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

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Alum (Fitkari) is an amazing ingredient with wonderful uses. It has many wide uses from water purification to skin lightening. But there are many types of alum and it is important to get to know which alum to use, the correct dosage and also the correct method to use it to prevent any side effects.

What Is Alum?

Alum popularly called Fitkari | Phitkari is very commonly used in India. When we say the word “Alum”, most of us think of it’s use in shaving but alum has other wonderful uses and benefits too. Though there are many types of alum, potassium alum is the one commonly used for household purposes. It is also the one that is most commonly referred to as alum.

Alum Formula:

The chemical formula for potassium alum is KAl (SO4)2.H2O. It is the hydrated form of potassium aluminum sulfate and it’s nomenclature is potassium aluminum sulfate dodecahydrate.

Alum Common Names:

Potash alum is commonly called Alum | Picking Alum in English, Fitkari in Hindi, Phitkari in Urdu, Padikaram in Tamil, Patika in Telugu, Phatakadi in Gujarati, Phatikara | Patika in Kannada, Sphatikari in Sanskrit, Patki in Sindhi, Phatakiri in Bengali, Phatakadi in Malayalam, Tawas in Philippines and Turti in Marathi.

Characteristics Of Potash Alum: 

Potash alum is found naturally in rocks where potassium and sulfide minerals in the rocks are exposed to the weather. Alum is colorless in crystal form, 100 % pure alum block will be completely translucent. Alum is easily soluble in water and when heated it becomes porous. When you heat a small piece of alum block, it will keep on bubbling up, this is referred to as “Burnt Alum”.

Alum Chemical Properties:

Alum has astringent, antiseptic, antihemorrhagic, and anti bacterial properties making it very effective for treating many skin problems and has many beauty uses. Alum has been used since ancient times in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as it has many wonderful medicinal uses. In Ayurveda, alum is added to many medicines and is used to treat a wide variety of diseases.

Alum Traditional Uses: 

Alum is given in small quantities internally for treating cough and diarrhea. Alum boiled along with babul is used as a gargle for sore throat. Alum is also used for treating cracked heels, to stop bleeding and is also used as an external application for piles to reduce the inflammation. Alum is also very commonly used in skin care especially for skin tightening and skin lightening. It is used for treating acne and acne scars, prevent blackheads, lighten dark spots and dark circles, for vaginal tightening and for hair removal.

Can We Consume Alum?

Though alum is used widely as a home remedy, it is rarely internally consumed and most remedies call for only external application of alum paste. In our place, we use alum for making homemade bindis too. In Chinese medicine, alum is popularly called Ming Fan and is taken both internally and applied externally for skin diseases like body odor, athletic foot, etc.

Alum Use In Cooking:

Alum is popularly used in canning and pickling to add crispness to vegetables and fruits and also as a preservative. But using alum for pickling is diminishing as people are getting aware of the dangers of consuming alum regularly. Alum is also used as an additive to baking powder.

Alum Stone Spiritual Uses:

Alum stone also has spiritual uses and is believed to get rid of negative energy. Alum is also widely used in Vastu, hanging a piece of alum in the entrance of the house is said to prevent any negative side effects cause due to Vastu defects in the house.

Alum Industrial Use:

Alum is also used in leather tanning, fire proof textiles and as a dye fixer for textiles and for 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.
alum powder uses

Types Of Alum:

To identify potash alum correctly, it is good to get to know the other different types of alum commonly found:

1. Potassium Alum:

This is the type of alum that has been used in both ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. It has wide uses and is popularly used in home remedies and also has industrial uses and is the type of alum that is referred to as fitkari or phitkari in India.

2. Ammonium Alum:

The chemical formula for ammonium alumina sulfate is NH4(ALSO4)2.12 H2O. It is not widely used for industrial purposes but ammonium alum is inexpensive and non toxic so it is used as a deodorant, animal and bird repellent sprays, water purification, vegetable glue, dyeing and tanning.

