28 Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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I have posted many health and beauty ideas in the past on this blog with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as one of the main ingredients. But I have never done a post devoted solely to this magic elixir….before now. Lately I’ve been hearing more and more about the benefits of this stuff and I have made a concerted effort to start taking it on a daily basis as a preventive measure. Which is not easy! As a matter of fact, I have had to make up my own “easier to swallow” mixture, while my sister takes it straight! Maybe someday I can work up to that…but maybe not.

Before I get started let me emphasize that in order to get the benefits of ACV you need to use raw organic ACV. This contains the “mother” of the vinegar which has raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing.  Clear vinegar is processed and doesn’t have any of the benefits of raw ACV. I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, which I can find at my local grocery store.

As the title of this post suggests….I am going to focus on two areas that ACV is most beneficial.  Health AND Beauty!

Let’s start with HEALTH.

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14 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

Tame tummy troubles.

  • The pectin content in ACV helps treat diarrhea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin also forms a protective coat for soothing the colon lining and intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

Prevent indigestion.

  • Sip before eating, especially if you know you’re going to indulge in foods that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

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Help clear a stuffy nose.

  • Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. This helps sinus drainage.

Help for hiccups.

  • Since hiccups are often caused by either low stomach acid slowing the digestion of protein, or eating too much…ACV can be a great solution for hiccups. It restores the acid balance in the stomach and eases irritating spasms of the diaphragm.

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Soothe a sore throat.

  • As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, take some ACV to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

Reduce swelling.

  • Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!

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Extinguish exhaustion.

  • Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.

Relieve nighttime leg cramps.

  • ACV taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease the leg cramps.

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Banish bad breath.

  • Due to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

Fight yeast infections.

  • One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of ACV into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.

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Foot or skin fungus.

  • Just as ACV can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply ACV directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute the ACV with water before applying to the skin.

Control blood sugars.

  • The anti-glycemic effects of apple cider vinegar help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is essential to maintain the sugar levels of blood. Mix one teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of filtered water and take 3 times a day to steady your stomach’s rate of digestion which in turn will keep blood sugar levels more consistent. If you are diabetic, consult your physician.

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Boost weight loss.

  • Many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar promotes weight loss by speeding up the metabolism. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar into a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day

Lower blood cholesterol.

  • Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, consult your physician.


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14 More BEAUTY Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

Hair rinse.

  • Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.
  • Here is a wonderful ACV Hair Rinse from my sister’s blog – Camp Wander:  Rosemary, Lavender & Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Facial mask.

  • Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

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Skin toner.

  • Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.
  • Here is a DIY Skin Brightener I did a blog post about last year.

Soothing bath soak.

  • The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.

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Teeth whitener.

  • Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.

Invigorating foot soak.

  • Use apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.

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Sunburn remedy.

  • Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.

Alleviate age spots.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with ACV every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

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Ease varicose veins.

  • ACV is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts ACV and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.

Natural deodorant.

  • Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. ACV absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.

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Acne remedy.

  • ACV kills bacteria and balances skin’s pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.

Wart removal.

  • Try placing a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on top, then secure with a bandage. Leave on overnight and remove in the morning. If you stick to this consistently for a week, you should start to see results.

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Relieve arthritis pain.

  • The potassium in cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

Improve bone health.

  • The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health


How To Take Apple Cider Vinegar:

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As I mentioned at the beginning….as GOOD as ACV is for you….that’s how BAD it tastes! Which begs the question….how on earth are you supposed to get past that???

Well, for the hard core ACV enthusiasts it’s just added to some water and then “bottoms up!” But for more sensitive folks, like myself, there’s still hope! Just add some raw honey, stevia or agave to give it a little sweetness. Or you can chase it with a little sweetened apple juice. Whatever works for you!

Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing:
    2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day (taken before your meals)
  • For treating an acute condition like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, or sore throat:
    2 Tablespoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day (taken before your meals) .


Do you use apple cider vinegar in your health and/or beauty regimens?



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  1. Alice says

    What a great post, Thank you for sharing. I wanted to share my most recent ACV experience. My mother was raised in European country side where they relied solely on organic and natural remedies one of which is ACV. She mentioned a lot of what your post is about and although I doubted it a little, I recently became hooked to learning more and believing. I have been suffering a horrible rash (to which doctors just told me to take some prescription for the itchiness). Long story short, I refused to take it and the rash was intensifying so, I did what my mother was telling me that is to rub ACV (organic) directly onto my skin and lo’ and behold IT WORKED IMMEDIATELY. Mind you I went through a box of Benedryl and suffered this painful rash for 3 weeks before opening my mouth to my mom to get her advise. Whatever kind of rash I was suffering from after using ACV and getting some vitamin D my rash started getting better even in the appearance of it. Thank God for apples and all things created to help us.

