The Health Benefits of Vinegar

In addition to its many uses in cooking, cleaning and around the house, vinegar can also be used in a natural health and beauty regimen. It can also be used to treat certain health conditions.

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Treat head lice with vinegar, or use it to get rid of dandruff. It also makes an excellent hair cleaner replacing shampoo. Vinegar works to treat lice by loosening lice eggs (nits) from the hair shaft. First comb through affected hair with a fine tooth comb, then rinse with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Then comb through hair again with the fine tooth comb. To treat dandruff or to use as a replacement for shampoo and conditioner, simply pour several tablespoons of vinegar over the crown of the head and rub in, working towards the ends.

Vinegar is also beneficial to the skin. Use it to treat topical ailments. A cotton ball soaked in vinegar will remove the sting and pain from wasp, bee, and mosquito bites. Rubbing a cloth, soaked in vinegar, over a sunburn will remove the burning and heat. Cold vinegar also works to remove the pain of minor heat burns. Rubbing a cotton ball soaked in vinegar on athlete's foot will kill the fungus that causes the itch. Vinegar will also kill toenail fungus when feet are soaked in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. A poultice made from a piece of bread (soaked in cup of vinegar) can be placed on corns and left overnight. Corns are reported to peel away within one to five days of this treatment. A foot soak of 1 cup of vinegar to 2 gallons of water for several days may remove warts.

Make a toner with equal parts vinegar and water to kill bacteria on the skin and treat acne. A cotton ball - soaked in apple cider vinegar and applied to the face - works to remove old dry skin cells, leaving skin glowing.

Vinegar can relieve the pain of eating spicy foods. Simply place a few drops on the tongue to remove heat. Similarly, a glass of water with a tablespoon of vinegar consumed before spicy meals may help prevent heartburn. The same mixture can also relieve an upset stomach.

Vinegar has recently been used in Australia to help save the lives of people stung by the notorious box jellyfish. Even after the tentacles are removed, the cells that inject poison remain on the skin. A direct application of vinegar to the skin prevents these cells from injecting more poison. Even so, anyone stung by a box jellyfish should seek immediate medical attention. This procedure will also remove the sting of less deadly jellyfish stings.

A dose of 2 tablespoons of vinegar before each meal may help reduce spiking blood sugar. While vinegar alone will not treat diabetes, according to a study at Arizona State University, it can help borderline diabetics maintain a more even blood sugar level and reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients by up to 25 percent.

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