Friday, 20 June 2014

10 Amazing Uses & Benefits of Alum/ Fitkari For Health, Hair & Skin


When we say the word " Alum", most of us think of it's use in shaving. But it has other wonderful uses too. Though there are many types of alum, potassium alum is the one commonly used for household purposes. Alum has been used since ancient times for it's many wonderful uses. Alum is either sold as fine powder or in blocks, like shown in the above picture. It is also called shaving alum in the shops. In India we usually get it in blocks. For home remedies, we can powder it in a mortar and pestle to a fine powder, if you have got it in blocks. Alum is very popularly used around the world for shaving and water treatment. It is amazing how alum purifies the water and it is one ingredient always advised for campers, in case they run out of good water. We also use alum for canker sores, treatment for cracked heels, and even for mouth odor. Alum is very cheap, so try to have a block of alum for treating a variety of diseases at home!  



1. ALUM FOR CANKER SORES:

                                     Usually for canker sores, a small piece of alum is powdered and then a pinch of  that alum powder is pressed over the canker sore. It stings for a while, but by the next day, usually the person is relieved of canker sores. But many don't like to use the alum powder as such and young children will find it hard to bear the burn caused due to alum powder. This homemade alum mouth rinse is good way to use alum to get rid of mouth sores. To make the rinse, powder alum in a mortar and pestle. Boil water in a pan along with little salt, once the salt has dissolved remove from the heat and stir in the alum powder. Once the alum has dissolved, strain and use it as a mouth rinse at least 2 to 3 times a day. Salt is also very effective in treating canker sores and this mouth rinse can be safely used by both young and old. If you are using the raw alum powder, make sure not to swallow it while applying over the canker sore and use only a tiny bit.

2. ALUM FOR EYE ABSCESS:
                               
                            Alum is wonderful for treating eye abscess. One of my relatives who taught me the remedy has been using it for eye abscess for quite some time. For treating abscess, rub alum on a sandalwood stone along with little water. You have to rub it nicely to get a paste, as it doesn't rub into a paste easily. This paste is very effective and it stings initially, when applied. But the boil breaks on the same day it is applied, giving one a good relief from eye abscess. In India, you can find this stone pretty easily. This stone can be stored for years and used.

3. ALUM FOR CRACKED HEELS:
                                   
                                        Alum powder is very useful in treating cracked heels. For this remedy alum is heated in a small empty kadai. When we heat alum, it liquifies and foams. Once all the water evaporates, we are left with a crumbly mixture. Once it cools down, it is powdered and mixed with coconut oil and applied on the legs. The mixture should be ground smoothly, else it will be difficult to apply it on the heels. This remedy gives amazingly good relief, if applied regularly for some time.

4.ALUM FOR SHAVING:
                          
                           Alum has been used as an after shave treatment for centuries. Once you start using alum, you will get rid of all the expensive after shaves. For the first time, you might not like it, but if you continue to use it, you will find positive improvement in you skin tone. To use, after shaving, rub a piece of alum block over the wet face for few seconds. You can either wash it off or leave it on the skin. 

5.ALUM FOR WATER PURIFICATION:
                      
                                      Alum is amazing for water treatment. To purify the muddy water, powder alum and add about 1 gm of alum powder for every liter of muddy water. You will find the muddy particles settling down, leaving you with clear water. Next time you go on a camping trip, take a small block of alum with you.

6.ALUM AS A DEODORANT:

                              Alum is wonderful as a deodorant due to it's antiseptic and anti bacterial properties. To make the deodorant, powder alum along with little myrhh and use it as dusting powder, or you could simply wet an alum block and use it. However it is advised to use it every other day instead of every day.

7.ALUM FOR HAIR REMOVAL:
               
                                   Alum can be effectively used for body hair removal for women. A mixture of alum powder and water or better still rosewater can be applied all over the body. This paste tends to retard the body hair growth over time. 

8.ALUM FOR WRINKLES:

                   Alum can be effectively used for wrinkles. Take a piece of alum and wet it in water. Rub it on your damp face for few seconds. Alum tends to tighten the skin. Wash your face in water and apply moisturizer.

9. ALUM FOR PIMPLES:

                     Alum can be effectively used for treating pimples. A face pack made with egg whites, powdered alum and fullers earth is very effective in treating acne. 

10. ALUM FOR LICE TREATMENT:
                   
                           Alum can be used effectively to get rid of hair lice. To make the lice treatment, powdered alum is mixed in water along with little tea tree oil. This mixture when applied on the scalp for some time, helps to get rid of lice.