  2. Sarah says

    To get rid of yeast infection, always make sure you have Vitamin C powder/crystals in your medicine cabinet.. Place 1 tsp in some water, and drink morning and night, and within 3 days it’s gone.

    You can purchase Vitamin C powder/crystals at your local health food store.

    • Ma. Rosario E. Navarro says

      what kind of yeast infection? I have esophageal candidiasis or fungal infection. Is it also applicable?

  3. shell clark says

    Acv really works!!! Trust me!!! I have really bad allergies and I have not had to go to the Dr. Or be on antibiotics yet!!!! Its great even though it tastes horrible…. bt I mix mine with apple juice hold my nose and chug.

  4. Dee Bee says

    On the farm where I was raised, the hard working men would be out in the cold early mornings but would stop to take a break in the morning to eat. They always drank a large hot cup of homemade apple cider with raw honey as soon as the weather got cool. They believed it kept colds away and apparently it did. Dee

    • Gwyn says

      So they warmed the ACV then? Hmm interesting, bet it’s more palatable warm with some honey a little like warm cider that’s just on the hard side maybe. Do you know though if warming it changes any of the benefits/makeup and if so what temp is the breaking point? I know it’s the “mother” that holds or creates so much of the benefit and I know that can be destroyed I’m just not sure how or what does it.

  5. Robin says

    My mom makes “Vinegar Tea” when she feels a cold coming on.
    To make:
    In a cup of hot water add 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of honey. Drink while hot and repeat every 2-3 hours.
    My friends think we should change the name because there is no “tea” in the concoction!
    It really makes you feel better!

    • Samantha says

      Thanks for this tip. I woke up with a dry, sore throat and a bad sinus headache…the ones where you can feel it all the way into your back! Yuck!! I have been taking apple cider vinegar for weight loss, but I am going to try this! I really cannot afford to be out of school because of sinus congestion!

      • Elsa says

        Hi, Samantha! Have you seen any weight loss? That is my main purpose for wanting to take ACV but will definitely use it for other reasons now.
        Thank you!

    • Sue Bloomfield says

      When I was first married my husband told me about the same ACV tea with honey. His grandmother swore by it and never was sick. We stopped doing it for a while but are going back to having it every night after dinner warmed up in a coffee mug. After you drink it for a while you get used to the taste but maybe we will try it with the apple juice/cider. This has so many benefits and since my husband suffers from arthritis we are hoping this will help with the joint swelling as well.

    • Tammy says

      Robin, if you use honey that was produced locally, your “tea” works great for allergies and sinus issues as well. I suffer horribly from pollen allergies, and by drinking one cup a day, have noticed I rarely have any issues now. It’s like getting allergy shots, without the needles!

  6. Carrie says

    I have been using ACV for the last few months. I figured as a daily drink it couldn’t hurt right… I haven’t lost weight, I haven’t seen any thing to get really worked up over unless you have IBS symptoms or lactose intolorence.

    I have noticed that I am using the bathroom better and all of a sudden I am not gasy anymore. It has really been helpful for me to not get gas bloated after eating dairy.

  7. Laura says

    I have struggled with Peri- Oral dermatitis for years. The Apple cider vinegar when dabbed on the affected spots twice a day have dramatically decreased the rash.

  8. Erin says

    I’ve used Acv to clear up my kids’ pink eye. 1/4 tsp in 1/2 cup water, dropped in the eyes 3x a day. Cleared it up in 2 days. Stings a bit for a few seconds but even my drama queen 7 yr old could cope with it. ACV-love the stuff!

  9. Cara says

    I love drinking apple cider vinegar–Love it! My husband thinks it’s disgusting though and so I saw the other day on another blog how a woman takes it daily. She mixes it with apple juice and some raw honey and she says it tastes just like apple cider that way. It sounds like something to try for kiddos/husbands that aren’t interested in ACV :)

    • Lisa says

      I love it, too! I don’t know why it tastes so bad to so many people (though, I sense a lot of it is ‘power of suggestion’).

  10. Lorna S says

    To prevent swelling, itching and pain from a bee sting, dab a cotton ball in ACV (or white vinegar) and press onto the bee sting. If you do this immediately after receiving the sting, there will be minimal swelling or pain. Works every time!

    • Antonette Lobo says

      some beach I visited in Australia, they leave a bottle of vinegar(white) just in case someone gets a Sting Ray attack, with instructions what to do, that kept me out of the water, haha.


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