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6 Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of natural beauty products. However, ACV has long been known as a powerful aid for beauty, wellness and natural living. Hippocrates was prescribing vinegar to his patients as early as the 4th century BC. Today, apple cider vinegar is going through a bit of a revival as more people catch on to the beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar for skin and hair, as well as for overall health. People are finding that using this type of vinegar, both externally and internally, can have a huge impact on how you look and feel.

Apple cider vinegar comes from a double fermentation process that leaves a strong tasting liquid, chock full of health promoting nutrients. These include over a dozen minerals, plus vitamins, essential amino acids, and enzymes that have benefits as both an internal medicine and an external antiseptic. Due to the fact that vinegar does contain acid, doctors recommend small doses. You can also use it as an all natural agent to clean surfaces and to help freshen laundry... bonus!

 

Healthy Weight & Blood Sugar Management

A few studies from Japan, Arizona State University, and elsewhere indicate that small doses of apple cider vinegar can help people trying to control weight or blood sugar. Those with type 2 diabetes especially achieve noticeable results. Vinegar seems to mimic the insulin stimulating action of three major diabetes drugs while also slowing the absorption of sugars into the system.

 

A Great Source of Antioxidants for Anti-Ageing Benefits

Antioxidants can play a strong role in maintaining good health and staving off chronic disease. They help cells in the body fight the degrading effects of free radicals. Studies have linked free radicals to cancer, heart disease, and other life threatening ailments. Free radicals also speed the ageing process. Experts agree that natural sources of antioxidants, such as apple cider vinegar, give the body the best chance to use fight off the detrimental health and beauty effects of these substances.

 

It Makes a Great Hair Rinse

Chemical-based hair and scalp products, especially shampoo, disrupt the natural pH level of hair. They strip away natural oils called sebum, which protect both the hair and scalp against fungi that can cause dandruff and other conditions. The acetic acid that composes apple cider vinegar has a pH level close to that of human hair. Rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar helps to restore the natural pH balance, protecting your hair and scalp.

Apple cider vinegar can also remove buildup from sprays, gels, and other hair products that remove the natural lustre from hair. Apply the vinegar, leave in for three minutes, then rinse thoroughly to get all that gunk off your hair and scalp. Mix with an essential oil such as Rosemary or Lavender for a softer more heavenly scent.

Finally, apple cider vinegar stimulates blood flow to the scalp and cuticles. Improved blood flow brings needed nutrients to the follicles and hair. This may have the effect of slowing down or stopping hair loss in men and women.

To create an apple cider vinegar hair rinse, follow these directions:

  1. Blend one cup of water with two to four tablespoons of vinegar.
  2. After a thorough shampoo and rinse, slowly pour the vinegar rinse over your entire scalp, allowing it to run down the length of your hair (being careful not to get it in your eyes).
  3. Massage the rinse into the scalp. This may stimulate circulation and hair growth.
  4. After three minutes, rinse out the vinegar.

 

Touch Up Those Bath Towels

Most people have experienced this problem... At some point bath towels, even when clean, can develop a mildew like odour. No thank you! Add a cup of apple cider vinegar and detergent to a load of towels, sheets, or any clothes. Stop the wash cycle when the washer fills and let the vinegar soak into the fabric for about 15 minutes. Then start the cycle and let it proceed as normal.

 

Preventing Infections

When Hippocrates practiced medicine almost 2,500 years ago, he did not know about bacteria. He understood, however, that treating wounds with vinegar prevented infections later on. Apple cider vinegar in the environment inhibits or even prevents the growth of bacteria. Experts suggest that when used in air humidifiers, it could help prevent sinus infections. Ingesting it regularly could also reduce the chance of urinary tract infections. Also, Hippocrates used vinegar correctly when diluting with water to treat wounds.

Doctors warn that apple cider vinegar is best used as a preventative treatment. It will not cure infections. Existing infections require antibiotics prescribed by a physician.