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  1. I kept a small piece of alum in mouth for 15-20 to rinse my gums etc. with its effect. After 20 minutes threw the alum piece and started taking bath in the bathroom. After some time my head started reeling and I felt like squeezing my head and mouth. I became nervous and it appeared as if I will faint in a while. I controlled myself and went to hospital. The doctor in hospital advised for an injection of voveran and rantidine which I refused to take. After sometime I started feeling better but still some problem after repeated intervals. I took half tablet of rantidine and felt little bit relief. My condition improved after 4-5 hours and I felt better. I did not swallow the alum and only kept it in mouth to rinse it with my tongue. I am not sure if my restlessness, giddiness and squeezing like feeling was a side effect of alum. My only impression now is that overdose and ingestion of alum may probably have serious implications. Is thee any antidote in case of emergencies?

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    1. Remember alum is a type of salt. The side effects you felt were similar to the ones after an Epson salt bath, but not as strong because you may not remain in the bath for more than 15 min. Salt, alike castor oil detoxify the body and when the body is detoxified it feels very weak and overdoing it gives you those same symptoms. Please remember to research anything that has medicinal benefits.

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  2. Usually small quantities of alum ingestion does no harm, but overdose does. I think you kept the alum in the mouth for too long. For rinsing your gums, always powder the alum and mix it with water like mentioned in the post and don't keep it in the mouth for too long. Just a few seconds of rinsing will be effective. I don't know of any antidote for overdose of alum, it is best to consult a medical practitioner for alum overdose.........

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  3. I have major problem of piles post pregnancy and my doctor has advised me to put alum in hot water(temperature I can sit in) and sit in it for 10-15 minutes. Can that have any side effects?

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  4. Hi,
    Alum is very safe to apply on the outside body and since it is diluted in water, it is very very safe. This method is also one of the best home remedies for piles...

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    1. Can cure piles with alum powder?

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    2. The main cause of piles is constipation. First treat constipation by drinking plenty of water and eating traditional diet rich in fibers. Then shrink the swollen hemorrhoids using alum. Alum is very effective in shrinking the swollen hemorrhoids and is one of the safest and effective methods for treating swollen hemorrhoids. Make an alum bath by mixing alum powder in warm water in the ratio of 1: 4 or 1:5 and sit in the bath for 15 minutes and gently pat dry. This treatment can be repeated 2 to 3 times till the swelling decreases.

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  5. Can alum be used to remove face pigmentation? If yes, how ? Should it be used on daily basis? Kindly help?

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    1. can powdered alum be mixed with liquid for a facial mask? If so, what liquid do I use and the correct amount to mix.

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    2. Scant 1/8 tsp of powdered alum can be mixed with a tbsp of plain boiled water and can be used as a base for mixing dry ingredients for the face pack.......

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    3. Does it really help with head lice?

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    4. Yes, if combined together with tea tree oil, alum is very effective in getting rid of lice....

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  6. Hi, Alum treats face pigmentation. For men, rubbing a piece of alum on the face after the shave will help. For women, try the face pack made with alum (in the post under alum for pimples) weekly twice. If your skin is dry, instead of the egg white, use yogurt......

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  7. Hi years ago I was given a alum stone to suck for mouth ullsers I could only keep it in my mouth a few seconds very very bitter , but it worked now after 40 years I'm suffering again, can any one tell me where I can get one from, and is there different kinds our chemists don't sell them

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    1. Try Fruiticana/Punjabi grocery stores ask for Kohinoor(fattkari) Alumi slab, its usually by soaps because its used for aftershave.as well. good luck

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  8. Hi Margaret,
    Ask for shaving alum, I am sure you will get it in all chemist shops. Here in India, it is commonly available everywhere...

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  9. Does it have side effects on hairs and eyes when bathing with alum mixed water per day

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    1. Alum does not have any side effect when used on hair and eyes, if used as a treatment. But I don't know if it has any side effects if used daily for a long term....

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  10. I had complicated UTI and difficulty in intercourse from a while and the doctor pescribed me ofloxacin tablets 400mg for 10 days and suggested me to sit for a while in diluted alum water for a few days..but i m in doubt..please suggest me..

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    1. Hi, If you are using it for a few days, you don't have to worry at all. Because one of my neighbors even used alum on her eyelids for treating her eye abscess without any problem. Since you are diluting it in water it is 100% safe, my neighbor used the thick alum paste on her eyelids, so please go ahead with the treatment.....

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  11. hai this is khan ..recently i am suffering from piles..and friend adviced me to eat alum ...is it right ..if yes plzzz tel me the procedture....if not ...tell me .....ramiya mam

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    1. Hi Imran Khan, please don't eat alum, as consuming large doses can be quite toxic, instead try alum bath. Alum bath is very beneficial in shrinking the hemorrhoids and can be safely done once a day till the hemorrhoids shrink. To make the alum bath, mix 1 part powdered alum to 5 parts water and mix well, this is your base mixture. Now fill a tub in which you can sit and fill it with 2 inches of warm water and mix around 6 teaspoons of the base alum solution. Sit in this alum bath for 15 minutes daily till the hemorrhoids shrink. This is a very safe treatment for piles that can be done at home....

