unusual uses of aspirin for survival

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Weird and not so weird uses for Aspirin

For a while, people shied away from aspirin, but aspirin** is
making a comeback! The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic
acid, has a myriad of applications useful to preppers and is
therefore extremely worthwhile to stock for emergency

Eleven Weird (and Not so Weird Uses) of Aspirin
Here's how to use aspirin prepping:

1. Soothes insect bites and stings.
Aspirin is a pain reliever that's also useful when directly applied
to relieve a bee sting, mosquito bite or other insect irritation.
Moisten an aspirin tablet with water and apply directly to the
afflicted area.

2. Aids in laundry.
Crushed aspirin can help remove the yellowed under arm stains
of white garments caused by sweat combined with dirt,
deodorants and antiperspirants. To work this method, soften a
handful of aspirin tablets with water and work the powder into
the stain. Allow to set overnight, then wash.

3. Keeps your heart healthy.
Every 63 seconds a person in the United States dies of a heart
attack. Aspirin can protect your heart by keeping your blood
flowing freely, so for heart attack mitigation it's highly
effective! Preppers with a family history of heart problems are
wise to consult a physician* about preventative measures and
heart heath.

In a medical emergency, At Heart provides quick and easy
access to an aspirin tablet with a simple press of a button.
Being prepared, knowing what to do, taking immediate action
and having aspirin on-hand at all times when and where you
need it , are important lifesaving steps. Are you at risk? Men
over 40, Women over 50, anyone who is overweight, anyone
who smokes, or anyone with high cholesterol, diabetes, high
blood pressure or with a family history are all at risk.

4. Prevents strokes.
In addition to reducing the risk of heart attacks, aspirin also
helps prevent strokes, but be forewarned because this method
is often overused according to a Harvard sturdy. Read the
article on the
misuse of aspirin for prevention of strokes from
Harvard Health Publications.

  • Bayer low dose, safety coated aspirin, pictured immediate
    left, is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Aspirin is
    not appropriate for everyone and so you should talk with
    your physician before starting a low dose aspirin regimen.
    Also, once you start an aspirin regimen, then don't stop
    abruptly. Talk to your physician about the rebound effect
    and possible blood clotting.

5. Acts as a pesticide.
Crushed and mixed with corn starch, aspirin is somewhat
unappealing to insects and provides a measure of protection as
a pesticide without harsh chemical applications.

6. Maintains healthy plants.
Some say aspirin can even help plants fight infection! It acts
as a sort of fungicide when applied to soil. Certainly, infection
protection for a plant is a strange use of aspirin, though the
concept has some validity. Crushed aspirin is widely used by
florists to extend the shelf life of cut flowers.
  • Consider stocking a mortar and pestle set to help
    crush aspirin.

7. Extends car battery life.
Who knew that aspirin could extend battery life? It's true!

Squeeze some extra juice from a car battery. Aspirin contains
acetylsalicylic acid, which reacts with sulfuric acid in a car
battery. Just two aspirin tablets should produce enough charge
to start a car. Weird, but true!

8. Eases sore a throat.
Gargling with aspirin dissolved in water will help ease
inflammation in your throat delivering medication straight to
the source.

9. Helps remove warts.
Aspirin is prepared from the reaction of salicylic acid and acetic
anhydride. As salicylic acid is a treatment for warts, many have
tried, with success, to apply aspirin for wart removal. Applying
a slightly moistened aspirin directly to the wart by pressure of a
bandage until the wart dissolves. Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter pain
relievers, including, Alka Seltzer, Anacin, Bayer, Bufferin,
Ecotrin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Percodan and St. Joseph's.

10. Medicates pimples.
Creating a paste of aspirin and applying it directly to the acne
will get the medicine quickly to the source for healing by acting
as an astringent. Redness will soon disappear and inflammation
will greatly reduce.

11. Mitigates toothaches.
Crushed and applied directly to gums, medication can absorb
directly to the source of tooth pain.

