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Tag: apple cider vinegar

Relieve a Sunburn with Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil

As hard as I try to help my kids avoid a sunburn, there have been a couple of times over the years when they’ve gotten sunburned regardless of my best efforts. Learning about this surprising use for apple cider vinegar that helped my daughter recover quickly and comfortably from a sunburn after a day spent bike riding in the Colorado sun.

This month my teen and tween are both enrolled in a fantastic bike camp where the kids bike to various parks all over the city while learning bike safety, maintenance, and urban navigation along the way. Being in the sunshine is unavoidable when biking –and of course, good for absorbing vitamin D– and I encourage them to lather on a chemical-free, mineral-based sunscreen in the morning before they leave the house. And mostly they do.

However, sometimes the sun is so strong that they burn anyway. Especially my blue-eyed daughter, who will be nicely tanned by the end of the summer, but now, in early June, is still pretty fair-skinned. Which is why what happened yesterday when she rode fourteen miles with her camp group and came home with reddened arms.

By bedtime, her arms were hot and burning. I suggested she rub aloe vera gel on them, which she did, but it wasn’t enough.

A true child of the computer age, she got online and searched for sunburn remedies and found this one that had been recommended by many people. So we tried it… and lo and behold, it worked! Within just a few minutes her pain diminished, and by the next morning she rejoiced in how significantly the redness had faded.

Here’s what she did.

Apple Cider Vinegar Sunburn Remedy

  1. Soak a small washcloth in a bowl of apple cider vinegar to saturate the cloth.
  2. Place the washcloth on the sunburned area for a one to three minutes. Allow skin to dry.
  3. Slather coconut oil over the sunburned area and allow to soak in. Do not rinse off. The coconut oil will moisturize, nourish, and heal the skin.
  4. Repeat every twelve hours (morning and night) or as desired until redness and pain are gone.

Alleviating the inflammation from a sunburn quickly translates to reducing the cancer risk from a sunburn.

Removing Plantar Warts with Salicylic Acid and Apple Cider Vinegar

Seems like plantar warts plague a lot of people, so I figured it was time for an update on the plantar wart remedy I wrote about two years ago.

In case you haven’t seen the original post on using apple cider vinegar to remove plantar warts, I wrote about my friend Pete’s plantar wart and how he was using apple cider vinegar and duct tape to remove it. A recent commenter inspired me to see if it actually worked, so I sent off a message to my friend Pete and posed the question to him. Here is his reply:

“I switched to a mixture of salicylic acid and apple cider vinegar but yes it did go away, completely. No signs of it at all. I got the salicylic acid OTC (over-the-counter) and would apply it twice a day under the duct tape with a gauze soaked in cider. After 2-3 months it slowly started to dissipate and then one day when I pulled the tape off, the whole thing came off. It was a very slow process but it was the salicylic acid in the end which did the trick.”

Salicylic acid is a natural product that comes from the bark of the willow tree and has been used as an anti-inflammatory and analgesiac since ancient times. Nowadays it’s often used in treating acne, wrinkles, aging, and other cosmetic skin issues. Since salicylic acid loosens and removes aged cells, I can understand why it might be helpful for plantar warts.

Pete writes: “One other point which I forgot to mention. About half way through the process when it was incredibly tender, my doctors only concern when he saw it was that of infection. I made a point of cleaning it several times a day since it was on my foot.”

Let us know if this works for you, or if you have found other effective plantar wart remedies!