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  12. Hi can alum powder be drink in water and what is the risko


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    1. No please don't drink alum powder, large doses of alum is toxic to the body...

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  13. Hai Good day. My aunty said to mix ajjwain powder 50gm, Cumin powder 200 gm, aniseed powder250gm, asafoetida 10gm, alum powder 5gm and to take one spoon mixed with water daily night to reduce weight. Please suggest

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    1. Good day to you too! In my personal experience there are no herbal remedies that will make a person lose weight. Only our traditional diet that is rich in fat burning foods combined with exercise will help a person lose weight. Especially alum should be not consumed on a regular basis and will only harm the body if done so.....

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  14. Hello. Is it of any help to consume a teaspoon made from 2g alum, 25g ajwain, 25g aniseed & 100g jeera for reducing hyperacidity?

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    1. Hi, I am sorry, I haven't heard of this blend and don't know whether this blend works for hyper acidity........

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  15. Hello good day.
    I am having skin uticara(hives). Cause unknown.Doctor only prescribe antihistamines which are not very effective.
    Can alum help and how should i use it .
    God Bless and thanks

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    1. Hi Good day to you too..
      Though I have heard that equal quantity of alum and red ocher is used as a topical application for hive, I don't have any personal experience using the remedy.........

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    2. Can alum is used in bathing water. I stay in hostel and bathing water is not good can I use alum for purification of it. And if we use it alum for bathing for few months and if we stop using does it gve side effects.

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    3. Water purified using alum crystals are used for drinking, so I am sure it will not harm the skin when used externally. But it will take some time for the dirt to settle down, so add alum to bathing water beforehand....

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    4. Tq u for replying. Sure I vil keep alum powder 5min in water before going to bath.

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  16. Hi, I read a small amount of alum mixed with water is good for temporarily tightening vaginal walls. Is this safe?

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    1. Alum does temporarily tighten the vaginal walls, but regular use leads to dryness & increased chance of infections, so please don't use alum for vaginal tightening......

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  17. Hi..is alum can be used to remove hairz permanently?

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    1. Alum powder slowly retards the hair growth but it takes a consistent and regular application for 6 to 12 months depending on the amount of hair on the face or skin. It slowly thins out the hair and the roots also weaken with regular application. You will find that the time between each waxing increasing with regular use of alum and the result like you asked is permanent....

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    2. I have facial hair..do I need to wax b4 applying alum rosewater..Actually I don't want to wax ol over my face..won't it work on hair roots as it is applied on hair without waxing on d face for 3 to 4 times a week??

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  18. Hi..I have skin tags especially under the eyes and eyebrows..though they are minute and donot cause any kind of pain but they arr increasing with the passage of time..Can Alum be used in ta eradication?
    If yes then how can I use it?
    I have heard that by washing face with Alum's water..they just fall off..Is it true?
    Kindly help me

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    1. Hi, I am sorry, I have not heard of the use of alum for removing skin tags....

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  19. Please can I use alum to tone my skin

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    1. Alum is an amazing astringent and can be used to tone the skin very effectively....

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  20. I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow and I heard Alum can be used to seal the wound. Is this true?

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    1. Alum does seal the wounds as it is an astringent and helps to shrink the tissues. Though alum powder is best used for canker sores, alum can be used for treating all the problems of the mouth. Try using alum as a mouth rinse to seal the wound......

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  21. Hi, I have got pain in the heels and somebody has told me to mix 1 tbsp turmeric in half a bucket hot water and to put some alum into it and then to soak my feet in the mixture. What do you think? Will it relieve my heel pain?

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    1. Alum compress is an effective home remedy that is still practiced in many places to relieve joint pains and inflammation, turmeric is also very good for inflammation. I think this is a very good home remedy, give it a try. As it does not have any side effects, try using it for a few days continuously to see whether it works for you....

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  22. I have hyperpigmentation....I would like to know which type of alum stone can b used as there r various type of alum stones...

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    1. Use potassium alum, it is also called as shaving alum....

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  23. Hy...must reply I wanna ask....does alum effect the hairs on face..??....

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    1. Regular use of alum on the face reduces the facial hair growth slowly. But that happens only after continuous application for a few months........

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    2. How can we use alum on body to remove hair?
      Can we apply directly? Nd is hair removing alum same as shaving alum which is used as after shave? (Potassium alum)

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    3. Alum powder mixed with pure rose water, when applied on the skin continuously retards hair growth. But it takes months of regular application to see results. Hair removing alum and shaving alum are the same...

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  24. Can alum be use to tighten vigana walls and how?

