What is the Mother in Apple Cider Vinegar?

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The Mother in Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, particularly in its raw and organic form, is celebrated for its wide range of health benefits. The key component of this health elixir is 'the mother' – a term that signifies its most beneficial elements.

What is 'The Mother' in Apple Cider Vinegar?

Unlike regular bottles of vinegar in grocery stores, which are pasteurized and filtered for a clear appearance, raw apple cider vinegar contains 'the mother'. The real health magic lies in this cloudy substance, comprising strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria. The fermentation process, similar to that in kefir or kombucha, gives life to these beneficial elements.

Why Choose Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Raw apple cider vinegar with 'the mother' is packed with probiotics, enzymes, and essential nutrients lost during pasteurization. When shopping for apple cider vinegar, look for labels that say "raw". The product might be in a brown bottle to protect these vital elements from light.

Organic Matters

Opt for organic apple cider vinegar, which hosts a richer diversity of health-promoting bacteria. Research has shown raw, organic apple cider vinegar contains numerous beneficial bacteria that contribute to overall health.

Health Benefits of 'The Mother'

  • Digestive Aid: Raw apple cider vinegar is a popular remedy for various digestive issues due to its enzymes and probiotics.
  • Immune Booster: During colds, coughs, or flu, its probiotics and alkalizing effect support the immune system.

When to Use Pasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar

While raw apple cider vinegar is generally more beneficial for internal health issues, pasteurized vinegar is suitable for:

  • Cleaning: Its acetic acid content makes it an effective natural cleaner.
  • Hair Care: To maintain hair and scalp pH.
  • Athlete’s Foot: The acetic acid helps fight foot fungus.
  • Pet Care: For treating pet ailments.
  • Baths: To balance skin's pH, especially when used in larger quantities.

How to Use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

To fully benefit from its properties, shake the bottle gently before use to distribute 'the mother'. This ensures that every spoonful of vinegar contains a bit of this healthful component.


For additional insights, discover the significance of 'the mother' in organic Apple Cider Vinegar for your health by watching Earth Clinic's informative video.


Whether for internal health, external use, or even in a pinch, apple cider vinegar, especially raw and organic with 'the mother', can be a versatile addition to your health regimen. Please share your experiences with us on how raw apple cider vinegar has helped you!

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Posted by Tonya (Virginia Beach, VA) on 06/22/2014

Apple Cider vinegar with the mother is the best form of acv. It is liquid form; you can find it at health food stores or most grocery stores with a organic healthy iInstructions are on the bottle. Hope this helps blessings to all ttc. (trying to conceive)

Nail Fungus

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Posted by Lisa (New Hampshire) on 01/10/2017

For nail fungus:

Use ACV with "the mother" which seems to yield better results. You can usually find this in the natural foods section of a grocery store.

To Refrigerate or Not

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Posted by Alexandra (England ) on 09/08/2017

Thanks for your informative and entertaining video on the mother.

I do keep mine refrigerated but it's a cool safe place for her to rest.

Replied by Ron
(Warsaw, Missouri)

Is it better to refrigerate or just leave it sitting on the kitchen counter?