Acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin, is one of the most consumed over-the-counter drugs in the world because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-coagulant properties.
Since ancient times, common aspirin uses have included pain relief, like relieving headaches, as well as muscle aches and some cold symptoms.
There are other uses for aspirin besides a headache or pain relief. We usually buy uncoated aspirin, and the following aspirin-hacks all use the uncoated tablets.
Caution! If you are allergic to aspirin, you should not take it internally or apply it externally.
🔹Insect bite or sting.
Aspirin is most often used as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medicine. That’s because one of aspirin’s ingredients is salicylic acid. If you get a bee sting or an insect bite, you can wet an aspirin and hold it directly on the sting/bite. Alternatively, you can crush the tablet and add a drop or two of water to make a paste. Apply the aspirin paste to the irritation, and it will relieve the pain.
🔹Rejuvenate skin by eliminating blemishes and dead skin.
Although this is generally done with professional cosmetic products, it can also be made at home using aspirin.
- 5 aspirin
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (20 mL)
- 1 Tbsp. baking soda (10 grams)
What to do
- First, prepare a thick mixture from the aspirin and lemon juice.
- Then, rub it over a clean face. Let it set for 20 minutes.
- After that time, gently massage in a circle, then rinse with cold water.
- Apply a bit of baking soda to neutralize the acid from the lemon, then rinse again.
- Finish by moisturizing your skin.
- Use once a week.
🔹Treat discolored hair.
Too much chlorine in a swimming pool might make your blonde hair look green. This may be one of the weirdest uses for aspirin, but you can restore your hair color with aspirin.
Dissolve six or seven crushed aspirin in a glass of warm water. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it soak for fifteen minutes. Then wash your hair like you normally would. The greenish tint should disappear.
Crush two aspirin and add them to a capful of shampoo. Wash hair as you normally do. Repeat the treatment as needed.
For rust stains (from razors, can of shaving cream, etc.) on a bath or sink, first dampen the stain with water. Then apply several crushed aspirin tablets directly to the stain marks. After ten minutes, simply wipe the rust away.
🔹Revive a dead car battery.
Don’t despair! Aspirin can help. Drop two aspirin into the battery cell. The battery’s sulfuric acid will react with the aspirin to create a charge. It should be enough to jump-start the battery—and enable you to drive to the nearest gas station or auto parts store.
🔹Eliminate sweat stains.
Grab the aspirin. Crush three or four aspirin and mix with warm water to form a paste. Evenly rub the paste over the stains and allow it to soak for a couple of hours. Then launder as normal.
🔹Garden assistant. We grow vegetables in various sized potted containers. We love enjoying fresh tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and onion. By adding one crushed aspirin to one gallon of water, just spray the mixture on vegetables. The aspirin will improve growth, increase production, and combat fungal diseases.
🔹Fresh flowers extender.
A crushed aspirin mixed with water and added to a vase of cut flowers will keep them looking fresher longer
Many scientific experts, like Dr. Michael L. Oshinsky from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, have studied various hangover treatments. One of the most effective solutions to combat the results of drinking too much is the combination of aspirin and caffeine (coffee or tea).
Take two aspirin with coffee a few hours after “too much partying,” and you should feel no ill effects the next day.
The content of this article is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented herein. Any statements about the possible health benefits of any subject discussed have not been evaluated by medical professionals or the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.
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