I’ve been on the hunt to find out what some of the best uses of Apple Cider Vinegar are for babies and mamas.
All Hail Apple Cider Vinegar!
I feel about ACV much the same as I feel about Coconut Oil. For me, they are miracle workers in the guise of humble pantry staples. Able to fix a plethora of problems, their uses know no bounds.
Made from fermented apples, ACV has been used for hundreds of years as a remedy to cure many ailments. Its main component is Acetic Acid. That, along with all its enzymes and micronutrients, are what provide the many health benefits attributed to it.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Babies
- Boosts the Immune System
Adding ACV to babies food will do wonders for his immune system. It’s full of antioxidants and antimicrobial.
- Yeast Infections
ACV’s anti-fungal properties help it fight thrush. Add to baby’s food or dilute a teaspoon in a cup of water to drink.
- Cloth Diapers
When washing a load of cloth diapers add half a cup to the first rinse.
- Diaper Rash
Put half a cup in the bathwater to take the sting out of baby’s rash.
- Cradle Cap
Dilute slightly and dab onto baby’s head with cotton wool to kill bacteria.
- Treating Eczema
Dilute with water and dab on with cotton wool. It helps restore the pH balance of baby’s skin.
- Help Baby Chill Out
If baby’s in a bad mood it’s been said that adding half a cup of ACV to his bath will help him relax and improve his mood.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Mamas
- Heartburn and Morning Sickness
Mix a tablespoon of ACV with water and drink. It’s great for when you’re suffering from pregnancy-induced heartburn too.
- Help Prevent Mastitis and Premenstrual Cramps
Drink a couple of tablespoons in a glass of water throughout the day.
- Sunburn Soother
Helps with pain and reduces redness. Just wet a cloth and lay it over the sunburnt area.
- Facial Toner
Dilute 1:1 with water and apply to the face with cotton wool after cleansing.
- Teeth Whitener
Rinse your mouth with ACV before cleaning your teeth.
- Hair Softener and Shine Enhancer
Mix it with water and leave in hair for a minute or two before rinsing out.
- Detox Spa Bath
Add a cup to the bath for a relaxing soak and see how soft your skin feels afterwards.
- Weight Loss
People have been using apple cider vinegar for weight loss with great results. Add it to food to help you feel satiated. It’s also said to help calm a sweet tooth.
- Control Cholesterol
Mix a tablespoon with a glass of grapefruit juice and drink before a meal to help keep a check on cholesterol.
Its enzymes and electrolytes make it an excellent energy drink. Just mix it with water, lemon juice and ginger.
- Relieve Cold Symptoms
Add to hot water with honey and lemon to soothe sore throats, coughs and aches and pains.
- Clear Sinuses
Boil with water and inhale the steam.
- Relieve Hay fever Symptoms
Drink a tablespoon in a glass of water every day to act as a natural antihistamine
- Foot Soak
Soak feet in warm water and ACV to get rid of Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungus
- Wart Remover
Soak a piece of cotton wool, apply it to the wart and hold in place with a plaster. Leave it of overnight for a few consecutive nights until the wart is gone.
- Wash Fruit and Veg
Use to clean pesticides from produce.
Use in a spray bottle with water and lemon for a great surface cleaning. Also good for floors.
- Jewellery Cleaner
Mix half a cup of ACV with a couple of spoons of baking soda and soak your silver jewellery for an hour or so.
Filtered or Unfiltered ACV?
I prefer to use an organic, unfiltered ACV for myself. A good ACV should be murky in appearance and have stringy sediment (referred to as “the mother“) so you know it’s full of gut-healthy bacteria, enzymes and proteins. Having said that, I wouldn’t use an unfiltered version on my baby. A baby’s system may not be ready for all that bacteria so it’s best to stick with pasteurised (heat-treated) ACV, and only start using it from when the baby is 6 months old.
As with all-natural, home remedies you should check with your doctor before trying them, and especially before trying them on your baby. There hasn’t been a great deal of scientific studies done on the uses of ACV, most of it is anecdotal, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.
If you have any questions or any other tips to share, please leave a comment below. Thanks.