It seems there is a new fad every year for oils and balsamics. We see them in magazines, cookbooks, even on infomercials. But, do they really work? Do they have any benefits at all to our health? Here’s a look at the history of these two ingredients.
When we think of balsamic we typically picture a drink that has the smell of hot dogs, butterscotch or cinnamon and honey. These are all elements of balsamics, but there are other elements. In fact, there are three elements, which are all specific to balsamics: Vinegar, Sherry or Balsamic and Sunflower Oil or Balsam. These ingredients have their own properties when they are used as a flavor or aroma enhancer, as a preservative or a moisturizer. All oils and balsamics are great for moisturizing your skin and body, and of course they are delicious.
There have been scientific investigations into the health benefits of oils and balsamics, and many of the benefits can be attributed to their antibacterial properties. This is true for both olive oil and balsamic. One of the antibacterial properties of both oils is that they inhibit the growth of staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria responsible for a majority of stomach infections and diarrhea. This makes olive oil and balsamic great for people who tend to suffer from these conditions. Just be careful with balsamic as a stomach infection can happen just as easily with olive oil as it can with balsamic vinegar.
Both olive oil and balsamic vinegar have antiseptic properties and can help you keep your skin healthy and bacteria free. You can find oils and vinegars at grocery stores and health food stores. They are not difficult to prepare at all, and often you can create a mixture on your own at home. You can also use olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a mouthwash. This mouthwash should be used every time you have a dental appointment to avoid tooth decay, which is another reason why many people like to use these oils and vinegars.
Both oils and vinegars should be used sparingly, if at all, and you should try to avoid the strong varieties like strawberry vinegar. If you notice an outbreak of acne around your mouth or nose, you can apply some of either of these oils or vinegars directly to the problem area. Be sure to let them steep for a few minutes between each application to allow the natural antibacterial properties of the oils and vinegars to really work. Before using either of these remedies, see your doctor to be sure they are safe for you.
To use just a couple drops of each of the oils and vinegars, mix them together in a small spray bottle and use them on a paste or a poultice. You can cover mouth sores with the paste and leave it on overnight. The next morning, rinse the paste out with warm water, just like you would a regular oral infection. If you are using the oil poultice, instead of applying the paste directly to your mouth, you can place it directly on your skin. By using the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar poultice several times a day, you can keep a mouth infection from forming.