The more I dive into making my own homemade… everything… the more I laugh at how I have become. The thing is I have been throughly enjoying my quest through the zero-waste, less plastic, minimalistic, reduce reuse, repair, recycle… I know its some crunchy asss shit. But now I am using my own homemade infused vinegar like a CRUCHY ASS BOSS!
But I am not working right now. I am a stay at home mom and I really enjoy the challenges that are involved in learning how to make things from scratch and with my (or our) own hands. I love it.
Within this challenge to become the best naturalist I can be… I have fallen in love with the use and beauty of plain ole vinegar. Its actually quite amazing how many different ways you can uses of infused vinegar!
Heres a list of ways I use vinegar:
I actually shared a post that talks about how I use my Non-Tox Infused Vinegar Cleaner. Its stupid easy and a great way to start getting started in the Non-Tox life!
Here are a few other great articles on infused vinegar cleaner:
Vinegar Based Tonics
Fire Cider: Along side of Elderberry syrup, Fire cider is a tangy tonic that is described as a ” a traditional immune-supporting remedy with deep roots in folk medicine (but most popularly championed by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar). At its most basic, it’s a zesty infused vinegar, packed with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and circulatory herbs. The addition of hot peppers and a little local honey makes it both spicy and sweet, hence the name.” – The Herbal Academy Blog : HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE FIRE CIDER
This one was a WEIRD one for me to make and consume at first… now honestly I can’t get enough! Not only can I sip it straight, its good for your gut, circulatory system and immunity support. BUT the BEST… I use it in my Salad Dressings as a base and in my BBQ sauces as a kick in flavor! You can marinate meat or pickle veggies in it too!!!
- Homestead and Chill Deanna has a phenomenal article that I can only refer other people to read versus trying to explain it myself (her whole everything is amazing)
- How (& Why) to Make Fire Cider for Immune Health
- The Herbal Academy… my current course of study has a wonderful blog on How To Make Homemade Fire Cider.
Homemade Soda Replacing Vinegar Infused Shrub
This is something I recently started drinking. I stopped drinking soda for a little while now, but every once in a while I get a craving for one. So we’d go to the gas station, over pay for disgustingly sugar and chemically saturated beverage and I could only take a few sips. Its just gross after you give up soda and lower your sugar intake/eat whole. Everything commercially made just starts to taste fake.
Enter the shrub… now I am hoping to get a soda stream machine just so I can make my own carbonated water! The concept is the generally this. Mix herbs or fruits with apple cider vinegar to infuse. I think you can use any vinegar like balsamic or wine vinegars… never tried it and then you mix a little of the infused vinegar into soda water and sweeten to your liking. I made a version of My Tiny Laguna Kitchen’s Raspberry Rose Shrub Drink and drinking it with dinners or a warm afternoon is just delightful.
Here are a few that are on my to make list:
Spice Up Salad Dressing
Along side of infusing vinegars and making shrubs, I now infuse all sort of things into apple cider vinegar (ACV) and have made our salad eating experience a whole new thing. Sometimes I forget what I infused and get super sad I can’t remember the combo (its usually when I just have a handful of some herbs or extra produce that might be going bad) Since I am container gardening and my yields are generally way lower… I just focus on making small batchesof everything… including my infused vinegars!
I have done Four Thieves vinegar (for cleaning and consumption), pine needle infused vinegar (Johnny said it smelled like Subway vinaigrette), some different citruses and I’ve had these are items that I have on my to make/try list:
- Nasturtium Flower Infused Vinegar I never know what to do with all the flowers!
- Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
- Fresh Pear Vinaigrette Not and infusion buy kinda like an emulsion … sounded good and it includes vinegar.
- Chive Blossom Vinegar Infusion
- Infused Strawberry Vinegar
Herb Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
So now that I have dreads, I wash my hair even less than before… I wash maybe every 2 weeks depending on what I am doing and the weather and how many times I might have re done my hair while buthering… (Always wash on butcher days haha) I try not to use commercial “shampoos & conditioners” because:
“Most of the shampoos you’ll find on the market today have ingredients that will affect your dreadlocks maturation process such as silicones, conditioning agents, butters, and oils.” – How To Care For New Dreads
During my quest to be as crunchy as I can get, I wanted al alternative to how I’d need to clean my dreads. So I’ve added an infused apple cider vinegar (ACV) hair rinse into my hair care routine because it really does clean your hair and leave it soft and “relaxed” in a way. I personally don’y mind the smell of vinegar, its used in a diluted amount but some still don’t like it, but it dries the smell dissipates.
Here are a few great posts of dread/hair care using homemade infused apple cider vinegar (ACV)!
- Herbal Loc Rinse
- DIY Herbal Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse -great infusion recipes- I need to get a few ingredients!
- DIY Herbal Hair Rinses – this has good info and recipes with herbs most know right off the bat!
- Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Infused with the Best Herbs for Healthy Hair – another great resources for recipes