Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar: Uses, Health Benefits and FAQ

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Posted by Kimberly (New York, NY USA ) on 12/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to enthusiastically offer my support for apple cider vinegar in the cure of various skin ailments. WARTS: I dipped a very small piece of cotton in ACV, put this directly on the wart, then covered all with an air-tight bandage. I left on for c. 12 hours, then let the entire area breathe for 12 hours. I repeated for about 3 weeks, as this was a deep and large wart. The first 2 applications stung and throbbed a bit, but from then on, the entire enterprise was painless. The area eventually ulcerated--looks messy for a while--and painlessly peeled off. No more wart! As maintenance for about 3 more weeks, I dabbed a little ACV on the area, without bandage. The wart has not recurred after more than a year and a half! This really works, folks!

ACTINIC KERATOSIS: My dermatologist identified this on my skin just above my upper lip. She offered to burn it off with liquid nitrogen: no, thanks. I followed the same ACV routine, and it worked! Took a lot less time, as this keratosis was not deep.

BENIGN PAPILLOMA: I am currently eliminating a little bump from my nose that I've had for over 10 years: it is in the red and ulcerating phase and about to sluff off.

I am THRILLED with the way ACV works to remove skin ailments! This method is cheap, safe, and natural. The skin afterwards is perfectly healthy and not scarred: quite preferable to liquid nitrogen or fluorouracil-5 or other harsh chemicals. Try it!

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Posted by Leslie (Jonesborough, TN) on 12/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking a grocery store brand of ACV for a week now. I take 2-3 tbl spoons twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. It has taken my daily headaches completely away, my skin is softer, and just when I thought it wasn't helping my weight, I put on a pair of jeans that I hadn't worn in a week, and they were loose! I've been pulling them up all day! I do want to suggest to definitely get the organic kind of ACV. I believe that it will work even better than the grocery store brand. I'm going to get some today.The only side effect so far is constipation. I hope by changing to the organic ACV that that will help.

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Posted by Elena (Berkeley, CA) on 12/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have just starting drinking ACV and water every day for close to 3 weeks now. I have suffered from acne since I was 12 years old and I am now 36 and as I've gotten older it has gotten worse. After drinking ACV for about 2 weeks, my skin started to transform and it looks great! I've tried everything to get rid of my grossly impacted pores and my pores are almost now completely free of debris. I have started using the ACV in my clay mask as well instead of water and it has made a HUGE difference. Not only has my face cleared up but the breakouts on other body parts are also clearing up. My skin is so soft, I have more energy and I've been having regular bowl movements. I've also noticed that my lips were very dry, they are now soft with no dryness.

Initially, when I started drinking ACV my skin erupted, now in retrospect I know that my body was just pushing the toxins out of my system. Also, my skin would be so oily, truly greasy several hours after cleaning my face, now I've noticed that my face has a beautiful glow but not OILY or greasy looking like before, this stuff is amazing! And I should also report that I do look 10 years younger as well! I am now looking forward to continuing my ACV treatment and have started to really take healing myself naturally very seriously.

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Posted by L (Orange County, California) on 12/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

So I was trying Apple cider vinegar to get rid of warts, which it did get rid of them. I did not realize that it would get rid of my eczema too though. I figured I would start drinking it everyday and maybe I would see a difference. After day 4 my eczema is gone. I had tried the steroid cream and it did not work. I was not using the ACV for my eczema but it took it away, I did not put it directly on my eczema, just consumed it. I have lost weight in my stomach, which I have not been able to do for years, my bloating is gone and I am having regular bowel movements. I think I am also passing parasites. My skin looks radiant, I tend to have very dry skin on my face and it gets red and itchy, not anymore, its super soft and no red. My hair looks better. I cant wait to see how this is going to affect my period. I am a couple days late and I think it might be because of the ACV but we will see. The only down side I can see about the ACV is that if I drink it too fast and not throughout the day, I get a really bad headache. First 2 days I sipped throughout the day and I was fine. 3rd day I downed a cup in the morning and I had the worst headache ever, I had to lay down. Maybe its just my body detoxing. Did anyone feel this way after the 3rd day?