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    1. Alum does tighten vaginal walls temporarily but along with it are chance of infections, irritation and dryness. So it is better not to use alum to tighten the vaginal walls.....

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    2. Hi, can alum be used in solid form to rub into the eye to treat infection? Is it safe?

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    3. Please don't use alum to treat infections in the eye, it is not safe and it will cause intense burning & irritation...

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  25. I am quite confused here...how can alum act as something used for removig hair and after shave as well... if a person uses alum as after shave for a longer time then he should have thin hair?
    can you help?

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    1. Alum is used by women for facial hair removal for centuries and it take months of daily application to see results. But since the facial hair of men is very thick and coarse, there is very little effect on the facial hair. Hope this clears your doubt :)

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  26. hello,can alum be used to remove spots from lips caused due to smoking,if so please suggest how it can be done.

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    1. Alum can be used to treat spots on the lips. To use, mix alum powder with few drops of fresh lemon juice and pure rose water and apply on the lips, but make sure not to swallow the mixture and wash it off, after a few minutes. If there is any irritation, please discontinue using it....

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  27. Is alum good for acne and spots in fac..if yes? Than how longerwe should use...

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    1. Alum is good for treating acne and spots on the face. Mix the alum powder with pure rose water and apply it only on the spots daily once till they disappear. But if you feel, it is drying out the skin excessively, please stop the treatment...

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  28. Can alum be used to get rid of the dark skin on my knees? I have tried scrubs but they still look dirty.

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    1. You can use alum to lighten the skin. Mix fine alum powder with pure rose water and rub on the area gently and wash it off. Try doing it daily to see results.....

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  29. Hi ramya tell me can I use alum for purify water if I can use then tell me the prossiger....

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    1. Hi, Alum purifies water really well. To purify muddy water, for every 2.5 liters of water, use around 1/4 tsp of powdered alum and mix really well. Let it sit undisturbed for a few hours till the dirt settles down leaving the clear water on top...

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    2. Hi Ramya ! Can long term use of alum as water purifier causes rise in blood pressure ? Can alum bring down the TDS ?

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    3. I couldn't find any report or study suggesting that long term use of alum causes pressure. But to be on the safer side, it is better not to use alum for purifying drinking water daily on a long term basis......

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    4. I am using potassium alum in Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene (20-30 grams per liter for 4 hours, later on removing the alum and using the fuels) for good mileage with no pollution.It is working.

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  30. hai ,can alum bathing prevents sweating

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    1. Hi Dilip, Alum bath will not prevent sweating but it will prevent odor causing bacteria..........

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  31. HI RAMYA CAN ALUM GOOD FOR SMELLY AND DARK ARMPIT?

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    1. Yes, alum block will treat both well, if used regularly....

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  32. Hi Ramya,
    Can slum be used for sunspots in the face? If yes how do you prepare it???Lisa

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    1. I have not heard of using alum for sunspots. Try pure Aloe Vera gel or lemon juice, they are the best home remedies for treating sunspots....

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  33. Can alum remove odor from borewell water
    and if yes . What is the ratio.

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    1. Alum does remove odor to a certain level. For every 5 liters of water, use around 1/4 tsp of powdered alum and see whether it removes the odor. If it does not then increase it to 1/2 tsp, but don't go more than that......

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  34. Doctor has me on a pill that tastes like Alum for bleeding stomach Ulcer, can I drink a mild solution ?

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    1. It is better not to consume alum internally as it is very toxic at certain levels........

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  35. May I use hot water for easily dissolve alum stone and is there chance for loss it's quality?
    may i use alum solution with toilet cleaner as antiseptic?

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    1. You can use hot water to dissolve alum, there won't be any loss in quality. Though alum has antibacterial properties, I doubt whether alum solution will be a good toilet cleaner as it will be mild to be used as a toilet cleaner....

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  36. How do I use alum to treat serious mouth odour

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    1. Mix scant 1/4 tsp of alum powder in a cup of water along with little bit of salt, stir well to dissolve and use it as a mouth rinse........

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    2. Hi . I have got wisdom tooth surgery 3 days back with seven stitches. They prescribed me to use augmentine 625 mg . by using I have got canker sore . what should I do with this swear pain . plz reply soon

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    3. Take a little bit of alum powder and apply over the canker sore and wait for 2 minutes, but make sure not to swallow while you are having the powder in the mouth and after 2 minutes, rinse your mouth. Within a day or two of this treatment, canker sores will be gone but it might sting a little while you apply the powder on the canker sore........

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  37. Good evening ma, I read that alum can be used for virginal discharge. pls explain how. thanks

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    1. Good evening, it is better not to use alum in vagina as it causes dryness and irritation....

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  38. What is the recipe for using alum powder for hair removal? And how should it be applied?

