4 Reasons why Apple Cider Vinegar is the Ultimate Life Hack!
ACV is literally a remedy for everything.
Yo-Yo-Yo-Yo I’m back in the hizouseee *mimicking the annoying white man in my office that attempts to “talk black” with his students* That’s a story for another day…
Ladies, ladies, ladies (and some gentlemen), I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time about the sorcery known as Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV), but I felt that I had to experiment with it a bit more before doing so. When I was younger my mom would literally try to make me drink ACV like vitamins. I thought it was weird, and the taste and smell made me feel like I was drinking acid. But over the years I’ve come to realize that ACV is like that friend that you can count on to be there for you when your life has fallen to shit. It’s like the boyfriend that pampers you while you’re a bleeding, moody, cramping, eating the house apart monster. It’s like the white friend that actually appreciates rather than appropriates your blackness…k, whatever I’m reaching, but ACV is literally a remedy for everything.
There are tons of things that you can use ACV for, but I’ve compiled a list of things that I’ve tried and can testify that worked. Before I continue, let me mention that it’s got to be the raw, organic and unfiltered type of ACV. How do you know if it is? You’ll see little brown stuff swimming in the solution, and it will probably say organic somewhere on the bottle.
- Feeling a little yeasty?
K this is kind of gross but we’re human, and it’s a known fact that the vagina is a deep, dark and hollow place where weird shit happens constantly. If you’re part of the unlucky masses of people that suffer from yeast infections from time to time, ACV is a great cost-effective way to treat the bastard. The first time I ever had a yeast infection was a result of reacting to the amoxicillin antibiotic. I started searching up home remedies, because I was afraid that I would have some other messed up reaction if I hopped on a different antibiotic. That’s how I discovered ACV for yeast infections. Basically, add a tablespoon of ACV and a tablespoon of baking soda (I got baking soda) to your bath water. Some say add tea tree oil, coconut oil or sea salt to the water, but the baking soda method worked for me. Soak in it for 15 – 20 minutes once or twice a day, and do this for about a week or less depending on how bad your infection is. It will soothe the itching and gradually kill off the yeast, because ACV helps regulate the PH levels in your body. Drinking it (1-2 tablespoons in your water) is also another method if you’re not really into baths.
- Bloated like a balloon?
I recently discovered the benefits of drinking ACV to help with bloating. Let me state now that long term ingestion of ACV is actually not that great for you, just in case someone decides to come for my ass if stuff goes wrong. So keyword here is moderation. Anyways, I’ve been bloating like crazy this week, again, as a result of taking medication. A friend of mine suggested drinking ACV to help with the bloat, and let me tell ya’ll, that shit really worked! Within minutes of drinking it I felt more relieved than I’ve felt all week, and I didn’t even drink a full 8oz glass. ACV is acidic in nature so it provides the essential acid content for proper digestion that can help with bloating and weight loss.
- Hair conditioner?
I wrote a blog post about my natural hair journey a while back, and I mentioned that I occasionally used ACV as a conditioner after shampooing. The same way ACV cleanses and detoxes your body is the same way it works in your hair. It helps add moisture and shine to your hair and it really does wonders in making curls pop! You can mix two tablespoons of ACV with water into an old shampoo or spritz bottle and use it in your hair after shampooing. Orrrr if you’re like me, just dump a couple cap sizes of ACV, work it into your hair and rinse.
- Skin Toner?
I have combination skin (oily in the summer, dry as hell in the winter), so during certain times of the year I break it really bad. I feel like I’ve tried everything on the planet to manage my skin; from really cheap to really expensive cleansers and moisturizers, but I seem to just find temporary solutions to an age old problem. Anyways, I don’t remember how, but one day I randomly came across a website that talked about using ACV as a skin toner. I’m clearly all for ACV so I tried it for a couple of weeks, and as usual it worked. I noticed the blemishes and blackheads on my face weren’t as noticeable as before. However, I personally found it to be a bit too irritating for my skin, but that’s probably because I didn’t dilute the ACV lol. Now I know better so I’ll try it again and post an update very soon. Here are some ratios that you could try if you’re interested in using ACV as a toner:
For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
For normal/dry skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
So there you have it people. One of the greatest creations known to mankind that won’t break your bank account. Grab yourself a bottle from your local Walmart or Superstore for under $10.,00, and check out this link to learn more about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.