apple cider vinegar: a hair conditioner, acne treatment, weight loss supplement, and now… flea medication?

An Acidic Angel

The benefits of raw apple cider vinegar is something my parents instilled in me from a very young age. My dad had told me his mother drank a shot of it every single day and used it as a treatment for anything from a scraped knee to head lice. She still gives credit to it for being alive to this day, 94, and doing quite well for her age.

It wasn’t until my early teen years I started taking my daily shots seriously. Immediately after swallowing it I would have a full body shiver, but aside from that I didn’t hate the taste of it. Maybe it’s being a little dramatic but I can literally feel it detoxifying my body. This is the easiest way for me to drink it but there are countless other creative ways to bring it into your diet, a few of my favorites are:

  • a warm mixture made of ACV, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and raw honey stirred together in hot water
  • drizzled over some homemade popcorn (not microwaved!)
  • in a salad dressing, I do equal parts olive oil and ACV, and add in salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan flakes

ACV has about an encyclopedia of benefits, but my all time favorite use is for hair. Mix equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle. You can use it as a natural cleanser and conditioner, but I like to shampoo, spray it in, and let it sit about a minute. Depending on the state of my hair at that time I may condition too but it’s really not necessary. After it sits, rinse it out (use cold water for extra scalp benefits!) and you’re good to go! Don’t worry about the smell lingering in your hair, as long as you rinse it out it will fade almost immediately. Now air or blow-dry those lovely locks and enjoy the baby soft silkiness of your healthy head.

Here’s another trick: you can put it on your dog! My pups grooming routine is made up of a coconut oil fur mask (be sure your dog doesn’t have any allergies first!) followed by a Β thorough shampoo, and a final ACV rinse at the end. It’s a natural flea repellent and leaves your dog just as soft as you! You can also drizzle a tiny teaspoon over their kibble or mix it into their water bowl, it’s a great supplement not just for people but pups too.

As for skin, ACV is a natural antiseptic and can be beneficial for people struggling with acne. Dilute it with water and use it as a toner twice a day after washing your face and before applying any serums or moisturizers. You can also use the powerful undiluted version as a spot treatment before bed.

Consuming a small amount of ACV each day has been shown to aid in weight loss. It has been reported to reduce cravings and detoxify the body. Personally, I like to have it after a big meal because I think it helps me digest.

Share any of your favorite uses and recipes for this lovely natural remedy!

 

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