 

Use It as an Inexpensive Surface Cleaner

Preventing infection and illness rank among the most important benefits of apple cider vinegar. A tidy home provides an important line of defense against household illness. Diluting apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle produces an effective and inexpensive surface cleaner. The more natural scent, compared to bleach, also makes apple cider vinegar an excellent choice for day to day cleaning.

 

It's remarkable how much impact simple, natural ingredients can have on our appearance, as well as our wellbeing. Have fun trying out the many benefits of apple cider vinegar. Use it with some of our high-quality, natural skincare products and you have a wonderful foundation for toxin-free living and the marvelously gorgeous skin that comes with it.  

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Six Ways to Keep Your Sparkle This Holiday Season

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With social events, entertaining and beach visits on our agendas, if there is ever a time that we want to be sparkling with youth and vitality, it's during the festive holiday period. It can be a challenge maintaining our healthy glow as this time of the year is filled with many unavoidable beauty depleting activities! A lack of sleep, poor diet, the stress of word demands, increased alcohol consumption and dehydration can often leave our skin and body feeling a little lack lustre.

Below we provide six inside out beauty tips to keep you sparkling this Christmas season:

Glorious Greens. If you are going a bit overboard with sugar and alcohol, ensure you are balancing this all out by having at least a bowl or two of greens. Greens, in particular bitter greens such as arugula, rocket, radicchio, rocket leaves, dandelion, spinach, chicory and mustard leaves are wonderful liver toners. They also help to increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood. Bitter greens will assist you in digesting your food, in particular fats so munch on a few leaves before your meal, and they will act as a great aperitif. Greens are also rich in folate and B vitamins which are essential for your body’s energy and detoxification pathways which tend to become compromised in the holiday season.

Intermittent Fasting. When eating excessive calories on a daily basis, as tends to happen during the holiday period, our hunger hormones such as ghrelin and leptin, can become imbalanced which reduces our ability to burn fat. Intermittent fasting for one or two days of the week during the holiday season can be a great way to reset your hunger hormones and increase your metabolism even if you are over indulging. Fasting may involve restricting calories on one or two days of the week and eating normally on other days or restricting caloric intake between a certain time e.g. between 12 pm to 8 pm.

Liquid Beauty Boosters.  Increasing water intake is something we all know we must do to keep our skin moist and dewy and our body’s detoxification and digestive system intact. Supercharging water with antioxidant rich botanicals makes it work even better for you. During the holiday season iced versions of our Edible Beauty No.2 Fountain of Youth Tea and No.1 Green Goddess Detox Tea are refreshing, hydrating and a treat for the skin and liver. To make iced versions of these blends, just brew them as normal and refrigerate infused with berries, sliced citrus and herbs.

Mask It. Late nights, sugar and alcohol consumption show up in our complexion. Sleeping masks are literally an overnight beauty fix when it comes to dull, red or lack lustre skin. We love using the Edible Beauty & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Mask to boost the plumpness of the skin, reduce redness and bring back a youthful glow. Apply this all over the face in the evening as a thick layer and do not remove it. You will wake fresh faced and in awe of this miracle mask. The secret ingredients in this mask include B vitamins and Vitamin E which work to repair the skin, reduce inflammation and eliminate redness. If acne or sunburn is affecting your golden glow, use the Edible Beauty Soothe Me Balm as a leave on mask at night. Aloe gel, Cucumber, Calendula and Chamomile in this blend work to calm the skin, balance oil production and heal scarring and sunburn.

Sweat It Out. Whether it be hitting the gym, having an infra-red sauna or sweating it out at the beach, building up a sweat is a wonderful gift for your skin. It allows the skin pores to open which releases the build up inside them. Toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes are purged through the action of sweating. Circulation is also increased to the peripheries and skin cells which boost skin cell turnover. These skin benefits only apply to mild or moderate sweating.

Bright Eyed. Giving your eyes a pick me up is as easy as a providing them with a caffeine hit. Dip cotton pads in iced black coffee or cold Edible Beauty No.6 Puff Away Tea and apply over closed lids for 10 to 20 minutes. Caffeine found in both coffee and our Puff Away Blend acts to constrict blood vessels to diminish discolouration and reduce puffiness.

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