The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world’s population uses herbal medicine for curing of their primary health. With increasing concern about rising prescription costs, it only makes sense that more and more people are turning to natural and organic remedies for their healthcare. Last week, we touched on bamboo charcoal and its many benefits, and here is one more. A derivation of the bamboo charcoal process is bamboo vinegar, which in itself has many amazing benefits. During the carbonization process of charcoal, the bamboo is heated in an airless container and the smoke and vapors produced cool down and produce the Bamboo Vinegar.
While regular household vinegar goes through a series of filtration and distillation, bamboo vinegar contains over 200 organic compounds ranging from acetic acid to methanol. Many of the compounds give the pH make up similar to that of household vinegar, hence the term “bamboo vinegar.”
Because of its abundance of organic compounds and it’s slightly acidic nature, bamboo vinegar is useful in many ways ranging from medicinal to cosmetic:
- As a deodorizer, it’s slightly acidic nature makes the vinegar toxic to bacteria so it can be used in products ranging from foot deodorizers, underarm to cleaning supplies. If sweating and producing odors is a big concern of yours you might also look to super absorbent bamboo socks, bamboo clothing and bamboo sheets to reduce those unwanted characteristics.
- The acetic acid and organic compounds found in bamboo vinegar give it the ability to leave your hair and skin soft and smooth, making it a popular ingredient in cosmetics, soaps and hair care products. Bamboo powder can also be found in natural soap.
- The acetic acid and anti-fungal properties also serve to heal various skin ailments like eczema and atopic dermatitis and relieves itching. Bamboo baby clothes are also an excellent source for babies with skin irritations or allergies.
- In the medical world, bamboo vinegar is gaining traction as a sterilizer.
- Recent studies show that bamboo vinegar improves growth rate of vegetables since it works as an antibacterial agent in agriculture and is also a good fertilizer.
- Its antibacterial properties make it ideal for use in food and drink processing as well as in water purification in sewage treatment plants.
- The most widely known use of bamboo vinegar is its presence in the popular foot detox pads. The organic compounds in bamboo vinegar make it a powerful detoxification agent as it quickly removes toxins from the body and improves the circulation of blood in the body. These pads are placed on the bottom of the feet on the acupressure points at night to draw out impure substances giving the users more energy. Over 18 million foot patches are sold every month in Asia and the trend is becoming more popular in the United States.
For anyone looking to include more organic options in their supplement, what better way to start than by including a substance with over 200 organic compounds? And after taking the effort to detoxify, treat your feet to soft and snuggly pair of bamboo socks from Green Earth Bamboo.
Bamboo offers an enormous amount of natural healing remedies. To see other ways bamboo can work its magic for you, visit our bamboo remedies section for more great topics and resources.