Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits, Home Remedies, Ayurvedic Properties + Homemade ACV Recipe

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an ancient vinegar formulation prepared with the process of fermentation of apple juice or crushed apples. It is generally sour in taste and pale or amber in color. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a health boosting tonic.

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What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

  1. Apple cider vinegar will help you to lose weight.1,2
  2. ACV has anti-glycemic, healthy blood sugar supporting properties.3
  3. ACV has shown to support healthy cholesterol and triglycerides.3
  4. It supports the immune functions.
  5. As a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar has been credited with curing everything from flu to warts.

How To Take ACV

Pregnant women and lactating mothers should not consume ACV.

Never consume apple cider vinegar straight. It’s so acidic, it can harm your tooth enamel and esophagus.

Dilute 2 tablespoons in one cup of water and drink. You can have this twice a day, in between meals.

Ayurvedic Properties Of ACV

Apple cider vinegar is generally light for digestion and astringent (Kashaya Rasa). It strongly increases the flow of bile and hence can be related to increased Pitta properties. It has pitta pacifying properties on the blood.

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4 Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedies

1. Natural Hair Care

Take an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour this on your hair after shampooing. Do this three times per week for best results.

2. Sunburn

To ease sunburned skin, put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath, along with ¼ cup of coconut oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil.

3. Body Odor

Simply dabbing some apple cider vinegar on your fingers and running it into your armpit can kill yeast and neutralize odors, keeping you smelling fresh all day.

4. Warts

Put apple cider vinegar topically on the wart and then cover with a bandage. Leave on overnight and remove in the morning. Doing this for one week will help reduce warts.

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How To Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

You will need:

10 organic apples
2 large, wide-mouthed glass jars
water, enough to cover


Take 10 organically grown apples and wash them thoroughly. Cut each apple into four pieces. Store the apples at room temperature until they turn brown.

Once brown, put all the apples into a large, wide-mouthed glass jar. Cover the apples with water and then cover the jar with cheesecloth. Do not cover so tightly as you want to allow oxygen and airflow to enter. Place the covered jar in a dark and warm place and let sit for six or seven months. Stir once weekly.

After six months, you will see a layer of scum on the water. This forms from bacteria as alcohol turns to vinegar. Filter the liquid through the cheesecloth into a second wide large glass jar. Cover the second jar of liquid again with the same cheesecloth. Allow it to sit in a warm place for another five to six weeks. The liquid will become your apple cider vinegar. Now, transfer it into your desired storage containers and refrigerate.

Though the procedure looks long, making ACV at home is really inexpensive. Also the health benefits will be greater than those obtained through the store bought ones.

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1 Johnston, Carol S., and Cindy A. Gaas. “Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect.”Medscape General Medicine. Medscape, 2006. Web. 13 July 2017.
2 Budak, Nilgün H., Elif Aykin, Atif C. Seydim, Annel K. Greene, and Zeynep B. Guzel‐Seydim. “Functional Properties of Vinegar.” Journal of Food Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 08 May 2014. Web. 13 July 2017.
3 Shishehbor, F., A. Mansoori, A. R. Sarkaki, M. T. Jalali, and S. M. Latifi. “Apple Cider Vinegar Attenuates Lipid Profile in Normal and Diabetic Rats.” Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences : PJBS. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 01 Dec. 2008. Web. 13 July 2017.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.


  1. Can a person with Vata Pitta prakriti also take apple cider vinegar. An you please also share what kind of foods should a vata pitta person eat. Can vata pitta prakriti person also do intermittent fasting? Qould appreciate your guidance.

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Aparna,
      Great questions! The vinegar may be too provoking to Pitta, however you need to watch your doshas. If Vata becomes high, you treat Vata. If Pitta becomes high you treat Pitta.
      Here’s an article that has a ton of info on the Vata Pitta diet:

  2. Can apple cider vinegar be consumed along with Ayurveda medicines

  3. I have gastritis and acid reflux, can the apple cider vinegar remedy mentioned above help?

    • Mixing one tablespoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar into one glass of water is a common home remedy for gastritis, and can be taken daily. But if you have severe gastritis, consult your primary physician.

  4. Nice Article! Does apple cider vinegar help in hair growth?

  5. medilifeayurvedicclinic

    Thanks for posting this content

  6. Nice post and thanks for sharing it.

  7. Very interesting products. Ayurvedic products are safe to use.

  8. Ayurvedic products are very good for the health because it is made from natural ingredients.There are many ayurvedic products are available online.


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