When it comes to healthy eats, homemade apple cider vinegar (ACV) salad dressing is a must. Its tangy flavor can amp up your salads, making them fun to eat. Gone are the days of eating store-bought salad dressings. You’ll spare yourself the extra fat, sodium, and sugar. The power of[.....]
Melasma or hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where brown to gray-brown patches appear on the face. While the exact cause is not known, exposure to the sun is considered a trigger. All natural remedies such as topical application of lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar, aloe gel, onion juice, lactic acid, or a mix of oatmeal powder, milk, and honey may help.
Gargle several times a day with warm salt water or using a mix of 1t apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 1c lukewarm water. Chew on a small piece of fresh, raw ginger root or 1-2 cloves of garlic. Equally soothing can be drinking up turmeric milk, ginger tea, or 1-2T of ACV with one glass of warm water, 1t honey, 1t cayenne pepper, 2-3 times a day.
For oily skin type: mix 1T apple cider vinegar in 1c water or add 1T fresh lemon juice to 1c witch hazel or filtered water. For all skin types: brew 1c chamomile or green tea; let cool to use. Or infuse 1c water/witch hazel with 1/2c cubed cucumber. Equally soothing can be rose water prepared by adding 1/2c rose petals (both fresh and dried) to 2c filtered water.
Add a spoonful of baking soda, finely ground oats, dried chamomile flowers, or neem leaves to a lukewarm bath and soak to soothe itchy skin. Try dabbing a little calamine solution, diluted apple cider vinegar, or honey on affected parts with a clean cotton swab. Equally beneficial can be topical application of calendula oil and grindelia (gum weed) in liquid form.
Start with some lifestyle tweaks like eating fewer carbs and fat and more food sources of vit A, staying away from heat, stress and not combing the hair often. Some natural products like apple cider vinegar and a hair mask with egg yolk and honey are found to be effective. For a quick fix, you can try a dry shampoo with arrowroot powder or baking soda.
Produced from the nectar of the manuka bush, manuka honey boasts stronger antibacterial properties than regular honey. Key health benefits include curing flu, tummy upsets, combating cancer, and preventing a wound from becoming infected. Topical application of manuka with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar sol. can help soothe and nourish dry skin in winters.
White skin spots caused by vitiligo or fungal infections can be an annoyance, creating major psychological and emotional worry. Simple herbal and home remedies rooted in Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, or naturopathy can get rid of these spots. With a few ingredients like holy basil, turmeric, mustard oil, and apple cider vinegar, rustle up these easy remedies for your pigmentation issues.
Eat a balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants. Pack in vit. C from citrus fruits, zinc from pumpkin seeds, omega 3 fats from nuts, and iodine from seaweed or kelp. Remedy sluggish metabolism by adding coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and ginger to your diet. Work out in the sun for vit. D and beat stress with yoga, meditation, and relaxation therapy. You can also try Ayurvedic remedies like ashwagandha, guggul, and brahmi.
Massage lightly (but regularly!) with ayurvedic oils like narayan oil, bala oil or even plain warm sesame oil twice a day upward from foot to groin. To relieve swelling and itching, simply soak a cloth with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel decoction and apply to the affected area. Try salves or supplements containing herbal extracts such as gotu kola or butcher's broom.
ACV can relieve the symptoms of pain and burning in the chest caused by acid reflux. It lowers the stomach acidity without affecting digestion and maintains the tone of the lower esophagal sphincter so that none of the stomach acid can travel back into the esophagus. It also checks fat accumulation in the body and prevents heartburn usually associated with obesity. Drink 2 tsps mixed in a glass of water at each meal.
Consuming organic ACV in moderation as a part of your daily diet can be extremely beneficial. But if taken undiluted or in excess, it can lead to dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, and delayed digestion, reversing its good effects on diabetes. It can even decay the tooth enamel and irritate your inflamed skin, causing chemical burns. Stay off ACV pills, which can burn your food pipe, and stay off ACV altogether if you're on diuretics.
As ACV delays the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine, the food is broken down better. This also keeps the blood glucose levels from rising abruptly in diabetic patients. Being antibacterial, ACV can prevent all infection-related digestive disorders, like diarrhea and inflammation of the large intestine lining. Drink 2 tsps of ACV mixed in a glass of water during each meal to improve digestion.
Mix 2 tsps ACV with lukewarm water every morning for obesity and relief from arthritic pain. Drink 2 tsps ACV mixed in water during your meals to treat heartburn and 2 tsps each of ACV and honey mixed in half a glass of warm water 30 mins before sleep if you can't sleep at night. Don't overdose. Too much or undiluted ACV consumption can cause skin and teeth erosion and lower your potassium levels abnormally.
As ACV kills the bacteria that creates body odor by decomposing the sweat on our body, it acts as a good deodorant. Dip a cotton ball in a 1:1 ACV and water mixture. Swab your armpits with it. Let it evaporate. Then powder it with a 1:1 cornstarch and baking soda mixture to keep dry. You can also mix it in your bath water. Add a few drops of a fragrant essential oil if you wish. Always use a diluted form and test for allergy.
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