Last week I was forced to research home remedies for one annoying health problem I had, namely swollen lymph node. I came across EarthClinic.com which suggested to drink apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water. There were hundreds of people who claimed recovery or, at the very least, immediate improvement. All these people cannot be wrong, so I decided to give it a try.
The results where indeed amazing; my lymph node improved significantly and then it suddenly struck me ‘what if I put this on my face?’ At that point I didn’t know this was a quite common practice and it was more of experiment for me. I diluted one part of vinegar in one part of water, took a cotton ball and spread the mixture on my face. It stung in some areas where I have acne or where my skin is less than perfectly healthy and I got a little red, but all these unpleasant side effects disappeared after a short while.
After about two days I realized my skin was much clearer and smoother than usual but the most amazing thing happened to enlarged pores on my nose. They became much smaller and didn’t seem to be clogged anymore. I even tried to squeeze them but no, they were almost perfectly clear. Now this was amazing! My pores started to enlarge when I was eleven years old till they became extremely large, my nose was always oily and, in fact, I developed a clever routine to cover this nightmare (which I will share with you very soon). Now my pores are still quite large, but they look much better than they did before and, the best part, they are perfectly clear.
I did some more research and found recipes for apple cider vinegar tonic for skin. It seems that apple cider vinegar does a fantastic job on rebalancing your skin’s pH. Some who had acne, claimed moderate improvement, but there wasn’t enough details to get excited about.
Some people who have been drinking apple cider vinegar for years report much better fresher skin and hair and younger looks. I am not sure how to explain that. All I know it did something amazing to my pores in just a couple of days.
Obviously, I will stick to this habit at least for now. If it’s something you are willing to try please keep in mind the following:
1. you should make absolutely sure you are using only organic apple cider vinegar. The one I use we purchased directly from farmers who make it manually. It’s very unlikely that you get good results with regular brands. This type of vinegar is prepared differently and could even potentially hurt your health if you drink it for any long period of time. In the United States it’s Bragg that seems to work best. I don’t live in the US so I can’t comment on that. I am judging from reports all over the web.
2. Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar is great for nearly everything in your body, but it seems to hurt teeth after a while. You can prevent that by using a straw when you drink and rinsing your mouth right after.
3. Typically, it’s recommended to dilute one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water (although I take a little more).
4. There is no clear rule for facial tonic, but I personally dilute one part of vinegar in one part of water, wipe my face and don’t rinse. This seems to work great for me.
5. If you decide to stick to drinking vinegar every day for any prolonged period of time, you might need to consider iodine supplements.
Prepare to be amazed. Apple cider vinegar might fix much more problems in your life besides bad skin. It did for me! In addition to treating my lymph node and improving my skin, it treated my knees. I believe I had some type of arthritis which didn’t bother me since I started drinking vinegar. There are many people who report decreased appetite and weight loss, but unfortunately this didn’t happen to me. It definitely boosts your energy and improves your mood though. It is used for numerous other conditions, just check EarthClinic.com. This may sound unbelievable to some of you, but once you try it you are hooked. Once again, make sure you are using only organic apple cider vinegar, the best quality you can afford. If there is no apple cider vinegar in your area, you might consider to prepare your own at home – something I am considering too.