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Everyday Cleansing Recipes: Aunt Bea's Apple Cider

Honey and vinegar pack this homemade apple cider recipe with vitamins, minerals and amino acids to keep you healthy.
By Debbie Whittaker
March 2000
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"Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains pectin, which binds to toxins."
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Ever since I can remember, my aunt has started her day with honey, vinegar, and water. How much that contributes to her excellent memory and longevity—she’s ninety-one—we’ll never know. Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains pectin, which binds to toxins. This vinegar is regarded as a panacea by some who have studied it, and it allegedly reduces symptoms of health problems ranging from arthritis to Alzheimer’s. Honey contains many vitamins and minerals, albeit in minute amounts, and herbalists tout its benefits when used synergistically with herbs for healing.

• 1 cup fresh cold water
• 1 to 2 teaspoons raw honey
• 1 to 2 teaspoons raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1. Heat the water to whatever temperature you desire. Put the honey and vinegar into a cup and stir in the hot water. Many variations use different amounts of the ingredients in both hot and cold recipes, so vary yours to taste.


Debbie Whittaker, a frequent contributor to Herbs for Health, demonstrates her healthy cooking style as the “Herb Gourmet” in ¬≠Denver, Colorado.

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