Uncommon Uses of Aspirin

Aspirin is found in the majority of homes I would think.

The main ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid. Salicin is a natural pain-killer. It will also reduce fever. The bark of the willow tree is rich in salicin. In the third century BC, Hippocrates prescribed it for pain and fever. Native Americans and other traditional healers use herbs containing salicin to treat cold and flu symptoms. In 1899, a chemist with the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, Felix Hoffmann, developed a modified derivative, acetylsalicylic acid, which became better known as aspirin.

Aspirin has many uses besides helping with pain relief. It can be used to get perspiration stains out of clothing. Crush two aspirins and mix with ½ cup of warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for around two to three hours then wash normally.

Flat Batteries
If your car battery is flat and jump-starting the car is not an option, it may be worth trying this trick. Drop two aspirin tablets into the battery itself. The acetylsalicylic acid in the aspirin will react with the sulphuric acid in the battery and hopefully provide one last charge. – enough to get you going.

If you have a pimple, make a paste of aspirin and water. Apply to the blemish and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash off with soap and water. This should reduce the redness. Repeat if needed.

Egg Stains
A combination of water, cream of tartar and crushed aspirin will help remove egg stains from clothes. Remove as much of the egg as possible, then sponge with warm water. Hot water will set the stain so be sure the water is warm only. If the stain is still evident, spread the cream of tartar/crushed aspirin on the stain and leave for half an hour. Rinse well in warm water.

In The Garden
Aspirin has several uses for gardeners too. Crushed aspirin can be added to a vase of cut flowers. Roses in particular will last longer with this easy addition. Ground up, aspirin can be used as a rooting compound or mixed with water and used to treat fungal conditions in the soil. Don't use more than one tablet in a litre of water.

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Insect Bites
Aspirin can relieve the inflammation associated with insect bites and bee stings. Wet the bite and rub the aspirin over the spot. If symptoms worsen, seek medical help especially if you have any allergies.

To control dandruff, finely crush two aspirin and add to a small amount of shampoo. Leave the mixture on your hair for several minutes, rinse well and wash again as normal.

To soften hard callouses on your feet, crush five or six aspirin. Add ½ teaspoon each of lemon juice and water. Apply the paste to the calloused area, wrap the foot in a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag. Put the foot up for at least ten minutes by which time the callous should have softened enough to be filed down with a pumice stone.

Restore Hair Colour
Swimming in chlorinated water can have a devastating effect on hair, especially if it is light in colour. It can usually be restored to its former colour by dissolving 6 to 8 aspirin in a cup of warm water. Work the mixture through the hair, leave for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse well.

Contra Indications
About 10% of the people who suffer from severe asthma are allergic to salicylic acid, which is the key ingredient in aspirin. In older asthmatics who also suffer from sinusitis or nasal polyps the percentages rise to 30 or 40%. People with ulcers and other bleeding conditions should also be careful when using the drug. There are also a few people who are acutely sensitive to aspirin.

With so many uses for aspirin, it is worthwhile ensuring you have some in your medicine cabinet.