I don't know about you, but I tend to get a little anxious in the last couple months of the year. After all, there seems to be so much to do! Thanksgiving's right around the corner, followed by Christmas. Ack! Holiday anxiety is peering around every corner. And then there's the whole "look at all I didn't accomplish this year" angst that accompanies the closing out of one year and the dawning of the next. Or am I the only one who feels that way?
And what does all this have to do with vinegar?
Well, it just so happens, in Chapter 10 of my book, I give a couple of tips for easing anxiety with vinegar. Like this one:
Instead of reaching for a beer or a bloody Mary at the end of a stressful day, opt for this calming cocktail:
Add 1 tablespoon of ACV (raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar) to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and then add a cinnamon stick and some honey. You can even add throw in a tea bag of chamomile to ease the anxiety even faster. Obviously, you want to let the drink cool down a bit before imbibing. Then get ready to chill as your anxiety melts away.
For angina attacks, I offer this advice:
Most often, angina is caused by a lack of blood and oxygen reaching the cells of your heart muscle. The reason? Emotional upset of some kind. The image that comes to my mind is of Fred Sanford grasping his chest and crying, "I'm coming to join you, Elizabeth!" If you cannot relax your way out of an attack of angina, try this herbal remedy:
Brew a cup of chamomile tea and add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Add honey to flavor the tea. Sip the tea instead of heading to the ER. Of course, you cannot just assume it is angina and not a heart attack, so be smart about it. Like I always say, use your common sense!
Why does this work? Well, it seems that vinegar can act as a mild sedative. Researchers at Yale University discovered that just the smell of spiced apples could ward off panic attacks and lower stress levels in some people.
NOTE: I am not a medical professional. Always check with your doctor when in doubt.
And then there's the depression that seems to descend upon many as the nights grow longer and daylight fades much earlier than in the warmer months.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) throws many people off balance. A craving for carbs may be the direct result of this. Stave off cravings by downing a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of ACV added to it. After a couple of days, you will be feeling better than ever.
And you thought vinegar was just for making salad dressing or cleaning windows. Surprise! It's an awfully handy thing to keep in the cupboard for so much more than that! Want more tips? Check out my book, VINEGAR FRIDAYS. It's bargain on Amazon for only $6.99.
So, how are YOU using vinegar today?