Vinegar Types, Methods of Making Vinegar
The Benefits of Cider Vinegar
The Nature of Disease
Food has certainly been the down-fall of man's health. With
all the rubbish he stuffs into his delicate, yet adaptable organism, it is
no wonder that there is so much unnatural disease rampant today. From the
day he ate his first meal man has forever abused his system with the wrong
types of food. He has not been rational in his eating habits, but has
merely satisfied his banal desire for stimulating, refined and processed
fare. The day will come, however, when he suddenly realizes that his food
habits effect his physical as well as mental wellbeing. He will then
realise that he had been satisfying his debased taste buds, rather than
sustaining the body. The wise, however, look toward nature for their
answer; with patience and perseverance they have re-discovered the answer
to man's dilemma. The answers although simple are extremely effective as
they do not entail unnatural chemical compounds - it is the utilization of
these wonderful gifts from nature which are so efficacious and free for
all! There have been many natural curative formulae discovered throughout
the centuries, which have proved themselves safe and yet effective.
Natural resources have been used since the days before Christ viz:
Sunshine, Water, Air - herbs and homebrews have been used for generations
too by our ancestors. Honey is also a natural wonder, together with many
other folk preparations which have been handed down through the ages.
Amongst these APPLE CIDER VINEGAR has been widely used as a successful
remedy for a number of ailments. We find that, with the abuse of the body,
inordinate amounts of waste matter have accumulated within the system. In
the early stages these are not so apparent as the body is still vital
enough to deal with this extra burden. However, if an attempt is not made
to eradicate these toxic accumulations, the body has to deal with more and
more pressure, resulting in aches and pains. Later in life these efforts
to eliminate these encumberances result in influenza, bronchitis etc; and,
if these healing efforts are suppressed by continued wrong living and
drugs, the acute symptoms become chronic and insidious. Rheumatism,
arthritis, cancer, heart ailments, high blood pressure etc, are all signs
that the body has been neglected by the suppression of natural heating
crisises. There are certain preparations, however, which assist the body
in eliminating these toxic substances and this is where these natural
curative methods have found a valuable place in the healing arts. To
abstain from those foods and drinks which add to this unnecessary
accumulation, is a great assistance to the body i.e. those refined and
denatured food items such as bread, starch, white sugar, and their
products; together with the unnecessary food items which cause excessive
mucous and toxic waste in the system e.g. meat, eggs, dairy produce,
legumes, cereals. However, one may now ask what should one eat if these
are to be eliminated from the diet. Where one cannot completely abstain
from these products, moderation is the key word in this instance, together
with certain herbal and folk preparations which assist in the breakdown of
the acids and mucous waste.
It is at this point that the benefits of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR will be
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" (the dentist too!) -
is an oft quotation which should not be considered as just an obsolete
"Old Wives Tale", as there is more than meets the eye in these axioms of
yore. Apples are among the most health-giving fruits available as they
contain a host of nutritious properties viz: Phosphorous, Cholerine,
Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Iron, Fluorine, Silicon,
plus many trace elements ....... and all of these are found in PURE APPLE
What Does it Do?
Amongst other things, cider vinegar is very effective in
detoxicating various organs in the body together with the blood stream.
Hence it is a purifier, as it has a means of breaking down fatty, mucous
and phlegm deposits within the body. It therefore, promotes the health of
the vital organs of the body e.g. kidneys, bladder, liver etc., by
preventing an excessively alkaline urine. Cider vinegar also helps oxidate
the blood which consequently prevents the blood from becorning too thick
and gluey, which gives rise to a strained heart and blood vessels
resulting in high blood pressure. Cider vinegar also promotes digestion,
assimilation and elimination and it neutralizes any toxic substance taken
into the body. There have been a number of instances where people who had
taken a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a meal were unaffected
by diarrhoea, or digestive upsets, whilst their companions who ate the
same meal were. Hence the cider vinegar seemed to neutralize the harmful
substances in the food eaten.