3. Sodium Alum:

The chemical formula for sodium alum is NaAL(SO4)2.12H2O. Sodium alum is mainly used in food industry to increase acidity and give a tart taste. Sodium alum powder is added to biscuits as it helps in slow liberation of carbon dioxide which is essential for uniform browning of biscuits. It is also used as a mordant in dyeing, tanning, water purifying, engraving and waterproofing textiles.

4. Chrome Alum:

The chemical formula for chromium potassium sulfate is KCr(SO4)2.12H2O. Chrome alum is a deep violet compound mainly used in tanning as chromium stabilizes the leather.

5. Aluminum Sulfate:

The chemical formula for aluminum sulfate is Al2(SO4)3. It is also referred to as a type of alum but is technically not an alum as usually alums have double sulfate salts. It is used in baking powder, antiperspirant and since it is highly acidic it is added to very alkaline garden soil to balance out the pH levels of the soil. It is also used for purifying water, to fix dyes while dyeing fabrics and in paper making.

6. Selenate Alum:

Selenate alum form when selenium takes the place of sulfur forming selenate alum. It is a strong oxidizing agent and therefore is used as an antiseptic.

Alum Side Effects:

  • Alum is taken internally as a medicine in both Chinese and ayurvedic medicine but only in very small amounts as it is toxic in large doses. I would suggest consuming alum as medicine only under expert guidance and never as a home remedy.
  • When using alum as a deodorant try using it on alternate days instead of regularly as even regular external application might get absorbed into the blood stream. If you are experiencing any irritation after using alum, stop using it.
  • Alum is also used for vaginal tightening but please remember using alum for vaginal tightening can lead to irritation and increased chance of getting an infection so try to avoid using alum for vaginal tightening.
  • When using it on skin, use it sparingly and always use a moisturizer later as alum tends to cause skin dryness.
  • Alum is also used popularly for weight loss, external application of alum on the stomach is said to reduce belly fat but there is no scientific research proving this and please research well before using alum for weight loss.
  • Small pinch of alum is used in certain hair treatments to treat lice and dandruff, when using alum for hair please be careful of the dosage else it can lead to hair fall.

Alum Dosage:

For water treatment 0.05 % is the recommended dosage that does not have any side effects. If you experience any side effects after drinking water purified with alum, reduce the dosage even further. For internal consumption usually a tiny pinch is used and I would strongly recommend not to consume alum more than this amount. If you accidentally consumed alum in large doses seek medical help immediately.

Where To Buy Alum?

In India, you can find alum stone pretty easily.  Alum is either sold as fine powder under the name “Alum Powder” or in blocks like shown in the above picture. It is also called shaving alum in the shops. In India we usually get alum in blocks and it can be stored for years and used.

How to Make Alum Powder?

For home remedies, if you have got alum in block form, we can powder it in a mortar and pestle to a very fine powder, sieve and use. Alum is very cheap, so try to have a block of alum for treating a variety of diseases at home!

10 TOP MEDICINAL USES & HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALUM (FITKARI) FOR SKIN, HAIR & HEALTH:

1. ALUM FOR CANKER SORES, TEETH WHITENING & BLEEDING GUMS:

alum powder for teeth and gums

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. A 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. This alum mouth rinse also will treat bad breath, brighten your teeth and will stop bleeding in the gums too….

2. ALUM FOR EYE ABSCESS:

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Alum is wonderful for treating eye abscess. One of my relatives who taught me the remedy has been using alum for treating eye abscess for quite some time. For treating abscess, rub alum on a sandalwood stone along with little water. Sandalwood stone is a smooth stone we use to rub sandalwood bark to get sandalwood paste at home. If you don’t have it you can use any smooth stone that you have at home. Rub alum till you get a thick smooth paste. This paste is very effective but it stings initially when applied. But the boil breaks on the same day it is applied giving one a good relief from eye abscess. But while doing this remedy make sure the alum paste does not enter the eyes. Also since the paste stings badly when applied, it is best not to use this remedy for
young kids.

