|Can’t take your cider vinegar and water cocktail “straight up?” You can add a tablespoon of honey.|
Apple cider vinegar is a magic potion. Reputedly it wards off insomnia and fatigue while at the same time boosting energy. But that’s not all: cider vinegar re-establishes the PH of the skin as it softens, then it acts as an astringent and an antiseptic when applied locally. It is credited with a number of other qualities related to more serious medical conditions which I shall eschew since that is not my purview.
Two tablespoons of vinegar in a tall glass of water is a brilliant appetite suppressant. In France, we’re addicted to the stuff — internally and externally.
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Words of caution: You cannot grab any old bottle of cider vinegar off the grocery shelf. It must be pure, all the better if it comes from a farm, has a nice biological label (ecologically sourced label?). It’s worth the time and effort to find the best of the best. It must be golden and limpid.
I am not a DIY beauty addict. I have my six favorite products and that’s it. They’re simple, “performant” as the French say and I couldn’t be happier. However, I’m drawn to cider vinegar and it’s promises — not the ones where you are required to whip up some cream with wheat germ and olive oil, waaay too messy and I’ve outgrown the thrill.
Since cider vinegar is rich in minerals, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, beta carotene and of course pectin, a morning that starts with the vinegar/water cocktail does give the day a kick-start. As a natural diuretic: 1.5 liters of water (approximately three pints) and 10 cl of vinegar (about 1/3 cup) is most effective.
|If a splashy rinse is not appealing, apply your vinegar/water astringent with cotton pads.|
If, like chez nous, your water is hard a final rinse of a tablespoon of vinegar in a half cup of water closes the pores and rinses away harsh minerals in the water. You’ll note it has the same effect on your bathroom sink. . .
You already know about the hair rinse, sunburn, bug bite benefits so I didn’t think we needed a review in those areas.
Ed. Note: All of you in harm’s way — I’m thinking about the hurricane, but it applies always and ever — take care.