Aspirin is a common over the counter tablet mainly known as a cure for fevers, aches and inflammation. Aspirin was first produced 110 years ago, but the natural form, salicylic acid, found in plants has been used for thousands of years. It has most of the same properties as some anti-bacterial soaps. Aside from being an analgesic and an antipyretic, aspirin has an assortment of alternative uses.
1. Acne/Pimples/Blemishes Treatment
Salicylic acid in aspirin is an ingredient typically found in anti-acne products. It helps to clears up redness, remove excess oil and exfoliate dead cells on the skin’s surface. Crush one or two tablets and mix them with a small amount of water. Apply it on your pimples and allow it to settle for 2-3 minutes. Finish by washing it off with facial wash and water. After washing, your pimples will be drier and will disappear at a faster rate.
2. Dandruff Remover
Salicylic acid is also a main ingredient in many dandruff shampoos and can be used to reduce the scalp inflammation that causes dandruff and exfoliate flakes on the skin. Simply crush two or three aspirins to a fine powder and mix them into your typical shampoo each time you wash your hair. Massage in and let it sit for a 1-2 minutes. Then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
3. Treat Calluses and Corns on Feet
Corns and calluses cause swelling and patches of hardened dead skin on the feet. The salicylic acid present in aspirin acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent that helps in treating the infection and also relieve swelling. Crush 5-6 aspirin tablets and mix it with a tablespoon of water and lemon juice. Apply the paste directly to your callus or corn affected area on foot, and wrap your foot in a plastic bag. Keep your foot under wraps for 10-15 minutes, allowing the acidity to soften your callus. Then remove the cloth and rub the softened callus with a pumice stone.
4. Remove sweat stain
Aspirin is effective in getting rid of sweat stains from cloths because it contains salicylic acid. The salicylic acid helps to neutralize stains by breaking down the compounds found in sweat. Dilute a couple of crushed aspirin tablets and 1/2 cup of warm water in a bowl. Soak the stained portion of the clothing into the bowl for a few hours. Afterwards, wash the shirt as usual.
5. Treatment for Insect Bites
Aspirin has a anti-inflammatory properties which helps to reduce the redness, swelling, and pain from insect bites. Make an aspirin paste similar to the one used for pimples and apply it to the affected area for a few minutes.
6. Preserve Cut Flowers
Keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer by adding a tablet of aspirin to the vase water before adding the flowers.They will stay beautiful longer than if you put them in water alone.
7. Ingrown toenail relief
An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. Here’s the simple remedy to help with the pain, itchiness and swelling of an ingrown toenail. Dissolve 20 aspirins in a tub full of warm water. Soak your foot in the solution for relief.
8. Wart Remover
Salicylic acid in aspirin is considered the most desirable wart treatment, due to its effectiveness and safety. Apply a generous amount of crushed aspirin to the wart and cover it with duct tape. The wart will darken and fall off soon after.
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