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    1. Mix 1/4 tsp of alum powder with pure rose water and apply on the face, wait for 10 minutes and wash it off. But it takes months of regular application to see results visibly. This method takes time, but it works. Make sure to moisturize your skin after using alum...

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    2. Thank you so much! This is a great site.

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  39. Hy plz tell can i use alum to get rid of dark lips

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    1. Yes alum can be used to get rid of dark lips. Mix alum powder with a bit of pure rose water and rub gently on the lips. But make very sure that the mixture does not enter the mouth...

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  40. Hi tell me please alum is best for man's hair loss and what will be result of alum rub on head please reply

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    1. Hi Rashid, please don't use alum on the scalp, as it might aggravate the hair loss problem....

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  41. I have a interesting one for you. I would like to use Alum to clear Koi fish pond water. Now we know it is a super coagulant but it will also reduce the Ph of the water creating a Ph crash which is dangerous and will kill the fish. Bicarbonate of soda is a Ph stabilizer, My question is how much Alum and how much Bi carb per 1000 Lt in dirty water will be needed to be safe and still do the job well. Thanks.

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  42. Ramya please one more
    On fish we get a type of skin cancer and also often some sores. Can Alum be used to treat this and how would you suggest can one just sprinkle the powder on the effected area and cover with a dental type sealer. I have tried it and it seems to work but I dont know in the longer term.Thanks.

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    1. Hi Neville, Try 1 tsp of alum powder and 1/2 tsp of baking soda for 10 liters of dirty water. When you are adding baking soda keep checking the ph levels and once it comes to normal levels, stop adding it, usually 1/2 tsp of baking soda per 10 liters will work well to raise the ph levels and I am sorry, I don't know about treating skin cancer in fish with alum....

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  43. hello, pls can potassium alum be use to get rid of stretch marks??

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    1. Hi, Though many claim that alum can be used for treating stretch marks, there is no proof that it treats stretch marks and personally I have never heard of anyone who got rid of stretch marks using alum.....

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  44. Good day

    I would like to know alum is good for blemish face, if is good then how can i use.

    Regards
    meenu

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    1. Hi Meenu, good day to you too. Alum is good for treating skin blemishes like acne and acne scars. To use, mix 1/8 tsp alum powder, 1 beaten egg white and a tbsp multani mitti clay into a face pack and apply......

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  45. I want to know whether the alum can treat skin allergy it's like I have white marks over my face and skin is dry in nature

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    1. I am not sure about alum treating skin allergies. But alum is an astringent and it will dry the skin even more, so please don't use it on that area.....

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  46. is it use for facial and chest hair at the age of 17 when hair are small in length????

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    1. I really doubt whether alum will remove the facial and chest hair for men as the hair is very coarse. Even for removing facial hair in women it takes months of regular application...

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  47. Hi Ramya, for hair removal, can I replace rose water with others (e.g Jasmine water or others)?

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  48. Hi please help me, can I use Alum for vigina odor?

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    1. Please don't use alum in vagina, it will cause dryness and also increases the chances of getting infection...

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  49. Good day, pls can I use alum in my body Cream, body wash, facial wash, body n face scrub also n if yes pls how. Im asking if it can be used as toning agents also. Thanks

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    1. Good day to you too. You can use alum in face masks and scrubs. To use, powder the alum finely, mix it in the liquid used in the face mask and then mix the liquid and dry ingredients. But don't add too much of alum powder, usually 1/8 tsp will work well. To use as a toner, I have a recipe in the blog made with alum please check it out....

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  50. Hi! Can alum be used to tighten breasts?

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    1. Alum tightens any area it is used on and so I am sure it will tighten the breasts too. After using alum make sure to moisturize well....

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  51. is alum really effective in treating pimple.i havr lot of pimple on my face

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    1. Alum is very effective in treating pimples. To use, rub alum stone gently on the area daily after wetting it in water. But if you experience any irritation please discontinue using alum. If you experience irritation, try turmeric and holy basil remedy from the blog, it does not cause any irritation and is very effective...

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  52. Will using Alum to tighten skin only have a temporary benefit, or will some effects become more permanent with continued regimen? Can alum be used on larger portions of skin than just the face (i.e. thighs). I lost weight, and my skin didn't snap back. Also, I heard that alum works by removing moisture--wouldn't that be a bad thing for wrinkles? Wouldn't that actually make a situation worse? I hope you can answer this for me. If alum is good and wont cause a worsening situation, I'd like to start using it very soon. Thank you!

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    1. Alum temporarily tightens any area it is used (whether it is large or small) as it as an amazing astringent and with regular use the skin does tighten for longer periods of time. But like with any astringent it causes dryness. To prevent dryness it is absolutely necessary to moisturize after using alum. In my opinion, if you combine toning exercises along with using alum, it will give good results. But don't forget to moisturize after using alum, I hope this helps....

