Aspirin is one of the most commonly used painkillers. In fact, it can probably be found in every home. It works well against general aches and pains, but it can also relieve light fevers as well. Research has found that a daily aspirin regimen can drastically reduce the risk of a heart attack and blood clotting in heart patients.
Aspirin was first made of willow tree bark, which has a long history of being used as a natural painkiller. Even the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (the father of medicine), recommended it to his patients for treatment of headaches. Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, was first isolated by Felix Hoffman in 1897 while he was working as a chemist at Bayer. Today, the annual consumption of aspirin has reached about 40,000 tons worldwide, which makes it it one of the most commonly used medications in the world.
Aside from its pain relieving properties, aspirin also provides a number of other uses. Read on and find out why you should always have an aspirin at hand.
1. It fights dandruff: The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, has great moisturizing properties which work extremely well against dandruff. What you do is crush 2-3 aspirins into a powder and mix this with your shampoo. Once you’ve applied your fortified shampoo, let it act on your scalp for several minutes before you wash it off as usual.
2. It clears skin: Salicylic acid is also highly beneficial for skin health, as it effectively removes dead skin and sebum thus unblocking pores and decreasing swelling and redness. It can come in handy for treatment of acne or psoriasis. Simply crush 5 aspirins into powder and mix this with a quarter cup of water and a teaspoon of honey (optional) to create paste. Apply this on the affected skin and let it act for 10 minutes before you rinse it off. Do the treatment every day or week according to your needs.
3. It removes sweat stains: Extremely unappealing, sweat stains are a common annoyance you have to put up with day after day. Aspirin can work wonders when it comes to removing these stains. Make paste as in 2 (above) minus the honey and apply it on the stain. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off and running the regular wash cycle.
4. It can jump-start your car: This can come as a total surprise to you. If your car battery has died on you, try putting a couple of aspirins (at least two per cell) into your battery. What happens is that the salicylic acid reacts with the sulfuric acid in the battery creating just enough charge to get you to the nearest service station.
Please note: This trick can come in handy in emergency situations, but you should never use it too often as the reaction releases some harmful byproducts.
5. It protects your flowers: Similarly to the effect salicylic acid has on your skin, the same benefits apply to your flowers too. The thing is this chemical prevents mold formation and the production of ethylene gas, which causes the flowers to wither. Simply crush an aspirin into the vase where you keep your bouquets and they’ll last quite longer.