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Hahnemann translated De
Marchy's 'The Art of Distilling Liquor' [in 1785]
and 'The Art
Of Manufacturing Vinegar' [in 1787] from the French.
The word "vinegar" derives from the Old French
vin aigre, meaning "sour wine." Louis Pasteur showed in 1864 that
vinegar results from a natural fermentation process.
Vinegar is a liquid processed from the fermentation
of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid.
The acetic acid concentration ranges typically from 4 to 8 percent
by volume for table vinegar  (typically 5%) and higher
concentrations for pickling (up to 18%) although in some countries
the minimum strength may be less.
Natural vinegars also contain smaller amounts of
tartaric acid, citric acid, and other acids. It has been used since
ancient times, and is an important element in Western, European,
other traditional cuisines of the world.
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Vinegar is made
from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit
juice, or nearly any other liquid containing alcohol. Commercial
vinegar is produced either by fast or slow fermentation processes.
Slow methods are generally used with traditional vinegars and
proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months.
The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a
nontoxic slime composed of acetic acid bacteria and soluble
cellulose, known as the mother of vinegar.
Types of Vinegar
White vinegar can
be made by oxidizing a distilled alcohol. Alternatively, it may be
nothing more than a solution of acetic acid and salt in water. Most
commercial white vinegars are 5% acetic acid solutions. They are
made from grain (often maize) and water. White vinegar is used for
culinary as well as cleaning purposes because vinegar can also be
used for sterilization.
Malt vinegar is
made by malting barley, causing the starch in the grain to turn to
maltose. An ale is then brewed from the maltose and allowed to turn
into vinegar, which is then aged. It is typically light brown in
Wine vinegar is
made from red or white wine, and is the most commonly used vinegar
in Mediterranean countries and Central Europe. As with wine, there
is a considerable range in quality. Better quality wine vinegars are
matured in wood for up to two years and exhibit a complex, mellow
flavor. Wine vinegar tends to have a lower acidity than that of
white or cider vinegars. There are more expensive wine vinegars made
from individual varieties of wine, such as
Champagne, Sherry, or
are made from fruit wines usually without any additional flavoring.
Common flavors of fruit vinegar include apple, black currant,
raspberry, quince, and tomato. Typically, the flavors of the
original fruits remain in the final product. Most fruit vinegars are
produced in Europe, where there is a growing market for high-priced
vinegars made solely from specific fruits (as opposed to non-fruit
vinegars which are infused with fruits or fruit flavors).
Apple cider vinegar
vinegar, otherwise known simply as cider vinegar, is made from cider
or apple must, and is often sold unfiltered, with a brownish-yellow
color; it often contains mother of vinegar. It is very popular,
partly due to its beneficial health and beauty properties. Due to
its acidity, apple cider vinegar can be very harsh, even burning the
throat. If taken straight (as opposed to usage in cooking), it
should be diluted (e.g. with fruit juice) before drinking. Others
dilute it with warm water and add some honey.
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The Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
A number of outstanding authorities have proven the
therapeutic advantages of using cider vinegar for numerous
complaints ranging from obesity and overweight to arthritis. Besides
benefits derived from taking cider vinegar
therapy, it can also be used for a number of other purposes e.g.
salad dressing, pickling, a flavor in cooking etc.
It also makes a very refreshing drink, hot or cold,
with or without honey -this should take the place of normal tea and
coffee which are so habit-forming and unnecessary commodities.
Try using cider vinegar where lemon
juice is required e.g. in making mayonnaise, or just sprinkle
some on a salad before serving; sprinkle on fruit for a
refreshing breakfast, or just use on raw vegetables!
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
In fact there is an even older maxim,
"To eat an apple
before going to bed, makes a doctor beg his bread."
Research has shown that apple cider
vinegar can assist in aiding digestion, lowering bad cholesterol,
strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, stabilizing blood
sugar and it contains anti-oxidants which help ward off certain
Apple cider vinegar's other claims to fame include
relieving sore throats, slowing the aging process, relieving leg
cramps, soothing sunburn, controlling dandruff and itchy scalp,
flushing harmful toxins from the system which is thought to aid
arthritis and assisting in weight control.
ACV - Mother Nature's Health
Natural (undistilled) organic, raw ACV can really be
called one of Mother Nature's most perfect foods. It is made from
fresh, crushed apples which are then allowed to mature naturally in
wooden barrels, as wood seems to "boost" the natural fermentation.
