Raw apple cider vinegar has been loved for a long time for its multitude of beauty and health uses, and is considered as effective for helping to clear up acne.
Even the Romans supposedly used vinegar mixed with various plants and essential oils like lavender, rose and elderflower, for cosmetic purposes.
Why does it work so well?
Its effectiveness lies in its ability to help promote blood circulation in the tiny capillaries that deliver nutrients into your skin, plus it aids in preventing the growth of the bacteria, yeasts and viruses that can cause infections in your skin. Applied topically, it can help to reduce dryness and regulate your skin’s pH. As a source of probiotics, it can help to balance the flora in your gut, promoting the growth of ‘friendly’ bacteria that support a healthy complexion.
Add it to food:
But I much prefer to reap its many benefits by adding it to salad dressings, soups and even drinking it in a cup of warm water when I’m feeling brave! Raw apple cider vinegar is a powerful digestion booster, helping to reverse constipation and encourage stomach acid production.
Its anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial powers help to banish nasty candida overgrowths and rebalance your intestinal flora, which helps to reduce cravings for refined sugar too.
Look out for an unpasteurised version with ‘the Mother’, for the most health benefits. I love Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (€7.15).