Topical Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Historical records show that apple juice has been fermented into vinegar since before 5000 BC. Through the ages, apple cider vinegar has been used to stimulate circulation, aid in the detoxification of the liver, to purify blood, cleanse lymph nodes, and improve immune system response. Hippocrates himself often prescribed it for coughs and colds, when mixed with a touch of honey.

Organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar also has a number of topical and beauty uses. So after consuming your daily dose in a glass of water – try some of these great DIY beauty tricks!

Natural Conditioner to Make Hair Shine

appleciderApple cider vinegar can be used as a natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shine! Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in an old bottle.  Pour this on your hair after shampooing three times per week for best results. Make sure to protect your eyes!

Sunburn Soother

Use apple cider vinegar to soothe a sunburn. Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath along with 1/4 cup of jojoba oil and lavender essential oil to ease sunburnt skin.

Natural Teeth Whitener

Take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1 minute.  Then rinse mouth out with water.  The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth which helps naturally whiten.

Poison Ivy Relief

The minerals in apple cider vinegar like potassium can help reduce swelling and inflammation, improving poison ivy.  Also, Apple cider vinegar can help detox the poison out of your skin helping poison ivy heal more quickly.

 Flea Repellent for your Pets

Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar together with water and soak your pet in a tub.  Do this 1x a day for several weeks to rid your pet of a flea infestation.

Kill Fungus on Toes and Skin

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great natural cure for skin and toenail fungus.  Simply rub on the area of fungus 2x daily.  Also, using a mixture of coconut oil and oil of oregano is great for killing fungus.

applecidervinegar2Skin Toner for Eczema and Acne

The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin issues.  Rub apple cider vinegar on an affected area to support healing and balance skin pH.

Ease Varicose Veins

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein walls and is anti-inflammatory so reduces bulging veins.  Combine apple cider vinegar with witch hazel and rub on veins in a circular motion and you should see improvements in two weeks.

It is important to note that not all apple cider vinegar is created equally! To get the most out of using ACV, make sure you buy it raw and with the “mother” intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics. It is imperative that you select organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to reap its many health and beauty benefits. For more health be