Natural ACV should be a rich, brownish color and if
held to the light you might see a tiny formation of "cobweb-like"
substances that we call the "mother."
Usually some "mother" will show in the bottom of the
ACV bottle the more it ages. It never needs refrigeration. You can
also save some "mother" and transfer it to work in other natural
vinegars. When you smell natural ACV, there's a pungent odor and
sometimes it's so ripened it puckers your mouth and smarts your eyes
these are natural, good signs.
Many of the home remedies for common ailments listed
below, call for a tonic of apple cider
vinegar (ACV) made by
mixing 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV in an 8 ounce glass of water and
drinking this before or during each meal. By taking this
nutritious tonic you will, at the very least,
be helping to
reduce the nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western
many processed, refined foods. Apple cider
vinegar kills germs and nourishes the body at the
same time, so
have a look the many different ways people have been benefiting from
and internal application of this folk medicine.
Not only does apple cider vinegar help to alkalize
the body, but it is very rich in potassium. A
variety of research indicates that potassium is one of the key
nutritional factors in apple cider vinegar that assists in easing,
and possibly preventing, many ailments. Potassium promotes cell
growth and has even been called the "mineral equivalent to the
fountain of youth."
Apple cider vinegar has a potent
supply of potassium which has become so widely acclaimed in the
helping of various complaints including: running nose.
Excessive mucous formation, watery eyes,
sinus and catarrhal troubles. Teeth decay and the splitting of
finger nails are also signs of potassium deficiency which are
remedied by taking cider vinegar.
Potassium is essential for the normal growth of the body and
for the replacement of worn-out tissues which depend upon the
presence of this mineral. It is as important to the soft
tissues, as calcium is to the bones and teeth and it also
retards the hardening of the blood vessels.
As potassium is so important in the healthy growth
of a plant, animal and human, a deficiency of this mineral will
produce such tendencies as callous formations on the soles of the
feet, or the failure to replace worn-out tissues as observed in the
loss of hair.
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What does ACV do?
Amongst other things, cider vinegar is very
effective in detoxifying various organs in the body together with
the blood stream. Hence it is a blood purifier, as it has a means of
breaking down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. It
therefore, promotes the health of the vital organs of the body e.g.
kidneys, bladder, liver etc., by preventing an excessively acid
Apple cider vinegar also helps oxidate the blood
which consequently prevents the blood from becoming too thick and
gluey, which gives rise to a strained heart and blood vessels
resulting in high blood pressure.
Apple cider vinegar also promotes digestion,
assimilation and elimination and it neutralizes any toxic substances
taken into the body. There have been a number of instances where
people who had taken a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a
meal were unaffected by diarrhoea, or digestive upsets, whilst their
companions who ate the same meal were. Hence the cider vinegar
seemed to neutralize the harmful substances in the food eaten.
Apply a solution
of apple cider vinegar and water (2 tablespoons to 1 eight ounce
glass of water) with a cotton ball several times a day. This will
help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.
The same solution can be used as a facial toner and
cleanser. The solution is splashed and rubbed on the face then a
warm wash cloth is laid over the face, repeat several times.
Apply daily, to these
darkened areas of the skin, a solution containing 2 teaspoons of
apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of onion juice. According to this
homeremedy, the spots should begin to fade within 2 weeks.
Help the sore joints
with a liniment made up of cup apple cider vinegar, and cup olive
oil. Also, simply taking the apple cider vinegar tonic (1 or 2
tablespoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal has been an
effective natural healing home remedy for many people.
Some people have found
relief from mild asthma by taking the apple cider vinegar tonic
along with applying a vinegar-soaked compress to the inside of the
Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection which is
quite difficult to get rid of. One of the best home remedies
involves soaking the feet twice a day in a 50/50 mixture of apple
cider vinegar and water.
Or, you can apply pure apple cider
vinegar to the affected areas several times a day and before
Soak a cotton ball
in pure apple cider vinegar, have the person lay his head back and
then place it in the bleeding nostril. This home remedy will help
stop the bleeding quicker.
Take 1 tablespoon
of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water
twice a day to help lower blood pressure. The high potassium values
in both natural healing substances helps to balance out sodium
levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within
healthy limits. Apple cider vinegar and honey also contain
magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and
thus lower high blood pressure.
