Ahhh, fall…apple picking season. Those little gems that keep the doctor away and oh so much more. They are the source of the wonderful elixir called apple cider vinegar.
ACV is made by crushing apples and then mixing in bacteria and yeast for fermentation. The best is made with organic, raw apples and labeled with the “mother.” Sounds like a Godfather reference but it just means it’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and unrefined. The “mother” is a colony of good bacteria and the murky bits are strands of live yeast.
This funky concoction has powerful healing compounds including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
If nature had a beauty one stop shop it would most certainly be ACV. Good for the skin, good for the hair…inside and out. Drink it to rebalance the body, rinse hair for shine and cleansing, use it as a toner, soak in it for soft skin and rely on it to treat a plethora of ailments.
It’s great for sunburns, fights acne and dandruff, minimizes age spots, treats razor burn and psoriasis, cleans your makeup brushes, whitens teeth and even deodorizes your feet! Boom. ACV drops the mic and walks away.
ACV helps balance your body’s pH and offers cardiovascular benefits. It can also treat acid reflux and heartburn.
• Immune Booster – great for fall when it starts to get cool and flu season creeps up on us.
• 1-3 teaspoons of ACV
• Cup of green tea
• Lemon juice to taste
• A spoon of raw organic honey
• Ginger to taste…we like two or three slices for the extra kick.
Soothing Skin Detox Bath – relaxing way to melt cares away.
Add 2 cups of ACV, 2 cups of Epsom salt and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil to a warm bath. Light some candles, put on some tunes and soak for 20 minutes. ACV contains anti inflammatory properties and alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate skin to remove dead cells and pull back the curtain on the radiant new ones.
For facial skin we adore Antibacterial Vinegar by Uncle Harry’s Natural Products to use as a toner that treats blemishes.
We also love to mix ACV with the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask for an extra punch of pore refining detox and purification.
Add two tablespoons of ACV to a cup of water. After you shampoo pour the mixture over your hair. Rinse thoroughly so you don’t smell like sour apples and finish off with conditioner. The acetic acid removes residue and leaves you with seriously shiny locks. Do this three times a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic Clarifying Shampoo Bar & Clarifying Rinse is great for a fast and natural way to get rid of product buildup. Terrific for travel too!
Here’s our go-to ACV hair mask for dry and damaged tresses that are having a hard time with the fall weather changes:
• ¼ cup organic raw honey
• 10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
Put the mixture on your hair, throw on a shower cap and read a good book for 20 minutes. Shampoo
Fall never felt so festive!
Beauty Coach Team