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Vinegar may be one of the most versatile and over-looked item sitting in your kitchen cabinet just begging to be used.

Healthy ways to use Vinegar

Its uses go well beyond making salad dressing; it has multiple benefits besides its culinary uses.  Vinegar actually has some real health benefits that many people are not aware of; basically, people consider vinegar as a condiment or additive to foods to add a special zing to the dish they are preparing, but the kitchen is not the only place vinegar is helpful and healthful.

The great thing about vinegar is that it is so inexpensive and has so many uses; you can literally save a great deal of money by knowing these tips and tricks about the many uses of vinegar and how it can benefit your health.  For decades people have been using vinegar in multiple ways but for some reason the value of vinegar got lost among the many over the counter remedies that are so easy to purchase at a much higher price.  The following are some useful ways vinegar comes in handy:

  • Insect stings and bites:

Dab a bit of plain white vinegar on a sting or an insect bite; it will ease the pain of the sting and stop the itching of an insect bite.

  • Sunburn:

Prepare a spray bottle of white distilled vinegar and keep it in the fridge.  If you get sunburned, spray your skin to sooth the burn and repeat as often as you need.  It will also prevent your skin from blistering and peeling.

  • Bad breath and whiter teeth: 

You can brush your teeth a couple to three times a week with vinegar to help whiten your teeth and help prevent bad breath. 

  • Foot odor:

After washing your feet well, soak your feet for at least 10 minutes in cold vinegar; this will help reduce and or eliminate bad foot odor.

  • Body Freckles:

By rubbing full strength vinegar to body freckles (not freckles on the face) this will help lighten them.

  • Cuts and scratches:

Vinegar is a very good antiseptic.

  • Tone up the face:

Dilute vinegar and water in equal portions and use as a facial toner.

  • After shave:

If the aftershave lotion you are using causes you to break out use undiluted vinegar as your aftershave.

  • Douche:

Dilute vinegar and water for your own homemade douche.

As you can see there are many, many benefits in using vinegar in replacement for other items you may have bought and have on hand.  Vinegar is so misunderstood and far too many people don’t know its true value; it sits quietly in the cabinet just waiting to be used for all its many purposes.   

More Healthy Uses for Vinegar

I bet you never imagined that this inexpensive bottle of white vinegar could do so many great things pertaining to living healthier.  I am sure you will not look at that lonely bottle of vinegar the same once you hear even more of the many uses vinegar has.

  • Dandruff:

After you shampoo your hair mix a half cup of vinegar to 2 cups of warm water and pour onto your hair.  Leave it for a minute or so and then rinse.

  • Dry or itchy skin:

Add vinegar to your bath water and soak. 

  • Sore throat:

A teaspoon or so of vinegar in a glass of water and then gargle. 

  • Congestion:

Add vinegar to a steaming pot of water and then inhale the steam.

  • Fungus of the toenails:

Soak feet once a day in a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar.

  • Vaporizer use:

You can add vinegar to your vaporizer if you have a chest cold or an infection in the sinus cavity. 

Other Facts About Vinegar

Vinegar has a shelf life of infinity.  It is almost impossible for it to go bad.  Some other forms of vinegar may change color but the effectiveness and the usefulness of it remains intact. 

By looking at all the things I listed above, consider what one bottle of vinegar can replace in your household.  Expensive over the counter medications, disinfectants, costly cosmetic toners; the list is endless.  Vinegar has been around since ancient times; it was used for many of the things I listed above long before pharmacies began selling medications to relieve the symptoms of many of the conditions I listed.  It may be a bold statement to make, but it is fair to say that vinegar is one of mans finest inventions, which most likely happened by accident many, many years ago. 

So Simple but yet Unknown

I suppose if we had listened to our grandmothers long ago as they tried to tell us we didn’t need to buy all that fancy stuff they sell at the pharmacy, we’d all be a lot wiser and richer.  The fact that vinegar is so versatile and has so many uses, I guess we just assumed it was too good to be true.  The fact is, it’s not too good to be true; this time it’s right on the money; vinegar is a multi-purpose liquid that can be used for almost everything imaginable.  Granted, it has a distinctive smell to it, but so does vapor rub and muscle creams, and disinfectants; all its good qualities far outweigh the odor. 

Just think about it; what other condiment you have in your kitchen cabinet has the versatility of vinegar?  Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise; nope, they are in a class all their own while vinegar stands alone as the most unnoticed but clearly most versatile condiment on the market today.  The next time you open your cabinet and see that bottle of vinegar sitting there, take it out and begin utilizing it for all it’s worth.  Sure, the ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise might get jealous, but they have not earned the right to be called a “multi-purpose condiment”.