Replied by Jennifer
(Marion, Arkansas)

I wanted to respond to L from Orange County. I had the identical same thing happen to me. I had a horrible headache about the third day and had to lay down most of the day. I think I had failed to drink an adequate amount of water. If the ACV detoxes a person, I suppose we need to be gulping down as much water as possible and I think I only had a couple of glasses of water the day before. When I increased my water intake, things got a whole lot better. But my skin has transformed. I am a chronic-acne sufferer and the change with the ACV has been unbelievable. I also have an increased sex drive that is almost ridiculous. I have been scaring my poor husband to death. Its a new me and he's wondering where the old me went. All in all we are enjoying the changes. I just hope I don't experience too many more bad headaches.

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Posted by Frances (Blanchard, LA) on 12/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using the apple cider remedy off and on for the last 3 weeks. Because I was laid off from work the state run insurance decided that I did not need the Acid Reflux med. They said I could use the over the counter stuff. After 6 months of agony I went to the internet and found the acid reflux remedy. It has been a great relief to me and it also has cleared my skin which really surprised. I use the apple cider vinegar to rinse my hair too.

I have been using 1 teaspoon to 8 oz of water. I use about a 1/4 cup of vinegar in a large 20 oz cup water shampoo and the rinse with the vinegar.

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Posted by Lori (Hammond, Indiana) on 11/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

For about 2 yrs. I've been suffering from UTI's/Bladder Infections and most recently, Yeast Infections. I have been to the ER I don't know how many times, then I found a dr. that deals in that. I kept having UTI's and Bladder Infections and he kept prescribing my antiboitics, it got to the point where the antiboitics stopped working, I recently tried the ACV and I feel so much better! It really works. If I knew about this a long time ago it would of saved me a lot of trips to the ER. And I also love the added things it does for me, I have A TON of energy, my hair looks and feels a lot better, I went for a check-up last Monday and I lost 4 lbs. and I wasn't even trying. Trust me ladies, u should try the ACV!

Replied by Mel
(New York)

Hi Lori!
I know this thread is super old, but I've been suffering from chronic yeast infections for over two years now and am recently getting bladder infections and UTI's which I had just thought i'd have to add to the checklist of ailments I've suffered from... I'm definitely planning to try this stuff.. Just wondering, is it still working for you?? Thanks!

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Posted by Stacey (Greensboro, North Carolina) on 11/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using apple cider vinegar for about 2 months now, and I have to admit that it does give you glowing skin. I drink one tablespoon of organic unfiltered ACV in a glass of water once a day and use regular filtered as a skin toner on my face twice a day. I'm in my late 20's and have acne, and I saw immediate results in 2 days. My skin glows, even when I have a break out. I use other products for acne, but I have noticed that break outs are reduced.

Additionally, drinking ACV has helped my acid reflux. I do not exactly understand how consuming an acid helps, but it does. I suppose it is possible that my stomach does not have to produce and excessive amount of acid if I am ingesting one.

As a side effect, I did notice that I had the constipation problem other people mentioned. I found it was worse the more ACV I drank, so I just restrict myself to 1 tablespoon per day and give my body a break from ACV at least one day a week.

Weightloss-wise, I've not noticed any results, but I think this is because I am not significantly over-weight and eat a healthy diet in the first place. I'm a 5'8'' 155lbs woman, so even a 5-10lbs loss from drinking ACV would be a bit drastic. I may, over an extended period, lose a bit, but I think that ACV helps more if you have not been taking any weight management measures. I think it might be helpful if more people describe their lifestyle pre-ACV in the weightloss section so that people will have a better idea of what results they can expect.

Replied by Marion
(Riverside, Ca)

At 5'8 and 155 lbs you shouldn't be concerned with weight loss. You are at the ideal weight for your height.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)

Hi Stacey,

You might want to join the crowd following the advice of Dr. Jonathan Wright in his newsletters. Dr. Wright says that heartburn or acid reflux, also known as GERD is caused by our stomachs not producing enough acid, which would explain why ACV would help it.

