by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Sheldon: Did you offer him a hot beverage?
Sheldon: Leonard, social protocol states when a friend is upset, you offer them a hot beverage, such as tea.
Howard: Tea does sound nice.
Sheldon: You heard the man, Leonard. And while you’re at it, I’m upset that we have an unannounced houseguest, so make me cocoa.
Sheldon has been known to say, “Did you offer him a hot beverage?” on the award-winning tv show, Big Bang Theory and yesterday, I was offered a complimentary warm apple cider drink while I was standing in line at the bank on a rainy, Friday afternoon. Autumn arrived right on time this year — to the day — which is rare — and the hot beverage hit the spot. I was reminded of a beverage I was drinking this past winter during my wellness tour in Ontario — a splash of apple cider vinegar with hot water — and I thought this would be a great time to share the recipe with you — especially since apples are in season right now.
All you need to do is put the kettle on, find a mug, pour a splash (up to a tablespoon) of apple cider vinegar into the mug and top it up with near-boiling water. That’s it. Take a sip and enjoy.
It tastes like you’re drinking warm salad dressing (sounds appetizing, I know 🙂 ) and the people around you will wonder what you’ve concocted just by the potent aroma in the air, but I really like it.
And if you want to kick your apple cider vinegar drink up a notch, stir in some extra antioxidants and flavour with a cinnamon stick as featured in this photo.
The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of my favourite home spa ingredients because it has so many healing properties and applications.
In my How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way book, I write:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Astringent vinegar restores the natural pH balance of skin and hair.
Home spa recipes: cleansers, toners, refiners, shampoos, conditioners, creams.
Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, binding, emulsion stabilizing, viscosity controlling.
Face: Add to facials to cleanse pores, clear oiliness, exfoliate.
Skin Types: Use especially on NORMAL, OILY, DRY or MATURE skin.
Baths & Body: Add to bathwater to balance skin.
Hair: Apply as a hair rinse to control dandruff, balance pH, cleanse and condition hair.
Feet: Use on feet to cure athlete’s foot.
Food: Eat for nutrition and to help alkalanize body.
Caution: 1) Conduct skin patch test first.
And according to my research online, drinking apple cider vinegar will help you improve your complexion, cool sunburn, reduce swelling, lose excess body weight, detoxify, calm upset stomach, cure hiccups, clear a stuffy nose, soothe a sore throat, beat fatigue, whiten teeth, remove warts, and minimize night time leg cramps — which will lead to a better night’s sleep. I also learned that many bloggers refer to apple cider vinegar as simply “ACV.”
So the next time a friend comes over to your home upset, out of sorts, and/or in distress, remember to offer them a hot beverage like hot apple cider vinegar and mention this blog post and Sheldon.
Here’s to our health and wellness! Cheers.