Many people will likely begin taking a daily aspirin for the health benefits, especially since a new study has linked aspirin to fighting cancer. However, aspirin can actually do more than prevent certain conditions. Most people reach for an occasional aspirin to relieve the pain of a headache or for its use as an anti-inflammatory after an injury. Others, despite the risk of bleeding that has been attributed to the little white pill, take a daily aspirin as prevention against heart attack, stroke and, now, cancer. What a lot of people may not know, however, is that aspirin has some other benefits.
The main ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), serves multiple functions within the body. The ingredient analgesic acts to relieve the pain of a headache. The antipyretic element, responsible for reducing fever, is an anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling, but there is also a platelet inhibitor, which helps in the fight against blood clots. Aspirin has proved to be of great benefit in the fight against cancer and a preventative against heart disease and stroke, but aspirin, it seems, is capable of so much more.
Most people are probably not aware that aspirin has some everyday “around the house” uses as well. Some say that soaking sweat stained clothing in water with aspirin for a few hours before washing can remove yellowish stains. Likewise, a lot of people probably do not know that aspirin contains the same ingredient as most dandruff shampoos. It turns out that mixing an aspirin or two in a little bit of shampoo can be just as effective as using a dandruff shampoo.
Aspirin can also be a hero when trying to plug a hole in drywall or when a car battery dies. When aspirin is mixed with water, it turns into an adhesive paste good for plugging small holes, with no spackling compound needed. Likewise, one might consider keeping a bottle of aspirin in the car, not only to relieve the occasional headache, but in case the battery dies. The sulfuric acid in the battery mixes with the acid in the aspirin, combining to create a charge, potentially enough of a charge to get the car started and make it to the auto shop.
Aspirin is also accredited with being a big help in the bathroom, cutting through soap scum and drying up pimples. It can also provide some relief from the itching and irritation associated with bug bites. An aspirin moistened with water and applied directly to the bite can provide soothing relief.
Aspirin has great ability to combat some health related conditions as well as some common household problems. Aspirin can be used to remove an ingrown hair or to relieve a headache.It is important, however, that people consult a healthcare provider before beginning any aspirin regimen. Also, people who suffer from any aspirin-related allergy should not use aspirin externally for relieving bug bites or dandruff, as describe above. It seems there is more to the little white pill than meets the eye. Long touted for medicinal benefits, relieving pain, preventing heart attacks and, now, fighting cancer, aspirin, it seems, is so much more.
By Constance Spruill