Aspirin: It's For More than Just Headaches!

When you get a headache, what do you turn to for pain relief? Tylenol, aspirin, and Advil are the three most common medications taken for headaches and pain relief, all with fairly equal effect. But did you know that aspirin is more than just a medication? It has a surprising number of uses, making it one of the best medicines to have at home. Here are some of the amazing things you can do with aspirin:

Treat Mosquito Bites

If you live in a hot climate, you know how annoying mosquitoes can be in the evening. You can't leave your house for fear of being swarmed and bitten. Mosquito bites can be incredibly itchy, driving you wild scratching. But crushing aspirin in a cup of water and applying the mixture to your bites can help to manage the discomfort. The aspirin will attack the cells causing the itching, and will reduce the swelling of the bite. It's a great natural remedy to deal with mosquito bites.

Fight Cancer

Hard to believe that aspirin is a useful cancer-fighting medication, isn't it? While taking aspirin won't do anything to deal with existing cancers or tumors, it will help to reduce your risk of developing cancer later in life. Aspirin prevents cancer cells from sticking to platelets, preventing them from clotting. This reduces the risk of cancerous cells spreading through your body via your bloodstream. A low dose of aspirin taken regularly (a few times per week) over the course of years can help to reduce your risk of cancer, and reduce the mortality rate even if you do develop cancer.

Clear Acne

Aspirin contains salicylic acid, one of the two most effective compounds to fight acne. Many anti-acne creams and serums contain salicylic acid, which fights the acne bacteria and prevents the infection from spreading. The salicylic acid in your aspirin will help to break down the oil and skin cells that are clogging your pores, reduce the inflammation that makes your zits look red and angry, and reduce the visibility of those pimples. To use the aspirin to treat your acne, simply crush a pill and mix the dust into a few tablespoons of warm water. Rub the liquid mixture onto the parts of your face plagued by acne, and leave it on overnight. Wash off with warm water in the morning. You'll find your zits disappear in no time.

Beat Dandruff

Got white flakes falling from your skull every time you brush your hand through your hair or beard? The salicylic acid in acne can help to remove the dry skin from your scalp, preventing the skin from flaking onto your clothing. Crush a couple of aspirin into a handful of shampoo, and mix well before applying to your hair. Let it sit for up to 30 seconds, and when you wash out your hair, a good deal of the dandruff will wash away with the shampoo suds.

Soften Your Hands

While the aspirin won't do much for your skin overall, it can help to soften those calluses that develop as a result of hard work or weightlifting. The secret to treating calluses is to mix crushed up aspirin with lemon juice and water. The astringent properties of lemon juice will help to break down the tough spots on your skin, and the aspirin will ensure that the lemon juice can penetrate the skin effectively. After a few days of this treatment, you'll find your calluses have softened to the point that you should be able to grind them away with a nail file.

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