5 Things To Do with ASA
An ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) a day…well, you’ve heard the saying, and probably already know about the healing powers of this little white pill. But did you know it can also heal the hair and skin care troubles that ail you, and even give your car a boost? So take two…and try these surprising uses for ASA.
If your dandruff problem is getting you down, keep it in check by crushing 2 ASAs into a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you usually use. Leave the mixture on for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
Dry up pimples
Even those of us who are well past adolescence can get the occasional pimple. Put the kibosh on those annoying blemishes by crushing an ASA and moistening it with a bit of water. Apply the paste to the pimple and let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing it off with soap and water. The ASA paste will reduce the redness and soothe the sting. If the pimple persists, repeat the procedure as needed until it’s gone.
Revive dead car batteries
If you get behind the wheel only to discover that your car’s battery has given up the ghost-and there’s no one around to give you a jump-you may be able to get your vehicle started by dropping 2 ASA tablets into the battery itself. The ASA will combine with the battery’s sulphuric acid to produce one last charge. Just make sure that you then drive to your nearest service station to find a longer-term solution.
Remove perspiration stains
Before you give up all hope of ever getting that perspiration stain out of your good white dress shirt, try this: crush 2 ASAs and mix the powder in 1⁄2 cup of warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for around 2 to 3 hours.
Treat hard calluses
Soften hard calluses on your feet by grinding 5 or 6 ASAs into a powder. Make a paste by adding 1⁄2 teaspoon each of lemon juice and water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas, then wrap your foot in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag. After staying off your feet for at least 10 minutes, remove the bag and towel and file down the softened callus with a pumice stone.
Caution: Allergic Reactions
About 10 per cent of people with severe asthma are also allergic to ASA-and, in fact, to all products containing salicylic acid (ASA’s key ingredient), including some cold medications, fruits, and food seasonings and additives. That percentage skyrockets to 30 to 40 per cent for older asthmatics who also suffer from sinusitis or nasal polyps. Acute sensitivity to ASA is also seen in a small percentage of the general population without asthma-particularly people with ulcers and other bleeding conditions. Always consult your doctor before using any medication, and do not apply ASA externally if you are allergic to taking it internally.