What’s the first thing we all do when we have a headache, a toothache, pain and soreness in the muscles, or we feel cold and feverish? We drink aspirin, of course! It seems like this magic pill is the answer to all our medical problems. But what is it that makes aspirin so effective and useful? All credits go to its powerful ingredient – salicylic acid, which itself has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effect.
Aspirin is not only used for medical purposes, but in other situations as well. In this article, we’re going to reveal 9 great ways to use aspirin in your everyday life.
- Rejuvenate your skin
As we said before, aspirin’s main ingredient is salicylic acid, which is also found in many cosmetic products worldwide. It helps to reduce inflammation and acne by removing excess oil and dead skin cells. So, a homemade aspirin paste will be the perfect solution for your skin problems. Crush 5 aspirin tablets, and mix them with ¼ of water and 1 tablespoon of honey until you get a firm paste. Apply it on your entire face, let it set then rinse it with warm water after 10 minutes. You can repeat this method according to your skin’s needs.
- Your flowers will last longer
Don’t you hate it when you plant new flowers and they start to wither very quickly? Well, to make them last longer, just add a crushed aspirin to the water they’re in.
- Remove perspiration stains
Yes, we all sweat, and yes, it’s nothing to be ashamed off. It’s just water coming out off your body. It’s the ugly stains under the armpits that are very unpleasant. But, there’s a solution for that too. Crush two aspirins and put the powder in ½ cup warm water, then soak the stained parts in the solution for 2-3 hours.
- Restore hair color
If you have light-colored hair, it’s very likely that your hair color will be much different after you go swimming in a chlorinated pool. That’s because the chlorine can cause a highlighted hair to turn a greenish color. But don’t worry, it’s possible to restore your hair color. All you have to do is dissolve 6-8 aspirins in a glass of warm water and rub the solution into your hair. Let it set for 10-15 minutes then rinse it off.
- Dry up pimples
Crush one aspirin and mix it with a bit of water until you get a firm paste. Apply the paste on the affected area, let it sit for a couple of minutes then rinse it with water and soap. This quick and easy solution will reduce redness and make your pimples dry up fast.
- Treat hard calluses
Get rid of the painful calluses in just 15 minutes! Make a paste out of 5-6 aspirins, ½ tablespoon of lemon and ½ tablespoon of water and apply it on the callus. Then wrap your foot in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag. Wait for 10 minutes before removing the bag and the towel. The callus should be softened by then, and you can easily remove it with a pumice stone.
- Control dandruff
Say goodbye to the expensive anti-dandruff shampoos and get rid of dandruff the cheap way. All you need is a regular shampoo and two aspirins. Crush the aspirins and add the powder to the shampoo on your hand (do not put in the shampoo bottle). Rub it thoroughly into your hair and leave it for 1-2 minutes before rinsing it and washing it again with normal shampoo.
- Apply to insect bites and stings
How many times you got home from a picnic with insect bites and stings? Every single time, right? Well, if you didn’t manage to prevent the bites, you can easily treat them after. All you need to do is wet the affected area then rub an aspirin over it.
- Clean Grease from Pots and Pans
You don’t need to spend endless hours on cleaning the burnt-on grease from your pots and pans. Now you can make them look like new again simply by cleaning them with a mixture of aspirin and lemon juice.