I just wanted to say that I found this web-site today and thought I would try the ACV to lose weight and feel better. I am 75lbs now and will update later. I was wanting to let people know that you can mix it in with Sunny D and it's actually good! I gag on things very easy so I thought I would not be able to drink this stuff but I had some sunny d. and thought I would try it in it and it was very good. I won't have a problem drinking this at all!
About the apple cider; for one thing you do not drink large amounts of vinegar every day. That is insane. I read in a booklet on the research. Here is a formula:
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
garlic cloves; but i use garlic tincture; if you have ever eaten raw garlic it knocks the breath out of you
1 Tbsp honey
1TBsp lemon juice
i put this in tea; real tea; also miso, cayenne, ginseng, gingko, goto kolo and other herbs.
Hey! That Jim from Rancho Cucamanga really hit it with his recipe for apple cider vinegar tea. My only problem with ACV was the taste. Blah! Just couldn't get past it. But his tea tastes really good. Thanks a lot Jim.
Here is the "cure what ails you" I give to my students, and they all use it and are back to the books/ or playing for the basketball team! It has an immediate effect for some:
3 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
3 TB lemon juice, fresh squeezed if possible
2 TB honey
you can add 1/4 tsp cayenne, and 1/4 tsp fresh ginger also if the first three ingredients don't work right away.
Mix in a little warmed water to liquify, drink, and then rinse the teeth throughly. After the initial rush, you can drink warm tea, or water to settle the stomach. Most have an immediate reaction where they get their voice back and clear out the mucus in their nose and throat. Try it, all the kids do, and now even their moms drink it and swear by it! One mom even works at the medical clinic and uses my cure instead of the doctor's one."
Carol also sent us the following apple cider vinegar recipe to lose weight.
"The cleanse: apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup), juice of two fresh squeezed lemons, maple syrup (to taste), and cayenne pepper (as much as you can stand) is a great weight loss combo..... go on a fast for one day, only sip this "lemonade" the second day, only liquids and this lemonade the third day, chicken noodle soup and the lemonade (or cabbage soup) the fourth day -- add fresh veggies, not carrots. And the fifth day, one regular meal and the lemonade, and you can be anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds thinner, and feel great!
I used to weigh 289 pounds. I now weigh 135 pounds.... and no one believes I am soon to be 47 years old....I also give my hubby the same thing, but substitute black molasses for the honey as he is pre-diabetic. Gives him instant energy and helps him digest his meals and he feels less sluggish... I love ACV!!!
I take ACV & water (8 oz) with about 8 drops of Stevia Clear Liquid and it makes it actually tasty. This is the ONLY way I can take it. Hope it helps others who find it almost impossible to get down. God Bless.
When I was a young kid one day my sister came home and said that she had the best snack at a friend's house on the way home from school. She said that she would find out exactly what it was and that she would make us some one day. Her friend's grandmother had taken garden fresh cold thinly sliced cucumber slices and thin slices of sweet vadalia onion, sprinkling a fair amount of salt and pepper and then covering them with Apple Cider Vinegar(5% Acidity) letting them soak for ten or fifteen minutes. The girls used little wooden skewers to stab the sour & tangy vegetable concoction and used a small round soup spoon to sip the sour vinegar juice - they also had it served with an ice cold 6 oz bottle of Coca-Cola over ice (Talking about the acids, lol!!!). I had always has a taste for sour things like pickles, mustard, sauerkraut, and plenty of ACV on my turnip greens. After having this concoction once I soon developed a craving for it. It seemed whenever I was sick and had a fever, sore throat, ear infection or just about anything I would always crave the sour taste of these cucumbers, onions, salt, pepper, and plenty of fresh apple cider vinegar and would start out nibbling on them slowly until after ten or fifteen minutes began feeling better. No sooner that I would finish them it was no time until I was feeling so much better. Even before I heard that ACV was really good for you in my mind and my heart I knew that there was something really special about apple cider vinegar because everytime I consumed it I seemed to get over what was ailing me in no time and was heeled and it sure did make a believer out of me. It just works and I began to swear by it to all of my family members and to anyone else that I could testify too because I wanted them to get the same fast relief from ACV that I had received.. My sister that had turned me on to this supposed snack that turned out to be a healing remedy already liked this concoction and it didn't take much to convince her that it was a powerful aide in healing just about anything that ailed you. My sister and I still have the cravings for this vinegar concoction and my niece has also taken up liking the concoction also. I know that it's not for everyone because there are some out there (like my fiance" who can't stand the thought of eating or drinking anything with ACV on or in it.
Good luck to all of you that are willing to try this powerful anti-oxidant, it will change you're life.
