Apple Cider Vinegar to the Rescue

I know we have talked about the fantastic cleaning properties of white vinegar on the site, but I have discovered a few ways apple cider vinegar can be used when you are sick. I have been skeptical of some natural remedies that have been suggested to me in the past (i.e., chewing Altoids for a migraine – maybe it works but I head straight for the ibuprofen) yet I have had good luck with apple cider vinegar to treat a few ailments.

 My affair with apple cider vinegar started over a year ago when I was battling bronchitis and I could tell I was on my way to pneumonia, which I have a history of getting when I am run down. I had to go to out of town with a friend and we had a 4+ hour car drive. As soon as she picked me up, I was coughing, had lost my voice, and was generally miserable.

So my friend told me about her family remedy for colds which sounded totally disgusting but I was so desperate I was ready for anything. Her grandfather was a pharmacist and swore by apple cider vinegar – something to do with it regulating your PH level which is altered when you are sick. You are supposed to take this apple cider vinegar concoction with the onset of respiratory illness, but I figured it was worth a try even though I was well into my cold. Twice each day, (in the morning and night) you take a big water glass and fill with approximately 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, a big squeeze of honey, and fill up to the top with water. Chug it fast, because it tastes like you are drinking the PAS Easter egg kit. Continue each day until you feel better –  I swear this works. It worked for me then and many times since, and my husband has had luck as well (we buy apple cider vinegar in bulk now).

My next dabbling into apple cider vinegar use beyond salad dressing was for my kids  – two of whom had this pretty gross rash on their legs and trunks for nearly a year. I took them to the pediatrician and the dermatologist early on and they both diagnosed the rash as  Molluscum Contagiosum. It’s a skin virus that is common, very contagious, but not harmful with no long term effects. My options were to burn off the biggest bumps (no thanks) or ride it out. I chose the latter but after a while, started to get a little worried that “the bumps,” as my kids called them, would never go away.

 Then I came across some natural remedy article and someone wrote about using apple cider vinegar to treat Molluscum Contagiosum. You soak a wash cloth in diluted apple cider vinegar and rub on the effected area twice each day. I tried it and voila, the bumps dried up and shortly were completely gone. Maybe I’m crazy and I’m sure a doctor would say there is no scientific research to back up apple cider vinegar’s healing properties, but I’m a believer.

Do you have any natural remedies that have worked for you and your family? 

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