unusual uses of aspirin for survival

Aspirin benefits for preppers
Weird and not so weird uses for aspirin

It's not just for headaches anymore.
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 preparedness.

It's not just for headaches anymore. Use aspirin to reduce fever
and relieve the common cold as well as soothe muscle aches,
toothaches, and even a sore throat or bee sting.

While aspirin isn't right for everyone**, it certainly has many
interesting uses and below are a few of them...

Do this with Aspirin!
Here are some weird (and not so weird uses of aspirin:

Aspirin use #1: ease a sore throat!
According to the vintage ad, right, you can take two aspirin and
drink a full glass of water for the common cold. The old
advertisement advises to repeat treatment in two hours. If you
have a sore throat you can crush and stir aspirin tablets in water
and gargle. This forgotten wisdom is still valid today.

Regarding this use of aspirin,
WebMd.com agrees. Aspirin is a
salicylate and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID),
which works with the body to reduce pain and swelling.

Aspirin use #2: soothe 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. To
use this method, moisten an aspirin tablet with water and apply
directly to the afflicted area until the pain is gone. You'll note the
reduced swelling almost instantly.

Of course for bee sting allergies, be sure have your EPI pen handy
or Benedryl. Also beware of deadly brown recluse spider bites.

Keep packets of aspirin handy in your purse or wallet, the glove
compartment of your car, or your office desk, and be sure to stuff
them in all your first aid kits. Right, is a convenient set of
individually wrapped packs of aspirin.

Aspirin use #3: do your laundry!
Another odd use of aspirin is for laundry. Maybe your great
grandmother knew, but the wisdom of aspirin has gone by the
wayside. Think of it next time you reach for your laundry basket.

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.


Aspirin use #4: keep your heart healthy.
Did you know more than 500,000 Americans die annually of a
heart attack? That's every 34 seconds that 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, Asprin-ASAP, pictured right, provides quick
and easy access to an aspirin tablet.

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.

Aspirin use #5: prevent a stroke!
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
    right, 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.

Aspirin use #6: maintain healthy plants.
Some say aspirin can help plants fight infection! Aspirin 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.

It may seem odd that aspirin can work as a pesticide, but when
you understand that plants release salicylic acid when under
attack by pathogens it makes sense. Aspirin is a salicylate.

One method to use aspirin as a pesticide is crushed and mixed
with corn starch surrounding your plant in the soil. Apparently,
aspirin is somewhat unappealing to insects and provides a
measure of protection as a pesticide without harsh chemical
applications. Consider stocking a mortar and pestle set to help
crush aspirin.

Here's how to use aspirin to help your tomato plants:



















It takes a little more than 60-seconds to learn how to help your tomato
plants with aspirin in the video above.

Aspirin use #7: extend your car's battery life.
Aspirin has many super powers and one of them is helping you in
a car emergency. Here's a instructables tutorial for how to
squeeze extra juice from a car battery.

Who knew that aspirin could extend battery life? It can. How does
this work? Aspirin contains acetyl-salicylic 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!

Aspirin use #8: remove a wart.
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. It may take days or even a few
weeks, but you will dissolve that ugly wart.

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.

Aspiri use #9: medicate pimples.
Aspirin can help you improve skin tone and even out blemishes.
Creating a paste of aspirin and applying it directly to blemishes
will get the medicine quickly to the source for healing by acting as
an astringent. Redness will soon disappear and inflammation will
greatly reduce.

Aspirin use #10: mitigate a toothache
Crushed and applied directly to gums, aspirin can absorb directly
to the source of tooth pain and medicate.

There are many ways to help heal teeth naturally, remineralize
them and
mitigate toothaches. If you want a natural aspirin, go to
the original, willowbark pictured at the bottom of the page.

Aspirin use #11: prevent cancer!
According to WebMD.com a daily dose of aspirin may help-
prevent and treat cancer. According to studies in the article,
taking a low-dose aspirin daily reduced cancer death risk by as
much as 37%. For more information about aspirin as a
preventative for cancer, consult
Asprin, Therapeutic Uses and
Adverse Effects,
by Dilan M. Demir, pictured right. Topics
discussed include aspirin and its combinations as a
chemopreventive
strategy against cancer.

Can aspirin grow hair?
Not that a prepper needs hair growth to survive, but that aspirin if
aspirin could regrow hair it would be amazing, wouldn't it? There's
lots of rumor that it can help, but we found no scientific evidence.
If you're looking for natural way to regrow hair, we do have a
solution. See also how
peppermint essential oil can help grow hair
and do so much more.

The list of aspirin uses is almost endless!
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.

More things to know about aspirin

Beware of aspirin overdose!
With aspirin too much of a good thing isn't good at all, and
overdose is possible. Aspirin is also a poison!

  • Activated charcoal can remedy an aspirin overdose.
    Activated charcoal, pictured right, can remedy an aspirin
    overdose. Commonly used to absorb digestive gas, activated
    charcoal also protects the body from overdosing on other
    harmful toxic substances. Due to its large surface area,
    activated charcoal has high adsorption properties (adhesion
    of atoms, ions or molecules), meaning that it keeps certain
    substances from adhesion through 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.
Make sure to check the expiration date.

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 bottom line 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 their
medicine cabinet and supply list!

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 above.

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 Bark.

Willow Bark (White Willow), pictured right, is the original aspirin,
but it's not the only
natural aspirin alternative.

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**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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