Include this Apple Cider Vinegar Footbath as TLC for your Feet
Soaking our feet in apple cider vinegar for fifteen minutes at a time can be a very natural treatment. The benefits of apple cider vinegar (or ACV) come from the high antioxidants derived from the polyphenols found in apples.
Polyphenols are a category of chemicals that naturally occur in plants. ACV is also high in acetic acid, helping to increase your body’s absorption of important minerals.
The highest quality ACV are the versions that are unfiltered and raw.
Natural apple cider vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets.
When the vinegar is mature, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called ‘mother’, easily visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. Yes, this vinegar has a very non processed appearance – and such versions are rich in bacterial and fungal fighting properties.
Here is how to use your apple cider vinegar…
Soaking feet in apple cider vinegar to fight foot odor
The vinegar helps with the odor-causing bacteria by naturalizing the pH levels of the skin.
- Pour one cup of ACV on a packet of wet wipes.
- Let them soak in the fridge overnight.
- Rub onto the soles of your feet as often as you need.
- Please don’t dispose of the used wet wipes down the toilet.
Another method is to soak your feet in a bowl filled with one cup of apple cider vinegar to every four cups of water. Leave your feet soaking for fifteen to twenty minutes before drying thoroughly.
There are lots of other ways to give your feet some extra tender loving care!
Another use is to eliminate armpit odor
Apple cider vinegar is an effective body odor remedy as it can adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. For a natural remedy, simply wipe each armpit once each morning with undiluted ACV using a cotton ball.
Soothing itchy skin
ACV acts as an effective antiseptic with its antifungal properties to prevent itchiness.
Add a few drops of raw, unfiltered ACV onto a cotton ball before dabbing the affected areas of dry or itchy skin. Suggestions are to use this remedy for insect bites, poison ivy and of course sunburn.
Treating unwelcome dandruff
The high acidity of the ACV balances out the pH on your scalp, helping to prevent further growth of yeast and bacteria and those annoying white flakes.
Pour a quarter cup of ACV with an equal quantity of water into a spray bottle and apply to the whole head before wrapping a towel around the hair and leaving fifteen minutes. Then rinse with plain water. Use regularly as needed.
And there is more
There are many other uses for, and benefits from, apple cider vinegar if you can drink one to two tablespoons mixed into a glass of water every day. If you find it tastes too bitter, add a tablespoon of raw honey or stevia. Be sure to shake the bottle well before pouring.
You can find out all about these other benefits in our earlier post.
Jane writes for Healing Natural Oils, a producer and retailer of high-quality, all-natural treatments for a variety of conditions. After living for many years in Cape Town, South Africa, Jane has now settled in the UK but is able to visit the USA regularly where she has close family. She loves to compare natural treatments and lifestyles – especially in the areas of health, green living and nutrition – in these three very different countries. Her regular posts can be found at www.amoils.com/health-blog.