If you open your medicine box you’re probably find at all times some aspirins, they can be found in almost every household and it’s no wonder since it’s one of the most versatile painkillers. It can be used for a headache, toothache, menstrual pain and even for light fevers. It was even discovered that heart patients can benefit greatly from a daily aspirin regimen because it reduces the risk of heart attack and blood clotting.
This versatile medicine 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. Its active ingredient Salicylic acid, was first isolated by Felix Hoffman in 1897 while he was working as a chemist at Bayer. Since then its consumption has reached its peak, selling over 40 000 tones on a global level. It’s without a doubt the most used medication around the world.
However, even though many people use it, its wide range of benefits is not so commonly known. Many people don’t know that aspirin can be used for many other things aside from its typical use as a painkiller. Here’s why you should always have one at hand:
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which makes it extremely effective in fighting dandruff. Just crush some aspirin, mix it with your shampoo on your scalp and massage it gently. This will significantly reduce scalp inflammation, the most common cause of dandruff according to Dr. Joshua Zeichnerf. Plus, aspirin helps exfoliate flakes that also form on your scalp.
- Improve your skin quality
Everyday Health says that the salicylic acid content in aspirin can also improve your skin quality by removing dead cells and excess sebum from the skin. Aspirin has proved extremely beneficial against psoriasis and acne because it unclogs pores and lessens swelling, redness, and skin lesions.
To improve your skin quality, crush 5 pills and add them to a quarter cup of water. Mix well for the pills to dissolve then apply the mixture onto the skin. Let it act for about 10 minutes before washing it off.
- Remove sweat stains
We all know that some stains, such as sweat stains, can be so hard to remove that even regular wash cycles can’t do much about them. But, a common pain killer, such as aspirin can help you get rid of these stains on the first washing.
Start by making paste of several crushed aspirins and some water. Then apply the paste on the stain and leave it to act for 15-20 minutes. Finish by washing your clothing as usual.
- Jump start your car
Most of you probably know what it feels like when you’re in a hurry and your car simply won’t start. You can’t wait for your car to be serviced, so it turns out you have to get really creative in finding a prompt solution. One way out is to add some crushed aspirin tablets into the battery. It may sound surprising, but aspirin actually works miracles for dead car batteries because the salicylic acid in aspirin works with the sulfuric acid in the battery helping your car get enough boost to reach the garage.
- Protect your flowers
The salicylic acid in aspirin prevents both mold and ethylene production, both of which are common causes of wilting in garden flowers.
The method is very simple. Add crushed aspirin into water and eater your flowers with it. You can also put your bouquets into this mixture to help them live longer.