Use apple cider
vinegar as a natural body deodorant and eliminate the bacteria
body odor. For example, check out these two
related home remedies: Underarms can be kept free of odor causing
bacteria by wiping them once a day with undiluted apple cider
vinegar whereas foot odor can be greatly minimized by soaking the
feet two or three times weekly in a pan of warm water mixed with 1/3
cup (75 ml) of ACV.
Due to its mineral
content, Apple cider vinegar helps to sustain bone mass and fight
osteoporosis. The important minerals involved include
manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon.Take the
general apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of
water) to boost the body's supply of these minerals.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of
salt in cup of warm apple cider vinegar and apply it to the bruise
as a compress.
Apply pure apple cider
vinegar to the burn, whether it's from the sun or a hot surface, to
reduce the pain, to disinfect, and to supply nutrient required for
apple cider vinegar contain numerous substances that protect against
many types of cancer. They contain beta-carotene, a powerful
antioxidant, and phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols
that are also protective against cancer formation. Plus they both
contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which binds certain cancer causing
compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the
So eat an apple a day and take the general apple
cider vinegar tonic home remedy (2 or 3 t5easpoons to 8 ounces of
water) to maximize these benefits.
first sign of a cold, take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in half
a cup of water several times a day. The body becomes more alkaline
during a cold and the vinegar will help to rebalance the body's acid
level. If you have a chest cold, a long-standing home remedy calls
for soaking a piece of brown paper in vinegar then sprinkling one
side of it with black pepper. Place the peppered side of the paper
on the chest, cover with a towel, and relax for 20 minutes.
A low fiber diet
and the reduction in digestive acids and enzymes as we age, can lead to constipation. More fruits and
vegetables and a daily tonic of apple cider
vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) is a natural healing
home remedy to combat constipation.
thought that the water soluble fiber pectin, found in apple cider
vinegar, absorbs fats and cholesterol and eliminates them from the
body. And at the same time, the amino acids present in apple cider
vinegar neutralize some of the harmful oxidized LDL cholesterol.
Recently, researchers reported that regular vinegar intake of 3
teaspoons (15 ml) or more per day can significantly lower the level
of cholesterol in a persons blood. They found that acetic acid, the
major ingredient in vinegar, is responsible for this effect.
Maximize this benefit by taking the apple cider vinegar tonic (1 or
2 tablespoons to 8 ounces of water) and increasing the amount of
fiber rich food in your diet (more fruits and vegetables) while
reducing the amount of saturated and unsaturated fat.
Corn & Callous
Soak your feet for half an
hour in a warm bath containing half a cup of apple cider vinegar.
Use a clean pumice stone to rub the affected areas then apply pure
apple cider vinegar and cover with a bandage. Reapply vinegar and
bandage the following morning.
A home remedy to sooth a
night time cough is to sprinkle apple cider vinegar on a cloth
placed on a pillow.
Muscle cramps can be caused by a calcium
and magnesium imbalance in the body and by a lack of vitamin E. To
help prevent the recurrence of cramps, take a regular tonic of apple
cider vinegar (2
or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) along with
1 teaspoon of honey.
Apply pure apple cider
vinegar to the scalp and work it into the roots of the hair; allow
the vinegar to stand for a half hour or a full hour before washing
your hair. This will help to destroy the bacteria and fungus that
cause dandruff and itchy scalp.
Apple cider vinegar can be combined with certain
herbs to make an extra strength natural hair care product for
combating dandruff and soothing itchy scalp.
A daily tonic of apple
cider vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) supplies
dietary fiber and other ingredients, which are beneficial in
controlling blood glucose levels. As well, the acids and enzymes
promote better digestion and nutrient absorption, which is impaired
in many diabetes sufferers. This home remedy has been the subject of
new research that shows that apple cider vinegar can help lower
blood sugar levels.
Use a 50/50 mixture
of apple cider vinegar and water to eliminate the bacteria and
cause diaper rash.
Pectin, the water
soluble fiber in apple cider
vinegar, will help to absorb water
in the intestines and
provide more bulk for the stool. Also,
transforms pectin into a protective coating
which sooths the
irritated lining. So take the natural healing
vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of
help eliminate diarrhea.
As we age, it is
common for people to produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid)
lead to digestive problems. Taking the apple cider
vinegar tonic home remedy (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water)
before a meal will enhance the action of your stomach's acid and
Use an ear
syringe (found at drug stores) to squirt a vinegar solution into the
ear and let it sit for a minute or so, then turn your head and let
the liquid drain out. The vinegar solution can be a 50/50
mixture of ACV and pure water, a 50/50 mixture of ACV and
rubbing alcohol or a solution consisting of one- third vinegar,
one-third pure water, and one-third rubbing alcohol. If the ear
problem persists, see a health professional.
