vinegar, cider, and wine vinegar.
Vinegar has been used a remedy for over 10,000 years. It was made using molasses, sorghum, fruits, berries, honey and even beer. Vinegar is made by fermentation of natural sugars to alcohol then to vinegar.
Today, vinegar is still produced and used as it has been in the past, however, with a greater selection of types, including balsamic, rice, rice wine, raspberry, pineapple and flavoured vinegars.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and most useful types of vinegar available. Cider or apple cider vinegar is made from a two-part fermentation process from the juices of apples.
It has a high content of vitamin C, E, A, B1, B2, b6, proto-vitamin, and beta-carotene. Apple cider vinegar also contains many minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, iron and magnesium.
Although most people do not enjoy the taste of apple cider vinegar, it has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of allergies from pollen, food and pets. It can cure sinus infections and help treat acne, high cholesterol and sore throats. It is claimed to also help with arthritis.
It is traditionally suggested that the best way to take apple cider vinegar is to drink it. The recommended dosage is two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to eight ounces of water, with optional added honey to improve the taste. The mix should be taken three times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
Cider vinegar can also help alleviate sore throat. Mixed with honey it helps clear congestion in the throat, as does white vinegar. Alternatively, drink the cider vinegar mixed with one to two teaspoons of honey.This is recommended for those suffering from arthritis and rheumatism. It also alleviates chronic fatigue and can help treat mild fevers.
If using white vinegar for sore throat, mix one tablespoon with eight ounces of warm water.. Use this mix to gargle every hour, and swallow after gargling. Vinegar can also be added to a vaporizer with water, or to a large pot of boiled water. Inhaling the steam can help with chest congestion.
Rubbing white vinegar is used for treating minor cuts, abrasions, itchy rashes and insect stings or bites and can help alleviate the sting from a jellyfish. It might also be beneficial in treating minor sunburns.
In addition, white vinegar can help treat athletes foot, by altering the pH levels in the skin. Try soaking the entire foot in vinegar for three days in a row.
White vinegar is also known to relieve dry, itchy skin and dandruff. Adding two tablespoons of vinegar to a bath helps the skin, while rinsing hair with a half of cup of vinegar and two cups of water after shampoo can help fight dandruff.
Toenail fungus can be treated with white vinegar in much the same way. Using a cotton ball soaked with white vinegar rub the infected area several times a day.
Caution: Regular ingestion of vinegar can be abrasive to dental enamel. When taking vinegar by mouth, it is recommended to always drink it with water. Rinse your mouth out thoroughly afterwards but do not brush your teeth right away, as this might cause further abrasion. A straw could prevent the mixture from coating the teeth. Vinegar is also very sour and could cause heartburn.
Research shows that because of its acidic nature, vinegar is self-preserving and has an indefinite shelf life. It does not need refrigeration. Distilled vinegar will remain almost unchanged over a long period of time.
Some vinegars develop sediments or become cloudy but this does not affect the benefits of the vinegar.
By James Calvin
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