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Discover the Wonders of Vinegar Infusions with Herbs
For millennia, the incredible versatility of vinegar has been cherished. From the Babylonians flavoring it with herbs and spices to Hippocrates extolling its medicinal virtues, vinegar has found its place in history. Even during World War I, it played a role in treating wounds. Today, we bring this ancient wisdom to your home, enhancing the utility of vinegar by infusing it with therapeutic and flavorful herbs.
Skin & Hair Care Secrets
Delve into the world of herbal vinegars, where the wonders extend from skin and hair care to culinary and household applications. For skin and hair, look no further than natural apple cider vinegar. Craft herbal vinegars for facial toners, hair rinses, and body splashes, offering a pure and natural alternative.
Herbal Vinegar Facial Toner:
- 1 tablespoon Sage & Basil infused vinegar
- ½ cup cool water Use after cleansing. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Herbal Hair Rinse:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Rosemary Infused Vinegar
- 2 cups water Combine infused vinegar and water in a spray bottle or measuring cup. After shampooing, apply the vinegar rinse, massage into hair and scalp, paying special attention to the ends. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse or leave in.
In the kitchen, elevate your culinary creations with infused vinegars. Ideal for salad dressings, marinades, and sauces, the possibilities are endless. Experiment with various types or combinations of vinegars to discover unique and delightful flavors.
Herb-Infused Baked Salmon Splash:
- Equal amounts of rice, wine, and balsamic vinegar
- Tarragon and dill-infused vinegar Brush on salmon before baking for a delightful flavor.
A Cleaner Home, Naturally
Transform vinegar into a powerhouse cleaner by infusing it with herbs. From an all-purpose spray for countertops to a laundry rinse, vinegar becomes your trusted ally. Choose white vinegar for cleaning purposes and store it in a spray bottle for easy application.
Lavender & Thyme Cleaning Infusion:
- 1 quart of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
- 3 tablespoons dried thyme Place ingredients in a clean, dry glass jar. Steep in a cool, dark location for at least a week. Strain herbs.
Citrus Peel Cleaning Infusion: (Note: If you don’t eat a lot of fruit, you can save peels in the freezer until you gather enough. Just be sure to thaw and dry, completely before infusing.)
- Peels from 5 to 6 citrus fruits (lemon is my favorite, but I have also used limes and oranges) Place peels in a large, clean, dry glass jar. Add enough vinegar to completely cover the peels. Cover and shake well. Let it steep in a cool, dark location for at least about 2 weeks. Shake it a bit every day. Strain peels.
How to Use Infused Vinegar for Cleaning
For simple jobs, add water at a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle. For tougher jobs, you may use more vinegar. Use as you would any spray cleaner: spray directly on countertops, cutting boards, toilets, tile, sinks, and mirrors—just about any surface.
If you are unsure as to whether or not it's safe to use, wipe a little cleaner on a small, inconspicuous spot and allow it to sit for several hours as a test.
Use the 50/50 dilution to safely clean toys.
I use herbal vinegar, diluted 50/50 with water, to mop my wood floors. There is no need to rinse.
Natural fabric softener: Add about a 1/4 cup to the softener section of your washer. For those who wash diapers, a second rinse with an infused vinegar is great for the final rinse cycle, leaving diapers soft and fresh-smelling.
- Danielle Lasit