Traditionally, having a bath is viewed as a way of relaxation rather than detoxification, or healing. Hence so many of the products that we buy are artificially scented and packed with harsh chemicals that clog our pores and cause all kinds of internal disruptions. Since 65% of the body cleansing is achieved via the skin, our bath should be more than a mean of relaxation, but become a healing ritual to draw out the toxins that we consume, absorb, and inhale day in, day out.
The extensive benefits of vinegar have been renowned through centuries and cultures. It has been used by our ancestors as health tonic to support natural harmony and balance. Suitable for use both internally and externally, this magic potion provides many health benefits and has been regarded as a “cure-all”. To list a few, it’s know to aid digestion, cure common skin complains, combat parasites, stop bleeding, balance body’s pH levels, etc.
Did you know that Helen of Troy, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the world, bathed in vinegar to tone and condition her skin?
Home-made treatments that include vinegar are a great over-all detoxifiers that can sooth, gently exfoliate, and brighten your skin, as well as treat an array of skin conditions.
AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid), found in natural fruit as well as cider vinegars, acts as a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and stimulate production of replacements and natural moisturisers.
Before we start, I would like to mention that you should stick to fruit cider vinegars (unsweetened) such as organic apple cider vinegar. They have a delightful fruity smell that will pleasantly contribute to your beauty remedies. Distilled white vinegar does not have as many nutrients and antioxidants as other vinegars. Please avoid malt, balsamic, white or red wine vinegars as they are not suitable for beauty treatments.
Whether you are an athlete, a gym fanatic, or a mommy of a toddler — adding some cider vinegar to your bath will sooth your strained achy muscles, leaving your skin soft and conditioned. Vinegar bathes are also recommended if you tend to wake during the night due to muscle cramps.
Lavender Bath for Sore Muscles
Scent your hot bath with a few drops of lavender oil and 1-2 cups of cider vinegar. Soak for approximately 20-30 minutes. Let your hair take full advantage of the elixir by getting it wet too 🙂
Relaxing Orange & Mint Bath
- One bunch of fresh mint
- One bunch of fresh lavender
- Peel of one orange
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- Bath oil of your choice (you can even use baby oil)
- Tie the mint, lavender and orange peel together and place it in the bath.
- Add a cup of cider vinegar
- Add a shallow layer of hot water and leave to infuse for about 5 minutes.
- Fill the bath with warm water then add a few drops of bath oil.
Vinegar is a natural antiseptic that combats fungus, bacteria, odour, corn and dry or itchy skin. Soak your feet in a warm foot bath with a few drops of cider vinegar for about 30 minutes.
Anti-fungal Foot Bath
- 25g dried sage
- 25g dried marigold flowers
- 1 large chopped aloe vera leaf
- 1 tbsp myrrh granules
- 4 pints of water
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 4 tbsp cider vinegar
Bring the water to boil then add all the ingredients. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Let the infusion to cool down and transfer to a bowl to put your feet in. Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes, then dry thoroughly.