18 Benefits of Wood Vinegar

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on October 5, 2015


Organic wood vinegar is an essential ingredient in my detox foot pads and work synergistically with the other ingredients — amethyst gemstone, organic loquat leaf, and organic bamboo vinegar. Wood vinegar is been evaluated through and through so to understand its detoxifying power let’s quickly brush up on the history and basic facts about organic wood vinegar, how it’s produced, and the benefits it offers.

How is Organic Wood Vinegar Made?

Wood vinegar, as its name implies, is derived from tree wood. Ubame oak trees are heated to 250 degrees Celsius and the smoke from the heat is collected, condensed, and distilled into wood vinegar. It’s filtered multiple times to achieve maximum purity and aged for at least six months. [1]

The wood vinegar that’s used in our Detox Foot Pads® is in a powdered form. It’s made in a similar way, except that it’s also dried using a specialized machine that converts it to a powder.. The powdered form retains the same beneficial qualities and is extremely high in purity and efficacy.

18 Benefits of Wood Vinegar

Here are some of the health benefits of organic wood vinegar:

1. Promotes Digestion and Soothes Indigestion

It is believed that wood vinegar may help support digestion and fight against acid reflux and heartburn.

2. Removes Foul Odors

Foul odors can be caused by many things outside and inside your body. Gas, body odor — all can present social anxieties and negatively affect your life. Applying wood vinegar to aromatic areas has been said to help neutralize scents and odors.

3. Supports Bowel Health

Since it may support digestion, wood vinegar is also thought to promote bowel movements. It is also believed that wood vinegar may provide health support when dealing with colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

4. Supports Liver Health

Surprisingly, wood vinegar is believed to support liver health. The liver is the main detoxifying organ, so finding ways of keeping it healthy is important for maintaining overall health.

5. Combats Diarrhea

Certain types of vinegar, like apple cider vinegar and wood vinegar, are thought to combat diarrhea. While the mechanism behind this benefit remains unknown, many people find that wood vinegar helps provide relief.

6. Combats Vomiting

Vomiting as a result of an illness can be very unpleasant; however, consuming wood vinegar may be helpful for providing relief.

7. Remedy for Peptic Ulcers

The acidity in wood vinegar may work with the stomach’s acidity to combat peptic ulcers.

8. Promotes Oral Health

The acidic component of wood vinegar, as well as its natural antibacterial compounds, may help to balance oral bacteria. [2] Note that a high level of acidity in the mouth can destroy tooth enamel over time, so in this capacity, use it in moderation.

9. Encourages Normal Cholesterol Levels

Vinegar has been shown to provide a positive effect on cholesterol, an action that may support heart health. [3]

10. Relief for Insect and Snake Bites

Wood vinegar’s relieving action may help take the sting out of fresh insect and snake bites and reduce infection in some cases. [4]

11. Remedy for Poison Ivy

Vinegar, specifically wood vinegar, may provide relief for poison ivy. Namely, reducing swelling, redness, and itchy sensations.

12. Cleaning Wounds

Cuts, scrapes, and open wounds may benefit from a light application of organic wood vinegar. The natural acidity of the vinegar helps to kill bacteria, helping to reduce incidence of infection. [5]

13. Fights Cellulitis?

The condition known as cellulitis is associated with an acute swelling of the connective tissue of the skin, usually caused by infection with staphylococcus and streptococcus. Since cellulitis is a bacterial infection, wood vinegar may help reduce bacterial accumulation.

14. Diabetic Ulcers

Some diabetics, especially elderly diabetics, develop circulatory issues in their arms and legs. Ulcers can develop, sometimes leading to infection. Wood vinegar may help discourage ulcer-related infection.

15. Relief for Ear Infections

Caused by bacteria, sufferers of ear infections may find relief with wood vinegar.

16. Remedy for Gout

Though to be caused by an accumulation of uric acid in the blood, gout affects the joints and causes tenderness, redness, and swelling. Wood vinegar is a natural remedy that may absorb uric acid.

17. Supports Prostate Health

Although not thoroughly understood, prostatitis is the swelling and infection of the prostate. An affected prostate can cause many symptoms, such as a constant need to urinate. Wood vinegar may provide support for prostate health.

18. Body Wellbeing

Wood vinegar has been used to support whole-body wellbeing, and many use the product as a natural remedy for discomfort.

Supplementing with Wood Vinegar

Wood vinegar has many uses and its even available in our Detox Foot Pads to help support the natural detoxification process. What have you used it for? Please leave a comment below and share your experience with us.


  1. The Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Projects. Wood Vinegar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Fact Sheet Brochure.
  2. Eric W. C. Chan, Chin Hong Fong, Kor Xian Kang & Hui Hui Chong. Potent antibacterial activity of wood vinegar from Matang Mangroves, Malaysia. ISME/GLOMIS Electronic Journal. ISSN 1880-7682. July 2012. Volume 10, No. 4.
  3. Takashi Fushimi, Kazuhito Suruga, Yoshifumi Oshima, Momoko Fukiharu, Yoshinori Tsukamoto and Toshinao Goda. Dietary acetic acid reduces serum cholesterol and triacylglycerols in rats fed a cholesterol-rich diet. British Journal of Nutrition. Volume 95, Issue 05. May 2006, pp 916-924.
  4. Sarah Klein. Mosquito Bite Treatment: 14 Natural Ways to Ease the Itch. Huffpost Healthy Living. June 20, 2012.
  5. Weill Cornell Medical College. Wound Care Instructions. New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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