This ain’t your momma’s bath…..oh wait, eh, maybe it is? There are many benefits for apple cider vinegar bath. Most natural-minded folks know about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar:
- for increasing acid in the gut,
- providing enzyme-rich nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron (many of which most people are deficient in)
But get this … soaking in this raw, unfiltered cider has outside benefits as well.
Apple cider vinegar works as an astringent and antibacterial agent. You do want to use only raw organic vinegar that has grit on the bottom of the bottle. This is called the “mother.” Taking a warm bath (hot, but not scalding) will help reduce inflammation in the body clearing out any bacteria on the skin which may cause infection.
It is especially effective for sunburns. A raw apple cider bath will reduce swelling and pain from the burn. Other types of skin issues which may be alleviated with an apple cider bath are: athlete’s foot, eczema, yeast infections, and even dandruff.
According to many specialists, 65% or more of our body’s detoxification happens through the skin. In addition, resting in the vinegar solution also helps maintain the proper pH level of your skin, which is naturally acidic. The top layer of skin provides a barrier against toxins. However, is worn away through the use of body washes and soaps that have an alkaline base. Apple cider baths re-balance the skin’s natural pH level helping to detoxify and strengthen your body.
If you use water as hot as you can handle, this will draw toxins out through the skin. As the water cools down, toxins are pulled into the water through osmosis.
Ancient wisdom teaches us that detoxifying baths were part of many cultures. For example, Jewish Traditions, Mesopotamian, Christian, Ancient Romans and Greeks, Muslims, Celts, Druids, and Wiccans, Finnish, and Native American peoples all used baths for spiritual, religious, purification, and sacred rituals in order to heal the body-mind-soul.
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
1 to 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
3 – 5 drops of grapefruit Essential Oil
5 drops of ginger Essential Oil
5 drops of orange Essential Oil
5 drops of Sandalwood
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil