The salicylic acid has a long tradition of use for the treatment of heart diseases and as prevention of blood clotting. It`s very efficient as anti-inflammatory agent and as pain reliever. This acid is the main compound of aspirin which is used for eliminating inflammations and pain.
Aspirin is also used as prevention of cancer. A study from the “Annals of Oncology” shows that some types of cancer can be prevented with aspirin. According to the researchers some results of the aspirin therapy are noticeable after three years of the start and other even couple of years after the end of the therapy. As to Dr. Jack Cuzick from the Queen Mary’s University of London, head of the Centre for cancer prevention, taking aspirin for 10 years minimum reduces cancer and heart attacks numbers by 9% in men and 7% in women.
Aspirin can be used for many other purposes also. Here are some of them.
- Insect stings and bites
Applying aspirin on an insect strings and bites reduces the itching and the inflammation on the skin. If you are allergic to bees visit your doctor.
- Rejuvenates the skin
The main compound of the aspirin, the salicylic acid, eliminates dead skin cells and excessive oil. Also it can treat redness and swelling. Crush 5 aspirin pills and mix it with ¼ cup of water and 1 teaspoon of honey. Rub the mixture on the skin leaving it on for 10 minutes. Wash It off with water. This mask, if used regularly, rejuvenates the skin and eliminates all skin problems.
- Treats pimples
Crush 1 aspirin pill and mix it with little bit of water. Apply the mixture on the acnes or pimples leaving it on for a few minutes. Wash it off with water and soap. Aspirin is great for eliminating these skin problems.
- Eliminates dandruff
Add 2 crashed pills in the shampoo. Wash the hair as you normally do but leave the shampoo on for couple of minutes. It`s great for preventing and eliminating dandruff. Washing the hair with this mixture can also eliminate scalp inflammation, exfoliate the skin and eliminate the dandruff.
- Treats calluses
Mix 5 crushed aspirin pills with some lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of honey. Apply the paste on the calluses. Wrap the foot in a towel and keep it wrapped for 10 minutes. The acidity will soften the calluses. Wash the foot with water and rub it with pumice stone.
- Eliminates stains
Aspirin can help you eliminate perspiration stains. Crush couple of pills and mix them in ½ a cup of water and soak the stained clothes for couple of hours before you wash them.
- Restores hair color
Water can damage your hair. The chlorinated water can make you hair lose its color and this goes especially for light colored hair. Dissolve 6 to 8 pills in 1 glass of water and rub it on the hair. This solution will make your hair shine and it will restore the color. Leave the solution on for 10 to 15 minutes for better results.
- Makes your plants and flowers grow
According to the professor of plant sciences Judy Jested from the UC Davis adding aspirin to the water keeps the plants fresh and makes them grow. The salicylic acid reduces the production of ethylene which delays the floral senescence and the flowers remain fresh longer. The salicylic acid reduces the growth of mold due to its anti-fungal properties which can damage the plant if it enters in the stem.
- Eliminates grease from cookware
Rub the cookware with some water and couple of pills crushed in the water. This paste will eliminate the dirt and the grease from the cookware.
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