3. ALUM FOR ATHLETE’S FOOT & CRACKED HEELS:

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Alum powder is very useful in treating both athlete’s foot and cracked heels. Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection caused by a fungus. Itching, scaling and redness are the common symptoms of athlete’s foot. One of the best ways to use alum for treating athlete’s foot is by immersing the feet in alum foot soak. To make alum foot soak, take a wide bowl and add enough warm water so that you can immerse your feet in it completely. Now take 2 tsp of alum and mix it in 1/4 cup of water till the alum crystals are fully dissolved and add to the foot soak. Now immerse your feet in this alum foot soak till the water turns cold. If you have access to fresh neem leaves, you can add a handful to the soak too. It will greatly help treat athlete’s foot as it has anti fungal properties. This foot soak will help with cracked heels too as alum softens the hard skin very effectively. After soaking your feet in this mixture, wash, pat dry and massage your feet with few drops of cold pressed coconut oil….

4. ALUM FOR SHAVING:

phitakri medicinal uses

Alum has been used as an after shave treatment for centuries and here in India, you will find a piece of alum in most barber shops. Once you start using alum, you will get rid of all the expensive after shaves. Since alum has anti bacterial properties and stops bleeding fast, rubbing it on the face after shaving will heal minor cuts caused during shaving and will also stop bleeding fast. You might not like it when you use alum as an after shave the first time 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 and then wash it off. But please remember using alum in barber shops is one of the main reasons for getting a skin infection as one alum stone is used repeatedly for everyone. I would strongly suggest not using alum stone in barber shops at all.

5. ALUM FOR WATER PURIFICATION:

alum for water purification

Alum is an amazing and cheap way to purify water and soften hard water. Impurities found in the water are charged colloids and since they all have the same charge (positive), they repel each other and stay separate. Also since the particles are tiny the gravitational force acting on them is not strong either so they never settle down. Alum has a negative charge and when added to the water dissolves in water well and since it has a negative charge, it joins up with the suspended particles and neutralizes them. Once there is no charge they clump together and this process is called coagulation. Due to the increase in weight they settle down at the bottom leaving clear water on top.  To purify the muddy water, powder alum and add about . 01 gm of alum powder for every liter of muddy water. You will find the muddy particles settling down leaving you with clear water. The water is almost clean with only very little fine particles dissolved in it. Boil the clear water before drinking. If you use the correct dosage, there will not be any side effects at all. Next time you go on a camping trip, take a small block of alum with you, it will always come in handy…

6.ALUM AS A DEODORANT FOR BODY ODOR:

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Alum is wonderful as a deodorant due to it’s antiseptic and anti bacterial properties. Alum has been used as a deodorant from ancient times. Why alum is good as a deodorant? When we sweat we release water and salt through the sweat glands. Sweat by itself does not have any smell but when the bacteria in our body acts on it, it causes body odor. Alum has anti microbial properties and prevents the growth of odor causing bacteria. When we use anti antiperspirants they block the pores and prevents sweating and they also contain synthetic fragrances whereas alum does not prevent us from sweating but only reduce the bacterial growth which causes the body odor. You can use alum in two ways as a deodorant, one is on the form of dusting powder. To make the deodorant, powder alum along with little myrrh and use it as dusting powder. The second way is to simply wet an alum block and rub it under arms. Rubbing alum also lightens dark underarms as alum has skin lightening properties. However it is advised to use alum every other day instead of every day.

7.ALUM & ROSE WATER FOR HAIR REMOVAL:

alum and rose water for hair removal

Alum has been used as a home remedy for unwanted facial hair removal from ancient times. It works really well and can be effectively used for both face and body hair removal. A mixture of alum powder and water or better still rosewater can be applied all over the face and body. This paste tends to retard the face and body hair growth over time. Alum when rubbed on the skin acts a mild abrasive and helps get rid of facial hair permanently. Traditionally after bath, alum powder is mixed with rose water into a very fine paste and then the paste is applied on the face. Let the paste dry completely and once the paste is about to dry completely, start rubbing in circular motions and gently remove the alum face pack completely from the face. Since alum is a mild abrasive, when we rub it gently on the face, it weakens the hair roots. With regular use, your hair growth will slowly diminish over time. But alum can dry out the skin so always apply moisturizer after doing this treatment.