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  53. We are daily putting alum in water to change yellow water to purify and using regularly to take bathing using the water. We also use this water for drinking purpose after purifying thru Aqua Water Purifier. Pls let me know whether it is harmful to take bathing and also drinking after purifying.

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    1. Since we use use very little amount of alum for purifying the water (.01 gm for a liter of water is the recommended amount), it will cause no harm. This recommended amount of alum for purification has been reported to be safe for drinking by experts.....

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  54. Tell me plz is alum is helpful for thick and unshaped lips?

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    1. Alum block will not be helpful for changing the shape of the lips.......

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  55. Hello. Mam i wanna ask u that alum is used for both hair lice treatment as well as for hair removal..
    So when a person tries to get rid of lice using alum then, will his hair growth retard??

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    1. It takes regular daily application of alum block for months to remove facial hair, using it a few times will not affect the hair at all.

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    2. Thanks
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  56. Does alum works for a sore throat

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    1. Alum powder mixed with warm water if used as a gargle will help sore throat

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  57. hi ramya could you please tell what kind of alum can be use as a after shave thank you

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  58. Hi. Can I use Alum for Folliculitis? please let me now anything to treat folliculitis. I shall be grateful.

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    1. Though alum will treat mild form of folliculitis, it might dry out the skin, especially if you have dry skin or scalp. Try fresh neem leaves paste mixed with few drops of tea tree oil, it will greatly help...

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  59. But I'm taking 3-5 gm of alum powder daily in empty stomach, my neighbour sujest best for blood purification and especially good for stomach worms,
    Plz sujest me is it good or harmful

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    1. Hi Sir, though alum powder can be used as a remedy and can be taken once in a while (even then it should not be had above certain amount), it is best not to take alum daily on a regular basis......

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  60. Hello Mam,
    I have gum surgeries about 2 years and had gum infections recently which was treated bu augmentin. But i do have weak gums and sometimes bleed. Is alum powder rinse useful for gums and can be done everyday . Please advise in detail.

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    1. Hi, I am sorry for the late reply. Since alum is an antiseptic and astringent, it can be used for treating bleeding gums by mixing 1/4 tsp of powdered alum in 1/2 cup water and using it as a gargle. But I would suggest using it for 2 to 3 weeks daily then gradually reduce it weekly once or twice...

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  61. What I want to know is alum good for bags on the lower eyes due to age.allergies.

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    1. You can use alum for treating under eye bags due to allergies, dip a pure cotton cloth in alum water and place it under the eyes. But make sure the alum solution does not enter the eyes...

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  62. Hi Ramya. We dont have neem leaves in Uk please tell me something else for folliculitis. Thanks.

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    1. I am very sorry for the late reply. Try the Aloe Vera oil recipe from the blog, I find that it heals all skin problems. It stinks but it really works...:)

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  63. My son has an anal fistula and the doctor says we must keep on cleaning but the pus is still therevits been 9months so will it advisable to dilute the water with alum

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    1. Try a sitz bath for him by mixing alum in warm water. But start with very less amount of alum (about a tsp) and make him sit in it till the water turns cold. But if he experience any irritation or dryness stop using it...

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    2. Hi Ramya,

      After reading all the comments above, I have a question. Initially in the post above it was said that pottasium alum powder is recommended to be used in hot water for bathing. And in the conversations above it was said by you that alum is used for hair removal. The water which I am currently using is very hard and because of that there is lot of hair fall. So I am planning to use pottasium alum powder which is said to purify hard water.
      So, Can I use pottasium alum powder to purify water before taking head bath??. How would it impact the hair ?Please help

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    3. It takes months of daily application of concentrated alum paste to effectively remove even fine facial hair and if the hair is a bit coarse it takes even longer. The amount of alum we use for water purification is very less and since it is very diluted it has no effect on the skin and hair. If only the appropriate dosage of alum is added for water purification, there will not be any side effects at all. Hope this clears your doubt...

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  64. What about the ancient use as birth control? I have read that it can be used also as n alternative permanent birth control. Can you elaborate as to the methods and application for a lady who doesn't want to bear more children? Thanks

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    1. I am sorry, I don't know about alums use in birth control....

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  65. Hello...Alum mixing with water and daily sitting in there around 10 mins it is good for women viginal and can get pregnant! It is true?

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    1. Sitting in alum bath is good for treating hemorrhoids and vaginal odor as alum is a very good astringent and antiseptic but I don't know about alum bath's use in pregnancy...

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    2. Ok dear!Thank alot for ur answer!So can I sit in Alum water daily?It is no problem ., Right!

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    3. Yes you can :) but I would suggest using it as a home remedy and stop once you feel better as alum is quite drying on the skin...