There are many more reasons to keep aspirin in your Prepper
Supply List. Studies are in the works about how aspirin might
aid in a woman's fertility, lower blood pressure during
pregnancy, combat shingles, prevent alzheimer's, parkinson's,
HIV, and more. Others claim aspirin may help stave off cancer,
relieve psoriasis, and asthma.

  • For more information about aspirin a chem preventive
    strategy against cancer; aspirin resistance in
    cardiovascular disease; aspirin-induced asthma; aspirin as
    an antimetastatic compound in the prevention of breast
    cancer through nitric oxide synthesis; and, the
    pharmacokinetic fundamentals of aspirin; consult Aspirin:
    Therapeutic Uses, Adverse Effects and Pharmacokinetics
    (Pharmacology - Research, Safety Testing and Regulation),
    by Dilan M. Demir, right.

Beware of aspirin overdose!
With aspirin too much of a good thing isn't good at all, and
overdose is possible. Aspirin, while helpful in several regards, it
is also a poison. One remedy for overdose is activated charcoal,
which soaps up aspirin in the stomach. Nature's Way Activated
Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood), pictured immediate right, is
commonly used to absorb digestive gas. It also protects the
body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Due to its
large surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption
properties, meaning that it keeps certain substances from being
absorbed in the body's gastrointestinal tract.

Watch expiration dates
Like other drugs, aspirin expires. Printed on every package is an
expiration date as aspirin is very sensitive to moisture and air.
At Heart Emergency Aspirin Tablet Dispenser, pictured at the
top of the page, provides aspirin in foil pouches.

Ask your Physician about aspirin
Some people must avoid aspirin as it reacts with other
medications or complicates conditions. Consult your physician
about whether aspirin is right for you.

  • For an aspirin regimen, consult your doctor about aspirin
    81m (NSAID) non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which
    has a delayed reaction. Bayer Low Dose Enteric Coated
    Tablets are specially designed for people on a regimen of
    aspirin, or as directed by a doctor.

Here is a more about the Risks and Benefits of Aspirin...

The bottomline is that aspirin isn't right for everyone, however,
aspirin certainly has many weird and wonderful uses, making it
an economical and versatile medicine for preppers to add to
medicine cabinet and supply list! Below are some natural
alternatives to aspirin.

Natural Alternatives to Aspirin

Willow Bark (the original aspirin).
Asirin is the synthetic version of Willow Bark. Did you know that
about 25% of modern medicines originated in plants? Before
there was aspirin there was willow bark and people would chew
on willow bark to reduce fever or joint pain.

Today we take the synthetic version of the drug contained in
willow bark -- aspirin! Modern medicine claims the synthetic
versions of plant based drugs are modified to make them more
safe and effective.

  • White Willow Bark Standardized Extract, pictured left, is
    standardized to 15 salicin, the key active compound in the
    inner bark. This dietary supplement is not intended for
    children, and you should not use if you are pregnant or
    nursing. Do not use if you have an ulcer or if you have
    similar allergies.

Make your own aspirin from Willow Bark
Here's how to make your own aspirin from Willow Bark, if you
are lost in the woods:

The inner bark of White Willow contains salicin, which is what
people used before the synthetic introduction of aspirin and
ibuprofin as analgesics.

Neem and Licorice more effective than Ibuprofin!
In an abstract published by the U.S. National Library of
Medicine National Institutes of Health, a comparative of anti-
inflammatory effects of herbal medicines [Sept. 9, 2014- found
neem and licorice are more effective than ibuprofen in
suppressing inflammation.

  • licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), pictured left:

  • neem (Azadirachta indica), pictured right:

Happy endings...
Ultimately relief from pain can be obtained naturally from
willow bark; however, having modern day aspirin on hand is a
convenient way to get pain relief and help with the conditions

Aspirin is a wonder; however, the intention of this article is not
to diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. Aspirin is not
appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor
before you begin an aspirin regimen. The same is true of Willow

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* These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any
health or dietary matter, always consult your physician. This information is intended for your
general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for
specific medical conditions. Never disregard or delay in seeking medical advice when available

**Never give kids under the age of 18 aspirin
, because it has been related to a potentially
serious disease called Reye's syndrome in children younger than 18,
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