8.ALUM FOR SKIN TIGHTENING & SKIN WHITENING:

alum for skin whitening

Alum has both skin tightening and skin lightening properties. Rubbing alum gently on the skin is one of the most popular home remedies for skin tightening. Though temporary, you will feel your skin tighten when you rub alum, this is due to it’s astringent properties. One of my cousins mentioned that his skin felt smooth after he regularly started using alum as an after shave. Regular use of alum gives one wrinkle free, smooth and tight skin. To use for skin tightening, take a piece of alum and wet it in water and rub it on your damp face for few seconds weekly twice or thrice. Wash your face in water and then apply moisturizer. Many use alum for vaginal tightening but I would highly suggest not to as it will cause intense irritation. Alum also has skin whitening properties and lightens dark spots and dark circles very well. To use alum for skin whitening, take a piece of alum and rub it along with little raw unprocessed honey into a thick paste and apply as a face pack. Since we are adding honey, alum does not dry out the skin. You can also use alum powder instead of alum block too. This face pack will prevent wrinkles, tighten skin, prevent blackheads and lighten dark spots and dark circles well. Another recipe using alum that works so well is to add a small pinch of alum to 1/4 cup of pure homemade rose water and a tsp of vegetable glycerin and use it as a facial toner.

9. ALUM FOR PIMPLES, ACNE & ACNE SCARS :

alum powder for hair removal

Alum can be effectively used for treating pimples and fading acne scars as it has both wonderful anti bacterial and skin lightening properties. One of the best ways to use alum for acne is by applying it in the form of a face pack. You can make the face pack in two ways. One is by mixing alum with turmeric powder and the other is by mixing alum with multani mitti also called as fullers earth. To make alum and turmeric face pack, take a small pinch of alum and mix it in water till it dissolves completely and then add the alum water to enough organic turmeric powder to form a paste and apply as a face pack. Make sure to use only a tiny piece of alum else it will cause skin dryness. To make the second face pack, take a small pinch of alum and dissolve it in rose water. Now take a tbsp of multani mitti in a bowl. Add the alum rose water mixture and mix to form a smooth paste. To use, apply this mixture all over the face and neck and then wash it off.

10. ALUM SITZ BATH FOR PILES (HEMORRHOIDS):

alum for hemorrhoids

One big problem experienced by people suffering from hemorrhoids is the inflammation and the bleeding. Alum is very effective for treating the symptoms of hemorrhoids as it arrests the bleeding, reduces the inflammation and causes the hemorrhoids to shrink due to it’s astringent properties. One of the best ways to use alum for shrinking piles is to make sitz bath with it. To make alum sitz bath, fill a tub large enough so you can immerse your hips in it fully. Now fill the tub with warm water till the hips can be fully immersed in it, make sure the water is not hot. Now mix 1/2 tbsp of alum powder in 1/4 cup water till the alum powder is fully dissolved and add it to the water in the tub. Don’t add any shampoo or shower gel to the water. Immerse your hips in the water fully, sit for 20 to 30 minutes. This alum sitz bath will help reduce the bleeding, shrink the size of the hemorrhoids and reduce the irritation but it will not treat it.

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438 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    October 11, 2014 / 11:10 am

    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?

    • Vineyard at the Gate
      March 5, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      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.

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 12, 2014 / 4:24 am

    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………

    • Yvonne
      November 21, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Hello' I wanted to ask please can I use alum to get rid of under eye bags if so what kind of alum should I use and where can I purchase it. Thanks so much!!!

  3. Anonymous
    November 17, 2014 / 6:39 am

    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?

    • Unknown
      May 29, 2016 / 7:10 am

      My dear freind if you are suffreing from piles you should use Arshkalp vati of swami ram dev it is very much effective and on the next day you will feel relived take it empty stomach with butter milk

    • unani
      October 16, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      No, it's very effective

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 17, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    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…

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2014 / 8:02 pm

      Can cure piles with alum powder?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 14, 2014 / 4:51 am

      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.

