Apple cider vinegar, I find, should be considered as a super food/cure all – therefore something to keep in every home pantry and ‘medicine’ cabinet. It has long been known by folk medicine as one of nature’s greatest healing agents. Apple Cider Vinegar has a ton of beneficial uses as a home remedy and healing tonic. Today, I’d like to discuss it’s use in hair/scalp care. Read my first post on it’s use as a digestive support, here.
Got Dandruff, Scalp Itch, Limp Lifeless Hair, or Build Up? Try applying some ACV….
Several years ago, I gave up using store bought shampoo, to avoid the toxic ingredients used. I switched to using an apple cider vinegar rinse in my hair in place of shampoo or conditioner and it worked quite nicely for me. It took some getting used to, but it helped to deal with a lot of the build up from the shampoo use over the years. To make your own apple cider vinegar rinse, simply find a bottle with a lid that you can squeeze in a controlled manner and add a mixture of 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of warm water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Tilt your head back in the shower and gently squeeze out at the top of you head and beginning of your hairline, being very careful not to let it drip down into your eyes. Massage through your hair and scalp, leave on for several minutes. Again, be careful not to let it drip down your face. Rinse well. This rinse may help to brighten your hair and give it a little sparkle. It will also help to remove the build up from commercial shampoos and styling products. This vinegar rinse can also help to calm frizzy hair.
A vinegar rinse can also be effective at killing ‘bottle bacillus’ a microorganism that is common in scalp conditions like dandruff. Itchy scalp and dandruff are often caused by bacteria that clog hair follicles, forming dry crusts that itch and flake. (source) The acids and enzymes in apple cider vinegar kill the offending bacteria. Some dandruff can be caused by fungus, and apple cider vinegar will kill that too! Simply pour full strength vinegar on your head, being very careful not to get it in the eyes. Do not do this if you have any open cuts on your scalp. Work the vinegar into the roots of your hair and wrap it with a towel. Leave the treatment on for a full hour before washing your hair. Repeat this procedure as many times as necessary to do away with dandruff and itchy scalp for good.
Making Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
I’ve never made my own apple cider vinegar, but my friend Melanie of Pickle Me Too has. She swears it’s super simple. I do hope to try it soon, since I can get fresh local apple cider currently. Here is her recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar – give it a try sometime! (above photo by Melanie of Pickle Me Too).
We go through a lot of apple cider vinegar in my home. I like to buy it in bulk if I can – either a case of bottles (if I can swing it) or in the gallon sized jugs. I also love this book; ‘Dr. Earl Mindell’s AMAZING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR’.
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