Easy and Cheap to Make
Imagine a substance that is cheap and easy to make, can be taken internally for a variety of ailments, can be applied externally for all kinds of cosmetic and disinfectant purposes, and can be used in so many jobs around the house that it merits the name: “panacea”.
A Special Medicine and Cleanser
That special medicine and cleanser from Nature is apple cider vinegar, or ACV. In ACV, we find the concentrated essence of the best of apples coupled with limitless by-products of bacterial fermentation, including acetic acid. Vinegar was probably first discovered over 10,000 years ago, when our ancient ancestors found that some foods ferment into alcohol, with the next fermentation step creating vinegar. Vinegar holds a rich place in history and is mentioned often throughout the Bible. It has been said that God is always trying to make vinegar; and. it’s the winemaker’s job to interrupt the process at wine.
Vinegar was first mentioned for its medicinal value in Babylonia around 7000 years ago.
The History of Apple Cider Vinegar
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribe vinegar often for his patient 2400 years ago. Since the days of the Old Testament, laborers would add vinegar and salt to water to create their own “Gatorade” drink to keep their energy levels up while sweating under the hot sun. Ancient Persian physicians would recommend a drink of vinegar, lime juice, and sour fruit juice to help prevent fatty accumulation in the body.
Early, Greek, Roman, and Asian physicians would use vinegar to· treat scurvy, digestive problems, andbile reduction. In 1958, Dr. D.C. Jarvis resurrected American interest in vinegar through his popular book FOLK MEDICINE. Vinegar has played a major role in human history.
Reliance on Apple Cider Vinegar
The Roman army that once conquered much of the known world, relied heavily on vinegar to survive the changes in climate and combat stress. Roman soldiers also used fire and vinegar alternately to heat and contract rocks in order to break their way through the Alps mountains. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, won a major bet by dissolving pearl in a glass of vinegar and drinking it, thus proving that she could consume a meal worth a fortune. Louis the XIII of France was charged 1.3 million francs for the vinegar used to cool his armies’ cannons during battle.
Lacking refrigeration, our ancestors: either had to eat the entire animal in one sitting or figure out some way to preserve-the meat lest it rot. Vinegar solutions, or “pickling”, along with salting and smoking became. The favorite ways to keep foods from rotting.
Antiseptic Properties of Apple Cider Vinegar
During the Black Plague of the Middle Ages, people were spared from the plague by breathing through a cloth soaked in vinegar, thanks to its antiseptic properties. Once the industrial era began gearing up in the 18th century, cities throughout Europe became very large and smelly, since indoor plumbing was a rare commodity.
To tolerate the stench of raw sewage on the streets, genteel people would walk or ride through London and Paris with sponges soaked in vinegar held to their nose, taking advantage of the pungent but pleasant aroma from vinegar. These sponges were carried in small silver boxes, or vinaigrettes, or in special compartments m the heads of walking canes.
The term “vinegar” is derived from French words “vinaigrette” meaning “sour wine”. Yet looking further back into Old French, we find that “aigre” could also have meant “eager, sharp, or biting”. Thus, its name may not be some derogatory “sour wine” as much as a compliment “sharp wine”.
Amazing Medical Facts About Vinegar
The difference between modern medicine and folk medicine is that we can scientifically document how modern· medicine works, but we don’t yet know how folk remedies work. ACV has the “pole position” in folk medicine. Thousands of years of successful use in millions of people cannot be all wrong.
Remedies For Health & Home
However, since no drug company is going to spend the time and money to research a product, like vinegar, which cannot be patented, there is precious little interest among scientists to study the effects of vinegar in humans. Yet, in spite of the lack of funding and respect for vinegar, there have been a few studies, and here are the best of the best.
High Acid Content
The acid content of vinegar makes it useful for a wide range of cleaning chores and other tasks around the home.
Inexpensive, with no dangerous fumes or additives, a gallon of cheap commercial distilled white or apple cider vinegar can replace a number of other containers found around the house. Cleaners that you make yourself are cheaper, safe natural, and easy on the environment. As with all cleaning products, test these vinegar solutions on cleaning problems before using them. Always try them out on an inconspicuous area. of rugs, upholstery, or clothing.
Vinegar can dissolve existing wax on furniture and floors. Use very small amounts to clean and shine stronger solutions to remove wax build up and heavy dirt.
Many folk recipes combine vinegar with other household supplies. Commercial chemical cleaners are not always as. Environmentally safe as more natural, organic compounds. A number of popular substances have been used in combination with vinegar to make spectacular cleaners.
To vinegar, add:
- Baking soda to absorb odors, deodorize, and as a mild abrasive.
- Borax to disinfect, deodorizes, and stops the growth of mold.
- Chalk for a mild, non-abrasive cleaner.
- Oil to preserve and shine.
- Pumice to remove stains or polish surfaces. Salt for a mild abrasive.
- Washing soda to cut heavy grease.
- Wax to protect and shine.
CAUTION: When some ingredients are added to a vinegar solution, frothy foam is produced. This is a natural chemical reaction, and is not dangerous in an open container.
DO NOT SEAL FOAMING VINEGAR MIXTURE IN A TIGHTLY CAPPED CONTAINER!