    • Asir Prakash
      July 28, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Hi,Is alum can use for tooth powder,i read kadukkai powder + kottaippakku powder + alum powder mixture is good replacement for tooth past/powder.Please confirm. Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 13, 2016 / 5:45 am

      Alum has anti bacterial properties and is traditionally added to tooth powder in small amounts. The blend mentioned for making the tooth powder is safe, but don't add too much of alum powder…

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Can this be used for getting black hair ?

    • johnson topno
      July 31, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      The Water in my home is hard water and am noticing that it is creating bad effect over my skin,so can I use alum water for bathing on a regular basis,will this be helpful??If not then what shall I do to deal with hard water??

  5. Anonymous
    December 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

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

    • Anonymous
      January 9, 2015 / 4:42 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 6:37 am

      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…….

    • Anonymous
      April 3, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Does it really help with head lice?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 5, 2015 / 5:36 pm

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

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Hello! Sorry for my English…I never used alum before. Could You please tell the full mixing proportions for head washing and how long it can be on hear.Also, my pets now in fleas atak. Shampoos and spesial treatments didn't helped. I am to worry about it. Can alume be used for cats and dogs???Thanks!!!

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 2, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    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……

    • Unknown
      January 24, 2017 / 2:16 am

      So does it really help with hyper pigmentation on the face? Also How does it help and and how do you apply. Also I noticed the name and description includes potassium and aluminum. I have read studies that link aluminum to Alzheimer's. Is there any concern with that and alum?

  7. Margaret
    December 25, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    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

    • banipal04
      February 16, 2015 / 6:16 pm

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

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 28, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    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…

  9. Anonymous
    January 6, 2015 / 3:21 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 7, 2015 / 5:24 pm

      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….

  10. Anonymous
    January 8, 2015 / 10:55 am

    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..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 8, 2015 / 1:11 pm

      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…..

  11. mohd imran khan
    January 10, 2015 / 11:57 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 5:51 pm

      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….

  12. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 4:27 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 5:55 pm

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

  13. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 11, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      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…..

    • Jas
      April 19, 2016 / 9:46 am

      MY father had a serious problem passing urine. In half a glass of water I would add very little finely powdered alum (just enough to make the water taste a bit bitter) and give him to drink once a day. It helped him pass urine quite comfortably. This mixture could help people with kidney stones and enlarged prostate having difficulty passing urine.

  14. Anonymous
    January 11, 2015 / 8:56 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 14, 2015 / 4:14 pm

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

  15. Anonymous
    January 12, 2015 / 9:18 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 14, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      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………

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2015 / 2:00 pm

      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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 21, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      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….

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2015 / 11:59 am

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

    • Unknown
      June 9, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      What do you recommend for (heavily normal) vaginal discharge to help lessen the amount? And how is alum powder or block helpful for discharge or odor in any way.

    • Lisa
      June 10, 2016 / 2:15 am

      What do you recommend for (heavily normal) vaginal discharge to help lessen the amount? And how is alum powder or block helpful for discharge or odor in any way.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 10, 2016 / 4:39 am

      Alum dissolved in water can be used as a wash but it can cause drying. We use a remedy with Aloe Vera gel for treating vaginal discharge, you can find the remedy here

    • HumanUnit
      February 14, 2018 / 11:47 pm

      Hi, I know this is an old post and I hope you’ve got rid of your hives. But I’ve had severe hives before for unconfirmed reason.I’m just learning about alum so can only recommend a medicine that was prescribed to me for hives and worked quickly/efficiently within hours to control my severe hives: VISTARIL, generic version of this has been as affective (also used to treat mild anxiety symptoms). The chemical name is HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE. I am NOT a Dr. please speak to your Dr./family physician first. Hopefully this medicine helps your hives if alum hasn’t already 😊👍

  16. Anonymous
    January 17, 2015 / 8:22 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 18, 2015 / 3:26 am

      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……

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Is aloe Vera gel safe for tightening the vagina

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 6:24 am

      Aloe Vera gel is very safe to be applied externally but I don't know how effective it is for tightening the vagina..

