Today I went to Barnes and Nobles to check out new books that are in the market. I went to my favorite section, Price Bargains, where I can buy books at much reasonable rates. As I was browsing through the health and food section, I gathered some excellent ideas for my future posts that I am sure you will enjoy reading.
There were many books on vinegar. I have eaten and used vinegar, but to be honest, I did not take a deep dive into medicinal uses of vinegar, till date. One book in particular grabbed my attention, HEINZ Distilled White Vinegar: Over 100 Helpful Household Hints by Christine Halvorson. If you would like, you can buy this book at amazon.com. This book has great tips and you will be amazed at what you can do with vinegar. I particularly liked the section of home remedies. I could not resist myself and would like to share the remedies with you.
Vinegar provides relief from sunburn: Vinegar has a cool effect on sunburn. Splash the vinegar over sunburned area, and then lightly rub into the skin. You can also cool sunburn with vinegar diluted in water in a spray bottle. Spray on affected area.
Vinegar eases backache: Soak yourself in a bath tub filled with hot water and 2 cups vinegar for 30 min will help relieve a minor backache and soothe sore muscle.
Vinegar eases headache: To ease headache, lie down and apply a compress dipped in a mixture of ½ warm water and ½ vinegar to the temples. Also try herbal vinegar, such as lavender, to provide aromatic relief.
Vinegar improves leg cramps: Ease the pain of a leg cramp or other cramps in the body by using a soft cloth soaked in undiluted vinegar.
Vinegar improves muscle pain: Apply a bandage of white wine vinegar bran to a recent sprain. Use a towel soaked in hot vinegar as compress to ease pain of a recent muscle sprain or strain. Apply for 20 min at a time. If pain persists, consult a physician.
Vinegar controls cough: Sprinkle your pillow case with apple cider vinegar to control night time coughing.
Vinegar helps in respiratory congestion: To treat head or chest congestion, add ¼ cup vinegar to a vaporizer, and run it for an hour or more.
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Vinegar soothes sinus congestion: Breathing from steam from a vaporizer can be beneficial in treating the facial pain of a sinus infection. Add ¼ cup vinegar, to vaporizer and breathe in deeply.
Vinegar eases Sore Throat: Add 1 teaspoon per 8 ounce of water, and gargle.
Vinegar and bees ting and bug bites: Use vinegar mixed with corn starch to make a paste. Apply paste to a bee sting or bug bite and let it dry.
Vinegar and Poison ivy and Poison oak: Soothe the rash from poison oak and poison ivy by using a vinegar compress. Mix ½ cup vinegar and enough water to fill a 1 pint container. Chill container in the refrigerator. When cool, dampen a cloth or gauze with solution and apply to rest.
Vinegar improves bursitis: Boil 1 cup apple cider vinegar and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper during boil, cool this mixture, then apply it in a compress to affected area. Make sure cayenne does not irritate the skin; the compress should make the area feel warm without burning.
Vinegar removes dandruff: Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water. Spray the vinegar mixture on your hair and scalp, avoiding the eye and ear area. Then wrap towel around the head for 15 minutes to an hour. After that, wash your hair to remove the vinegar. Studies revealed that vinegar solution restore the pH balance of the scalp and discourage the overgrowth of Malassezia furfur, a fungus that triggers dandruff.
There is a endless list of benefits of vinegar and I hope you are amazed as much as I am that the vinegar sitting in your shelf can have so many uses in our daily life. Vinegar offers much more benefits beyond that. Vinegar helps in natural prevention of chronic diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes, weight loss etc which I will be discussing in my next post. I would welcome your suggestions and comments if you have more to discuss on vinegar as a healthy food!