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Eight Brilliant Uses for Urine

Published by Anne Lyken Garner in Science
November 16th, 2007

So flushing it down is not the way to go.

1. Urine Therapy – Oral

This is a popular Asian practice for good health, and a cure-all especially for colds, flu’s and gout. It is believed that one should drink the first stream of the day, nice hot and steaming to boost one’s immunity.

If you do want to try it, you can choose to either drink it straight or mix in with your morning fruit juice, or a glass of water. It’s also good for the teeth as it has bleaching properties.

2. Enhancing Beauty

To improve skin quality, it is suggested that a wash in the fluid at least once a week maintains youth, keeps the skin smooth, and protects against most forms of dry skin. This bizarre activity is practiced even today having endured for thousands of years. There are of course the obvious advantages of cost and availability.

3. A Cure for Hangover

Urine is said to be the best cure for a morning hangover. Drinking the first stream of urine after an overindulgent night out is said to wake up the energy inside you.

4. For the Garden

If you have problems with the neighbors’ cats soiling your garden, the best cure is for the man (testosterone) of the house to catch his first pee in container and empty it out on the targeted area.

Some companies sell pellets made from the urine of carnivorous animals such as mountain lions and bobcats. These pellets are then scattered around the garden so as to deter animals like squirrels and domestic cats from marking territory (which they feel have already been marked by bigger animals) in your garden.

In addition, one part urine to 10 parts water is a great and free way of fertilizing the garden.

5. Ammunitions

Many years ago, stale urine was used to make munitions. The urine was left for more than a year to ferment. The salts formed from this fermentation were then washed and mixed with wood ash, dried out, then added to sulphur and charcoal to make black powder.

6. As Clothes Dye

In the past urine has been used as a mordant (this is a substance which helps fabric dye to set, like tannic acid or iodine) to help in the process of dyeing wool.

7. Jelly Fish Stings

Actually, urine should not be used as a cure for jelly fish stings since it releases the poisons in the sting rather than retard them.

8. Electricity

Physicists in Singapore have published an article in the Journal of Micro-mechanics and Micro-engineering about their success in creating the first paper battery to generate electricity from urine.

This paper battery will use the substance it is testing (urine) as the very source of energy used to do the test.

They will use this device to test for diseases like diabetes. It will be used by patients to monitor their health from their own sitting rooms (or bathrooms), and would be widely used as it will be cheap and accessible.

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  1. Judy Sheldon-Walker
    Posted November 17, 2007 at 9:13 am

    In drinking urine isn’t their the danger of contracting shigella? I heard about a cruise ship with a tainted water supply, and the travelers were down with shigellosis. The problem stemmed back to urine in the water.

    Anne, your article is very well written.

  2. Anne Lyken-Garner
    Posted November 17, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Hi Judy, as with everything else, I am certain that there are quite a lot of dangers in having contact with other people’s body fluids. This urine therapy only ever advocates drinking your own.

    Having said that, there is no way I am ever going to bathe in, or drink my own urine. I may try the garden pellets idea to keep away the neighbour’s cat who constantly digs out my new plants, but I’ll have to say ‘no thank you’ to the others.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. don't want to admit it
    Posted November 23, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    I actually tried #2. It works. Your article reminded me of how well it worked. I am going to do it again starting tomorrow morning. I have a 1 year old baby and I hear that baby urine is even better. Ha,ha…give it a try; my skin was never clearer or smoother.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Anne Lyken-Garner
    Posted November 24, 2007 at 6:36 am

    hi dwtai, I was actually told when I had the babies that their urine is good for washing your skin in. Your comment reminded me of this.

    I didn’t try it though, for fear that I’d smell. I did see a tv show a while back where a man drank his own urine on stage. After he’d swallowed it, the hostess took a whiff of his breath and said that it smelt of pee.

    So far, I’ve been blessed with good genes and don’t look even close my age, so thankfully I could give this particular therapy a miss.

    Good on you though, and hope the baby pee works its wonders for you.

  5. Darlene McFarlane
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I was really surprised when I read some of these uses! I think (for me) this is one of your most interesting articles yet.

    Urine is supposed to be good for ear aches too by putting a few drops into the ear.

  6. Nick Kenney
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 8:42 am

    There’s no way I’m going to drink or wear urine…I’ll just be content to look my age…and Darlene’s right about the earache and urine, my mom-in-law tried to talk me into this years ago, of course I ran!! :)

  7. Ane Steele
    Posted March 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Why would anyone put a waste product in their body or on their skin?

    Just because other cultures have been doing it for centuries does not mean it it safe or healthy. These are the same people who think animal penises (among other things) are for enhancing the sex drive, causing the destruction of entire species.

    This is just nasty, much like rubbing feces in wounds or cremated ashes of dead ancestors on the body to become ‘one’ with them.

