First on your weekend to-do list: Pick up some apple cider vinegar (both Bragg and Dynamic Health are two organic brands we’d recommend). Although we advise using with discretion — a full cup of it will not go down well — apple cider vinegar has a myriad of health benefits that make it a fantastic pantry staple. These recipes (our apple cider vinegar health shot and gentle vinegar hair rinse) take advantage of all the good properties of apple cider vinegar, helping facilitate the healthiest, shiniest version of your weekend self. Recipes, below — let us know how you like them!
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Shot
Doesn’t it seem like everyone gets sick when the seasons change? And doesn’t it suck? Well, this may prevent that from happening to you. It’s extremely detoxifying and balancing for your body, kills bad bacteria, supports good bacteria (that makes your immune system stronger), and will even ease symptoms if you’re already sick, including a sore throat and cough.
1 tsp raw honey (preferably local to you)
1T apple cider vinegar
2T room temperature or warm water
super small pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
small pinch turmeric (optional)
Other optional additions for superpower points:
1 clove mashed garlic
1 tsp coconut oil
the juice of half a grapefruit
Mix honey into warm-ish water first so it melts completely. Then add vinegar and cayenne pepper or any other optional ingredients. Stir well and throw back, cause it ain’t gonna taste pretty. Chase with water or tea.
Gentle Vinegar Hair Rinse
Vinegar hair rinses can actually be incredibly harsh on your tresses. While apple cider vinegar does clean up gunk and rebalance your scalp, it can leave you dry and sometimes itchy. Here’s a rinse that’s much more gentle, but still incorporates the powerful benefits of apple cider vinegar. Aloe is a super plant, and will make your hair strong, shiny, and luscious.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup aloe juice or the inside of a leaf
1 cup warm water
Combine the aloe juice and vinegar in a cup before getting in the shower, and wait to add the water until you’re under the warm water, so you don’t freeze yourself. Don’t worry about getting exactly one cup in there, just fill the rest of your cup with water. Tilt your head back and pour straight onto your scalp, carefully avoiding your eyes. Rinse and shampoo after.