On this site you can learn just about anything you want to know about apple cider vinegar. ACV has been used medicinally for millennium, as well as for a multitude of other things. You can learn what the "mother of vinegar" is here. If you'd like to learn how to make your own ACV from scratch, you can do that here too.
ACV has been shown to heal everything from corns and calluses to acne to neutralizing the venom from jellyfish stings. Have a cold? Learn how to make the ancient Greek medicine called "Oxymel" here. It works great for loosening phlegm, not to mention relieving fatigue, sore throat, and much more.
From shrinking cancer tumors to lowering cholesterol to weight loss to sunburn, raw, organic apple cider vinegar is truly a wondrous thing. But don't take our word for it! Studies have been done and are published so you can look them up for yourself, or simply read about them here. Source credits are at the bottom of each page. I'm telling you, we love the stuff. :)
What Can You Do With Vinegar?
ACV is an extremely safe, amazingly versatile product with so many uses; from a topical and ingestible home remedy, to food preservation to cleaning. Initially, yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol(hard cider). Next, acetic acid bacteria convert the alcohol to acetic acid(vinegar) which has a multitude of uses - health and otherwise. Besides the benefits of the actual vinegar itself, when you use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, your body also gets all the good stuff from the apple juice it's made from!
Vinegar is the world's oldest cooking ingredient and food preservation method. There are a wide variety of food products containing vinegar. (sauces, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.) Whether naturally produced during fermentation or intentionally added, vinegar retards microbial growth and contributes its tastiness to quite a number of foods.
Besides seasoning and preserving food, vinegar has been used to heal wounds, fight infection, it disinfects surfaces, and even helps manage diabetes. Organic, unfiltered ACV provides vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids, polyphenolic compounds such as galic acid, catechin, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and nonvolatile organic acids such as tartaric, citric, malic, and lactic.
The word "vinegar" came from the French vin aigre, which means “sour wine”. Traditional vinegars are produced from regional foods according to well-established customs.
According to the Vinegar Institute (Vinegar Institute 2005), vinegar's use can be traced back over 10,000 years. Flavored vinegars have been manufactured and sold for almost 5,000 years.
Vinegar Uses Throughout History
Folklore describes a variety of colorful uses for vinegar:
- Legend has it that a courtier in Babylonia (c. 5000 BC) “discovered” that unattended grape juice became wine, which in turn became vinegar, leading to the use of vinegar as a food preservative.
- Hannibal of Carthage (c. 200 BC), was a great military leader and strategist. It's recorded that he used vinegar to dissolve boulders that blocked his army's path(That must have been some stout vinegar!).
- Ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra (c. 50 BC) dissolved pearls in vinegar and offered it as a love gift to her beloved Anthony.
- Sung Tse, a 10th century mythical emperor, alchemist and the creator of forensic medicine, advocated hand washing with sulfur and vinegar to avoid infection during autopsies.
- Based on the writings of US medical practitioners dating to the late 18th century, many ailments, from dropsy to poison ivy, croup, and stomachache, were treated with vinegar.
- Before the production and marketing of hypoglycemic agents, vinegar “teas” were commonly consumed by diabetics to help manage their chronic aliment.
- Vinegar was widely used during the American Civil War for disinfecting the wounds of soldiers.
There's much more where that came from. Have a look around and see for yourself what the buzz is about!
Credit For Content:
US National Library Of Medicine - National Institutes For Health
University of California - Davis