Lately, I have heard so much buzz about organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) with the “mother” (stringy substance at the bottom of each bottle). I use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I usually can find it in the organic section of my grocery store. However, it is cheaper for me to buy it online. Note that regular clear apple cider vinegar does not have the same qualities as this organic kind does.
I recently bought the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System book because I became very intrigued about the multitude of health benefits they claim this product does. If we drink it, we can lose weight, fight viruses and bacteria in our body, and control antacid. If we rinse our hair with it, the frizz will go away. If we apply it to our skin, the acne will go away, and it can lighten up age spots. If we spray our garden with it, we can kill the weeds. ACV is also a cure for head lice along with being a great household cleaner as well. The list is endless, especially after reading many of the testimonials in the beginning of the book.
Is this really too good to be true? Is one product able to cure so many ailments? According to Bragg,
ACV is rich in potassium, which helps address hair loss, brittle teeth and nails, sinusitis, runny nose, toxic waste in the body, plus stunted growth. The beta-carotine in ACV helps fight harmful free radicals and breaks down unwanted fat to aid in weight management. ACV also has malic acid, which relieves fungal and bacterial infections, as well as dissolves the uric acid deposits that form around your aching joints. Other benefits of ACV are the relief of constipation, headaches, arthritis, indigestion, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poising, high blood pressure, and heartburn symptoms.
After hearing all of that, we figured we would have nothing to lose by trying it. From research online, I found other super-food ingredients, (lemon, honey, and cayenne pepper) to combine with the ACV to make my morning hot tonic and my afternoon spicy tonic.
Hot Tonic (I drink this when I wake up)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons of ACV
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
Mix above ingredients in 12 oz mug and fill with hot water
Vegetable spicy tonic (I drink this when I am preparing dinner)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons of ACV
- 1 cup of low sodium V8
Earlier this week, I tried the hair rinse and the face astringent. My hair definitely felt softer with less frizz after I did the hair rinse. There was no vinegar smell shortly after I left the shower. My face felt smoother with less blemishes since I started drinking my vinegar tonics a couple of weeks ago. I look forward to seeing what the face astringent is going to do.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons ACV
- baking soda
- a few drops of Jojoba oil (optional – or add your favorite essential oil)
- 1/3 cup ACV
- 3 cups water
- a few drops of aloe vera oil (optional)
At this point, I am very new to incorporating ACV into my life. It is clear this ingredient has been around for a very long time. I am looking forward to hearing from our readers about their favorite ways to incorporate this product into their lifestyles. I would also love to know if ACV actually cured any ailments, conquered any cleaning projects, weeded the garden, cleared up acne, helped with weight loss, killed head lice, or anything else I am not aware.
Disclaimer: Bragg did not ask me to write this blog nor have I been compensated in any way.