The word “urine” wasn’t invented until the 14th century. Before that, people just called it “piss” because that’s what it sounded like coming out.
But people had been trying ways to use this mysterious fluid long before the 14th century.
Until the efficient Germans invented soap, people used fermented pee (called lant) to clean grease stains out of their clothes and wash their floors. Lant was also used to freshen breath, flavour ale and glaze hard pastries.
Aztec doctors used pee to disinfect wounds and prescribed it as a drink to relieve stomach and intestinal problems.
In India, ancient ayurvedic medicine uses pee (or shivambu) therapy for all sort of ailments from cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart diseases to herpes and psoriasis.
The Chinese also used boys’ urine as a remedy when the usual herbal medicines were scarce.
Urine has been used in the manufacture of gunpowder since it’s high in nitrogen and saltpeter. Gunpowder is 75% saltpeter finely ground, 15% charcoal and 10% sulfur (In case you want to make some now).
Pee’s high nitrogen content, along with its significant quantities of dissolved phosphates and potassium, also makes it an excellent fertilizer for your garden when diluted 8:1 with water. This solution can be poured directly onto the soil.
In Scotland, urine is used to prepare textiles (especially wools/tweeds) for dyeing and stretching.
Some people drink their own morning urine. They believe it boosts their immune system by reintroducing their own waste back into their systems. It apparently works much like immunization and seems to last for decades.
Urine contains zinc, vitamins B12, B6, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, inositol, folic acid, biotin, ascorbic acid, potassium, iron, calcium, iodine, manganese, magnesium, nitrogen, lysine, arginine, allantoin, bicarbonate, creatinine, cystine, dopamine, epinephrine, glucose, glutamic acid, glycine, lysine, methionine, orinthine, phenylalanine, phosphorus, tryptophan, tyrosine and water. It can sustain life for several days in times of deprivation.
Urine makes an excellent bleaching agent for fabrics and teeth, and is much more natural that whatever you’re using now.
Urine is also good for your skin. It helps soften skin and it’s therapeutic for rashes, eczema, fungus, poisonous bites and stings and athlete’s foot. And your tired, dry feet will be relieved with a good daily soak in a tub of urine. (Forget the peroxide, Geewits!)
But wait! That’s not all!!
Last year, science guys in Ohio figured out a way to use urine to power a fuel-cell that could run a car – getting up to 90 miles to the gallon!
A molecule of urea is composed of four hydrogen atoms and two nitrogen atoms. Applying an electric current using a special nickel electrode causes those hydrogen atoms to pop right off. The trick is that it requires about 97 percent less electricity to release the hydrogen from the urea molecules than from a water molecule–specifically 0.037 volt for urine versus 1.23 volts for water. Pee Power
Science guys in Singapore have developed a small cell battery that is fueled by pee useful for powering disposable medical test kits – like kits used by diabetics.
Now, science guys at the UK’s Bristol Robotics Lab are using bacteria from a variety of compostable waste mixed with urine to create waste material rife with hydrogen ions, carbon dioxide, and electrons. The electrons are turned into electricity or are electricity or something.
The Bristol science guys are building (as we speak) a prototype urinal that will generate power. They’re thinking it could be used at music festivals, sporting and other outdoor events. The urine power would be used to provide all the electricity for the event!
I think this is pretty exciting. Livestock farms, for instance, could easily generate their own and most of their neighbour’s electricity from their animals’ urnine. One cow can provide enough energy to supply hot water for 19 houses!
Don’t you feel silly now for flushing your liquid gold away all these years when you could be using it in so many beneficial and cost-saving ways? I know I do!