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20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has countless uses that you probably haven’t imagined. Everything from cleaning your home, remedying what ails you internally and externally, to tasty and delicious recipes. There are countless amazing uses for apple cider vinegar and below are 20 nifty suggestions.

1. Reboot Your Liver

After a too many margaritas and draft beers, your liver might be begging for a reset button. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water or with your tea first thing in the morning to unleash the vinegar’s liver cleansing effects.

2. Kill Your Pet’s Fleas.

Who knew that a little apple cider vinegar could ward off pesky fleas? And you can use it from the inside out. Slip a tablespoon into their water or food and rub onto your pet’s skin. You can also use it to repel the fleas from furniture and rugs in your home. Just add combine a 50/50 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water 50 percent with water in an empty spray bottle and lightly spray onto your furniture.

3. Soften Your Laundry

Forgo drier sheets and dodge the chemicals they tend to have by simply using a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in your wash to help soften your clothes.

4. Make Maple Thyme Muffins

Bake up this recipe and enjoy all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar by consuming delicious and healthy muffins!

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5. Do Away With Dandruff

You can help reduce dandruff by diluting two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and use it to rinse your hair and scalp. Your hair will come out shiny and flake free!

6. De-Stink Your Hands

If you peeled garlic or cut up some fish, your hands may be extra smelly. Get rid of those strong odors by pour a tablespoon or two on your hands as you wash them with some water.

7. Fight Off Fruit Flies

Get rid of annoying fruit flies once and for all! Pour some apple cider vinegar into a plastic container, punch a few holes, and leave it on your kitchen counter (or wherever your fruit flies like to hang out). Now all you have to do is watch those pesky flies drown (even though that may be boring, but you get the idea)!

8. Scare Off Hiccups

There’s all sorts of myths on how to get rid of hiccups. However one that actually works is just by simply swallowing a spoonful of apple cider vinegar.

9. Tone Your Skin

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent facial toner. Just moisten a cotton ball with some of the cider vinegar and dab all over your face to tone your skin.

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10. Make Apple Cider Caramels

Enjoy these sweet and slightly spicy creamy caramels by making this amazing recipe.

11. Soothe a Sunburn

Relieve sun scorched skin by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak your skin for at least 10 minutes.

12. Get Your Pearly Whites

Make your teeth a few shades whiter. Simply gargle some apple cider vinegar after you brush your teeth. Bonus: the acid can help break up plaque and kill bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath too!

13. Clean and Deodorize Your Toilet

Pour some apple cider vinegar in your toilet and let it sit with seat down overnight. Just scrub and flush the next day! (Bonus: also gets rid of foul odors!)

14. Zap Away Warts

No need to look like a witch.  Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place directly over the wart. Cover with a bandage or medical tape and leave it on overnight. Repeat this process daily until the wart falls off and then continue for a couple more days to make sure it doesn’t come back.

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15. Clear and Open Up Your Sinuses

Apple cider vinegar may help treat a sinus infection. For sinus relief, add a little to your humidifier so you can breathe it in and the trick is to try breathing it in through your nose if you can.

16. Deodorize Your Armpits

Although it’s not an anti-antiperspirant, apple cider vinegar will help your armpits from stinking up without the use of harsh and possibly toxic chemicals found in conventional deodorants. Just apply some to your underarms with a cotton ball. Don’t be discouraged by the strong scent at first, it’ll go away fast and you’ll be stink free!

17. Make Tangy BBQ Sauce

Try out this tangy and tasty recipe that uses a good amount of apple cider vinegar and fire up the grill!

18. Ease Heartburn

If you’re eating a lot of acid and heartburn inducing foods, apple cider vinegar can be use to actually neutralize the acids in your stomach!

19. Rev Your Internal Engine

One of the most useful uses for apple cider is a natural energy booster. Perfect to get you through an afternoon slump or through your spin class.

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20. Clean Almost Anything!

Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the best and non-toxic all purpose cleaner. The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar make for a great natural disinfectant. Just mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Go to town and clean countertops, floors, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, bathtubs and even your body!

 

 

There’s even countless more uses for apple cider vinegar! So go on and get a bottle to keep on hand.

Featured photo credit: Matt Beldyk via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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