Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits Hair, Skin and Teeth
Written by Robert Smith
Friday, 09 January 2015
Since the beginning of recorded history, apple cider vinegar has been
used as an effective medicine to remedy a wide variety of ailments. The
ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, for instance, was known to treat
his patients with apple cider vinegar and honey for serious digestive
Christopher Columbus would store barrels of apple cider
vinegar aboard his vessels to guard his sailors from scurvy. Even the
feared samurai warriors of Japan often relied upon apple cider vinegar
to maintain their strength and stamina.
Despite its considerable
medicinal uses, however, apple cider vinegar -- which is made by
fermenting the sugars from apples -- has more uses than most people
realize. Its cosmetic benefits are especially impressive and give us
even more reasons to stock our shelves with this gold-colored tonic.
Strengthens and invigorates hairMany
people dislike applying commercial shampoos to their hair, and for good
reason. These unnatural products, which are almost always comprised of
harsh chemicals and other unpleasant ingredients, often strip our hair
of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry, brittle and lifeless.
apple cider vinegar makes a fantastic natural alternative to commercial
hair care products. Aside from being a potent antibacterial, antifungal
and antiviral that can disinfect the scalp of harmful microorganisms,
apple cider vinegar can unclog hair follicles, maintain pH balance and
even strengthen hair shafts by closing their cuticles. This leaves our
hair feeling cleaner, stronger, shinier and healthier.
To use apple cider vinegar
as a shampoo, mix one-quarter cup of it with one cup of water and pour
the mixture into an empty squirt bottle. Next, spray your hair and scalp
with the mixture, allow it to sit for between 3 and 5 minutes and then
rinse it off using warm water.
Improves skin healthApple
cider vinegar is also good at improving the health of our skin for two
reasons. Firstly, its acids can help "digest" our dead skin cells, thus
triggering a cell turnover in which a newer and more vibrant layer of
skin replaces the older layer. Secondly, apple
cider vinegar (whose pH seldom exceeds 3) helps restore our skin's
natural acidity, thus improving its complexion and decreasing its
susceptibility to environmental pollution.
Interested in using apple cider vinegar
to improve your skin? Simply mix one-quarter cup of it with one cup of
water and spread the mixture over the desired area with a cotton ball.
You can also fasten the cotton ball to warts and other skin
protuberances overnight using a Band-Aid; the protuberance should fall
off in the morning.
Cleans and whitens teethWhen diluted
with water, apple cider vinegar makes for a fantastic mouthwash due to
its ability to regulate calcium metabolism and eliminate tartar
deposits. Moreover, it is well-known for removing surface stains on
teeth, making them look whiter and healthier.
After brushing your
teeth, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a small glass of
water and swish the mixture around your mouth for between 30 and 60
seconds. After spitting the mixture out, swish your mouth out with some
plain water to remove any lingering residue. Please note that undiluted
apple cider vinegar should never be used as a mouthwash, since its
acidity can cause our enamel to erode over time.