A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me a small pamphlet on the topic "Honey and Vinegar Uses". After reading the pamphlet, I began experimenting, and through trial and error, concocted a Hot Tea Tonic that I would like to share with your readers.
HONEY AND VINEGAR GINSENG TEA
Add a Herbal Ginseng Tea bag (Or Green Tea bag) to one cup of boiling water. Seep to desired strength. Remove bag and add one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and one tablespoon of Sweet Clover Honey. Add seven drops of concentrated lemon juice and seven drops of concentrated lime juice. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut a small piece of peeling from an orange and add the peeling to the tea (lemon or lime peeling can be substituted). Let the peeling seep for about a minute. Stir, drink and enjoy.
I have been drinking this tea almost every night for the past five years and have noticed many health benefits ranging from increased energy to sharper memory. I also use to suffer every spring from severe allergies. My allergies ceased at approximately the same time I started drinking this tea. I never made the connection between the disappearance of the allergies and the tea until I read your article on the benefits of ACV. I am 49 years of age and people say I look and act much younger. An elixir of youth will probably never be found, but this may be the closest thing to it.
I have used apple cider vinegar for years.
Recipe: 2 cups organic apple cider vinegar, 8 garlic cloves, 1 cup honey. Mix in blender until garlic is chopped. Store in fridge. Use 1 Tablespoon Mix in a large glass of hot water 1x a day. Great for arthritis, stomach problems, food poisoning, intestinal flu, and everyday detox.
This is NOT a new cure, but I've found out that many people, like me, can't stomach taking their nasty tasting dose of apple cider vinegar. I tried everything, but the only thing that worked was to use salty water. I stir in salt to taste in water (maybe 1/2 cup or more) until it dissolves, then add the ACV. I look forward to taking it now, it's tasty that way.
I was desperately trying to cure my chronic sinus infection and then stumbled onto this site. After reading all the comments about ACV it reminded me of a drink called Switzel that my father, who was a farmer, used to drink. It was very tasty and grew up drinking it like others would drink koolaid. It was water, sugar and ginger mixed together and then chilled. I looked it up online and actually found recipes for it.... But the ones I found used honey instead of sugar. It makes sense..... Farmers work in the hayfields, where I would think sinus problems would be a big problem. Home remedies are usually very effective. I am posting the recipe I found and then I am going to make me a batch of it. Enjoy!
8 cups water
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and then refrigerate until icy!
I came across a drink called 'Switchel' (aka Haymaker's Punch) - apparently originally drunk in 18/19th century America to quench the thirst of farmers while bringing in the harvest (and mentioned in the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Herman Melville). It includes Apple Cider Vinegar & Black Strap Molasses and is an interesting and refreshing way to take both as it also includes ginger, lemon and honey which some may find helps to cut the taste. There are several different ways to make this recipe so you can chop and change to suit your preference, but here is the way I like to drink it:
8 cups water
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger (i prefer fresh ginger but you can use 1-2 tbsp of ground ginger powder instead)
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic blackstrap molasses
1/8 cup honey (add more or less if you prefer)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (add more or less if you prefer)
Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)
1. Add grated ginger/ground ginger to 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Over a medium heat bring to the boil then turn down heat slightly and continue to gently boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat, cover and infuse for 15 minutes.
2. Place a piece of kitchen towel into a sieve and strain ginger infusion into a glass pitcher, if using fresh ginger squeeze kitchen towel to extract all the liquid from pulp.
3. Add the molasses & honey and stir until dissolved. Stir in apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and the remaining 5 cups of water. Chill until very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
4. Optional: before serving add mint sprigs or torn mint leaves and/or lemon slices to the pitcher. Stir well and serve in tall glasses with ice cubes if you prefer.
Hope you enjoy. Good health to all of you and thank you Earth Clinic for this wonderful site.
EC: Sounds great, thanks for passing along the recipe!
re: Switchell -- I recall as a youth one of my summer jobs to make a few bucks working in a stone quarry. It was hot work. My buddy's mom would mix up a jug of water, acv, honey and a bit of ginger and boy did that taste good on a hot day!
Many years later I remembered how good it made me feel. I had suffered for 3 years with severe pain in my left shoulder. Dressing myself and even driving my car was an event. Spending one season (2005) as a flagman at Watkins Glenn International Speedway really hurt, and holding out a double yellow flag seemed like an eternity of pain. 2 weeks after takng ACV my pain was gone and I now have full mobility although a click is still there, I feel no pain! Being a FlyFisherman I have spread the word on 2 forums. Hundreds have read my post and many have PM'd me. I know this worked for me and it will for you too!