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  66. Hello, I applied alum powder to anal fissures. After 3 days, the pain and size of fissures has reduced, but bleeding has increased. Should I continue using alum? Please advise.

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    1. Hi, Instead of applying alum powder directly on the fissures, try sitting in alum bath. It won't cause much irritation and will help in reducing the pain. If you still find that the bleeding is increasing, I would suggest stop using alum...

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  67. Hi Ramya, I am using water which is cleaned by Alum every day to wash my hair. This is because I dont get soft water in my area. Is this safe? I read in many above answers that use of alum reduces the hair growth when women use it on their skin. Please suggest, whether I should continue to use water treated by Alum for my head wash. Thanks.

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    1. Hi, it takes months of daily application of concentrated alum paste to reduce hair growth in women. When we are using alum to purify water, we use very little amount of alum powder to have any effect on the skin or hair. If the correct recommended dosage of alum is used to purify water there will be no affect on the hair at all...

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    2. Hello mam.. i have d same problem i.e hairfall and for this am currently using alum powder mixed water. I add 1tsp of alum powder in a bucket of water.is this the correct measurement plz lemme knw..need ur valuable advice !

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    3. .01 gm of alum powder for a liter of water is the general recommend amount for water purification, try weighing the alum the next time you add to the water....

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  68. hello- can we use alum for body hair removal and it safe for sensitive area like our private parts????
    Plzz suggest any home remedies for body hair removal

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    1. I would suggest not using alum for private parts as it is quite irritating and drying. For body hair removal, I would suggest using turmeric based bath powder daily ( you can find the recipe in the blog). Though it takes some time, turmeric based bath powders are the best for hair removal...

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  69. Hi please help I am a female I sweat a lot in my vaginal area my doctor recommended alum, but I do not want dryness, irritation, or a infection so what do you recommend? ??

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    1. Try a very weaker solution of alum and water first, if you experience dryness or irritation even with the weaker solution stop using it and try these alternatives instead: Haritaki infusion (with water) or baking soda bath or apple cider vinegar infusion or tea tree oil infusion....

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  70. Hi Ramya, good to hear so many benefits of alum, thanks for the great article. From last few months I am having vaginal infection and nowadays I feel restless. I read somewhere that putting alum in warm water and taking a bath might help the infected area. Can this be helpful?

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    1. Although alum does help treat infections, it is a skin irritant. Try a very very weak solution, if you find it irritating, try this: boil neem leaves in water and add few drops of tea tree oil and use it for sitz bath...

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  71. Hi Ramya, I have a lump on the inside of my lip. I have been told by my dentist its mucocele, can I use Alum to treat it? Thanks

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    1. Yes you can use alum to treat mucocele. Either use alum as a rinse mixed in water or apply a very tiny pinch of alum powder using the cotton bud on it. But try not to swallow the alum powder when you are applying and use only a tiny little bit, it will sting a bit...

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  72. Hello madam..
    I am very happy to find ur site..it is very very informative!!
    I have a small doubt..would u pls help..

    1.Will alum and rose water reduce the hairs if I don't wax my face at all??
    2.As I have dry skin..what measures should I take after applying alum and rose water?

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    1. Hi, Like all natural treatments for hair removal, using alum for hair removal is a slow process that takes months of daily application and the results depends on the density of the hair but it works. Since you have dry skin, I recommend that you use a good moisturizer immediately after using alum.......

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  73. Hi I am particularly drawn to your hair removal property of alum. "Retard hair growth" do you mean gradually the hair growth stops. If so, approximately how long does it take for the hair growth to stop? And what should my frequency of usage?

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    1. Alum slowly reduces the density of the hair by preventing new hair growth and the results depends on the thickness of the facial hair. You have to use it daily to see results and it might take approximately 6 to 7 months to see results...

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    2. Hie Can i use Alum on my 24year old grand daughter,she Farts a lot.
      If she sits on it can it help?
      plus for sweaty vagina and for vaginal odour how can she use it?

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  74. Can alum shrink facial tumors ?

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    1. I am sorry, I don't know how effective alum is for shrinking facial tumors...

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  75. Hello madam...I have not waxed my face skin yet..what is better...apply alum without waxing...or after waxing

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    1. Hello, I am very sorry for the late reply. Regular waxing also retards the hair growth over time and using alum for hair removal takes a long time, till then we have to rely on waxing. So I would suggest using alum along with waxing for best results...

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  76. Can ALUM cause loose or lax vagina to be closed by using 2mls dilute ALUM to flush vagina

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  77. Hi, do the bath with the pottassium alum really curing the hemorrhoids? and can it harm my body, or make the hemorrhoids worse?
    and when i'm taking bath with alum, the water should be hot?

    thank you alot for your help and attention!

