Saturday, 6 June 2009

Vinegar and it's uses.



Vinegar is considered as one of the key remedies from Islamic Medicine and there are a number of Sahih Hadith which the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) has been reported as having praised it.

Jabir ibn 'Abdullah (radhi Allahu anhu) reported that Allah's Apostle (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) asked his family for condiment. They (the members of his household) said, "We have nothing with us but vinegar." He asked for it, he began to eat it, and then said, "Vinegar is a good condiment, vinegar is a good condiment."
Sahih Muslim Book 23, Hadith 5093

And also our Mother A'ishah (radhi Allahu anha) reported Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as saying, "The best of condiments [or condiment] is vinegar."
Sahih Muslim Book 23, Hadith 5091

It is the opinion of Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) that the Messenger said 'vinegar is a good condiment' in order to placate the one who offered it to him (i.e. his wife), rather than to say that vinegar is preferable to all other condiments, and Allah Azzawajjal knows best.
Reference to 'Provisions for the Hereafter' page 199.

The best types of vinegar to use in medicine and for food are undoubtedly those which are manufactured in accordance with Islamic Law (i.e, brewed directly from the fruit's juice rather than from wine or cider). Of these halaal vinegars, the lighter types, i.e., lighter in colour and taste, are more beneficial, preferably if they are made from apples, pomegranates, pears, grapes or dates.

The many trace minerals and other substances in raw vinegar [that which still contains the vinegar's "mother" [which is the blob of cellulose in which the bacteria responsible for converting the original liquid to the vinegar, live] is the key to vinegar's many healing properties.

Cellulose Mother from home brewed pomegranate vinegar. Photo courtesy of tibbenabawi.org

The "mother" of vinegar is usually filtered out during the manufacture of commercial table vinegars in order to make them more visually appealing and marketable. However, as a result, the commercial vinegars which we buy from the market are of no real health benefit.

Halaal Vinegar Technology.


The above term was created by our brothers at the tibbenabawi.org site to describe the process of brewing vinegar at home using aerobic fermentation.

Aerobic fermentation means that the fruit juice base does not need to be converted into wine or cider before it can be brewed into vinegar. This eliminates any risk of trace amounts of alcohol in the finished product, which is unlike commercial vinegars which are brewed from wine or cider. There is a high risk that they contain trace amounts of alcohol and there are different schools of thought regarding the permissibly of consumption.

It's worth bearing in mind the following Hadith before purchasing vinegars brewed from wine or cider;

Anas ibn Malik (radhi Allahu anhu) said, "Abu Talhah (radhi Allahu anhu) asked the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) about the orphans who had inherited wine. He replied, "Pour it out." He [Abu Talhah] asked, "May I not make vinegar of it?" The Messenger replied, "No."
Classed as Sahih from Sunan Abi Dawood Book 26, Hadith 3667

You can find out more about Halal Vinegar Technology here - 

Vinegar benefits the following ailments;


  • Arthritic pains
  • Blood pressure
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Bleeding gums
  • Toothache
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Weak/thin Bones
  • Weight gain
  • Cancer
  • Yeast Infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomach upset
  • Burping / passing wind due to poor digestion
  • Nasal Congestion


Vinegar is primarily known to help ease indigestion by stimulating the stomach and intestines, helping them work faster. A tonic of one tablespoon of vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water and sipped slowly will help ease indigestion and bloating. Gargling with hot vinegar helps toothache, relieves pain and benefits the gums. Hot vinegar also helps the healing of fungal nail infections since it is acidic and kills bacteria in the nail and in the nail bed.

Vinegar can also be used to help even out skin pigmentation and dark spots, but it has a drying effect so it should be mixed with black cumin seed oil (in equal parts) and the applied to the skin avoiding the eye area. It also helps to exfoliate the skin. It can be left on for an hour and then gently washed off with soap and warm water.

Vinegar for medicinal usage is often prepared by adding 3 or 4 teaspoons of whole black cumin seeds into the liquid, before tightly closing the bottle and then refrigerating this mixture for at least two weeks. The seeds can then be strained out using a piece of muslin cloth and used in cooking or discarded. The resulting vinegar is darker in colour and contains all the natural minerals and goodness from the seeds.

Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in raw vinegar helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.

The dietary fibre from the skins and seeds of the original fruits used to make the raw vinegar is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.

Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron in vinegar help develop bone mass and make them stronger.

The "mother" which remains in raw vinegar is also useful for treating yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of the vinegar in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.

Raw vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying it mixed with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.

If you have a sore throat, gargle with a hot solution of vinegar mixed with water. 

In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning amongst other problems. Raw vinegar has the ability to enhance the functionality of the stomach and digestive tract and so help prevent food poisoning.

Vinegar is useful in well functioning metabolism; Reducing cholesterol (the dangerous LDL cholesterol type); Regulating the water content in the cells and body; Reducing water retention in the body; Reducing excess sodium from the body; Helps with regulating blood pressure; Assists in preventing circulatory problems; Helps with diminishing premature calcification of the arteries; Helps increase concentration and memory; Assists in blood circulation, body temperature as well as vitality and energy.

12 comments:

  1. My wife has started using braggsapple cider with natural and organic honey and at present she is getting intense kidney problems is this regular with
    braggs or she really need to stop she stated it hurts?
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    1. Your wife should stop taking it and see her doctor as soon as possible.

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  2. I would like to have some advice on how to prepare the vinegar and how to use it for some of the medical benefits described above.

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  3. You can take 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed in a glass of cold water daily (morning and evening) to receive its benefits God Willing.

    If you are interested in brewing your own home-made vinegar, please have a look at this link to the Tibb e Nabawi Google Group where it is mentioned how to prepare fruit vinegars from scratch -

    http://tibbenabawi.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=239:halal-vinegar-technology&Itemid=77

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  4. How can we use vinegar for sensitive Skin fungal infection.?

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  5. Hi, it states you can use vinear for skin pigmentation.. I have a red birthmark. Will using vinegar help reduce the colour of my birthmark?

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  6. what the best treament for ibs??? its effecting my potency

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  7. Is braggs halaal

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    1. You may need to contact one of the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah to confirm the ruling on using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar inshaaAllah

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  8. This is such a tricky subject. Wanted to buy Bragg's apple cider vinegar today because I read on several muslim/halal sites it was okay. After inspecting the bottle it says it contains 0.02% alcohol, so I put it back again. I live in Indonesia so most products in the supermarket contain a Halal signature, but on all the apple cider vinegar bottles I couldn't find any. The Quran or Hadith say you can not even grow grapes if your intention is to make alcohol out of it. So even a grape can be haram. That's how heavy alcohol rules are in Islam. So for now no apple cider vinegar for me.

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    1. Some brands of raw ACV with the mother, when the bottle is opened, smell decidedly alcoholic, others do not. It can be a sign that not all of the cider has been converted to acetic acid. I've stopped using ACV altogether now and go for dates vinegar instead.

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