It worries me whenever I see any one of my twins not feeling well. More often, they suffer from fever, insect bites and other minor problems that can be easily treated at home. Good thing I always have apple cider vinegar in my pantry which I consider as one of my most trusted versatile remedies for various health problems.
Vinegar contains antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which make it an effective natural remedy for ordinary pain, skin problems, fever, heartburn, infection and others. Although modern medicine does not really endorse vinegar as a traditional medicine, many people have already proven its healing qualities. Here are some of the conditions that vinegar might be useful for:
- Back pain
For ordinary back pain due to lifting or pushing heavy objects, soothe the pain by bathing in a hot bath containing two cups of vinegar. Stay in the tub for about 30 minutes before rinsing. Aside from the vinegar bath, you can also benefit from resting while laying your back flat on the bed.
Bursitis is an inflammation affecting the bursa in the shoulder joint, elbow or knee. A good remedy to reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain is a boiled mixture of one cup of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of cayenne powder. Cool the mixture and soak a compress in it then apply to the affected area. Remove the compress when you feel a burning sensation.
- Bug Bites
Make a paste containing vinegar and cornstarch and then apply it on the area with bug bites or bee stings. Let the paste dry on the skin before rinsing. This can alleviate any symptoms associated with the bite or sting.
If your sleep is frequently disrupted because of coughing, try sprinkling apple cider vinegar on your pillowcase.
Vinegar has a good reputation for balancing the pH level in the scalp, thereby controlling dandruff. To benefit from this, apply apple cider vinegar during rinsing. It can also help give your hair a shiny look.
Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar after a meal can aid in the production of hydrochloric acid, thereby promoting digestion.
Vinegar is also an effective remedy for fungal infection including athlete’s foot. Prepare a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and then soak your feet in the solution. You may do it once a day until your symptoms disappear. You may also soak a clean cloth or cotton in the solution and then rub it on your affected foot.
- Leg cramps
Leg cramps can be really painful. You can soothe the pain by soaking a soft cloth in pure vinegar and applying it on the cramped leg.
- Ordinary headache
If you are being bothered by ordinary headache, dip a compress in a mixture of equal parts warm water and vinegar. Apply the compress on your temple and allow it to sit for several minutes before removing. This should give you relief from the headache.
Prepare a mixture of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and cold water in equal parts. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on the sunburned area. Vinegar for sunburn is only applicable to first degree or second degree sunburn. For third degree sunburn, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately.
For many times in the past, I have proven the effectivity of vinegar in curing a number of health conditions listed here. However, this list should only serve for informational purposes. If your doctor recommends another treatment, follow your doctor’s advice.