Replied by Stacey
(Greensboro, NC)

To Marion:

11/14/2008: Marion from Riverside, Ca replies: "At 5'8 and 155 lbs you shouldn't be concerned with weight loss. You are at the ideal weight for your height. "

You're exactly right. I'm concerned that some people may be within a relatively healthy weight for their size and still trying to lose weight. In my experience, the more overweight you are, the more drastic the results of any health plan. I do not want people to give up on ACV as a health tonic simply because they do not lose weight. ;)

Replied by Garry
(Sacramento, Ca)

Just a note on Dr. Jonathan Wright - an email circulating from the HSI (Health Sciences Institute) actively promotes subscriptions to his papers and claims he won The Linus Pauling Award - if you check the web you will find no such award.

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Posted by Sarah (Monrovia, CA) on 11/12/2008

This and a wonderful site! thank you for providing all the treasures to us!I was lucky to find this site in Aug. and began to use ACV with honey once a day:
2 tbsp of ACV and 1 Tbsp of honey. Now I have so many benefits:
I feel more energitic than before;
I lost 5 pounds without any excercise;
I always had puffy face before, not no more puffy face, and I looked alot younger now.
I always have bloating abodomen and even pain with prolonged sitting. Now the bloating is gone! I started to try VCO last month, I put it on my face, the next morning my skin looks supple and glowing and young!
Thanks Earthclinic so many health benefits!!! I love and respect earthclinic!!!

Replied by Lara

Hello Sarah - I know your post about ACV is from 2008.... But I was wondering if you have found any other solutions or information regarding abdomen pain and bloating from prolonged sitting (something that affects me nearly every day, and has been causing me pain on and off for many years). You are the first person I have seen mention this as a cause of pain.... In fact, after years of using Earth Clinic - this is my first post!

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Posted by Mona (Brampton, Ontario/Canada) on 11/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am using Apple cider vinegar remedy ACV 2tsp 2 times a day for the last 2 months. It has cured my sinus, acidity generalized weakness, acne. But one thing that is worrying me the most is ever since I have used it my menstrual flow is very low which was quite normal previously. I am scared with it what is the reason should I continue taking ACV as my allergies are controlled with it.

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Posted by Cailin (Philadelphia, PA) on 10/31/2008
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I love my crazy mother. The random remedies that she recommends always seem to be nonsense at first, but they work EVERY time!!! I have been a huge fan of earth clinic since my mom introduced me years ago when I was a very very poor college student. ACV basically works for everything. Clears up your skin, good for your insides - outsides, and apparently yeast infections. I also have been adding it to my dogs water bowl and it has cleared up her horrible skin (which i have spent HUNDREDS of dollars at the vet's office trying to cure). I have been in AGONY the past 24 hours with this horrible yeast infection. I get one atleast every other month and I always use that stupid, expensive monistat or vagisil. They are messy and unsuccessful in easing the pain. This morning I hopped on earth clinic, and sure enough ACV was the cure. I put some on a wet washcloth and held it on my lady area for about 3 minutes. It burned like hell at first, but it worked!! I'm going to soak in the bath now, as I'm sure that will be much relief as well. I have had problems with 'yeast' since I was a teen. I have been on those "Nature's Cure" yeast pills, but they aren't really helping. I'm going to start taking acidophilus pills cause I heard that they are great. I love you earth clinic!!! i just want to smother you with hugs and kisses!! thank you so much for the relief.

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Posted by Barbara (Austin, Texas) on 10/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I just started using ACV as a mouthwash and it seemed to clear out my sinuses and stopped my tooth from hurting. I gargle with it and no sore throats. Allergy symptoms gone. So far so good. On baking soda, it is high in sodium so I dont think taking it on a regular basis is a good idea. If I get leg cramps and cannot sleep and have to walk it out, I put a pinch of baking soda in water and drink it and it does immediately relieve the cramps. Cramps due to acidity. ACV is an antiseptic. I also use ACV as a tone on my face just dab it on and it makes y our skiin feels so clean. I dont use it on my face everyday just a coupld of times a week.

