Regular readers know that I am doing 50 healthy things this year in honor of my 50th birthday. Here’s number 24 – Apple Cider Vinegar
So, the excitement of celebrating the big 5-0 apparently took a toll on me. I developed a wicked summer cold – complete with major sinus congestion, headache and sore throat. I have not had one in years, so I’d forgotten how miserable they can be.
I was determined to find a natural remedy before resorting to drugs. My research led me to the wonders of organic, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV).
When my son and husband came home and found me bent over a large stockpot with a towel on my head, they did a double take – but only for a moment. They are used to my antics.
It turns out that breathing in the steam of ACV boiled in water works miracles for sinus congestion and, according to some, actually prevents infection. I also added a chopped raw onion to the brew, as some homeopaths praise onions’ anti-viral effects.
In addition, I put a teaspoon of ACV and a teaspoon of raw, local honey in tea and drank 3-4 cups per day. After practicing this regimen for two days, I was remarkably better. I will definitely do it again – supposedly it helps with seasonal allergies too.
ACV advocates go on and on about its additional health benefits – from aiding in digestion to clearing up problem skin. Proponents say it’s good for shinier hair, whiter teeth, lower blood pressure, weight loss and a plethora of additional ailments.
In addition, it’s supposed to be a great household cleaner for bathrooms, windows, dishes and more. Here’s a list of 50 ways to use it.
Suffice it say, I’ve joined the ranks of ACV supporters. And from a branding standpoint, I’m jealous. The market leader is a brand called Bragg. Their website has a folksy feel that isn’t very sophisticated, but I suppose it’s authentic. I am amazed at the number of brand advocates who can be found in a quick Google search. And talk about brand utility. I’ve never seen a product that is as widely revered for so many alternative uses.
What are some of your home remedies? Please share.