Old-fashioned apple cider vinegar may not seem like an amazing product, but it can be used in lots of ways that could surprise you. Unlike lots of modern foods, apple cider vinegar is a simple, natural product that has been around for a long time. But even your grandmother may not have known about some of these “vinegar cures.”
- The Farmers’ Almanac (a compendium of home remedies) states that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water drunk every morning relieves arthritis pain and soothes stiff joints.
- Lots of athletes and people working outdoors refresh themselves with sports drinks that can contain lots of sugar and calories. Try cold water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar, which can help rehydrate your body faster than plain water.
- Herbal vinegars—which you can make yourself by adding dried herbs to vinegars—can help you absorb the minerals in your salad (and in the dried herbs) better by making for an acid environment (acid helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals better).
- Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz glass of water every day may slow the production of histamines and reduce your allergies. This home remedy is recommended to be done all year long, whether you are suffering from allergies or not. This regimen is also believed to help your body cleanse itself of toxins.
- Apple cider vinegar can be applied to the hair after washing for extra shine.
- Vinegar can help a bug bite, bee sting, mosquito bite or jellyfish sting from itching. Just apply the area with vinegar to stop the itch.
- I’m not sure I believe this but I have heard it said that swallowing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar instantly relieves the hiccups. Since I don’t get hiccups very often, I have not had the chance to test this out.
Vinegar is a highly acidic substance, so you need to be careful. Do not drink it straight (at least in more than tiny amounts) because acid can erode tooth enamel.