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DIY Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe and Benefits

Hey, holistic homies! Here's an easy, affordable DIY recipe to make apple cider vinegar. It's time to use our herbs, plants. and fruits to its fullest potential. You can make apple cider vinegar from apple scraps, chopped apples, and apple skin. Although we typically see darker ACV on the market, "darker ACV may be less refined than lighter ACV. Darker ACV does have more antioxidants."


Uses
  • Salad dressing

  • Stews, sauces, marinades

  • Face mask: With the popular bentonite clay, add ACV, water, and an oil of your choice (optional), mix and gently apply to your face. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, depending on you skin sensitivity.

  • Bath soak: Add 1-2 cups of ACV to your warm bath water and soak for 15-20 minutes. ACV soak is beneficial for skin relief, such as eczema, inflammation, balancing pH, combatting body odor, and detoxing the body of impurities and bacteria.

  • Hair wash: Spray your hair with 50% cool water & 50% ACV and spray your hair before you shampoo. Allow it to sit for approximately 20 minutes then rinse. This can be done before or after you shampoo, but it is still recommended to rinse out completely. Great for dry scalp, clarifying hair, cleansing locs, and reducing dandruff.

  • Gut health: ACV may be able to aid in digestion. The good bacteria in ACV may be able to kill bad bacteria in gut and intestines.

  • Natural deodorant

  • Sunburn relief

  • Bug bite relief


Benefits
  • Relieves heartburn

  • Relieves digestion

  • Lowers cholesterol

  • Lowers blood sugar levels; assists in preventing type 2 diabetes

  • Weight loss aid

  • Removes dandruff

  • Cleanses hair of buildup

  • Encourages hair growth

  • Home disinfectant

  • Exfoliates skin

  • Anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties

  • Removes dirt from skin

  • Assists in treating acne scars

"The Mother"
  • What is "The Mother"?

The mother is a naturally formed big bacterial glob. It has a cloudy, thick appearance with natural probiotics and immune boosting properties.

  • The Mother can naturally form within 3-4 weeks helping the fermentation process.


Recommended Tools
  • A clean glass jar or glass bowl

  • Organic apple scraps, chopped apples, or apple peels.... or all of the above!

  • Sugar cane

  • Filtered water or distilled water

  • A cheesecloth, coffee filter, or wig cap

  • Rubber band


Get creative and use an unused wig cap. 💁🤣

Ingredients
  • Chopped apples, apple scraps and/or apple peels

  • 2 tablespoons sugar ( Turbinado or raw sugar cane is recommended)

  • Distilled water








How to Make

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  • Wash your apples and fill the jar ½ or ¾ full of the apples. If you are using whole apples, chop them into small pieces.

  • Wash your apples and fill the jar ½ or ¾ full of the apples. If you are using whole apples, chop them into small pieces.

  • -Add sugar to the water and mix until dissolved. (1Tablespoon per one cup of water)

  • -Pour the sugar water over the apples until fully covered. The apples will rise slightly above the water.

  • -Cover the apples with a cheesecloth and rubberband.

  • -Store in a room temperature space for 2-4 weeks out of direct sunlight and stir everyday for 2 weeks.

  • -After those 2-4 weeks, strain the apples in a colander and into a clean glass bowl or jar.

  • -Store the captured liquid ACV and cover it in the same manner as previously done.

  • -Store in the previously used area.

  • -After 1-3 months, place it in a clean glass bottle and tightly close.


Important Tips
  • Mold can form if done improperly: If mold forms, the ACV can no longer be used You must discard it.

  • Skim off the Kahm Yeast: which is a white substance they may form along the surface. It can be mistaken for mold.

  • Only use distilled or filtered water: Do not use any spring water, tap water, mineral water, alkaline water or any water besides

  • Colors vary: Depending on the types of apples used, storage conditions, and ratios will vary each ACV. A proper ACV has a pH of 2-3. You can use pH test strips.

  • Taste test: After the 1-3 months, taste your ACV to see if it is to your liking.

  • Room Temperature MATTERS: Do not place the fermented ACV in a room with varying temperatures. It should be placed in a stable temperature (between 60-80 degrees) away from direct light.



Risks and Side Effects
  • It is recommended to drink ACV with water. Add 2-4 teaspoons to your water.

  • Consuming ACV everyday may cause irritation to your throat.

  • Tooth erosion

  • Interference with prescription medication

  • Stomach issues

  • Do not use if you have low potassium levels, acid reflux, kidney issues

  • May cause bloating

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