    • E
      September 19, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      Is alum salt and warm water gargle a good treatment for tonsillitis and will it damage your teeth?

  17. Anonymous
    February 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 4, 2015 / 5:37 am

      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….

    • THENIKITAW
      August 23, 2015 / 8:25 am

      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??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 4:09 am

      Hi, you don't have to wax before applying the alum rose water. All natural hair removal methods including this alum rose water paste takes a long time of regular use to see results, but the results are permanent. In the mean time you can wax if you want to…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      You don't need to wax each time before using alum rose water mixture. Like all natural methods, it takes a long time of regular use to see results (3 to 4 times per week will be good), in the mean time you can wax if you want to…

  18. Kanza Khalid
    February 8, 2015 / 10:37 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 12, 2015 / 5:52 am

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

    • Chet
      October 16, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Use cotton to apply castor oil (or teatree oil) on the tags, in 2-3 weeks, it will get dry and painlessly flake away.

  19. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Please can I use alum to tone my skin

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 12, 2015 / 4:42 am

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

  20. Anonymous
    February 18, 2015 / 10:57 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 19, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      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……

  21. Anonymous
    February 21, 2015 / 6:08 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 21, 2015 / 4:24 pm

      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….

    • Alok
      February 22, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks Ramya

  22. Anonymous
    February 22, 2015 / 8:36 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 22, 2015 / 4:10 pm

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

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      What is the best home remedy for tightening the vagina

  23. Anonymous
    March 7, 2015 / 10:02 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 8, 2015 / 4:15 pm

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

    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      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)

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2015 / 3:47 am

      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…

  24. Anonymous
    March 10, 2015 / 6:30 am

    Can alum be use to tighten vigana walls and how?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 11, 2015 / 8:32 am

      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…..

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2015 / 6:57 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2015 / 2:57 am

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

  25. Anonymous
    March 14, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2015 / 3:06 am

      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 🙂

  26. Anonymous
    March 14, 2015 / 8:06 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2015 / 3:25 am

      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….

  27. Anonymous
    March 16, 2015 / 9:31 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      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…

  28. Anonymous
    March 18, 2015 / 7:36 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      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…..

  29. Anonymous
    March 21, 2015 / 5:59 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2015 / 5:26 pm

      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…

    • Shashibhushan Mishra
      April 9, 2015 / 9:42 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      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……

    • Shyamsundhar Ammineni
      July 16, 2015 / 5:06 am

      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.

  30. dilip
    March 21, 2015 / 7:24 am

    hai ,can alum bathing prevents sweating

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2015 / 5:32 pm

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

  31. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 2:44 am

    HI RAMYA CAN ALUM GOOD FOR SMELLY AND DARK ARMPIT?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 25, 2015 / 5:54 pm

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

  32. Anonymous
    March 26, 2015 / 8:09 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 28, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      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….

  33. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 / 8:48 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 28, 2015 / 5:19 pm

      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……

  34. Anonymous
    March 28, 2015 / 12:25 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 28, 2015 / 4:54 pm

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

  35. Pronab Paul
    March 30, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2015 / 4:40 am

      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….

  36. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    How do I use alum to treat serious mouth odour

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2015 / 4:24 am

      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……..

    • Wajid Ali
      April 3, 2015 / 8:15 am

      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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 3, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      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……..

  37. Anonymous
    April 3, 2015 / 8:15 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 7, 2015 / 5:06 pm

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

  38. Anonymous
    April 6, 2015 / 12:42 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 7, 2015 / 5:20 pm

      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…

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much! This is a great site.

  39. Anonymous
    April 10, 2015 / 5:57 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 6:15 pm

      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…

  40. Rashid Suri
    April 11, 2015 / 8:10 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 6:12 pm

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

  41. Neville
    April 12, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    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.

  42. Neville
    April 12, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Ramya please one moreOn 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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 6:26 am

      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….

  43. Anonymous
    April 15, 2015 / 8:52 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 5:29 am

      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…..

  44. Meenu
    April 16, 2015 / 4:25 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 5:16 am

      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……

  45. Anonymous
    April 17, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 19, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      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…..

