Aspirin is a very well-known pill that we use to treat pains, fever, aches and various other health problems. It is also known to be able to protect you from a stroke or heart attack. According to various researches, it can also protect you from Alzheimer’s disease as well as some cancers.
Today, we’re going to present you several of its other uses. It’s beneficial for our beauty and offers various health benefits. Here are 9 of the most interesting uses of aspirin!
1. Treats Acne and Pimples and Skin Conditions
The first use of aspirin dates back in the fifth century B.C when Hippocrates used it in the form of salicylic acid, a derivative of acetylsalicylic acid used for treating pains and aches. It is an extract from the bark of a willow tree. According to Joshua Zeichner, a director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology in NY, aspirin removes excess oil, exfoliates the skin surface and treats ache.
The salicylic acid dissolves dead skin, sheds the skin top layer and reduces the appearance of clogged pores. Aspirin also reduces the redness and swelling thus easing the symptoms of rosacea. It should also be used by people with psoriasis because the salicylic acid will make the psoriasis lesions thinner and will reduce the itch.
Crush up 5 uncoated aspirin pills and put them in a quarter-cup of warm water. Stir until it develops into paste-like mixture. You can add a teaspoon of honey to the combination in order to provide additional antibacterial and moisturizing properties. When the mixture reaches your skin temperature, apply it to the affected body parts with ache and let it stay for 10 minutes. Then wash your face with some warm water.
2. Prevents Dandruff
Many dandruff shampoos and face washes contain salicylic acid due to its moisturizing properties. Aspirin and shampoo combination can reduce the inflammation on your scalp that causes dandruff and exfoliate the flakes on the skin.
To make this mixture, crush 2-3 uncoated aspirins and combine them with the amount of shampoo you use when you wash your hair. Massage the scalp and hair with the mixture and leave it for 3-5 minutes before washing.
3. Soothes Insect Bites
If you’ve been bitten by an insect, crush an aspirin and add a bit of water in the powder, then use the paste on the affected area in order to reduce the irritation and swelling.
4. Treats ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs are painful and can be quite difficult to treat, but aspirin can help. It has anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve the inflammation, while the salicylic acid scrapes through a few skin layers in order to loosen the hair. Mix a few crushed aspirins with some water and honey, then apply the mixture on the affected area and let it work for 10 minutes. Repeat the process a few times a week in order to remove the ingrown hair.
5. Cleans your bathroom
The aspirin may save you some extra money spent on different chemicals for your bathroom. It is suitable for any surface, it exfoliates, removes soap scum and contaminants from the bathroom and other counter surfaces.
Put 2 uncoated aspirin pills in warm water and use the mixture for cleaning the bathroom.
6. Removes Feet Calluses
The aspirin can soften the calluses and the corns on your feet. It exfoliates the skin, removes the dead skin cells and prevents the formation of calluses and corns. Crush three aspirin tablets, add one tsp of lemon juice and two tsps. of water. Heat some piece of cloth in a microwave and then soak the cloth in the mixture. Apply it on the affected part of your feet. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rub them with a pumice stone. Practice using this combination once a day for a few days until you get the needed results.
7. Removes warts
Apply some crushed aspirin on the wart and protect it with some tape. The wart will be gone very soon because the method you have applied is a clinically proved one.
8. Makes your garden plants grow
Fresh cut flowers displayed in a vase have a pretty short life and tend to wilt away quickly. This happens because the flowers start producing ethylene gas as they slowly decay.
You need to change the flowers frequently to maintain the beauty of your displayed vase. To keep the freshness of cut flowers intact, you can use aspirin as it helps lower the pH of water. This trick works especially well for roses!
– Add a few crushed up aspirin tablets to the water in the vase.
– Then, arrange the cut flowers as per your liking.
– Change the vase water every few days.
9. Removes Stains from Clothes
Whether you have sweat, coffee, tea, or ink on your clothes, you can get rid of the stain completely using aspirin. Aspirin can remove spots and blotches from fabrics as effectively as commercial fabric stain removers.
– Crush 2 or 3 aspirins into a fine powder.
– Mix the powder in ½ cup of warm water.
– Soak the stained part of the fabric in the solution for 2 to 3 hours.
– Then, wash the article of clothing in your washing machine as usual.
– If needed, repeat again.
For hard-to-remove stains, add cream of tartar to the solution before applying it on the fabric.