I sometimes write about the properties in natural and plant-based substances that benefit our health, household and even beauty regiments. Vinegar is one of those natural substances that provide natural health advantages—natural household and beauty aids—without the addition of commercial chemical additives. Apple cider is formed from apples that are cut and ground into mash which is then wrapped in cloth, pressed into juice and then allowed to ferment. The “mother,” that cloud-like yeast at the top of ACV is the part that provides healthy outcomes. In addition, ACV has polyphenol chemicals which helps to stop cell damage.
The ancients were probably more comfortable using nature and its ingredients to aid in health and well-being than we are today. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is said to have used vinegar to treat sores, wounds and respiratory diseases. For strength, the Romans drank a mixture of water and vinegar, called “posca.” (Jesus was offered posca when he was on the cross.) The Romans would soak their bread in a bowl containing one-half vinegar to aid in digestive issues. Ancient militaries used vinegar for several reasons: quenching thirst, cleaning the body, treating health conditions, as well as small wounds. The well-known Roman army commander, Plinius, the Elder, was a naturalist who used vinegar for various health conditions.
The last year of the plague outbreak, 1720, saw doctors using basins of vinegars to wash their hands. The Marseille populace, at that time, held sponges over their noses to protect themselves from the feverish air and they washed down their walls with vinegar as the plague started to subside.
It has been used down through the ages for other purposes. In the nineteenth century vinegar was used to quell outbreaks of cholera, for strengthening the muscles and for the prevention of chilblains (skin sores or bumps due to overexposure to cold temperatures). In more recent times, Japanese scientists drank vinegar to ward off obesity.
We are well-aware of vinegar’s use in the kitchen, but in these days of pandemic viruses, it is good to know of some of nature’s aids to keep us safe and healthy. Various studies show that vinegar can make our lives more comfortable, as well as improve our standard of living, health-wise.
Vinegar Benefits Today:
- It makes water more drinkable by adding one or two tablespoon of vinegar to a glass of water.
- Freshens breath.
- Aids with dandruff.
- Conditions hair.
- Has antibacterial ingredients that help to clean foods and guard against salmonella and other contagious pathogens.
- Balances body’s PH levels.
- Aids with minor heartburn.
- Helps with skin rashes and mosquito bites.
- Controls candida.
More importantly, vinegar benefits us with more serious ailments:
- According to research (webmd.com), ACV’s polyphenol chemicals stops cell damage that leads to diseases, such as cancer.
- Research at longevitylive.com notes that ACV decreases biological factors leading to cardiovascular diseases (heart issues, stroke).
- Supports immune system.
- Improves and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Aids digestion and acid reflux.
- Improves insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar.
- Lowers blood pressure.
I would check with my doctor as to how much vinegar to use for the more serious ailments. I don’t know about you, but I am very interested in natural alternatives that will aid in helping me live a healthy lifestyle.
Protect yourself at this time by doing the things, such as distancing, washing hands, staying home when sick, etc. outlined by the CDC. But most of all deepen your relationship with the Lord because it is he who will ultimately provide divine protection and be your refuge against every form of spiritual darkness and warfare, including coronavirus.
During these times of peril, we must listen to and do what our doctors and scientists (who are working feverishly to create a vaccine to the coronavirus) are telling us to do, but always remember that the Lord is our frontline of defense. He tells us in Psalm 91 that the pestilence will not come near our dwelling place if we dwell in the secret place of the Most High; that is, if we abide in the kingdom of God. Christians, along with others, must not be foolish; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us to: wash our hands, stay in our homes when possible and when it is mandated by government leaders. We must also engage in social distancing.
Whoever dwells in the shelter (KJV secret place) of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence hat stalks in the darkness, nor the plague is hat destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Pray, stay safe and be vigilante at this time!
wellness mama.com; webmd.com; longevity live.com; ponti.com