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Vinegar is one of the oldest fermented food products known to man. The word vinegar comes from the French vin aigre which means “sour wine.” When air is exposed to fermented liquid, like wine bacterial activity occurs and then end result is acetic acid or sour vinegar. Herbal vinegars are simple to create and a great way to use fresh and dried herbs from your garden. Simply fill a clean jar with apple cider or white vinegar and add your favorite herbs. Let sit for 2 weeks and you will have a vinegar that can be used in cooking or for cosmetic uses. The restorative powers of vinegar have been known since ancient times. Helen of Troy was known for taking vinegar baths. She would add a cup or two of vinegar to her bathwater which would cleanse and soothe her skin. Vinegar is also a classic cure for sunburn, bad breath, and dandruff. Here are a few more herbal vinegar recipes for you to enjoy:



Mint Vinegar Skin Toner

This toner helps restore acidity to the skin, keeping it toned, healthy and resistant to infection. All skin types benefit from using vinegar. It helps control blackheads in oily skin and cures flakiness in very dry skin. The fresh mint leaves a cooling sensation on your skin.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup distilled or pure water

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients pour into a clean container and let sit for 3 days. Strain or filter out all solids and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting lid. To use: apply to just washed skin with a clean cotton pad.

Yield: 8 ounces


Herb After Bath Splash

This is a refreshing after bath splash that will refresh your skin and body. It is especially uplifting after showering. Honey is a natural humectants that helps your skin retain moisture giving your skin a healthy all over look.

Ingredients:

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup pure honey

1 tablespoon fresh sage (1 teaspoon dried)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme (1 teaspoon dried)

1 teaspoon ground dried cloves

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean jar, let sit for 2 weeks. Shake the jar daily to remix ingredients. Strain the liquid and pour into a clean bottle. To use: After washing splash on your skin and let dry.

Yield: 12 ounces

Herbal Vinegar Bath

This slightly acidic bath helps rinse away soap resides on your skin and reinstates your own natural acid balance. For women it is also a good way to counteract yeast infections because the acidic environment will kill harmful bacteria. The combination of herbs gives your bath an uplifting scent that is especially relaxing and calming and a great way to reduce stress.

Ingredients:

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (1 teaspoon dried)

1 tablespoon fresh tarragon (1 teaspoon dried)

1 tablespoon fresh mint (1 teaspoon dried)

1 1 /2 teaspoons fennel seeds

Directions:

Mix together all the ingredients in a small saucepan or microwave container and heat gently until just boiling. Let the mixture cool completely and then strain off all solids. To use: Pour the entire mixture into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 12 ounces enough for one bath.

Anti Dandruff Hair Rinse Dandruff is a condition of the scalp where the skin becomes very dry and flaky. This hair rinse will help deep cleanse your scalp and rid it of any surface debris and dead skin cells. This rinse can be a bit drying so make sure you follow up with a rich hair conditioner if needed.

Ingredients:

1 /2 cup red wine or apple cider vinegar

1 /2 cup fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves

1 cup boiling water

Directions:

Place the vinegar and mint leaves in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the mixture cool completely and then strain. To use: Apply the solution to the scalp as a final rinse after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

Yield: 8 ounces



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