This is the first post in a series of posts about the tools I use to keep my family healthy and able!
Open my pantry on any given day and you’ll find ordinary staples like baking powder, flour, olive oil, and salt, but you’ll also find concoctions, potions, superfoods and healing magic. When we moved recently, it was brought to my attention that I keep odd and mysterious things in my pantry. For me, these are staples, (I’ve been doing this so long, I think everyone is like me) so I thought I ought to share the mystic love and shed some light on my magic health potions and tonics with you! Yes?
My first go to is perhaps one you also keep in your pantry as it’s as basic as apple cider vinegar. In my own life, there was a day that this was stored away for Easter eggs and canning, perhaps the odd cucumber salad. These days the use of this magic potion has far expanded!
It won’t be any old apple cider vinegar you’ll find in my pantry, in fact, there is one exclusive brand I’ll use and that is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. (I’m not affiliated with this company – just plain old love them!) This brand stands out in that it is unpasteurized and has the “mother” intact in the bottle which is part of what makes this a magical potion, my friends. You see, since it is basically alive, when you consume it raw you will receive the benefit of live enzymes that support your gut health, balance your ph, and improve your body’s natural detoxification processes. The benefits of ACV don’t stop there – since it contains acetic acid – it has slight antibiotic properties, has been shown in studies to be beneficial as an anti-glycemic(helps to balance blood sugar), and even may improve the feeling of satisfaction after a meal!
Apple Cider Vinegar may also be used topically on surface wounds (thanks Hippocrates), as a toner, and on hair to soften it, improve shine, and remove build up.
Apple Cider can also be used as a natural antibacterial general house cleaner, working great on windows and glass, as well as a wash for your fruits and vegetables.
How could a natural food be cooler? Seriously, this one thing has so many uses that even Dr. Axe has a list with reasons to use it! In my book, that is what makes a food qualify as a magic potion.
Ready to get started using ACV in your own kitchen? Here are a few simple recipes to get you going!
**You can find all sorts of variations of apple cider vinegar drinks – My suggestions are to stick with a good vinegar that is organic and raw, such as Braggs.
The rest is really up to you. The base always remains the same.
1 TBSP. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 to 1 Cup room temperature or slightly warmer water
Then you can add any combination of the following if you wish:
a pinch of cayenne pepper to increase circulation, stimulates digestion
a squeeze of juice from a real lemon, also alkalizing, supports immunity, detoxing
a tsp. of raw local unfiltered honey, full of enzymes and improves flavor
Give it time to do it’s work. Some people drink this daily, some with every meal, I like to suggest that when my clients are trying new things like this – to start slow – perhaps a few times a week, then gradually increase it.
ACV Hair Rinse
Mix 4 TBSP ACV with 8 – 10 ounces of water
After shampooing with your regular shampoo, pour or spray the mixture onto your hair, working it through using your fingers or a large tooth comb. Leave on for two to three minutes then rinse well with room temperature or cool water. Complete your hair routine as you normally would.
ACV Vegetable Spray
This is used to help remove that nasty pesticide residue, but can also help remove bacteria and is food safe!
Mix 1 TBSP. ACV with 1 Cup Water in a spray bottle.
Spray fruit and vegetables generously, allow to sit with spray on for a minute, rinse and dry.
ACV Skin Toner
The ratio of this toner can be adjusted easily, make small batches until you find the ratio that works best for you and your skin type.
In a glass jar mix: 1 TBSP ACV and 2 TBSP spring water. Apply to a freshly washed face using a cotton ball.
I hope you have fun playing with Apple Cider Vinegar and that you find this is a valuable magic potion in your own pantry! Do you love this sort of information? Let me hear about it! Be sure to comment below!