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Elderflower Infused Apple Cider Vinegar

Elderflower Infused Apple Cider Vinegar

Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, live 

In Chinese, Islamic and Western medicine, vinegar has been seen as a cure-all, or at least a cure-a-lot, for thousands of years. Roman soldiers, including Julius Caesar, drank ‘posca’: an apple vinegar with spices, as a stimulating, invigorating and fortifying drink.

Why is Apple Cider Vinegar so good for you?

“One of the oldest, cheapest and most versatile remedies” – Larry Trivieri, bestselling author of The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, on apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is twice-fermented apple juice (the first fermentation makes cider, the second makes cider vinegar). It increases insulin sensitivity, and reduces blood sugar levels and cholesterol. If you have diabetes, you should talk to your GP before regularly consuming it. Apple cider vinegar is best avoided if you take diuretics as both the medication and apple cider vinegar can reduce potassium levels. It increases satiety (feeling full) and can therefore be helpful for weight loss, as we often overeat because we don’t feel full. Apple cider vinegar lowers blood pressure and improves heart health. It is a slight laxative and can help improve digestion, heartburn and bloating - although these symptoms should be investigated if persistent. It is also good for skin (reducing acne, dry skin and eczema) and for hair health (reducing frizz and increasing moisture retention).

Health Benefits of Elderflower

Elderflower can help to flush the body of toxins when taken as a tonic in a glass of warm water. If waste products are not able to be eliminated via the bowel or kidneys they often try to go out via the skin. Elderflower can help support a better elimination process and healthier looking skin as Elder acts as a diuretic. It can be used topically (on the skin) as it has anti-inflammatory properties making it very helpful for calming irritated skin. 

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It can support allergy sufferers in hay fever season by reducing symptoms and relieving sinusitis. It can be taken to support the health of our respiratory system during cold and flu season, and reduces a runny nose. The amazing thing about elderflowers is that when they are heated (like in a tea) they help to promote a fever and sweating but in a cold infusion they can cool you down. When making a cold infusion it is okay to leave the stalk on the elderflower but with a hot infusion take the flowers off first as the stalk can be very bitter and may give you an upset stomach.

Elderflower infusions have been traditionally used to support tired, itchy and irritated eyes. You could pop some cotton pads in the fridge to cool then soak them in an elderflower infusion before placing them on your eyelids. Elderflower is also known for its high antioxidant and bio-flavonoid content, the latter enhancing the action of the flower’s vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system. What an amazing range of health benefits from just one plant!

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Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar* infused with fresh Elderflowers**
*certified organic, **foraged

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