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Vinegar: what is it for and how to use it

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Vinegar: what is it for and how to use it
Vinegar: what is it for and how to use it

The vinaigrette, also known as guinea cress, sorrel, guinea pig, student grease, currant, hibiscus or poppy, is a medicinal plant rich in vitamin A and C, iron, phosphorus and potassium, which guarantees antioxidant, antiseptic, tonic and vasodilator action, and can be used as a way to complement the treatment of various diseases, as long as indicated by the doctor.

The leaves and cup of the vinegar plant can be consumed in the form of teas or juices, or used as seasonings or to prepare jams, jellies and vinegar, for example. Its scientific name is Hibiscus sabdariffa and it can be found in natural products stores, manipulation pharmacies and some street markets.

What is the vinegar vinegar used for

The leaves and calyx of the vinegar plant are rich in vitamin A and C, iron, phosphorus, iron, proteins, malic acid, tartaric acid and anthocyanins, which guarantees diuretic, digestive, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, laxative, tonic, vasodilator and sedative. In this way, the vinegar can be used in several situations, the main ones being:

  • Relieve uterine cramps;
  • Fighting high blood pressure;
  • Help in the treatment of skin infections;
  • Assist in the treatment of gastrointestinal spasms;
  • Relieving symptoms of poor digestion;
  • Fighting the symptoms of gastroenteritis;
  • Increase your appetite;
  • Relieving symptoms of varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Although it has several benefits and can be used to treat different situations, vinegar should not replace the treatment indicated by the doctor.

How to use

Both the leaves and the vinegar cup can be used. The chalice is normally used in cooking to prepare jams, jellies, vinegar, syrup and in salads, in addition to being used in the preparation of juices and teas, as well as the leaves, and seasoning.

To make vinegar tea, for example, you should put 1 teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of boiling water and leave it for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink afterwards. Drink up to 2 cups a day.

When not indicated

The use of vinegar is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and it is not recommended that people undergoing treatment for alcohol dependence make use of the alcoholic extract of this plant.

Although side effects related to vinegar have not been described, some people have reported vomiting and diarrhea when consuming this plant and excess.

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