Apple Cider Vinegar For Clear Skin

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(image via beautybets.com)

I have been hearing about this vinegar beauty secret for years. My own sister swears by it, and leaves a cloudy bottle of the stuff lying around every time she visits.

As Gala Darling put it so succinctly, “No, it doesn’t come in a fancy bottle. It doesn’t smell like an expensive French spa or feel luxurious when you use it. In fact, it smells like salad dressing & it tastes downright disgusting.”

So why on earth would you want to inflict this upon yourself? It’s all about fermentation, my friends.

The fermentation process that turns apples into vinegar creates all kinds of amazing enzymes and nutrients that act as a magical elixir for your skin, hair, and general health.

Apple cider vinegar is anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal due to its malic acid content. It  also contains potassium (helps prevent hair loss, keeps your teeth strong and prevents runny noses) as well as calcium (good for strong bones & teeth) and pectin which helps to regulate blood pressure & reduce bad cholesterol. It also helps with weight control because it contains acetic acid which keeps starch from being digested too fast and lowers the rise of glucose after eating.

It also cures sore throats (this was a huge part of my childhood- at the first sign of a scratchy throat, my mom would reach for the ol’ vinegar bottle!)

So how do you use Apple Cider Vinegar? Just drink a spoonful every day for glowing skin and also to prevent joint pain & stiffness, break down fats & speed up your metabolism, and get rid of heartburn. Note: mixing it with water and honey makes it taste infinitely better.

Apple Cider Vinegar

All right, so I’m finally a believer! I plan to give this stuff a month or two and see if I notice a difference.

Do you have any weird beauty secrets that you swear by?

{via GalaDarling}

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Alone In the Wilderness? Don’t Forget Your Swiss Army Tampon

What CAN’T it do?

I was all set to do a nice little post about my trip to the farmer’s market today, but then I came across this bit of fantastic information about one of our most everyday objects and the subject of, well, nothing usually. People pretty much ignore them but it’s time to celebrate…the tampon!

Men, listen up: the next time your girlfriend asks you to pick up some tampons at the store and you cringe inwardly, remember this and proudly slap that box down on the register. You might be using them as a field dressing! To stuff bullet wounds! To make a blow dart in the jungle! To save a life.

I, like most people, was not aware of this but the tampon (derived from the French word tapon or “little stopper”) is actually classified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a Class II Medical Device. There is quite a bit of evidence suggesting that they were in fact used on the battlefield before being used as a feminine hygiene product and according to my reliable sources, Army Medics still carry them in their kits. Tampons were used in the 19th century as well as during WWI to plug bullet holes, and were even used in the Iraq War. You can plug a bullet hole, stuff a bloody nose, and make a quick and effective bandage- all from one sterile little package.

I also discovered that the tampon has many uses for crazy survivalists, as outlined below. My favorite? The deadfall trap. What the hell would you need to trap with a Macgyvered tampon and then drop a giant log onto? I dunno, guess I’ll have to go ask someone in Utah.

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