Apple cider vinegar is packed with health benefits from the apples it’s derived from. Apples have powerful antioxidants, help regulate blood sugar and some studies have shown that eating apples regularly may prevent various types of cancer. Check out these ways you can use apple cider vinegar around the house to fight pests, treat damaged hair and more.
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1. Treatment for Healthy, Shiny Hair
Repair damaged hair and get naturally shiny and healthy locks with apple cider vinegar. In a glass jar with a lid, mix 2 cups apple cider vinegar with 10 drops essential oil (of your choice). Let the mixture blend for one to two days. To use: Rinse hair after shampooing with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar mixture and 1 cup water.
2. Medicinal Extracts
While not as potent as alcohol-based extracts, infusing medicinal herbs with apple cider vinegar is a great alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities. Medicinal extracts treat a variety of ailments depending on the herb used. Learn how to infuse your own extracts in the article “Make Medicinal Vinegar Extracts”.
3. Skin Toner
Beneficial for all skin-types, this toner will help restore acidity to the skin and help resist infection. Mix 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 cup distilled water. Let sit for three days. Strain out the solids into a bottle with tight-fitting lid. To use: Apply to skin with cotton pad.
4. Acid Reflux Relief
Because acid reflux is actually due to too little acid in the stomach, adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to water will provide the acidic environment your stomach needs to help break down food.
5. Relaxing Bath
Relax and unwind in this herbal vinegar bath. Apple cider vinegar’s slight acidity helps rinse away soap residue and may help counteract yeast infections. Get the recipe: Herbal Vinegar Bath.
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7. Treat Swimmer’s Ear
The acidity of vinegar helps kill bacteria and clear infection. To help treat swimmer’s ear, lie on your side with the infected ear facing up and place a few drops of apple cider vinegar in the ear with an eye dropper. After a few minutes, get up and let the vinegar drain from the ear.
8. Get Rid of Ants
If you have a problem with ants, try deterring them with apple cider vinegar. To use: Spray undiluted on ant routes. The vinegar will cover their invisible pheromone tracks, preventing them from finding their way back to their foraging sites.
Victoria Pitcher is Web Editor at Mother Earth Living. Find her on Google+.
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