The Healing Properties of Apple Cider Vinegar

Why pray tell would anyone put apple cider vinegar and lavender together?  It is the perfect remedy for our crowning glory, our hair!!!  Together they create a healing solution for dandruff, hair loss, etc., and an excellent rinse for hair of any type, especially if you love healthy, shiny hair.  The reason is that apple cider vinegar among 1000 other health benefits has everything your hair needs to regain it’s perfect PH balance.  Here are a few things that apple cider vinegar can do.

Removes the buildup from shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. Simply rinse your hair with vinegar to break up the old shampoo residue that sticks to the hair and makes it dull. Apple cider vinegar also strips away the hair spray build up and leaves your hair shining.

Closes up the cuticle. The outer sheath of the hair, the cuticle, is clear and protects the inside color pigments and hair cells. When you remove hard water residue from the shaft of the hair with apple cider vinegar it makes your hair shine.

Seals in the color. There has been back and forth about color treated hair, and whether ACV will strip the color, but it does not. Actually it does the opposite, it helps to seal the color by closing the cuticle around the new color.  If you are worried about removing color, simply use the apple cider vinegar right before you color.  That way you are starting with clean healthy hair.

Lavender has been used for 1000′s of years for hair loss.  As well as treating sleepiness, stress, fatigue, and anxiety, lavender also is antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral and can aid in healing a multitude of ailments.

As a rinse before you shampoo: Mix 50 percent warm water with 50 percent apple cider vinegar and pour it on the scalp. Shampoo after you let it set for a few minutes.

As a final rinse: Use 1/4 cup fresh lavender (or other herb you favor) with a quart of boiling water poured over it. When the mixture cools, strain out the lavender and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Use a cup as a final rinse. Store it in the refrigerator in a closed container.

OK, yes, ACV really stinks, but rest assured that the smell goes away in about 1/2 an hour.  No you wont go around smelling like a salad;)  If  you use the lavender rinse or simply add a few drops of essential oil when the apple cider vinegar wears off all that is left is the hint of lavender.  Nice!

For more information on the healing benifits of lavender:  http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lavender-000260.htm

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