How to Create an Herb Infused Apple Cider Vinegar for Healing
I started making this apple cider vinegar about 1.5 years ago for a hair rinse. I struggled with dandruff and itchy scalp and wanted something to help relieve that (extra tip if you are in the same boat - cut out dairy...but that's a different post). Once I corrected everything, I realized that I had this amazing remedy for a bath tonic!
Yep, this infused apple cider vinegar that I have blogged about before on Modern Alternative Mama and my old herb blog is an amazing remedy to add to your bath when you have a cold or flu. The herbs aid in your healing, combined with the balancing properties of apple cider vinegar and a warm bath make this a very powerful healing tool.
If using fresh herbs, double the amount of herb used.
- 1/4 cup dried Yarrow
- 1/4 cup dried Rosemary
- 1/4 cup dried Calendula
- 1/2 cup dried Chamomile
- 1 bottle (32 fl oz) Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar "with the mother"
Add all the herbs to a large jar (I used a half gallon mason jar). Shake the ACV to get the "mother" off the bottom, then cover the herbs with the ACV. Give them a good shake. Set somewhere out of the way but where you will remember to shake it every few days. Save the original jar.
Wait 4-6 weeks then strain out the herbs, keeping the apple cider vinegar. You can then put the infused ACV back into the original bottle.
Add 1/2 - 1 cup infused ACV to your bath water along with 2 T baking soda and 1-2 cups magnesium salts, whenever you feel like it. I recommend adding it to your bath (or children's bath) is you are experience cold and flu symptoms, especially fever. Yarrow is a wonderful diaphoretic which will help bring that fever to the surface to "break"
For you hair: dilute 1 part infused ACV to 4 or 6 parts water. Pour over hair, let sit a minute, then rinse thoroughly.
I have ACV infusing right now as we speak. Last week my oldest daughter wasn't feel great and had a mild fever so she hopped right in to a bath. She perked right up and felt well enough to come down and play.