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5 Things You Can Do with Apple Cider Vinegar Besides Dress a Salad

Another one of my favorite all-natural wonder product is apple cider vinegar.  It's cheap, and who knew it could be so good for your skin and hair?  Love it.

 1.  Whip up an easy hair rinse.  Dilute 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water.  After shampooing and conditioning, pour through your hair as a final rinse.  Don't worry, the vinegar smell will dissipate as your hair dries.  And when it does, your hair will be super shiny.
 
2.  Stir up an all-natural toner.  This is one of my favorites -- apple cider toner.  Mix 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water (you can also use witch hazel in place of water.)  Apply to the skin with a cotton ball after cleansing and before moisturizing.  I love this toner so much better than anything that's on the market!  It's great for the skin.
 
3.  Bust dandruff.  The skin is slightly acidic, so apple cider vinegar can help balance the skin's pH.  This can be very helpful for dandruff.  Mix one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water.  Rub liberally into the scalp, let set a minute, then rinse.  Do a few times a week.
 
4.  Beat dry feet.  I love going barefoot.  I hate the thick, rough, dry skin that develops on my feet.  Apple cider vinegar is a great exfoliant, and makes quick work of dry, rough feet.  Just add a cup or two to a foot bath of warm water.  Soak your feet for about 20 minutes.  (For an extra special tootsie treat, add 1/2 cup epsom salts and several drops of peppermint oil to your foot bath too.) 

After soaking, use a pumice stone to smooth rough spots.  Massage in a nice moisturizer; I like shea butter.  Do this twice a week until feet are feeling better, then as needing to maintain.  Another plus -- apple cider vinegar can help improve nail fungus, if that's a concern of yours. 
 
5.  Dab it on a pimple.  I really like this for those deep, hard, red breakouts that take forever to go away.  A tiny dab of undiluted apple cider vinegar directly on a pimple can help speed the healing process. 

Notice I say dab and not soak.  Use too much and you run the risk of irritating your skin and making the blemish more red and inflamed.  Just moisten your fingertip a bit with the vinegar and gently pat the pimple, only once or twice a day until you see improvement. 

Be especially careful with this if you have sensitive skin though.  And this treatment is best if you just get the occasional pimple, not for treating a stubborn case of acne.  (Although the vinegar toner explained above can be helpful for that.)
    The basic grocery store vinegar works OK, and I use it often especially when I need larger quantities of vinegar (like for hair rinse and foot baths).  If you really want something special, try the organic apple cider vinegar with the mother.  You can get this at the natural foods store.  Really great stuff! 

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