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Vinegar Uses

Vinegar Uses
Posted: Sunday 18 July 2010 – 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] – 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Health
Vinegar has had a long history of helping a number of ailments — scurvy, cholera, diphtheria, high fever, dysentery, urinary infections, scarlatina, tonsillitis, hoarseness, external inflammations, contusions, joint injuries, apathy, obesity, hay fever, asthma, rashes, food poisoning, heartburn, bad eyesight, brittle nails, and bad breath…to name a few.

Modern science doesn’t endorse all of the traditional uses of vinegar, but this article offers a picture of the seemingly endless healing qualities vinegar may have. We’ll start with those stubborn aches and pains:
Backaches: Soaking in a bathtub of hot water and 2 cups vinegar for 30 minutes will help relieve a minor backache and soothe sore muscles.

Bursitis: Boil 1 cup apple cider vinegar, and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper during the boil. Cool this mixture, then apply it in a compress to affected area. Make sure the cayenne doesn’t irritate the skin. The compress should make the area feel warm but not burning.

Vinegar is one soldier in the battle over the flu.

Headache: To ease a headache, lie down and apply a compress dipped in a mixture of half warm water and half vinegar to the temples. Also try an herbal vinegar such as lavender to provide aromatic relief.

Leg Cramps: Ease the pain of a leg cramp or other cramp in the body by using a soft cloth soaked in full-strength vinegar as a compress.

Muscle Sprain: Apply a paste of white wine, vinegar, and bran to a recent sprain.

Use a towel soaked in hot vinegar as a compress to ease the pain of a recent muscle strain or sprain. Apply for 20 minutes at a time. If the pain persists, consult a physician.

Ready for flu season!

When flu hits, there’s no time to lose. You need to be ready to fight the battle, and vinegar can help.

Cough: Sprinkle your pillowcase with apple cider vinegar to control nighttime coughing.

Cough Syrup
with Vinegar
During a period of cold or flu, make your own cough syrup to have on hand.

Mix 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and pour into a jar or bottle that can be tightly sealed. Shake well before each use.

Take 1 tablespoon every 4 hours. If the cough persists for more than a week, see a physician.

Respiratory Congestion: To treat head or chest congestion, add 1/4 cup vinegar to a vaporizer, and run it for an hour or more.

Sinus Congestion: Breathing in steam from a vaporizer can be beneficial in treating the facial pain of a sinus infection. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to a vaporizer and breathe in deeply.

Sore Throat: Vinegar can be used for a sore throat. Use 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water, and gargle.

When Summer’s Not Fun

Summer offers a lot of fun possibilities, but it does have its dangers. Vinegar can help with summer hazards.

Bee Stings and Bug Bites: Use vinegar mixed with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to a bee sting or bug bite, and let it dry.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak: Soothe the rash from poison oak or poison ivy by using a vinegar compress. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar in a 1-pint container, then add enough water to fill the container. Chill the container in the refrigerator. When it is cool, dampen a cloth or gauze with the solution, and apply to the rash.

Sunburn: Vinegar has a cooling effect on sunburn. Splash it over the sunburned area, then lightly rub into theskin. Or simply cool sunburn with diluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the affected area.


July 21, 2010 - Posted by | natural |

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