The benefits of aspirin far exceed temporary relief from fever, aches, and pains. Most people know that it can protect you from a heart attack or stroke, if taken properly.
Research suggests that it can reduce the risk of some cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. But aspirin has many other potential health, beauty, and personal benefits.
Discover some of the amazing things that bottle in your medicine cabinet can do for you.
1. Keeps Dandruff at Bay
Many people have dandruff problems. If you have dandruff and wish to get rid of it completely, try aspirin.
Aspirin contains salicylic acid that helps control dandruff by exfoliating your scalp. Salicylic acid skims the dry skin from your scalp, so that the flakes can be washed off when you shampoo your hair.
Crush 2 or 3 aspirins into a fine powder and mix it with a blob of shampoo. Wash your hair with the mixture, massaging it onto your scalp. Leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse and wash your hair again with a mild shampoo. Repeat 1 or 2 times a week.
Alternatively, dissolve the 2 aspirins in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave it in for 30 minutes, then wash your hair thoroughly. Use this dandruff treatment a couple of times per week.
2. Treats Ingrown Hairs
An ingrown hair causes a lot of discomfort, which you can treat with aspirin. The salicylic acid in aspirin scrubs away dead skin to loosen the offending hair.
Its anti-inflammatory nature can help reduce redness and inflammation. It can also treat and prevent mild infection.
Dissolve 2 or 3 aspirin tablets in 1 teaspoon of warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency.
Add 1 teaspoon of honey to the paste.
Apply the paste to the affected area.
Leave it on for 10 minutes.
Rinse it off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.
Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.
3. Removes Calluses from Feet
Your regular aspirin can also soften calluses as well as corns. Being a mild exfoliant, it can help get rid of dead skin cells and keep your feet soft to prevent the formation of corns and calluses.
Prepare a solution with 3 crushed aspirin tablets, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water.
Heat a piece of cloth in a microwave and soak it in the prepared solution.
Place it on the affected area.
After 10 minutes, rub a pumice stone all over your feet.
Repeat the process once daily for a few days until your calluses become super soft.
4. Fresh Flowers Bloom Extender
Fresh cut flowers displayed in a vase have a pretty short life and tend to wilt away quickly. This happens because the flowers start producing ethylene gas as they slowly decay.
You need to change the flowers frequently to maintain the beauty of your displayed vase. To keep the freshness of cut flowers intact, you can use aspirin as it helps lower the pH of water. This trick works especially well for roses!
Add a few crushed up aspirin tablets to the water in the vase.
Then, arrange the cut flowers as per your liking.
Change the vase water every few days.
5. Removes Stains from Clothes
Whether you have sweat, coffee, tea, or ink on your clothes, you can get rid of the stain completely using aspirin. Aspirin can remove spots and blotches from fabrics as effectively as commercial fabric stain removers.
Crush 2 or 3 aspirins into a fine powder.
Mix the powder in ½ cup of warm water.
Soak the stained part of the fabric in the solution for 2 to 3 hours.
Then, wash the article of clothing in your washing machine as usual.
If needed, repeat again.
6. Relieves Mosquito and Insect Bites
Whether you are bitten by mosquitos or other insects, aspirin can help relieve the symptoms.
Aspirin has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively control swelling caused by mosquito and other insect bites. It can even provide comfort to skin redness, itchiness and a burning sensation sometimes caused by insect bites.
Grind a few aspirins into a fine powder. Add a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it on for a few hours. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
For minor bites, wet the affected skin and rub an aspirin over the bite.
Note: In case of a poisonous bug bite, consult a doctor immediately.
7. Treats Acne and Pimples
Aspirin can reduce the appearance of acne and pimples, which take away the beauty of your face.
The salicylic acid in aspirin helps reduce acne and pimples by removing oil and dead skin cells that are clogging them. It also aids in reducing inflammation, the root of redness and pain, two common symptoms of skin breakouts.
Crush 2 or 3 aspirin tablets and mix them with a little lemon juice or just pain water to form a paste.
Apply it to the acne or pimples.
Leave it on for a few minutes before washing off thoroughly.
Repeat once daily.