Apple cider vinegar has a potent supply of potassium which
has become so widely acclaimed in the helping of various complaints
including: running nose. Excessive mucous formation, watery eyes, sinus
and catarrhal troubles. Teeth decay and the splitting of finger nails are
also signs of potassium deficiency which are remedied by taking cider
vinegar. Potassium is essential for the normal growth of the body and for
the replacement of worn-out tissues which depend upon the presence of this
mineral. It is as important to the soft tissues, as calcium is to the
bones and teeth and it also retards the hardening of the blood vessels.
As potassium is so important in the healthy growth of a plant, animal and
human, a deficiency of this mineral will produce such tendencies as
callous formations on the soles of the feet, or the failure to replace
worn-out tissues as observed in the loss of hair.
Tests have proven that a soil deficient in this mineral-salt will produce
anaemic and undersized plants, however, when potassium is introduced into
the soil the plant becomes sturdier and increases in height. This is also
the case with animals, where potassium which was fed to livestock, in the
form of cider vinegar, improved their appearance and stamina. Humans too,
can benefit with this increased potassium intake. Especially where
children are slow developers and appear undersized. A few teaspoons of
cider vinegar taken with water each morning will show tremendous results.
The best way to introduce cider vinegar to the family, is to substitute it
for the ordinary table vinegar and use it in the cooking. Potassium acts
as a restraining influence upon those who are over-excitable and nervous.
It draws fluid back into the cells, for when potassium is lacking the body
cells shrink and their normal activity is restricted.
The Uses of Cider Vinegar
A number of outstanding authorities have proven the
therapeutic advantages of using cider vinegar for numerous complaints
ranging from obesity and overweight to arthritis. Besides the therapeutic
benefits derived from taking cider vinegar therapy, as outlined in this
book, it can also be used for a number of other purposes e.g. salad
dressing, pickling, a flavour in cooking etc. It also makes a very
refreshing drink, hot or cold, with or without honey - this should take
the place of normal tea and coffee which are so habit-forming and
Try using cider vinegar where lemon juice is required e.g. in making
mayonnaise, or just sprinkle some on a salad before serving; sprinkle on
pawpaw for a refreshing breakfast, or just use on potato chips!
Effect of Cider Vinegar on
When the blood is deficient in some minerals or biochemic
salt, ill-health is the outcome e.g. boils break out, suppurating blisters
become apparent, pimples appear on the face etc. It has been found
however, that cider vinegar helps with the cleansing as well as the
clotting of the blood. Oxidation of the blood is very important and cider
vinegar is again an effective treatment for this. Besides introducing the
important minerals into the blood stream, as mentioned above, cider
vinegar also helps in the clotting of blood. This is of tremendous help to
those people who are commonly termed 'bleeders', as they live their lives
in fear of cutting themselves due to the bloods inability to clot, and it
will also enhance the healing process.
The best method of using apple cider vinegar is in its natural liquid
Use the cider vinegar and honey treatment for arthritis and
also apply cider vinegar externally to painful joints. This entails
drinking a glass of water with two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two
teaspoons of honey three times a day. Local treatment can also be given by
soaking the arthritic hand, or foot in a strong, comfortably hot solution
of cider vinegar for ten minutes, two or three times a day - (a quarter of
a cup of cider vinegar to one and a half cups of water). Arthritic knees
can be attended to by making a poultice - soak the cloth in a mixture of
cider vinegar and water, (as per above mixture) wring out and wrap it
around the joint, then secure with a dry cloth to retain heat. When the
wet cloth cools, it should be wrung out in the hot solution and applied
afresh. Repeat several times, twice daily.
One tablespoonful of cider vinegar added to a glass of water
should be taken in sips for half an hour. After a further half an hour has
elapsed the treatment should be repeated. The wheezing should lessen in
intensity quite considerably. However, should wheezing still persist a
second glass of the same mixture should be taken. Deep breathing exercises
are also a beneficial treatment.
