Anyone knowing me well can attest to my love for vinegar! I use in for everything and even have a few books on the uses for vinegar. I strongly believe that every household should have at least 2 types of vinegar – plain white vinegar and good ‘ol ACV! Mine has those two plus Balsamic, but I’ll get to that some other time.
Let’s start with what exactly is vinegar. A simple Google search shows that vinegar is a mixture of water and acetic acid, as well as some minerals and vitamins. This acetic acid is a byproduct of the fermentation of ethanol. Ethanol can be found in many products and therefore vinegar can be made from any of them, champagne and wine for example. With that, it should be easy to figure that apple cider vinegar is made from apples and/or apple cider. Those of you wanting more detail on what is vinegar and how it’s made can have a read here http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/wiv.asp
My love for ACV came quite some time after I was already using white vinegar for just about everything. While travelling I ran out of toner and stumbled upon a small bottle of ACV. In Barbados we have a saying, “when ya ain’t got horse, ride cow”! I remembered then that I had heard people say it was good for skin so I tried it. Over the coming days I noticed that a bad breakout I had was quickly clearly up – SOLD! I’ve never looked back.
Regarding hair, I’m yet to try apple cider vinegar as a full rinse. However, I have sprayed it directly onto my scalp to sooth itching. This does wonders for me, especially when wearing weaves. The vinegar aids in killing fungus and bacteria that develop on the scalp. I have psoriasis and I find that it keeps break outs at bay for a while. Love this stuff!
On the subject of bacteria, I also spray ACV or white vinegar in my shoes. I didn’t read this anywhere but I figure a shoe would be a haven for bacteria so it’s my attempt to kill those little ‘mitches’. A friend uses it as an aftershave; it can be a bit drying for some so he uses it diluted.
When I was living in Barbados I stuck to Braggs acv. Since moving to the UK I’ve been using Tesco apple cider vinegar and it suits me fine. I encourage EVERYONE to give it a try as a toner, aftershave, scalp tonic or even on minor cuts and bruises – this stuff is awesome!!