Pantry staple: Apple Cider Vinegar
I’ve been using apple cider vinegar in lieu of hair conditioner for about 2 years, albeit a little sheepishly. You know how easy it is to tar those hippy dippies who use baking soda deoderant and patchouli oil, but are actually kind of stinky? I don’t want to smell like I’m making a political statement. I just want to be clean and healthy, get a handle on my consumption, and not bathe in chemicals and perfumes that then wash down my plughole and turn frogs into mutant hermaphrodites. So I’ve kept my little apple cider vinegar kick to myself… until I stumbled upon this wonderfully rhapsodic blog by Kalmia Hockin, for Pemberton Valley Wellness.
It emboldened me, to out myself, as an ACV fan. And I didn’t even realise half its potential!
It’s reprinted with permission here.
Oh apple cider vinegar. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
I’ve been starting my day off with a strong shot of ACV for the last 2 years. I first heard about the many wonderful uses and benefits of apple cider vinegar when I was experiencing repetitive acid reflux for the first time in my life (which has now subsided.)
Despite my partner’s protests (he hates the smell – it’s really not bad! I swear!), I drink a shot of ACV in a steaming cup of hot water, mixed with a generous tablespoon of local raw honey (another nutritious ingredient), 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root and a shake of ground cinnamon. If you want to get really fancy, you can add 1 teaspoon of fresh ground tumeric root and 1 grated clove of garlic for extra punch! It’s especially beneficial if you feel a cold coming on. The apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and helps to encourage healthy stomach flora thus improving your overall digestive health, cinnamon is also antibacterial and anti inflammatory, local raw honey not only helps strengthen your immune system against seasonal allergies, but is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and is great for a wide variety of health concerns.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling hardcore, you could opt for a straight up shot-o-ACV, or an “ACV Slammer” as I like to call it. Straight up!
It may take a wee bit to get used to the distinct taste, but I promise that you get used to it, and your body will thank you big time.
Give it a shot!
by Kalmia Hockin