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:
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:
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
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.