Have you been told that your urine is nothing more than a body waste? Then you might be surprised to learn that it has been considered a medicine, beauty aid, and fountain of youth for thousands of years.
At the very beginning of our lives, the amniotic fluid that we are bathed in is primarily urine! Before we are born, we drink well over half a litre per day of this liquid, and even breathe it in. Scars disappear after an operation on a fetus in the womb due to the healing capacities of the urea in the amniotic fluid.
References to the use of urine for health is found in the Bible, Hinduism, Ayurvedic tradition, Homeopathy, and various countries around the world. The French customarily soaked stockings in urine and wrapped them around their necks in order to cure strep throat, and aristocratic French women in the 17th century reportedly bathed in urine to beautify their skin; in Sierra Madre, Mexico, farmers prepare poultices for broken bones by having a child urinate into a bowl of powdered charred corn and applying that to the skin; in ancient Rome, urine was used for teeth-whitening during the Renaissance; and the Chinese treat wounds by sprinkling urine on them.
So if urine is so good for you, why does your body excrete it? Inside the kidneys, (cont'd.)