DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Cures
There's little this fermented-fruit tonic can't do. Steal a few of our readers' favorite ways to take advantage of its healing powers. Be sure to buy the vinegar cold-pressed and unpasteurized, as heat can destroy beneficial nutrients and enzymes in the vinegar.
For dull hair and dandruff…
I use apple cider vinegar as my hair conditioner.—Jennifer Lynn
Doctor's tip: Its astringent properties make hair look shinier, but apple cider vinegar can also treat dandruff by reducing the growth of the fungus Malassezia furfur.
For bad breath…
A capful chased with water dispels onion breath.—Cindy McDaniel
For troubled skin…
Dampen a cotton ball and hold on a pimple for 5 minutes. It reduces blemishes quickly.—Caroline Atkins
I take a teaspoon of cider vinegar for heartburn. It stamps it right out.—Sarah Heatherly
Doctor's tip: Consume no more than 2 tablespoons of vinegar in 8 ounces of water.
*These reader suggestions have been reviewed by Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, an alternative medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine.
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