Medicinal miracle for skin tags, ringworm, cholesterol and more

By Sari Huhtala

This medicinal vinegar may be a key ingredient to one of your favourite salad dressings, but did you know used topically it can help eliminate skin tags, and conditions like ringworm, not to mention lower cholesterol levels when taken internally?

Scientists conducted a review of nine studies on the effect of apple cider vinegar consumption on lipid profiles and found apple cider vinegar consumption can significantly lower cholesterol levels, according to a 2021 review published in the journal BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies.

Taken with meals, researchers have found apple cider vinegar can help with glucose spikes.

During the 18th century, apple cider vinegar (ACV) was used to treat pneumonia, and 2500 years ago it was used for coughs and colds.

A friend relayed she used ACV to remove skin tags, and more recently, an acquaintance mentioned her family doctor suggested, after she had inquired about what to do about her age spots, she use ACV to help reduce skin pigmentations.

How to use ACV for skin tags? Soak a cotton ball in ACV and place over the skin tag. Apply a bandage to keep the swab in place for about 15 minutes, then remove, and repeat daily. The acidity of the ACV helps break down skin tissue around the skin tag. Someone once told me she simply used an ear swab to dab ACV on her skin tags daily, and it worked to remove it.

I have also used ACV as a remedy for ringworm on one of my sons, years ago, by simply spraying ACV on the affected skin daily until it was gone. Test the skin for sensitivity if using undiluted ACV.

I use it undiluted on bug bites since its benefits are two-fold. ACV helps with reduce itching and, as an antiseptic, it cleans the area to help prevent infection.  

ACV is definitely a medicine cabinet must-have. How to add it to your daily diet? Use it in salad dressings, or simply mix equal parts ACV with raw honey into a sterile jar. Then take a tsp of it daily in a glass of water.

(This information is not intended to replace medical advice and treatment from a health care practitioner).

Sari Huhtala is the creator, publisher and editor of Alive and Fit Magazine. She has over 25 years experience in journalism and over 15 years experience as a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is an organic farmer, wild-crafter and grandmother, who has spent over 20 years of navigating a holistic, healthy path for her family.

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