5 Topical Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of crushed apples. It contains all the antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium that apples do. During the fermentation process an acetic acid bacteria (probiotic) and protein is created, this is known as “with the mother” and gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance. ACV has been used for its antibacterial properties for centuries. Topically, apple cider vinegar has been used for acne, dandruff, eczema, insect bites, skin toner, shingles, sunburn, vaginitis, and warts.
No matter how or why you choose to use apple cider vinegar on your skin, never apply without diluting it first. Using it at full strength on your skin can cause irritation. Always, dilute!!!
1. Hair Rinse- ACV can be used to help reduce dandruff, relieve itchy scalp, and remove buildup. It detangles and adds shine. Mix 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 cup of water. Apply to scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes, and rinse. I recommend starting your mixture with 2 tablespoons. As you rinse, you should be able to feel your hair detangle. If you do not notice a detangling effect, add more ACV to your mixture the next time until you get the perfect solution for your hair type.
2. Face Toner- ACV can be used as an exfoliator and its antibacterial properties make it a great face toner. To use as a toner: Mix ¼ cup warm water with 1 tablespoonful of ACV. Don’t premix your toner and store for later use. Since it contains water and no preservative, it can easily become contaminated with bacteria (and not the good kind)!
3. Bath Soak- For the same benefits as a facial toner, you can use ACV in your bath. Pour 1-2 cups into warm bath water and enjoy a soak!
4. Foot Soak- ACV works great as a deodorizer. Pour 1 cup in foot bath with plain Epsom salt, fill with warm water and soak feet for at least 15 minutes.
5. Deodorant/Armpit Detox- ACV can be used as a replacement for deodorant. It can also be used like a face toner for your underarms. Use the same recipe as the face toner and apply to underarms. Allow your underarms to dry completely before applying deodorant.
Although, we market our ACV specifically for hair. It can be used for any of the above uses. This is one of benefits of using natural products. They are so versatile!
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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.