A warm vinegar bath may not be as pleasing to the nose as bathwater with jasmine, chamomile or rose, but it’s something that can work wonders for your skin and even stress levels — if you can get past the smell. Actually, it is not at all that difficult to get used to the smell of a warm vinegar bath especially after you’re acquainted with its perks.
The secret to an amazing warm vinegar bath is adding apple cider vinegar to your bathwater. Everyone knows that apple cider vinegar is a versatile home remedy that’s capable of a lot of things, from clearing up acne to controlling sugar levels in the blood. Folk healers recommend apple cider vinegar soaks for joint pain and inflammation.
What makes apple cider vinegar so powerful is the fact that its acidic nature can help restore normal pH. Further, this highly popular form of vinegar has superb antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it very good against skin diseases and a handful of internal problems caused by invading microbes. Apple cider vinegar also contains vitamins and minerals.
Excited to immerse your body in warm water with apple cider vinegar in it to feel like royalty and reap all sorts of benefits during and after the relaxing soak? Before we tackle the many different perks offered by warm vinegar baths, let us first take a look at how to come up with this soothing bath that you can enjoy in your own bathroom:
- Fill your tub with warm water.
- Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
- Soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with cold water afterwards (although some people simply their skin air dry afterwards).
That’s how you come up with and enjoy warm vinegar baths. Feel free to gently scrub your skin with a washcloth or loofah while immersed. Also, don’t forget to get your hair wet with for clean and shiny tresses! Try to do this 1 to 2 times a week to enjoy the benefits it brings. Go for it at the end of a really stressful day at work!
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the amazing things that warm vinegar baths offer:
It Detoxifies Your Body
Did you know that your skin, the largest external organ you have, is actually an organ of elimination just like your liver and kidneys? Having warm vinegar baths every now and then can help your skin perform its task much better, thus promoting faster removal of toxins and waste products that have collected within your body.
Going for warm vinegar baths also helps you attain relief from painful and swollen joints. Again, it has something to do with the ability of apple cider vinegar to pull poisonous substances out of your body via the skin. In fact, for hundreds of years now folk healers suggest vinegar soaks for individuals who are bugged by stiff, painful and inflamed joints.
It Nourishes Your Skin and Manages Various Skin Problems
As mentioned earlier, apple cider vinegar contains vitamins and minerals. What makes warm vinegar baths particularly good for your skin is its vitamin C content, an antioxidant that helps protect skin damage and aging by neutralizing free radicals. It’s for the same reason why it helps soothe sunburns.
Thanks to the antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar, adding it to warm bathwater can help soothe all sorts of skin problems such as eczema, ring worm, jock itch and athlete’s foot. It is also ideal for those who are plagued by acne, including the kind that appears on the back — or what some people choose to refer to as “backne”.
It Keeps the Body Odor at Bay
Apple cider vinegar added to warm bath water helps restore your body’s normal pH levels. This robs those odor-causing bacteria of the opportunity to thrive in warm and moist areas of the body such as the underarms, causing you a great deal of embarrassment especially when you start sweating profusely.
Having warm vinegar baths is also great for individuals with smelly feet. If you don’t want to soak your entire body in water with apple cider vinegar, simple immerse your feet in a basin with warm water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar for several minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly with a clean towel before putting on your socks and shoes.