To help relieve the
itching and dryness of eczema, apply a 50/50 mixture of apple cider
vinegar and water to the affected areas.
Fatigue can be caused by
a build up lactic acid in the body during exercise or periods of
stress. The amino acids found in apple cider vinegar can neutralize
the excess lactic acid in the bloodstream and the potassium and
enzymes obtained through regular use of a vinegar tonic can help
Many people avoid
eating certain foods such as beans due to the gas they produce in
the body. This gas is a result of incomplete digestion and can be
minimized by soaking the beans in apple cider vinegar prior to
Try this home remedy
for sore and tired feet which sometimes ache at the end of a long
day: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a basin of warm water and
allow your feet to soak for 15 minutes.
Research has shown
that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a
An apple cider vinegar tonic will help restore your
body's acid/alkaline balance. According to one home remedy, inhaling
the vapors from a small bottle of apple cider vinegar can also help
or if you have a vaporizer, add some cider vinegar to the water and
inhale the vapors for five minutes.
or acid reflux is a condition in which some of the acid content of
the stomach periodically backs up into the esophagus. Even though
testimonials abound throughout the net on the effectiveness of using
apple cider vinegar to relieve heartburn, no scientific studies have
been done to substantiate this. So to relieve occasional heartburn,
try drinking the general apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons
to 8 ounces of water) before each meal.
Apply the natural
healing abilities of pure apple cider vinegar directly to
hemorrhoids to help reduce stinging and promote shrinking. Use a
cotton ball to apply the vinegar every few hours until symptoms are
stop hiccups, try sipping a glass of warm water in which one
teaspoon of apple cider vinegar has been mixed in. This is a lot
simpler than many other home remedies for hiccups.
Insect Bites & Stings
and wasp stings, as well as itchy mosquito bites can be soothed by
applying undiluted apple cider vinegar to the affected area.
Dr. Jarvis in his book
"Folk Medicine" recommends the use of honey and apple cider vinegar
for those who have a hard time falling asleep at night. Mix one
tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of honey and take two
teaspoons of this mixture just before going to bed. Repeat after an
hour if required. Some people find that simply taking one tablespoon
of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water just before bedtime,
helps them to get to sleep quicker and sleep much longer.
Fleckeri and Chiropsalmus Quadrigatus) -The sting of the large box
jellyfish, found along the northern tropical coastline of Australia,
can be deadly. The venom injected by these animals is capable of
killing humans within minutes. However, by dousing the sting area
with regular vinegar (5% acetic acid content), the further release
of poison will be rapidly and completely stopped. hat's why
Australian lifeguards always keep vinegar on hand and it's their
initial first aid treatment of choice. Reference: Australian
Take the apple cider
vinegar tonic regularly (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) to
help the body's absorption of calcium and magnesium and thus protect
against painful leg cramps.
A glass of apple cider tonic
(2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) in the morning has been
reported to help reduce the flow of a heavy period.
women experience nausea and vomiting, often in the morning, during
the first three months of pregnancy. A home remedy reported to help
keep morning sickness at bay involves simply drinking, as soon as
you get up, a glass of water containing a teaspoon of apple cider
Nail and toenail fungus
infections are very difficult to cure even with
modern drugs which many people prefer not to use
due to reported side effects and poor
effectiveness. Fortunately there are many
vinegar home remedies used to cure this
condition some which use only vinegar and others
involve combinations of vinegar with hydrogen
peroxide, tea tree oil, olive oil, etc. In all
cases the treatment lasts for months and is usually applied to the effected area twice a day.
Night Sweats & Hot
Apple cider vinegar has
helped reduce hot flashes and night sweats for
some menopausal women who for various reasons
can't take hormones. Use the apple cider vinegar
tonic regularly. (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water)
Poison Oak & Poisonj Ivy
health and fitness expert Patricia Bragg
recommends spraying a olution of equal parts
apple cider vinegar and distilled water on to
the affected areas to stop the pain, itching and
ease the swelling. Cooling the spray in the
refrigerator will provide even more relief.
help relieve the pain of sinusitis, by drinking a glass of water
with 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV added, every hour for 6 to 8 hours. For
sinus headache, Marie Nadine Antol, recommends adding an eighth of a
cup of ACV to a cool-air vaporizer and inhaling the infused- air
directly for 5 minutes. After that lie down for 20 minutes and wait
for your respiratory passages to clear. For excess mucus in the
nose, throat, or sinus cavities (post nasal drip), try a solution of
warm water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Place a
small amount in the palm of your hand, block one nostril, then place
the other nostril into the vinegar solution and sniff hard. You'll
disinfecting and mucus-cutting benefits of apple
cider vinegar deep into your sinus cavities. Let the solution run
down the back of your throat then spit it out. After that, repeat
with the other nostril.
