Aspirin is one of the medications that almost all people have in their house. This drug is efficient for treatment of aches and pains, and sometimes is great in fight against light fevers as well.
Another use of Aspirin which was widely established by now is for people with heart problems, a daily aspirin regimen can significantly reduce the chances of having a heart attack, as well reducing blood clot formation in people who are at risk for forming clots.
At first, Aspirin was derived from the bark of the willow tree. This tree is well known since ancient times for its pain relieving properties. Indeed, the Ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (the father of medicine, after whom the Hippocratic Oath doctors swear by is named), used to prescribe it to his patients for headaches. Salicylic acid is active ingredient in aspirin, which was first isolated by Felix Hoffman in 1897 while he was a chemist at Bayer. Nowadays, almost 40,000 tons of aspirin are consumed worldwide annually, making it one of the most widely used medications on the planet.
Medical experts say that aspirin clearly is one of the heavy – hitters of the medical scene. Still, many people may not know that it can actually be used for several other purposes as well. The active ingredients in aspirin can much more beyond just curing headaches and light fevers and inflammation. In this article you can read why aspirin is the one thing your medicine cabinet should never be without.
Fight dandruff: The salicylic acid in aspirin is a strong moisturizing agent which can greatly reduce dandruff in your hair. Simply crush 2-3 pills into a powder and mix them with your shampoo. When applying, let your newly-fortified shampoo sit on your scalp for a few minutes before you rinse it out like normal.
Clear skin: laboratory studies show that salicylic acid works wonders for the skin, as is able to remove dead skin and oils while unclogging pores and reducing swelling and redness. This acid is especially great if you suffer from acne or psoriasis. Prepare a paste of about 5 crushed aspirin tablets with a ¼ cup of water and 1 teaspoon of honey (optional). Apply the mixture and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. Repeat daily/weekly as needed.
Remove sweat stains: All of you will agree that sweat stains are gross, but they can happen to any of us. If you try to clean them out of your clothes that can become real struggle, but at this point aspirin comes in! Create the skin paste described above (skip the honey) and, instead of putting it on your face, put it on the stain. Let that sit for a few minutes before rinsing and running through a regular wash cycle.
Jumpstart your car: This surely will surprise you. In case your car battery has died on you, try to put few aspirin tablets (we recommend at least two per cell) into your battery. The secret lies in the salicylic acid that reacts with the sulfuric acid in the battery to create just enough charge to get you to the nearest service station.
Please note: knowing this trick can be very useful at some situation, but note that is not great for your battery to do it regularly as the reaction creates some harmful byproducts. Only do this in an emergency and then take your car to a mechanic immediately.
Protect your plants: At the same way as it reinvigorates your skin, a little salicylic acid is great for plants too. It will prevent the mold and the production of ethylene gas, which causes wilting. Just crush an aspirin into the water you put your bouquets in and you should notice they last much longer.