It has been discussed above how cider vinegar helps in
preventing blood losses. In any circumstances where the flow of blood is
too free and is too persistent, such as when a person has a nose bleed
without any apparent reason, then two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a
glass of water, three times a day will aid in restoring the natural
clotting properties of the blood.
The manganese, magnesium,
silicon (and calcium) found in apple cider vinegar has been linked in
sustaining bone mass, which is important in the fight against
osteoporosis. A supplement of apple cider vinegar could for this reason be
valuable to consider should you suffer from a calcium shortage, have a
problem with osteoporosis, or if you are entering your postmenopausal
stage, where a risk of bone loss could cause a problem
Although apple cider cannot cure cancer, it is a valuable ally to have
around to help fight free radicals in the body, which have been shown to
be indicative in the formation of various cancers. Beta-carotene, found in
apple cider vinegar, is a powerful antioxidant, which helps in
neutralizing the free radicals, formed in our bodies through oxidation.
To prevent these free radicals, and to keep them in check, we need
antioxidants in our system to rid our bodies of these potentially
dangerous compounds. If free radicals are left alone to have the run of
our bodies, they cause major damage by severely damaging cells, which
leads to aging and degeneration.
The pectin in apple cider
vinegar adds fiber to the diet, and even the American Cancer Society
promotes a high fiber diet to help with preventing cancer, especially
colon cancer. The reason for this is that fiber binds with certain cancer
causing (carcinogenic) compounds in the colon, and speeds up their
elimination from the body.
Although there are different
factors influencing the formation of candida (which is a yeast infection)
a disturbance of your diet, as well as an intake of antibiotics must be
looked at when you experience such an episode of candida flare-up, since
the yeast balance in your body can be thrown out of sync by these two
A selection of topical creams
and lotions are available, but a cheap alternative can be found by
douching twice a day with a solution of ACV until the symptoms disappear.
The solution is made from 2 tablespoons of ACV to a quart of lukewarm
water - this solution will assist in restoring the acid balance.
A good warning system for heart
disease is the presence of high blood cholesterol in the system. To help
prevent this is to follow a lifestyle which includes eating a diet high in
fruits and vegetables, maintaining your ideal weight, getting enough
exercise while avoiding processed foods, junk foods and hydrogenated oils.
Another way is to add fiber to your diet, especially water-soluble
fiber - such as the pectin found in apple cider vinegar. Water-soluble
fiber soaks up water, which adds bulk, and interacts with your body, and
also keeps on working longer than non water-soluble fiber.
Fiber also soaks up fats and cholesterol in the body and
then is excreted instead of being reabsorbed.
Non water-soluble fiber soaks
up moisture in the body, but cannot interact with the body. The amino
acids contained in apple cider vinegar have also shown promise in
neutralizing some of the harmful oxidized LDL cholesterol.
It has been found that the pH
factor (the acidity factor) of the body becomes a bit more alkaline prior
to a cold or flu striking you down. When you take apple cider vinegar it
helps to rebalance the acid level of your body.
Another remedy for colds and
flu, and said to be specifically beneficial for chest complaints during
the winter, is to soak a piece of brown paper with apple cider vinegar,
and to place pepper on the one side of the paper. You then tie the paper,
pepper side down, on to your chest and leave on for 25 - 30 minutes.
Not having proper bowel
movements is blamed for many illnesses and diseases which befall us. The
logic behind it stating that should the waste products from our bodily
functions be retained in the body, for longer than what nature intends, it
will cause toxins to be absorbed back into the system.
As we age our bodies produce
less and start to lag behind in the manufacture of digestive acids
(hydrochloric acid), pepsin and digestive enzymes - which can cause
constipation. When we add fiber to our diet, such as the pectin in apple
cider vinegar, we assist our body by having regular bowel movements and
If you have never
woken up in the middle of the night with cramps tearing through your
calves, feet or legs, you would not understand the agony. A useful remedy
to assist with this is to take apple cider vinegar.
The cider vinegar and honey treatment has been used
effectively in the treatment for colitis. Take the normal dosage of two
teaspoons cider vinegar and honey with water, three times a day. An enema
of a teaspoonful or more of molasses is also very helpful.
