It is believed that five thousand years ago, in ancient Babylonia, a wine merchant discovered that some of the wine he had stored in earthen jars had turned sour. Over time, he devised ways to use this “sour wine”; as a drink diluted with water, honey and herbs or to add flavour to certain dishes, also to preserve certain foods and as a cleaning agent.
This liquid that was discovered has come to be known as the Apple Cider Vinegar and it is used across the world in various ways. What are some of the uses it has come to be known for?
1. As a wound disinfectant: ACV has antibacterial properties, but it can also be very harmful to the skin due to the presence of acetic acid. It is therefore advised that it is properly diluted before being applied on any wound especially as it does sting.
2. Mosquito repellant: Reports suggest that rubbing CAB directly on your skin helps to keep mosquitoes at bay. It also helps to relieve the itch caused by their bite.
3. Acne control: ACV diluted with ten times more water is very helpful in fighting against the bacteria that causes acne. It also helps to soothe the skin.
4. Hand Odours: Washing hands with diluted ACV helps to eliminate odours that may have been gotten from onions and garlic.
5. Removing Dandruff: ACV is also recommended in removing dandruff from the scalp. Dilute in equal parts of water and allow to sit st on scalp for 15 minutes and rinse.
6. Vagina Candida: Douching with one tablespoon ACV to one cup of warm water every morning and night can help reduce the potential for bacterial or yeast infections
7. Pet care: Rinsing dogs in diluted vinegar solutions may help reduce fleas and ticks infestations.
8. Bread production: Adding a tablespoon of ACV to yeast dough helps dough rise. Also, brushing crust with a little vinegar before baking would give you a shinier crust.
9. Glass Cleaner: Mixing equal parts of ACV and water helps to remove stubborn stains that may be present on glass.
10. Hard Water: Adding ACV to water helps reduce level of hardness of water.