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    1. Alum does help in shrinking the hemorrhoids. Only thick concentrated alum solution will irritate, I would suggest using a very very weak solution of alum powder mixed in lukewarm water and use it for sitz bath. Try for a few days daily and see how it works for you. If you feel there is no change increase the concentration of alum slightly...

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  78. Hello ma'am...we can mix alum powder with fuller earth(multani mitti) and with rose water for a face pack..??

    We can make alum powder at home by grinding alum which we use at home..??

    We can mix coconut oil with alum powder for lice..??

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    1. Yes you can use alum powder along with multani mitti as a face pack but make sure to moisturize your skin later. You can grind the alum block to get the powder and for lice treatment I would recommend the neem flower oil from the blog...

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  79. Hello Mrs Ramya,
    Thanks a lot for your good info.

    I would like to know the good brand of Alum Powder to buy?
    Can I use alum block as a deodorant? Any side effect using for long term?
    For making " face mask" at home - any idea on using Alum Powder?

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    1. I have a big block of alum that I got long time ago and I am sorry, I don't remember the name. I usually powder the alum block if I want alum powder. You can use alum as a deodorant. The main side effect is drying of the skin and as far as I know there is no long term side effects of using alum except drying. For alum face mask, mix alum powder with pure rose water and multani mitti and apply on the face.....

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  80. Hai madam,

    Where can I buy this Alum Block & Alum Powder?
    What is the scientific name for this alum?

    Tqvm for yr reply..

    What is the scientific name for this alum?

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    1. You can buy alum blocks in medical shops, ask for shaving alum. The chemical name of alum is potassium aluminum sulfate...

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  81. What type of Alum used for treating Acne?

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  82. Does alum used for skin whitening? what type?

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    1. Alum is said to brighten the skin tone if used on the skin. Try potash alum | shaving alum...

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  83. Heyyy!! The alum that I have at my home was bought 5 years ago. Its been 4-5 years since I bought it. Plz tell me could it be used now after 5 years

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    1. You can store alum stone and use it for many years, mine is also almost 4 years old... :)

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  84. Ramya, Alum is good for Diabetes or not?

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    1. I am sorry, I don't know how alum can be used for treating diabetes as it is not good to consume alum...

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  85. Hi,
    Alum can help remove kidney stone.
    i need your consult & procedure of usage.

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    1. Hi, I am not aware of alum's use in removing kidney stones. But I would suggest banana stem as it has been proven to help in kidney stones. Include it in the diet as a stir fry or as a juice (I have a recipe for it in the blog)

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  86. Hii ma'am . Can a 15year old also use alum and rosewater for hair removal? If yes, plz tell me the proper quantity of alum nd rosewater . And are there any side effects of alum if I use it for removing unwanted hair?

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    1. Yes, even a 15 year old can use alum and rose water for hair removal, the only side effect is drying of the skin which can prevented by applying moisturizer after using it. There is no recipe, just take the required amount of alum powder, add enough rose water to get it into a paste and apply on the skin. Wait till it dries, gently rub it off, wash and apply a moisturizer....

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  87. For how long can I keep alum and rosewater applied on my face? Can my 13 year old sis also use alym for hair removal?

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    1. Wait till the alum and rose water dries on the skin and gently rub it off, wash and apply a moisturizer. Yes a 13 year old can use alum for hair removal..

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  88. Ramya, I appreciate the information you've provided. I have a canker soar on my inner lip and last night I applied alum powder directly to the soar. It is to my understanding that you are not supposed to keep it in for long, however I ended up falling asleep with it in my mouth for 6 hours. I now have little tiny bumps surrounding the soar. They are not painful. Could this be an allergic reaction? Have you heard of anything like this. Your response is appreciated.

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    1. I have not heard or experienced any reaction like you mentioned. But I would suggest not applying alum on the canker sore anymore. Try applying oak gall paste on it, it will heal both the canker soar and the allergy, it is also very mild and safe...

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  89. Hi Ramya, Thanks for such a nice information. I have small query regarding this, Can we use alum water for our hair wash? If yes, can you please tell how it will effect? Is there any side effects after using for hair wash? Your response is appreciated.

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  90. Hi Ramya, I have these open sores on the shin of both legs. The Dr has no idea what caused the first one. It has been as big as 14x11 cm but very shallow. Like someone just peel ed aback the skin to revile the next area. The other leg was caused by my dog scratching me when playing. A friend of the family said when he was a boy his mom would make a paste of alum and apply it to their cuts and scrapes. Could alum help me in healing this up? The largest one I have had for 4 years with drainage. The second legs wounds just this year. The second one where about healed when I developed cellulitis and the Dr said to use silverdine on it and wrap it. After 2 or 3 days of this treatment these other woulds "bloomed" on my leg. Any ideas as to treatment?

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