Apple cider vinegar has been used in a variety of ways for hundreds of years. Before modern medicine provided prescription cures, people have used vinegar to successfully treat their health and wellness woes. Here are seven suggested ways that vinegar can become an incredibly helpful addition to your caregiving.
- Remove dandruff. Forget about salon-priced treatments. Just mix equal parts - about 1/4 cup of each - apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. After shampooing, spray onto hair, let sit about 15 minutes, and rinse. By using only twice a week you should see no more dandruff thanks to the acidity in vinegar hindering the fungus that causes the flakes.
- Tame a sore throat. Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 3 teaspoons clover honey in a glass of warm water and drink. Here’s how they work: the vinegar and honey have antibacterial properties and the cayenne pepper helps relieve pain.
- Eliminate foot odor. Pour 1 cup vinegar over baby wipes (or single-use paper towels), soak in the fridge overnight, then store in zip-lock bags. Acids in vinegar change the pH level of your skin, fighting off bacteria that cause foot odor. Bonus use: great for underarm deodorizing.
- Maintain digestive health. Simply add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of water or tea and drink with a meal. Enzymes in the vinegar stimulate digestion, combat constipation, and can help prevent heartburn. Hint: a little honey can sweeten it if the taste is too sour.
- Give the face a “lift”. Again, the acids in vinegar make it a natural astringent. Apply a washcloth soaked in vinegar to the face to absorb excess oils, reduce fine lines, and restore proper pH levels to the skin.
- Heal sunburn. Add a cup or two of vinegar to the bath water to help calm the burn by balancing pH levels, promoting cool and soothed skin.
- Whiten teeth. Occasionally rub apple cider vinegar directly on teeth then rinse with water. Don’t overdo to avoid breaking down the enamel. A weaker solution of 1 teaspoon vinegar with 1 cup of water is an effective mouthwash.
Give these natural health uses of vinegar a try. You’ll feel better about the health and well-being of your loved ones. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!