“We’re looking for the big raw…” My toddler echoed exactly what I would verbalize to them every time we were looking at apple cider vinegar in the grocery store. I always check the store brands to see if any of them are raw, and apparently verbalized this to my little shopping companions.
Yes, a big jug of raw apple cider vinegar makes its way into my shopping cart often. During the summer I drink about a tablespoon in a cup of water 2-3 times a day, to keep PMS at bay (see more about that here).
This winter I’ve been making a warm drink with both raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It’s warming, and has all sorts of health benefits that I will list below.
Warm Raw Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
1 mug warm (but not too hot to touch) filtered water (we use this water filter)
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (you can get a free bottle from Thrive Market for a limited time by clicking here)
1 tablespoon raw honey (we use this honey)
Instructions: Stir 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and raw honey into warm, but not hot, water. Sip. If the drink is too vinegary for you, decrease ACV to 1/2 tablespoon and work your way up until you are using 1 tablespoon or more.
Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Honey:
In the words of my favorite Eastern medicine practitioner, “If it didn’t work, it wouldn’t have been passed down for so long.” Some of the best remedies are super simple, easily accessible, inexpensive, and worked into everyday routines.
Apple cider vinegar is a raw fermented food that has a rich history of healing and bringing the body into balance. Talk about this remedy when you’re among your grandmother and her friends, and you will most likely hear a few of them tell you that their mothers took a shot glass of apple cider vinegar every morning.
Raw honey also has been used for thousands of years as a health food as well as a sweetener. Local honey is great, but make sure it is truly raw for this recipe to benefit from the enzymes present.
The traditional health benefits of this drink combination, especially on an empty stomach are numerous:
- Weight loss
- PMS help
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve a sore throat
- Help with seasonal allergies
- Regulates stomach acid, relieving acid reflux
- Promotes clear skin
- Increases energy
When there is a traditional remedy like this that is easy to do, I encourage everyone to try it. See if you can make this honey and apple cider vinegar drink fit into your daily routine this winter, and report back any changes that you’ve noticed!