  8. bummer
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    if you get a sting from a jellyfish pour a litre of urine on it it will help cure it

  9. Jim P
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Try using urine on stained hands when you’ve been blackberrying

  10. Daniel
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:13 am

    It looks like they have many good uses for urine but im suprised they didnt add the use of it on hair. I thought it sounded freaky when i heard it but i actually tried it and it worked. While showering if you pour fresh urine in your hair and let it sit for a minute and then wash it out. It will make your hair more shiny and it gives it volume.

  11. Lou V
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    befire shaving I wet my thick beard with urine and then apply a mixture of aloe creme (any kind)and urine and massage it in for a few minutes. The blade glides effortlessly for a close shave and my skin is very smooth.

  12. Seriously!
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I pee urine every morning into the toilet andd it gives the water a nice golden yellow…oh brother! :P

  13. Posted April 30, 2009 at 4:19 am

    The first stream of the day can also be used for better eye sight. Just put 2 drops of the first stream in each eye. I’ve heard of people doing that to get rid of their glasses. It alteast will reduce your eye power and prevent the 40+ glasses.

  14. Pee
    Posted May 9, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Collect many liters of urine and pour it down holes made by moles. They will leave the burrow and go else where. Once I collected 40 liters of urine and when they moles returned, I poured it into the first hole they made in my lawn. I have not seen anymore activity since. Collecting all that urine saved many flushes of my toilet. You can save water too.

  15. valein
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

    it’s a good article..but can u give me some crops/plants that i can test on to put some urine?

  16. Posted July 14, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Thank You……! For my assignment…….!

  17. Ashley
    Posted July 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Gargling urine for 20-30 minutes a day can cure any gum disease or mouth lesions! I hear it is goo to rub urine on your body before laying out in the sun, it helps give you a sexy dark tan!

  18. Jackson
    Posted October 25, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Perhaps the wierdest thing I’ve read thus far

  19. Joe Amassio
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 12:21 am

    All jokes aside. Me, personally, I’m one to try just about anything once, especially if it promotes health. Urine WAS NOT an exception, mind you. To the skeptic’s surprise, including my very own, it worked. My HAIR, my SKIN, and my overall health has benefited. Incontrovertibly. Make no mistake about it. It works. Farewell…

  20. Xty
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Please I would like to know the negative side effects before i can try it. Thanks. Xty

  21. Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    urine therapy does work wonders. i have acne, and used pro-active. i was still breaking out. but i began drinking urine and also dabbing some on the dark spots on my face left from acne. I’ve been doing this for about three days now, and it is showing some great results. My skin is glowing more, my lips even look redder and healthier. (and i dont smell like pee lol!). As far as lightning eye colr, i’m not sure. I’ve been putting a couple of drops in my eye for the past couple of days and noticed that they were more radiant. As for all the skeptics: did you know that while in the woumb, you drank your own urine? Also: How could it be unhealthy if it promotes health and cures diseases?

  22. james t.
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    not exactly related,
    i have pee leaking out of my butthole and i dont know why?
    it is very annoying and akward, it also affects my social life because it makes my farts really wet and sloppy
    can some one help me get rid of these wet sloppy farts?
    PS: sometimes when im in school i think i need to fart but when i push a bunch of poop just sprays out along with a loud duck noise
    please help me

  23. okechukwu titus
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the article, but I have some reservations on the topic.
    One of the reservations I have is the diuretic effect of urea, a major constituent of urine. Also re-introducing waste materials such as excess sodium, potassium and others that are harmful back to the body should be a thing of concern. Finally is the issue of infection by microbes

  24. olaronke A.M.
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Pls, l have never try this l tout there is no any side effect

  25. Godswill
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    My siblings in Nigeria need more proves to believe on the essence of urine usage.

  26. Posted October 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    please i have not tried but from testimonies i hv heard and read it works there is no harm in trying, even my mum knows it works. I THINK I\’LL START MORROW, DOES NOT SOUND BAD?

  27. Neil
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Nice article you have wrote and very informative, in england many moons ago the 2 top sellers were coal [obviously] and urine…..the urine was used to dye early police uniforms

  28. JT
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I soaked my hair in my urine last night and washed it out about 30 minutes later with just water. My hair is very shiny and has a lot of volume. I’m impressed and I’m going to keep doing this. I also put it in a spray bottle and used it on my acne and my six year old daughter’s acne on her nose. She didn’t know what it was. She said it smelled good like fresh lemon. lol Our acne is much better today. ;) I’m not quite ready to drink my urine though. I’d have to be in dire strains with a health issue.

  29. Mia
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I started by just washing my face in the morning with urine followed by a regular face cleanser and i noticed such a difference in my face! my acne was reduced my skin looked much brighter and glowy. I started leaving it on my face for a longer period of time as a mask then washing it off and it worked miracles! It is also great as a hair mask, before you shower! and you don’t smell like pee after don’t worry its completely safe and very effective!

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