40 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses and Home Remedies

It’s the miracle in a bottle that everyone is talking about!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Surprise, not only is a great solution towards your weight goals but apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to treat everything from dandruff to Diabetes.  

Here are 40 apple cider vinegar uses and home remedies  

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1. ACNE BLEMISHES

Apple cider vinegar is so great for curing acne because it returns the acidity to our skin and restores that acid mantle. It also kills bacteria, removes excess dirt, oil, and makeup and dissolves dead skin cells.

Home Remedy: Apply a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (2 tablespoons to 1 eight ounce glass of water) with a cotton ball on problem areas a few times a day. This will help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.

2. AGE SPOTS

Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that will remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. 

Home Remedy: Apply daily, to darkened areas of the skin, a solution containing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of Onion Juice. According to this home remedy, the spots should begin to fade within 2 weeks.

3. ARTHRITIS HELP

The potassium in apple cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

Home Remedy: Massage the sore joints with a liniment made up of 2 egg whites, ½ cup (125 ml) apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil. Also, simply taking the apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal has been an effective natural healing home remedy for many people.

4. ASTHMA

Apple cider vinegar and honey helps restore pH (acid/alkaline balance), which can be helpful in stopping wheezing.

Home Remedy: Combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey; mix with ½ cup warm water. Sip this mixture when in distress.

5. ATHLETE’S FOOT

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, usually starting between the toes, that causes itching, burning, scaling, peeling, discolored nails, and even blisters. The acids in apple cider vinegar are widely known for their disinfectant properties that aid in treating athlete’s foot.

Home Remedy: One of the best home remedies involves soaking the feet twice a day in a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Or, you can apply pure apple cider vinegar to the affected areas several times a day and before bedtime.

6. BLEEDING NOSE

Apple cider vinegar is useful in getting a nosebleed to stop. Apple cider vinegar safeguards the body from loss of blood.

Home Remedy: Soak a cotton ball in pure apple cider vinegar, have the person lay on his/her head back and then place it in the bleeding nostril. This home remedy will help stop the bleeding quicker.

7. BLOOD PRESSURE

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can lower blood pressure (BP) by suppressing the activity of renin, an enzyme that raises BP.

Home Remedy: Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water twice a day to help lower blood pressure. The high potassium values in both natural healing substances help to balance out sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits. Apple cider vinegar and honey also contain magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower high blood pressure. To maximize the benefit of this and other home remedies, take the holistic approach, and couple this with dietary modifications such as a reduced fat and salt intake, increased fiber intake, moderate coffee and alcohol, no smoking, and daily exercise.

8. BODY ODOR

Use apple cider vinegar as a natural body deodorant and eliminate the bacteria causing offensive body odor.

Home Remedy: Underarms can be kept free of odor-causing bacteria by wiping them once a day with undiluted apple cider vinegar whereas foot odor can be greatly minimized by soaking the feet two or three times weekly in a pan of warm water mixed with 1/3 cup (75 ml) of ACV.

9. BONE HEALTH

Due to its mineral content, Apple cider vinegar helps to sustain bone mass and fight against osteoporosis. The important minerals involved include manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon.

Home Remedy: Take the general apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to boost the body’s supply of these minerals.

10. BRUISES

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties that help heal and remove unwanted marks on the skin.

Home Remedy: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ cup (125 ml) of warm apple cider vinegar and apply it to the bruise as a compress.

11. CANCER PREVENTION

Apples and apple cider vinegar contain numerous substances that protect against many types of cancer. Studies have also shown it may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. They contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols that are also protective against cancer formation.Plus they both contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which binds certain cancer-causing compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the body.

Home Remedy: So eat an apple a day and take the general apple cider vinegar tonic home remedy (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to maximize these benefits.

12. CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION

It is thought that the water-soluble fiber pectin, found in apple cider vinegar, absorbs fats and cholesterol and eliminates them from the body. And at the same time, the amino acids present in apple cider vinegar neutralize some of the harmful oxidized LDL cholesterol.

Home Remedy: Drink 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV  to 8 ounces of water and increase the amount of fiber-rich foods in your diet (more fruits and vegetables) while reducing the amount of saturated and unsaturated fat.

13. COLDS

The body becomes more alkaline during a cold and the vinegar will help to rebalance the body’s acid level.

Home Remedy:  Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and ½ tablespoon of lemon juice in half a cup of water several times a day.

14. CONSTIPATION

A low fiber diet and the reduction in digestive acids and enzymes as we age can lead to constipation.

Home Remedy: More fruits and vegetables and a daily tonic of apple cider vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) is a natural healing home remedy to combat constipation.

