If you crush aspirin and rub it into your hair, this is what happens. I can’t wait to try this!
Aspirin is probably one of the things that we all have at home. It’s excellent for general aches and pains, and is sometimes effective against light fevers, too. 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.
Aspirin was first derived from the bark of the willow tree, known since ancient times for its pain relieving properties. 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. The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, was first isolated by Felix Hoffman in 1897 while he was a chemist at Bayer. Nowadays, nearly 40,000 tons of aspirin are consumed worldwide annually, which makes it one of the most widely used medications on the planet.
Aspirin is clearly one of the heavy-hitters of the medical scene, a lot of people may not know that it can actually be used for several other purposes, too. The active ingredients in aspirin can do a whole lot more beyond just curing headaches and light fevers and inflammation. Here are only several suggestions:
- Fight dandruff:
The salicylic acid in aspirin is a strong moisturizing agent. It can greatly reduce dandruff in your hair. Crush 2-3 pills into a powder and mix them with your shampoo. When you’re applying, let your newly-fortified shampoo sit on your scalp for several minutes before you rinse it out like normal.
- Clear skin:
Salicylic acid can also do wonders for your skin, removing dead skin and oils while unclogging pores and reducing swelling and redness. It’s especially great if you suffer from acne or psoriasis. Prepare a paste of around five crushed aspirin tablets with a quarter cup of water and a teaspoon of honey (optional). Apply it and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. Repeat daily/weekly as needed.
- Remove sweat stains:
Sweat stains are gross, but they can actually happen to any of us. Trying to clean them out of your clothes can be a real hassle, but that’s where aspirin can help! Create the skin paste described above (skip the honey) and, instead of putting it on your face, put it on the stain. Let it stay like that for several minutes before rinsing and running through a regular wash cycle.
- Jumpstart your car:
If your car battery has died on you, try putting a couple of aspirin tablets (we recommend at least two per cell) into your battery. The salicylic acid reacts with the sulfuric acid in the battery to create just enough charge to get you to the nearest service station.
using this trick can get you out of a bind, but it’s not great for your battery to do it regularly as the reaction creates some harmful byproducts. Do this only in an emergency and then take your car to a mechanic immediately!
- Protect your plants:
A little salicylic acid is nice for plants, too, just as it is for your skin. It helps prevent mold and the production of ethylene gas, which causes wilting. Crush an aspirin into the water you put your bouquets in and you’ll notice that they last much longer.