Making an Herb Infused Apple Cider Vinegar - for Hair & Health
In my winter wellness medicine cabinet post, I talk about how I use ACV in my baths during illness. In that, I mentioned how I like to use an apple cider vinegar that is infused with herbs - Yarrow, Rosemary, Calendula, and Chamomile - even more than regular ACV for both my hair and my baths.
The herbs in this ACV are chosen because of their diaphoretic, lymphatic, blood moving, and anti inflammatory effects on the body. A wonderful yet simple & safe combination for every home. These are also easy to grow making this a medicine you can truly get your hands on!
So lets make this herb infused apple cider vinegar!
1/4 cup Yarrow leaves & flowers (or just one of the other)
1/4 cup Rosemary leaves
1/4 cup Calendula flowers
1/4 cup Chamomile
Lavender & Rose (option)
1 bottle raw apple cider vinegar with the mother
add all the herbs to a 1/2 gallon mason jar and add the entire bottle of apple cider vinegar. Stir or shake to fully wet all the herbs. Set aside for at least a month (I like 6 weeks). Then strain.
I like to keep the bottle the ACV came in and then return the new infused ACV to that bottle. I means you don’t have to buy a new bottle AND the opening is smaller, making it easier to pour.
Hair - dilute 1 part herb infused ACV to 4-6 parts water and use as a rinse.
Health - pour 1/2-1 cup of herb ACV into a hot bath with magnesium flakes or epsom salts. Soak for 20 minutes.
Can I drink this? Sure! I don’t recommend pregnant or breastfeeding women drinking this because of the Rosemary, Yarrow, and Calendula. Externally these are fine - and Rosemary is fine as a culinary herb.
Simple enough, right?
That is the real beauty of plant medicine. You don’t have to have exotic herbs from far away lands to bring you healing - they can be the weeds out your backdoor or the herbs growing in a kitchen window. Often you will find, that is truly the best medicine.