By Rean Unger | May 31, 2011

Photo: Mira Zaki

Apple cider vinegar is a highly valued and trusted folk remedy that has been used for several centuries. Widely recognized as a “health tonic”, apple cider vinegar is praised for relieving almost any ailment. If you can get past the taste, this powerful and extremely sour elixir could be your cure all, end all! 

Here are just some of the many conditions and uses that are benefited by apple cider vinegar:

*Stabilizes PH in our blood by normalizing the acid vs. alkaline balance in the body. Disease, especially cancer, thrives in acidic conditions. Stable blood PH is one of the best defenses against disease

* Cleanses the liver, especially during periods of over-consumption of rich foods

*Disinfects skin wounds, can stop bleeding particularly with nose bleeds

*Cleanses and neutralizes poisons in the digestive track, cures food poisoning, removes parasites and most worms, also heals acid reflux and cures candida

*Fights germs and bacteria naturally, cures sinus infections, flu, colds, sore throats, coughs, laryngitis and throat tickles

*Metabolism booster linked to weight control and aiding the breakdown of fat in the body

*Fosters immediate and healthy circulation in the body, whether it is stagnant blood, mucus inflammation or emotional energy. Try a shot or 2 if you are in a bad mood and watch it pass! Works with cranky teenagers and toddler temper tantrums!

*Heals arthritis, gout, headaches, colitis, insomnia, dizziness, kidney inflammation, PMS, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

*Great for your hair, regular consumption and direct external application has been linked to curing scalp itch, dry hair, baldness and dandruff

*Attributed to a youthfulness and glowing skin, also known to cure acne, heal bug bites and soothe sunburn

*Removes harmful calcium deposits in the body

*Soak your feet in a warm water and apple cider vinegar foot bath to cure athletes foot

*Helps in the healing of all allergic conditions – food, environmental, pet, seasonal, drug, cosmetic, etc.

*Great for pets too! Heals arthritis, treats fleas and creates healthy shiny coats

*Delicious and functional in cooking, add it to your stock to help draw the calcium, potassium and magnesium from the bones for a truly medicinal stock

Photo: Mira Zaki

With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why apple cider vinegar has been long regarded in folk medicine as a cure all. By incorporating apple cider vinegar into your regular diet, you are fostering health and wellness. Be sure to use a natural organic apple cider vinegar that contains “the mother”. Add apple cider vinegar to your dressings (see recipe below), pickles, sauces, marinades, stocks and soups. For specific medicinal treatment, drink an ounce or two of straight or diluted apple cider vinegar. In most cases, ailments are healed in as little as two weeks. Medicinal use should be short term. If you have any questions work with a holistic nutrition expert.

To youthfulness, glowing skin and health – eat well!

Rena Unger – Holistic Nutrition Chef & Culinary Educator

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  • 1 bunch of Kale(5-6 stems)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt, to taste


1. Cut kale leaves into bite sized pieces, thinly slice stems. Toss with cranberries and walnuts.

2. Warm coconut oil in a saute pan until hot. Whisk in curry powder and remove from heat when incorporated.

3. Add apple cider vinegar to coconut curry oil and immediately pour over kale mixture, slightly wilting the kale. Salt to taste.

Serve warm or room temperature

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