Replied by Caitlin
(Austin, Tx)

ABOUT TEETH- To anyone reading this: DO NOT USE ACV AS A MOUTHWASH and if you still choose to, immediately rinse out your mouth thoroughly with baking soda and water. ACV can and will errode your teeth and its enamal.

If you find that you have halitosis ask yourself these questions: 1. Is your diet full of suger or overloaded in carbs? (suger being a prime culprit) 2. Are you drinking lots of water daily? 3. Do you have cavities, abcesses, or tarter that need adressing? 4. Are you constipated? 5. Are you flossing; especially the back teeth? 6. Are you scraping (smple metal spoon works) your tongue before brushing?

I've found that vigorously straining, gargling, and rinsing out the mouth with plain water soon after eating, keeps halitosis to a minimum. I now practice something that a fellow EC viewer practices: Using a toothpaste mix of BAKING SODA, COCONUT OIL, & PEPPERMINT OIL DROPS. This takes advantage of the ant-bacterial qualities of coconut oil, the scrubbing, deodorizing & cleaning qualites of baking soda, and the freshmess of peppermint oil. Every now and then I will add hydrogen peroxide for an even more thorough bubbly clean but found that HP used every day makes my teeth yellow. I also oil-pull 1-2 times weekly as this really keeps my teeth white and firmly embedded -- no more loose teeth or sensitivity to cold!

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Posted by Michele (Lake Stevens, WA) on 10/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I read this book about Vermont Folk medicine and it talked about drinking ACV, honey and water and how it pretty much helps with everything. So I figured I would give it a shot, cuz it can't hurt. And now I mix a pitcher of it and me and the kids drink it. I just had my cholesterol checked and it lowered 30 points in a year. I wasn't even worried about my cholesterol. We refer to the mixture as honey drink and it makes a difference for me feeling hot and cold, having energy, rarely getting sick. I am totally sold and now buy honey and ACV in bulk. And I recommend it to everyone.

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Posted by Dee (Arkansas, USA) on 10/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have had lot and lots of trouble with my stomach and teeth and gums, cracked heels and alot of other things, so one day I was reading about all the healthful benifits of ACV and about a week ago I started taking it, 2tsps in an 8 oz glass of water 3x a day and I right away felt the difference and seen the difference in my complextion, and even in my gums they are not swollen and they are actually clearing up, my mouth feels much better now. I just tough it out and take it with water, it isn't really that bad after you get use to it, shoot with all the health benefits I think I can handle the taste. Anyway I am so glad I started drinking it, now my husband is drinking it to, he just started we shall see how he does with it, he has high blood pressure I am hoping it will help him with that. Anyway just wanted to put my two cents in about the amazing apple cider vinegar.

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Posted by Assia (Las Vegas, USA) on 10/16/2008
5 out of 5 stars

my name is assia from las vegas : i have been trying apple cider for the last 2 weeks ,i love it iam glad that i found some thing so cheap and effective .i have been drinking apple cider 2 table spoon +water 8oz three time a day .my hair is getting longer my skin looks amazing iam 29 years old , some people think iam only between 19 and 22 years old that is fantastic , i hve noticed little fading even in my spider veins (i have two of them in my legs) this apple cider is god sent methods to deal with any thingi n your body . women out their you have to start taking it is really good stuff.

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Posted by Betty (Plant City, Florida) on 10/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Raw organic apple cider vinegar has helped me so much, I feel like a vinegar evangelist!! I tell everyone about it. I heard about it in 2003 after having been in the hospital for chronic broncitis three times that year and had develped asthma, was on a nebulizer and inhalers. I have always had allergies.

After I started the raw vinegar mixed with raw honey - I have been drinking 1/4 cup mixed with a glass of water at night.- I have lost 55 pounds, which I learned was due to the vinegar daily - have not had bronchitis or asthma and have quit taking acid reflex meds, lung meds, singular for asthma, don't need the nebulizer or inhalers. I also quit taking nexium and just learned it is also good for leg cramps. I am a much healther person. I take mine at night, but think I will try taking smaller doses three times a day. Even my lung doctor agreed ACV was good for your lungs. He said his Mother raised them on it for sore throats and colds. Too bad the drug companies don't agree. Thanks for your site