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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
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I have always loved super spicy food but in the last year I have had a hard time eating it and have had a hard time of breaking the habit of cooking that way. I have always know to add lemon, vinegar or sugar to cut back on spice But now have found my favorite thing to help when I make something too spicy. Apple cider vinegar! I've been using it to help treat my eczema and have found there are so many uses! What do you use it for?

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Last updated: Mar. 12, 2013 7:12 pm
Posted: Mar. 11, 2013 7:27 pm
Commented by: AZ93
Mar. 11, 2013 8:19 pm
It's great in home made mayonnaise! Btw, this is slightly OT, but I am developing eczema and would love to know how you use acv to treat it. Ingesting, or topical? (I have been using tea tree and vitamin e oils topically).
Mar. 11, 2013 8:40 pm
Actually both! The main problem is on my scalp, ears and eyebrows. I have a spray bottle that I fill half organic Apple cider vinegar and half water and after I wash my hair I spray the vinegar over my head and let it air dry. If I find my eczema bad on my skin I take a bath with 1 cup a c vinegar for 20 minutes. I try to take 3 tbsp of it a day mixed with water but that is harder for me. Taste and remembering to do it are the main reasons I don't always do it.It is used to lower blood pressure, lose weight, and so much more!
Mar. 11, 2013 9:03 pm
Thank you so much Jess. I usually live in the Caribbean (rough, I know) and have NO problems with it. But I have been up in Maine with my Dad for several months and my scalp, neck, ears and stomach have been almost unbearable. I wake up in the middle of the night and put tea tree and/or vitamin e oil topically just so I can sleep, but I know there has to be something better out there. I am going to try your acv tomorrow, thank you soooo much! BTW the homemade mayo with acv really is great. :)
Mar. 11, 2013 11:00 pm
Hi Jess & AZ93. I am going to pass this info to my sisters. The 3 of us have had bouts of something for years. One doctor says it is eczema & one says psoriasis. I had several spots & a very bad spot on my leg while in school. Went to several doctors & nothing helped. When I started work, a man there told me to use Oxipor & use a tanning bed. I had spent hundreds on doctors & medicine & a $12 OTC is what worked for me. I have a small spot now that flares up now & then. One sister has it all over & nothing helps her completely except that it has eased just a little as a side effect of taking the Humera shots. Another sister had it on her ears when young. Last week, she said it had come back on her ears, scalp & eyebrows. She ordered a strong strength of coal tar ointment & shampoo. The 4th sister has never had a spect of this. Thanks for sharing your tips.
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Mar. 12, 2013 1:18 am
I have used apple cider vinegar to get rid of heartburn. Just a teaspoon will do. I rinse my hair with distilled white vinegar for a tangle free comb out.
Mar. 12, 2013 3:08 am
Please tell me what you do for using it to help eczema! I have been having some issues with that lately!
Mar. 12, 2013 3:14 am
I just went back and read through all the comments about it. I will be trying spraying vinegar on my legs all day today! I'll probably take a cotton ball and keep dabbing all over all day long!
Mar. 12, 2013 3:16 am
Other uses for vinegar include cleaning out your dehumidifier, washing windows, and just general cleaning. I have a spray bottle of 1 part vinegar to about 10 parts water for that.
Mar. 12, 2013 3:48 am
My grandma always used a juice glass full of apple cider vinegar to rinse out her hair after shampooing.
Mar. 12, 2013 4:02 am
Hi,it is also good to get rid of hiccups.Just drink 1tsp.
Mar. 12, 2013 9:50 am
Thanks all of you for all your help! Like I said, when I'm in the tropics I don't have one bit of a problem, but man has it been a pain up here in Maine! I have tiny bottles of tea tree oil and vitamin e and they help topically, but I can't put them on my scalp. My poor father has it like crazy too. HotGrandma I am going to look for that Oxipor this week, thank you! Something else I just discovered last night is that I think I have a citrus oil allergy. Now that I have figured it out, it explains a lot of my flare ups as I look back. I wonder how often eczema is from allergies. BTW I found this article on uses for acv Jenn. Very interesting. Thanks for starting this topic!