There are many types of coughs for various reasons, and these
should be treated with reference to their nature and intensity. However,
the cider vinegar and honey treatment will prove an efficacious treatment
in this respect. Two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey mixed
with a glassful of water should be taken before meals, or when the
irritation occurs. In the evening it would be an idea to have this mixture
by your bed so that it can be sipped during the evening if an attack
This disease is becoming more
and more common, and there may be various reasons for this phenomena, but
it must be remembered that it is not only extremely serious, but needs
proper medical supervision, and a strict adherence to dietary rules and
medication, as prescribed by your medical practitioner. It is however
interesting to note that added dietary fiber, such as contained in apple
cider vinegar, is beneficial in controlling blood glucose levels.
It has been mentioned above how cider vinegar helps with the
digestion, assimilation and elimination of food, and that it is an
antiseptic to the intestines and the whole of the digestive tract. Due to
it's healing properties, diarrhoea can be controlled in a very short time,
(that is unless some serious physical disorder is apparent). The treatment
being, one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water should be
taken before and inbetween meals i.e. approximately six glasses during the
course of the day. It should be noted, however, that diarrhoea is a
natural attempt on the part of the body to eliminate some poison which is
irritating the digestive tract, on no account should any drugs be taken to
suppress these healing symptoms - on the other hand the cider vinegar will
lessen the intensity, but will allow the natural course of elimination to
Although prescribing apple
cider vinegar for depression would be classed as extremely alternative,
some Eastern medicines do believe that depression is the symptom of a
"stagnant" or tired liver. If you believe in this philosophy, then apple
cider vinegar would help to fight depression, since it is a great medium
to help detoxify and clean the liver.
Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar together with two
teaspoons of honey in a glass of hot or cold water three times a day
should help this annoying occurrence quite considerably. However, one
should never expect instant results, as nature works slowly, yet very
effectively. You will notice a lessened intensity whilst you progress.
The treatment for this complaint, which usually occurs during
childhood is: one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water to be
taken mid morning and mid afternoon. The discharge should shortly
Take the usual dosage of cider vinegar and honey in a
glassful of water three times a day, with meals. An application of well
diluted cider vinegar can also be applied to the skin several times daily
i.e. oneteaspoonful to half a cup of water. Under no circumstances should
salt be taken, as this aggravates the eczema condition considerably. There
is usually a potassium deficiency in those people suffering from eczema.
Eyes - Tired and Sore
The cider vinegar therapy together with honey is the
essential ingredients here. Two teaspoons of each taken in a glassful of
water, three times a day. This mixture retards the onset of tired and sore
eyes which are usually apparent in later life, as it supplies them with
those vital elements essential to their health and functioning.
Chronic fatigue is a warning that the body needs some
attention. Most people suffering from chronic fatigue do not have enough
good, sound sleep. Either they go to bed too late, or they are one of
those people who just need more sleep than most. It is better to get as
many hours in bed before midnight as possible. To remedy a poor quality
sleep, honey is highly recommended, as it acts as a sedative to the body.
Twenty minutes after the honey has been taken into the mouth it has been
digested and absorbed into the body. This is because it is a predigested
sugar, which has been digested in the stomach of the honey bee, and
therefore requires no effort on the part of the human stomach for
digestion. Keep the following mixture by your bedside to be taken as
indicated: three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of honey.
Take two teaspoons of the mixture before retiring. This should induce
sound sleep within an hour, if however, you have been unable to sleep
within this period repeat the dosage.
As mentioned earlier there have been many cases where people
who were in the habit of taking cider vinegar regularly never suffer any
side effects from food poisoning. The cider vinegar has an antiseptic
quality which seems to render noxious food harmless.
Gallstones and Kidney stones
A theory exist that the acids
found in apple cider vinegar are beneficial in breaking up kidney stones
and gallstones, by softening or dissolving them. Although we cannot
guarantee any results, since there are so many other influencing factors,
it might be worth your while to supplement your diet with apple cider
vinegar, should you be suffering from gallstones or kidney stones
The falling out of hair is primarily due to a tissue salt
deficiency, thus cider vinegar with its 'wonder products' will
re-establish a natural balance, and supply the deficiencies where needed.