15. CORN AND CALLUS TREATMENT

Our toenails are largely made from a hard substance known as ‘Keratin.’ In its normal, healthy state, Keratin is a strong, malleable substance that helps to protect our toes. However, when our toenails become infected with a fungal infection, the Keratin becomes brittle and thickens, often with discoloration and an increase in foot odor. Treating this problem with ACV is simple, although it will take some dedication, so don’t go looking for instant results.

Home Remedy: Soak your feet for half an hour in a warm bath containing half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Use a clean pumice stone to rub the affected areas then apply pure apple cider vinegar and cover with a bandage. Reapply vinegar and bandage the following morning.

16. COUGHS

A homemade apple-cider vinegar and honey cough syrup can clear congestion and reduce your cough naturally.

Home Remedy: Mix 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. apple-cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and take 1 tsp. at a time every few hours to suppress a cough.

17. CRAMPS

Apple cider vinegar has many uses because it contains two minerals, calcium, and potassium that are known to help prevent and relieve muscle cramps

Home Remedy: take a regular tonic of apple cider vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) along with 1 teaspoon of honey.

18. DANDRUFF

Dandruff is a common affliction that many people suffer from. Mostly dandruff is caused by separate imbalances in the skin that can build up a fungus on the scalp causing the itchy and flaky symptoms. The acidity in apple cider vinegar can treat and disinfect these problem areas.

Home Remedy: Just mix equal parts (about 1/4 cup each) apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse

19. DIABETES

If you want to control any type of diabetes better, consume vinegar before meals and at bedtime. … It lowers post-meal and fasting glucose levels

Home Remedy: A daily tonic of apple cider vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) supplies dietary fiber and other ingredients, which are beneficial in controlling blood glucose levels. As well, the acids and enzymes promote better digestion and nutrient absorption, which is impaired in many diabetes sufferers.

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20. DIAPER RASH

Every baby is going to battle diaper rash at some point, and you don’t have to resort to using that stinky white cream that feels like you can never wash off your hands.

Home Remedy: Mix about a teaspoon of ACV with a half cup of water in a little bowl and then dip a washcloth in the mixture and lightly pat it onto your babies bum.

21. DIARRHEA

Pectin, the water-soluble fiber in apple cider vinegar, will help to absorb water in the intestines and provide more bulk for the stool. Also, intestinal bacteria transforms pectin into a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining. The well known over the counter diarrhea preparation, Kaopectate contains pectin.

Home Remedy: Take the natural healing apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to help eliminate diarrhea.

22. DIGESTION

As we age, it is common for people to produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which can lead to digestive problems.

Home Remedy: Taking the apple cider vinegar tonic home remedy (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before a meal will enhance the action of your stomach’s acid and digestive enzymes.

23. EAR INFECTIONS

The presence of acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can kill the bacteria in an ear infection.

Home Remedy: Use an ear syringe (found at drugstores) to squirt a vinegar solution into the ear and let it sit for a minute or so, then turn your head and let the liquid drain out.

The vinegar solution can be a 50/50 mixture of ACV and pure water, a 50/50 mixture of ACV and rubbing alcohol or a solution consisting of one-third vinegar, one-third pure water, and one-third rubbing alcohol.

If the ear problem persists, see a health professional.

24. ECZEMA

There’s no scientific proof linking the use of apple cider vinegar for eczema, but anecdotes claim that ACV can be an alternative remedy for the condition.

Home Remedy: To help relieve the itching and dryness of eczema, apply a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the affected areas.

25. FATIGUE

It is thought that the potassium and enzymes obtained through regular use of a vinegar tonic can help beat fatigue.

Home Remedy: 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the ACV tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) will also help.

26. FLATULENCE

Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy for many digestive problems and can also be very helpful in reducing gas and bloating.

Home Remedy: Take a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water or tea before a meal.

27. GALLSTONES

Among the many natural remedies for gallbladder pain, apple cider vinegar always ranks high.

Home Remedy: Along with the apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before meals, take 6 ounces of organic, unfiltered apple juice for 1 week. This natural home remedy has been reported to help purge small gallstones that could grow to larger ones that would require conventional medical treatment to remove.

28. GOUT

Apple cider vinegar is full of nutrients like potassium, which helps remove toxins and excess water, iron, calcium and amino acids that reduce toxin buildup and serve as antibiotics. The main ingredient thought to be the most effective in treating and preventing gout is acetic acid

Home Remedy: As a topical treatment, when dealing with a gout attack, you can soak your foot for about 30 minutes in a bucket full of 4 cups of hot water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. You can also soak a clean, dry cloth in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the affected area for about 15 minutes.

29. HEADACHES

Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. An apple cider vinegar tonic will help restore your body’s acid/alkaline balance.

Home Remedy: Inhaling the vapors from a small bottle of apple cider vinegar can help or if you have a vaporizer, add about 2 tablespoons cider vinegar to the water and inhale the vapors for five minutes.