Mar. 12, 2013 10:06 am
Stress is a big factor in flare ups. Before I got married I had a quarter size spot on the back of my head that was white so it made me look bald. My dermatologist prescribed me this oil that I had to sleep with that cleared it right up and made my hair very shiny. If your eczema is really bothering you go to a dermatologist. dermatologist. It is worth the time and money!
Mar. 12, 2013 10:11 am
I also don't use any products with rubbing alcohol and only use arm and hammer sensitive skin laundry detergent. Body sprays can also contain things that irritate my skin.
Mar. 12, 2013 10:33 am
Thanks so much Jess (not Jenn, duh, sorry!) I don't have insurance so doctor is out but I am already sipping on some diluted acv (ick) and will try it on my scalp. D you find it leaves a vinegar-y smell in your hair? Don't want to smell like a salad. Lol
Mar. 12, 2013 12:17 pm
I don't know if my sisters & I have eczema or psoriasis & we all have been treated for both. I just read a wiki article about the differences & mine sounds like eczema but it is a psoriasis lotion that works for me. Oxipor Psoriasis Lotion is coal tar. It seems to be harder to find in stores now but can be found online for $30-40. Mine began when I was in school so stress could have been a factor but stress hasn't seemed to be a trigger for me since. Spring & fall allergies seem to trigger. Years ago, spots started on my arms & body when wearing sweaters & layers. Had an oozing spot on my leg for 2 years that doctors couldn't cure. One nurse asked me wasn't I scared it was cancer! I do believe sunlight benefits but in moderation & use a good sunscreen. I used a tanning bed 20 years ago to help get rid of all the spots I had but wouldn't do that now. DH's aunt had skin problems & her doctor prescribed a tanning bed. Her insurance covered one for her home. Coal tar does have side effects & I do believe anyone should talk with their doctor. I also believe one should do their own research & ask many questions. I've had doctors, druggists & the hospital make mistakes. My doctor put me on Lipitor & gave me a printout of foods to eat that included grapefruit. That night I read in a magazine that can't have grapefruit with that kind of medicine so I got online to read more. Was talking to my druggist about a medicine & she didn't know that I was supposed to take it one hour before eating anything. While in the hospital, had the test where I had to drink something then was scanned. The tech told me I could not have a certain shot within 24 hours. A nurse came in with shots that night & I asked what I was getting. Sure enough, the one I couldn't have so I stopped her. They were also trying to get my blood sugar right with insulin & would bring in a paper sack each night with a snack & juice in case I dropped low during the night. Found the next morning they had brought peanut butter nabs. It was in my chart that I was allergic but someone goofed.
Mar. 12, 2013 12:44 pm
Sorry, I can get long winded. My sister just called me back. Baby sister has big spots all over & one turned black. They cut it out yesterday & sent it for biopsy. I knew the older sister had ordered MG217 in ointment & shampoo form for her scalp, ears & eyebrows. This is a coal tar too. She had someone at the door before I could ask if this was giving any relief.
Mar. 12, 2013 3:00 pm
Hot grandma I have read that diet is a big factor too. I read some of the examples of the diets and I don't think I could live like that. I just love food too much! The diet is no pork, beef, chicken no dairy no grain of almost any kind no oil or margarine no salt, alcohol, no soy and only water. I mean that's even worse than just being vegan!
Mar. 12, 2013 7:12 pm
HotGrandma, your story has a lot of great points and since this itchy business started just a couple of months ago I have yet to do enough research. I am going to do some more research on coal tar (sounds terrible!). But I, personally, am convinced eczema is a mix between dry skin and allergies. My friend had severe eczema her whole life. After I had done a 10 day water fast (years ago and for different reasons) she decided to do one too. 5 days into her fast, her eczema was 90% gone (other than the scars and calluses, etc). Of course, as soon as she started eating again it came back, but she started eating healthier and it was never as bad as it had been. Like I said, I'm not used to this extremely dry weather and am starting to determine it's that and possibly an allergy to lemon/citrus oil. This is all of course IMHO. BTW have you gone online and done an "images" search for eczema vs psoriasis? The photos really help you distinguish between the two. Please keep me posted on your sister, I am wishing the best for her!!!!! -Lara
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