One of many natural
healing home remedies for a sore throat involves gargling with a
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to half a cup of
water, using 3 mouthfuls of mixture each hour. As P. Bragg warns in
her book "Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Health System", don't swallow
the gargled mixture, because ACV acts like a sponge drawing out
throat and mouth germs and toxins.
If the sunburn is
localized, apply full strength pple cider vinegar on the affected
skin to obtain relief. Do this by soaking a thin towel in apple
cider vinegar and placing it over the burn. Leave it on to help
prevent peeling and itching. If the sunburn covers a large part of
the body then try this home remedy recommended by Patricia Bragg in
her book called Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Health System: Take a
cool bath in which one cup of ACV has been added. After soaking in
the bath, gently dry the body and pat ACV directly onto the needed
areas. Wait 5 minutes, then pat on
aloe vera gel.
A preliminary study in Japan
showed that taking a weak vinegar solution can give over 95%
protection from alcohol-induced ulcers.
Urinary Tract Infection
Drink a daily
tonic of apple cider vinegar to help you keep the right pH balance
in the urinary tract since the proper acidity creates an
inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeasts that cause
these infections. Cranberry juice is also a well known home
remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from
ataching to the walls of the urinary tract. For a tasty drink, try
adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to an eight once glass of
cranberry juice and benefit from both home remedies at the same time.
Dr Jarvis notes that the following folk remedy is used not
only in Vermont but also in Scotland, England and Germany. Apply
undiluted apple cider vinegar to the varicose veins at night and in
morning, and take two teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water
twice a day. Shrinking of the veins will be noticed after one month.
Patricia Bragg cautions:
do not rub warts since this could spread them. Apply an ACV soaked
gauze bandage to the wart overnight and in the morning replace it
with a castor oil soaked gauze bandage. At night alternate the ACV
with crushed fresh garlic and vitamin E (prick open
The use of apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for weight
loss is centuries old. Dr Jarvis maintained that an overweight
person could lose weight gradually by taking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a
glass of wter at each meal. No change in the daily food intake is
required except to avoid high fat containing
According to one
home rmedy, relief can be obtained by the use of a vinegar douche,
consisting of 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed in one quart of warm water,
applied twice a day until the burning and itching symptoms of the
infection have stopped.
Frequent douching however is no longer recommended,
since recent studies have shown that this can cause more harm than
good! So, if you tend to get frequent yeast infections, try to find
the cause (such as antibiotic use or a diet too high in refined
sugars) and reduce or eliminate it. A vinegar bath, prepared by
adding one cup of ACV to the bath water, can also help provide
mixture of peracetic acid is formed when acetic acid is mixed with
hydrogen peroxide. It is being used in some Asian countries by
aerosol sprays for control of pneumonia. A mixture of five-percent
acetic acid and three-percent hydrogen peroxide is commonly used.
Sharon from Boston, MA writes "I just discovered that
ACV, baking soda, and cayenne produces an almost instantaneous state
of euphoria! I have been taking ACV for years, more recently ACV and
baking soda, but never with the cayenne. I always felt very
energized from ACV, but didn't feel like it was adjusting my brain
chemistry. This remedy does. This is going to sound strange, but it
makes me feel closer to God. I don't know how else to explain the
This is what I do
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar,
1/8th teaspoon of sodium bicarb. and
few shakes of cayenne pepper
put in a
glass and add hot water.
Be careful not to stand too close to the glass after
adding the cayenne or you will inhale it, especially once those ACV
and sodium bicarb. bubbles get activated. Sip slowly, stirring the
cayenne every so often. When the drink cools down, add more hot
water. Drink on an empty stomach, if possible. I usually take it in
the late afternoon, when I am feeling sleepy.
I hope others will try it to and let me
know if they are experiencing the same results. It might also be a
very effective PMS remedy, I don't know. Will send an update later
on in the month!"