Vinegar isn’t just for flavoring your food – it’s versatile and has a multitude of uses, many of which are beneficial to your health.
Not only can it remove stains from fabric and make your windows shiny, but it’s also ideal for washing your fruit and vegetables as it kills bacteria. For a great all-round disinfectant, it can also be wiped over kitchen surfaces. The powerful, healing properties of vinegar can also help with the following health problems:
Lowers the Glycaemic Index
Research has shown that it helps to reduce the Glycaemic Index (GI) of certain foods such as rice and pasta. Just adding a little of it to these carbs will lower the GI rate by as much as 30 percent.
Treats bee stings
Soaking a bee sting in it will relieve the itching and soothe any irritation.
Had too much sun? It is great for alleviating sunburn – simply dab cider vinegar on the affected areas. Applying ice-cold vinegar to burned skin prevents blisters and soothes the skin.
Soothes dry, itchy skins
Vinegar can soothe dry, itchy skin – just add a couple of tablespoons to your bath for relief.
A flaky scalp can be zapped by vinegar. After shampooing, add ½ a cup of it to a jug of warm water for your final rinse and say goodbye to annoying dandruff.
Soothes sore throat
Ease your sore throat by gargling with a teaspoon of vinegar mixed in a cup of hot water. For added effect, drink the solution.
Clears chest congestion
Feeling chesty from a cold? Simply add a few tablespoons of it to a bowl of steaming water and inhale. The vapor will help to clear up any chest congestion.
Fights foot fungus
Toenail fungus is far from pretty. Add vinegar to water and soak your feet for a few minutes each day until the problem is alleviated.
The perfect foot soak
Our feet take quite a battering every day – to soothe and relax sore feet, add a cup of white distilled vinegar to two liters of warm water and soak for as long as you wish.
Eases morning sickness
Pregnant women may be interested to hear that drinking a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar and honey can ease morning sickness.
Douching with a combination of warm water and apple cider vinegar is a great way to treat vaginal thrush.
Mix a cup of white distilled vinegar with warm water and soak the affected area every day for 20 minutes until the wart fades.
Bruises can be healed more quickly if you apply cotton wool soaked in vinegar to the affected area for an hour.
Treats leg cramps
It’s reported that leg cramps can be relieved in just moments by swabbing the area with a towel dampened with white vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is mineral-rich. Stir a teaspoon of it into a cup of water and drink a couple of times a week to replenish those missing minerals.
Cuts down on toxins
Vinegar cuts down on the number of harmful toxins you use every time you clean the house. It can make your home as clean and shiny as many specially made, expensive cleaning agents that contain a whole load of chemicals.
It is natural, safe and very economical. And as you can see, it’s very versatile too.