30. HEARTBURN (ACID REFLUX)

Heartburn or acid reflux is a condition in which some of the acid content of the stomach periodically backs up into the esophagus.There are many testimonials online that speak about the effectiveness of using apple cider vinegar to relieve heartburn, but it should be noted there is no clear scientific studies that have been done to substantiate this.

Home Remedy: So to relieve occasional heartburn, try drinking the general apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal.

31. HEMORRHOIDS

A) For mild cases:

Apply the natural healing abilities of pure apple cider vinegar directly to hemorrhoids to help reduce stinging and promote shrinking. Use a cotton ball to apply the vinegar every few hours until symptoms are relieved.

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32. MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS

Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying agent. This tonic is also rich in calcium and potassium, which ease the cramping of muscles in the uterus.

Home Remedy: A glass of apple cider tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) in the morning has been reported to help reduce the flow of a heavy period.

33. MORNING SICKNESS

Many women experience nausea and vomiting, often in the morning, during the first three months of pregnancy.

Home Remedy: To help keep morning sickness at bay simply drinking, as soon as you get up, a glass of water containing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

34. NIGHT SWEATS & HOT FLASHES

Apple cider vinegar has helped reduce, even eliminate, hot flashes and night sweats for many menopausal women.

Home Remedy: Take a vinegar tonic daily, morning & night: 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water (or other beverage).

35. POISON IVY & POISON OAK

Apple Cider Vinegar has a toxin-pulling action that helps suck the poison out of the pores.

Home Remedy: The health and fitness expert Patricia Bragg recommends spraying a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and distilled water on to the affected areas to stop the pain, itching and ease the swelling. Cooling the spray in the refrigerator will provide even more relief.

36. SHINGLES

Shingles is a viral condition that is characterized by a painful rash with blisters in limited areas of the skin. A common and very popular cure is to use apple cider vinegar for shingles as a home remedy. This is especially helpful for pregnant women who don’t want to take medications for shingles.

Home Remedy: Taking a bath of warm water mixed with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar will help relieve the itching of shingles rashes. Also, drinking the ACV tonic and applying undiluted ACV directly to the rash is a home remedy for shingles.

37. SORE THROAT

If your throat is left raw by a bad cough, grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar because germs can’t survive in the acidic coating it’ll form on your throat.

Home Remedy: Gargling with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to half a cup of water, using 3 mouthfuls of mixture each hour. Don’t swallow the gargled mixture, because ACV acts like a sponge drawing out throat and mouth germs and toxins.

38. SUNBURNS

Grated potato, buttermilk, and peppermint are all folk remedies for the discomfort caused by sunburn. Also commonly on this list is apple cider vinegar. Though it seems counterintuitive to dab an acidic substance on skin inflamed by too much sun, it’s a remedy that many people swear by.

Home Remedy: If the sunburn is localized, apply full strength apple cider vinegar on the affected skin to obtain relief. Do this by soaking a thin towel in apple cider vinegar and placing it over the burn. Leave it on to help prevent peeling and itching.

If the sunburn covers a large part of the body then try this home remedy recommended by Patricia Bragg in her book called Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Health System:

Take a cool bath in which one cup of ACV has been added. After soaking in the bath, gently dry the body and pat ACV directly onto the needed areas. Wait 5 minutes, then pat on aloe vera gel.

39. URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Drink a daily tonic of apple cider vinegar to help you keep the right pH balance in the urinary tract since the proper acidity creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeasts that cause these infections. Cranberry juice is also a well-known home remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.

Home Remedy: For a tasty drink, try adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to an eight-ounce glass of cranberry juice and benefit from both home remedies at the same time.

40. WEIGHT LOSS

The use of apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for weight loss is centuries old. Studies have found that taking apple cider vinegar with a balanced diet has been shown to increase participants satiety (feelings of fullness).  Subjects who took ACV ended up consuming fewer calories throughout the course of the day, without consciously trying to.

Home Remedy: Lose weight gradually by taking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water at each meal. No change in the daily food intake is required except to avoid high fat containing foods.

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Conclusion 

Many of the home remedies for common ailments listed above, call for a tonic of apple cider vinegar (ACV) made by mixing 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV in an 8-ounce glass of water and drinking this before or during each meal.

By taking this nutritious tonic you will, at the very least, be helping to reduce the nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western diet containing many processed, refined foods and sugars.

Natural healing Apple cider vinegar kills germs and nourishes the body at the same time, so have a look at some of the many different ways people have been benefiting from the external and internal application of this folk medicine.

Note: Always consult with your dietician or doctor regarding serious ailments and treatments. Some of these natural alternative remedies may work for some and not for others. If you take ACV between meals or before going to bed, always rinse your mouth to avoid any prolonged vinegar contact with the enamel on your teeth. Any acid food or drink, however, such as citrus fruit, soda pop, and apple cider vinegar can erode tooth enamel if it is allowed to stay in contact with the teeth for long periods of time.

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