Vinegar has been a useful medicine for thousands of years, crossing continents and cultures, assisting doctors and helping ailing populations. Vinegar is definitely a versatile item you should keep around the house. Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is non-toxic, lasts for a long time without losing strength, and is much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products. While current medicine focuses almost exclusively on complex chemical and drug treatments, vinegar is still being studied for its potential uses in both complementary and orthodox medicine.
If you have a cough that continually keeps you and everyone nearby awake at night, sprinkle a few drops of vinegar on a cloth and lay it under your head while you sleep.
White vinegar is useful in acne treatment because of two reasons: it is a powerful antiseptic agent and it helps restore the pH balance of the skin. While you can apply white vinegar directly to the area of your skin affected by acne, it is advised that you dilute the vinegar solution with water.
Distilled white vinegar can be used to treat ringworm! Just soak a cotton ball with distilled white vinegar and gently clean the area that shows the typical round, red irritation. Be careful around the eyes! This works for cats, dogs, humans, horses, or even inanimate objects. Vinegar’s main component is acetic acid and fungal infections do not like acidic environments!
4. SORE THROAT
Mix 2 tsp of Vinegar with a cup of warm water and gargle with it 2 – 3 times a day to get rid of sore throat. You can also add a little salt to it.
5. DANDRUFF AND HEAD LICE
White distilled vinegar can be used to cure dandruff and head lice. You can do one or the other or even both at the same time! Wet hair, pour on diluted vinegar, let soak, then shampoo as usual for dandruff. For head lice, use a nit comb on the vinegar soaked hair to remove all of the head lice. The vinegar makes them come off of the hair shaft easily, so you can get them all. No more horrible lice treatments!
6. TOENAIL FUNGUS
Vinegar can help cure toenail fungus. Mix 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water, soak your feet for 15 minutes 2-3 times a day. Also soak your socks in the same dilution before washing.
Mix warm water and vinegar in a 50/50 solution. Soak the area with the warts for twenty minutes a day. If you have warts on the face or legs, saturate a couple of cotton balls in vinegar and hold them lightly to the affected area. Wet the cotton balls as necessary to keep the warts saturated.
If you have a bad sunburn, then use white vinegar in your bath water. It has astringent properties that help ease pain, itching and inflammation. You can also add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar to a bowl of cool water. Soak a cloth in it, wring out the excess and place it on the affected skin.
9. CORNS & CALLUSES
Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and hold in place with a band aid. Leave it on for an hour or overnight.
10. ATHLETE’S FOOT
Cure Athlete’s Foot by soaking your feet in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water for ten minutes a day. The acetic acid weakens the fungus so that your immune system can finish it off.
Leave comments below if you think of other great uses for this cheap and plentiful home remedy!