Feeling Sick? Rub Yourself With Urine

Urine glass
I've already established that I pee in the shower, which some people may find disgusting, but to me is the epitome of eco-friendly convenience. I also don't flush all the time (yep, if it's yellow, I let it mellow).

But that's where I draw the line.

There are, however, some people who rely on urine therapy to help in a variety of ailments.

And when I say urine therapy, I'm talkin' full-on drinking the Kool-Aid, people -- or rubbing it on.


According to the Universal Healing Tao System, urine consists of 95 percent water, 2.5 percent urea, and 2.5 percent minerals, salts, hormones, and enzymes.

The urea is what you have to worry about, as it can be poisonous when present in the blood. Lucky for you, drinking urine does not put it back in the bloodstream! (And for the record, experts say urine is entirely sterile after secretion and has an antiseptic effect. That's why, on Friends, Chandler urinated on Monica after she got stung by a jellyfish, yo!)

Among the many disgusting fascinating uses of urine is its topical application to combat hair loss and dandruff, gargling it for throat problems, dropping it into the eyes to cure dryness and sore eyes, urinating into new shoes to prevent blisters, gargling with it to fight gum problems, and rubbing it all over to promote healthy skin and hair.

Some people have even been known to survive extreme circumstances (think lost in the wilderness, not running a marathon!) by drinking their own urine.

I can totally get on board with drinking my own urine if I'm lost without water (although since I don't even like camping, it's highly unlikely that will happen). And yes, when I pee in the shower, there is some splatter. But I wash it off. With soap.

As for rubbing it on my head, gargling with it, etc., I'm gonna have to piss pass.

Would you ever try urine therapy?

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