Therefore, by taking the cider vinegar treatment the hair will maintain
its natural growth. It will cease to fall out and grow more rapidly and
thickly. This will take approximately two months, so perseverence is
needed. The dosage is one teaspoonful of cider vinegar to a glass of water
to be taken with or between meals. Cider vinegar can also be used
externally for the treatment of dandruff, see under heading of External
This ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and running
nose, in other words there is an excess of fluid which the body is
drastically trying to offload. For an effective relief, honey and cider
vinegar should be utilized which will bring excellent results. A
tablespoonful of honey should be taken after each meal for approximately a
fortnight before the onset of the hay-fever season. The ordinary dosage of
cider vinegar and honey should then be taken viz: two teaspoons of cider
vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water, three times a day. This
dosage should be maintained during the entire hay-fever season.
There are several types of headache, caused by various
reasons. Some are associated with organic disorders, such as kidney
troubles, others are known as psychogenic, or tension headaches. Then we
have the most annoying of all; the migraine headache. Many people have had
relief from headaches by the use of honey. Two teaspoons taken at each
meal may well prevent an attack. Another effective means is to take apple
cider vinegar. Equal parts of cider vinegar and water should be placed in
a small basin on the stove, allowing it to boil slowly. When the fumes
begin to rise from the basin lean your head over it until the fumes are
comfortably strong. Inhale for approximately 50 to 80 breaths. Generally
this alleviates the headache considerably, if not entirely.
Since apple cider vinegar is
used to promote the health of veins and capillaries, it is by implication
also useful in assisting in the health of the heart and blood pressure.
The potassium found in the apple cider vinegar is also beneficial to the
(Impaired) The treatment of impaired hearing has had
excellent results on the apple cider vinegar therapy. Take the normal
dosage three times daily and notice the improvement.
This usually occurs after eating, sometimes up to two hours
later. This very unpleasant feeling can be alleviated by taking the usual
dosage of cider vinegar and water before meals.
As previously pointed out cider vinegar helps the blood to
clot more easily. When a person who regularly drinks cider vinegar cuts
himself, the wound will dry up almost instantaneously, as there will be no
profuse bleeding. If, however, wounds do not heal quickly, the following
procedure should be undertaken; two teaspoons of cider vinegar taken in
half or a whole glass of water at mealtimes as well as in between,
therefore six glasses in all are imbibed. For extra efficiency a very weak
solution of cider vinegar with water can be applied to the sore, wound or
Poultices of cider vinegar (see instructions under the heading Arthritis)
can be applied to a stubborn open wound.
Hiccoughs - Hiccups
These have been known to be eradicated by drinking a teaspoon
of cider vinegar neat! Alternatively cider vinegar with water can be taken
before mealtimes to prevent this occurrence.
High Blood Pressure
There are a number of reasons why a person suffers from this
common yet serious condition. As mentioned earlier, health will be
maintained only if one is prepared to adjust his living and eating habits.
Cider vinegar is not the cure-ail of man's suffering, it is only one of
the many means towards a healthier and happier life. In the case of High
Blood Pressure, one's eating habits must be taken stock of to ensure a
speedy and effective recovery. Emphasis is on the natural, organically
grown foods which are given to us in the form of fresh fruits, vegetables
and honey - rather than the high protein foods which include eggs, meat,
milk, cheese, nuts, beans etc. A balance must be maintained between the
proteins and carbohydrates and one should definitely not over indulge on
these protein and starchy foods. Wheat products should also be eliminated
completely, together with salt which is very detrimental to the health,
especially for those suffering from high blood pressure. The following
dosage should be taken daily: two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and
honey in a glass of water - up to three to four times a day.
When people start talking about
indigestion they immediately start referring to the "excess" stomach acid
that they have! In most cases it is NOT a case of an excess of stomach
acid, but a shortage of it.
