Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful time honored tonic that helps digestion, improves circulation and much more. For hundreds of years, folk medicine practitioners have recommended daily doses of apple cider vinegar, not just for specific ills, but moreover for general health. And today, laboratory analysis verifies the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of vinegar. Many of the old-time uses are just as applicable now as they were centuries ago.
History of Vinegar
Historically speaking, vinegar was discovered when it was first learned that wine exposed to the air would turn sour, thereby creating vinegar. In 400 BC Hypocrites, the father of medicine, treated patients with vinegar, making it one of the world’s first medicines. Throughout biblical times, vinegar was successfully used to treat infections and wounds. For centuries medical textbooks have listed various ways to use vinegar.
Hard Cider in Colonial Times
In America, back in colonial times, apple cider, not wine, was the popular beverage. But the apple cider of the colonists was not the sweet cider you buy in the store. It was hard cider, made from organically grown apples, crushed and aged in oaken barrels, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and alcoholic. Everyone in those days drank huge quantities of hard cider, but some of the cider was allowed to continue to ferment until all the sugars were dissipated. The result: pure organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many herbalists recommend the use of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar as an important dietary ingredient for humans, farm animals and pets. Apple cider vinegar reduces common infections, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Apple cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium. It normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, helps cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections.
Dr. Clark’s View On Vinegar
Dr. Clark recommended we “use only white distilled vinegar, even though it lacks potassium, aroma and popularity. Using a variety of honeys can make up for the need to vary the flavor. Get orange blossom, linden blossom, buckwheat, wildflower, and sage honey, besides clover blossom.”
“Using a lemon or vinegar and honey beverage helps with digestion although this provides citric or acetic acid, not hydrochloric. These acids are completely metabolized so they don’t add to the body acid level. But the fact that it is not hydrochloric means that it can’t kill bacteria and parasites in the stomach like regular hydrochloric acid could.”
Dr. Clark wrote this about Vinegar
Bones are not made of calcium alone. Magnesium is essential. Since magnesium is more soluble and easy to assimilate than calcium, the tablet form (magnesium oxide, 300 mg, see Sources) will do. If you are not absorbing the magnesium it will stay in your intestine and act as a laxative. If this happens acidify your stomach during meals: always add fresh lemon, vinegar, or vitamin C to your food or drink to help digest milk and dissolve minerals for you. Boron (3 mg. once a day) and manganese (15 mg. once a day) are additional bone hardeners.
Cloth diapers should be sterilized not bleached. Use the hottest water your laundry system is capable of producing. Add ½ cup borax for the washing process. If you have homemade Lugol’s iodine (made by your pharmacist or by yourself, see Recipes), add a tsp. to the wash or rinse. Vinegar is a yeast inhibitor, add it to the rinse. Dry the diapers at the hottest setting. Dry to kill. Kill all the yeast spores in the diapers.
Lemon juice or vinegar can be put in certain foods but the most reliable way to get it into the diet is to put 1 tablespoon into the water glass along with a teaspoon of honey. This gives the water a “sweet and sour” flavor, enough to make it interesting throughout the meal. The fresh lemon juice or white distilled vinegar and a honey dispenser that is easy to use should always be on the table. Bring these two items to your loved one at the “home” if it cannot be provided regularly and reliably. Pop in at mealtime to check up on it. Powdered vitamin C (¼ tsp.) is another useful acid if the first two are not effective enough.
The lemon and honey habit, alone, can add years (healthier years) to an elderly person. The extra acid taken with lunch and supper (the stomach has its own best supply of acid in the morning, for breakfast) improves overall digestion and helps dissolve the calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, and other minerals in the food so they can be absorbed.
The habit of using vinegar and honey in water as a beverage was made famous by Dr. Jarvis in his book Folk Medicine, circa 1960. He recommended apple cider vinegar for its extra potassium. In those days, vinegar was made of good apples. Now, all the regular vinegars have mold in them. The toxin, patulin, in moldy apples has been carefully studied by scientists. It taints the vinegar as well as apple juice and concentrate made from them. I have not tested patulin to see if it can be detoxified by vitamin C. We must use only white distilled vinegar, even though it lacks potassium, aroma and popularity. Using a variety of honeys can make up for the need to vary the flavor. Get orange blossom, linden blossom, buckwheat, wildflower, and sage honey, besides clover blossom.
We must use only white distilled vinegar, even though it lacks potassium, aroma and popularity. Using a variety of honeys can make up for the need to vary the flavor. Get orange blossom, linden blossom, buckwheat, wildflower, and sage honey, besides clover blossom.
But honey is not perfect food. It usually has ergot mold, a very serious toxin. To detoxify the ergot, you simply add vitamin C to the honey as soon as it arrives from the supermarket. This gives it plenty of time to react with the ergot before you eat it. Bring your “fixed” honeys to the home.
If your elderly loved one has not tolerated milk in years, start with the vinegar and honey beverage, or lemon and honey, and be patient until that is accepted. Then add only ¼ cup milk to the day’s diet, (in the morning, on homemade cereal). Go up very gradually and only when digestion allows it.
Adding lemon or vinegar (white distilled) and 1 tsp. honey is probably the best way to stimulate both thirst and appetite.
The drinking water should always have a little vitamin C, lemon juice or vinegar added, and 1 tsp. honey if desired.
Use homemade salad dressing with a preference for oil and vinegar styles.
Soup should be homemade from scratch. Add bones and 1 tbs. vinegar (white distilled) or a tomato to the kettle to ensure some calcium leaches out of the bones.
The water may be plain if there was vinegar in the soup.
A common mold found on bread, nuts and fruit and in beer, apple cider vinegar and syrups, produces aflatoxin. This is what prevents you from detoxifying tiny bits of propyl alcohol that get into your body!
Keep moldy fruit out of the refrigerator where the spores can spread. Use only white distilled vinegar.
Vitamin C helps your body detoxify all the mold toxins I have tested, including aflatoxin.