Monday, June 05, 2006

Aspirin - Not just for headaches anymore!

100% pure aspirin - YES - pure aspirin can effectively relieve and/or clear dandruff and skin blemishes.

Why & what is it made of?
White Willow bark (INCI: Salix alba) was the original source of aspirin back in the day. Then it changed to Black Willow Bark (
INCI: Salix nigra) they took the Salicylic Acid out of the Willow Barks and synthesized it to form Aspirin - Bayer is the only commercial company to still use a large percentage of Salicylic Acid in their Aspirins meanwhile others have a 50/50 of Talc & Salicylic Acid.

According to "Preservatives for Cosmetics" by David Steinberg, Salicylic Acid also has anti microbial & fungicidal properties.

Used as a preservative:
A derivative of Salicylic Acid called Sodium salicylate is actually used as a food preservative. It doesn't stop there as it is also used as an antiseptic in mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Read the label - you'll find that Aspirin is already in commercial
Shampoos - why?
In some commercial anti-dandruff shampoos Salicylic Acid (a beta hydroxy acid - lipophylic (oil loving) ingredient) is usually added as an active ingredient to exfoliate the scalp. Some shampoos add a small percentage of Salicylic Acid and some add a higher percentage. However, it really depends on how high the commercial shampoo's pH is for the Salicylic Acid to really be effective against dandruff.

You only need to use a little to get rid of dandruff:
Crush ONE 100% pure aspirin tablet and add it to your shampoo then wash your hair as normal. Do this for 2 shampoos sessions and your dandruff will start to clear up.

Beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) contains Salicylic Acid and has been proven to be effective against bacteria that cause blemishes. All blemishes occur inside the skin, which disrupts normal oil production (sebum excretion), blocks pores causing inflammation - forming an active breeding ground for bacteria.
Salicylic acid's anti-inflammatory properties penetrates into the pores, "cuts" through the oil & keeps the oil production flowing.

Easy Peasy Recipes:

For Dandruff:
Prep time = 5 minutes
Crush two 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder and add it to your shampoo. (as stated above)

Insect Bites:
Prep Time = 10 minutes

* Crush one 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder
* Mix a dab of honey with a little water and a couple of drops of Lemon Grass Essential Oil
* Apply to the insect bites and stings

This mixture helps to control the inflammation.

For instant insect bite relief:

Prep Time = 5 minutes

* Wet the affected area
* Rub an aspirin over the affected area.

If the affected area gets worse or you suffer shortness of breath seek medical attention at once!

Prep Time = 15 minutes

* Crush six 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder.
* Squeeze equal amounts of the juice of 1 Lemon with distilled water.
* Mix the crushed aspirin powder with the liquid to form a paste.
* Apply to the affected area(s)
* Wrap your foot/feet in a warm towel
* Cover with a plastic bag.
* Relax for 10 to 15 minutes
* Remove the bag & towel
* File with a pumice stone.

Prep Time = 15 minutes

* Crush one 100% pure aspirin tablets until it forms a powder.
* Mix with a teaspoon of water to form a paste (if it's really persistent then substitute the water for Yoghurt or Honey)
* Mix into a paste.
* Apply the paste to the affected area(s)
* Let it sit for a couple of minutes
* Rinse off with warm water to reduce the redness and soothe the skin.
* Repeat this once every other day or until the blemish dries and forms a hard layer which will eventually fall off.

Say bye-bye to Razor Bumps & Lumps:
Aspirin dislodges ingrown hairs & soothes bumps of all kinds like magic!
Inbetween waxing or shaving douse a cotton ball in a mixture of:
* One crushed aspirin (
Crush until it forms a powder.)
* One teaspoon of water
Apply it to the area .
You won't believe the results.
Remember aspirin is an anti-inflammatory.

Aspirin Concerns:
Do not apply aspirin externally if you are allergic to taking it internally.
Do not over use aspirin aka: Salicylic Acid because what it does is break up the cellular bonds on the surface of the scalp. If used TOO often it will penetrate straight through to the epidermal skin layers and cause way too much damage - too much of a good thing and all of that.
Use it in minimal amounts and you should be fine.

Next week Saturday we're going to be using yummy yoghurt to exfoliate from top to toe.