Hydrochloric acid and pepsin,
an enzyme working in an acid environment, are needed to break down the
food effectively, and a shortage of these two ingredients will lead to a
sluggish digestion of food and resultant indigestion. Taking apple cider
vinegar may assist in effecting a remedy.
There are also a number of causes as to why people suffer
from insomnia; however, there have been excellent results with the cider
vinegar and honey treatment as follows: two teaspoons of cider vinegar and
two of honey in a glass of water to be taken before retiring. It would
also be beneficial to have a glass of this mixture by the bedside to sip
if needed. Under no circumstances should drugs be resorted to, as these
are both harmful and habit-forming. Under severe cases, a naturopath or
homeopath should be consulted. If has been found that the prime cause of
insomnia is due to a deficiency of phosphate of potash and phosphate of
iron; this combination can be found in the biochemic salt known as kali
phos, which can be obtained from your local health shop.
Kidneys and Bladder
Due to the eliminative
nature of cider vinegar, the kidneys and bladder can benefit tremendously
by a 'flushing', which they receive when the following cider vinegar
therapy is undertaken: two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water
six times a day. It would be beneficial to drink a couple of glasses of
water in the morning, taking one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in each
drink. Comfrey tea, first thing in the morning with a teaspoon of cider
vinegar will also create a sufficient cleansing action. Inflammation of
the kidneys, called pyelitis, in which pus cells are present in the urine,
will generally clear up with the above-mentioned treatment.
The quest for achieving the
ideal weight always will include effective and efficient metabolism.
Without it, your dietary intake will not be metabolized correctly, the
nutrients will not be available to the body, and will result in excess
weight being added to the body frame.
Apple cider vinegar has been
used for centuries in aiding the liver to detoxify the body and to help
with digesting rich, fatty and greasy foods, and for proper metabolizing
of proteins, fats and minerals. If the food cannot be broken down into the
absorbable form, the body cannot assimilate the required nutrients needed
from the diet.
An added extra to help with
this is the malic acid and tartaric acid found in apple cider vinegar,
since they help to bring the acid content into balance, while killing off
unwanted and unfriendly bacteria in the digestive tract.
Lactic acid in muscles is the
cause of the muscles feeling sore and stiff, but by adding some apple
cider vinegar to your diet, it could assist the body to get rid of it at a
faster pace, since it will help to break down the acid crystals, making it
much easier to be flushed out the body.
A constant draining of mucus
from the sinus cavities can both be sore and uncomfortable. It is best to
cut out, or eat as little as possible, of mucus forming food - which
traditionally, in most cases would be dairy products.
Many sufferers of nasal
congestion have experienced relief by adding apple cider vinegar to their
A gargle made from apple cider
vinegar and water could prove to be a great relief for a sore throat - be
that a bacterial or virus infection. The solution is a 50/50 mixture, and
it is best to spit out the solution after gargling, which should be
repeated every hour. After gargling rinse the mouth with clean water to
prevent the acid from eroding the enamel on your teeth.
A shortage of potassium in the
body may cause stiff joints. Apple cider vinegar could help in relieving
this problem when ingesting it, since it is a good source of the needed
nutrient. Another remedy is to relax in a warm tub, with some apple cider
vinegar added to the water.
Apple cider vinegar is showing
great promise in helping to heal alcohol-induced ulcers, since it
activates the body to start its own defensive mechanism. This, together
with other indicators suggests that apple cider vinegar may in the near
future be drawn into the fold of alternative ulcer preventing remedies.
Apple cider vinegar has been
used as a weight loss remedy for centuries, and although the mechanics are
not always clear on how it works, it really does work.
It has been suggested that the
apple cider vinegar works because it makes the body burn calories better,
that it reduces the appetite or simply that it gets the entire metabolism
working at top efficiency.
But whatever the reason, the
fact remains that it has stood the test of time as a fat-busting
supplement, and has helped countless people to achieve their ideal weight.
Vinegar - Cleaning