  46. Abdul Saboor
    April 20, 2015 / 10:34 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 21, 2015 / 5:17 am

      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…

  47. Anonymous
    April 20, 2015 / 1:12 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 21, 2015 / 5:11 am

      Yes, you can use any floral water….

  48. Anonymous
    April 23, 2015 / 11:55 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2015 / 5:04 pm

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

  49. Ini
    May 3, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 8:05 am

      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….

  50. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Hi! Can alum be used to tighten breasts?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 8:12 am

      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….

  51. Anonymous
    May 5, 2015 / 7:51 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 8:27 am

      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…

  52. Anonymous
    May 7, 2015 / 6:22 am

    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!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 8:52 am

      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….

    • Anonymous
      February 2, 2017 / 4:46 am

      Can alum be used daily for wrinkles on face as anti aging and can you use it daily will wrinkles go away

  53. Anonymous
    May 8, 2015 / 7:07 am

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 9:10 am

      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…..

  54. Anonymous
    May 9, 2015 / 12:24 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 11, 2015 / 5:39 pm

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

  55. Anonymous
    May 13, 2015 / 8:50 am

    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??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 13, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      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.

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Thanks I appreciate that ☺

  56. Anonymous
    May 13, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Does alum works for a sore throat

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 13, 2015 / 4:35 pm

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

  57. Shiju Kp
    May 30, 2015 / 3:22 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 31, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      Hi, Use potash alum for after shave…

  58. Rare Coral
    June 1, 2015 / 10:35 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 2, 2015 / 2:05 am

      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…

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2017 / 5:19 am

      Can alum and the neem paste be applied to the outer soft tissues of private parts for the treatment of folliculitis? Can the alum be applied directly or mixed in a water bath? Please guide.

  59. raj gupta
    June 4, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      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……

  60. Anonymous
    June 5, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 12, 2015 / 9:19 am

      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…

  61. Anonymous
    June 5, 2015 / 6:49 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 10, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      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…

  62. Rare Coral
    June 14, 2015 / 2:04 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 19, 2015 / 6:58 am

      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…:)

  63. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 20, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      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…

    • Anonymous
      June 23, 2015 / 5:58 am

      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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 5:59 am

      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…

  64. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 / 3:49 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 26, 2015 / 5:06 pm

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

  65. Anonymous
    June 22, 2015 / 5:26 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 4:40 am

      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…

    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2015 / 2:15 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 30, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      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…

  66. Anonymous
    June 22, 2015 / 5:45 am

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 4:48 am

      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…

  67. Anonymous
    June 29, 2015 / 5:09 am

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 30, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      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…

    • Anonymous
      July 8, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      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 !

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      .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….

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      Hey its been some time that this is posted , can you tell me the result of purifying water with alum to wash hair .

  68. Anonymous
    June 30, 2015 / 5:31 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 3, 2015 / 5:20 am

      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…

  69. Anonymous
    July 3, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    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? ??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 6, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      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….

  70. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 8:34 am

      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…

  71. Anonymous
    July 9, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      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…

  72. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 / 9:44 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2015 / 4:25 am

      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…….

  73. Khushbu Merchant
    July 11, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      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…

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2015 / 8:36 am

      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?

  74. Anonymous
    July 13, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Can alum shrink facial tumors ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 19, 2015 / 3:22 pm

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

  75. Anonymous
    July 18, 2015 / 10:12 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 27, 2015 / 11:42 am

      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…

  76. Abubakar Labaran Mohd
    July 21, 2015 / 4:07 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 27, 2015 / 5:40 pm

      Don't use alum in the vagina…

  77. Anonymous
    July 22, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    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!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 3:03 am

      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…

  78. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    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..??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 3:07 am

      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…

  79. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 / 5:54 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 31, 2015 / 1:23 pm

      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…..

  80. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 / 6:01 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 31, 2015 / 1:16 pm

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

  81. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 / 11:07 am

    What type of Alum used for treating Acne?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 3, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Use potash alum for treating acne..

  82. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Does alum used for skin whitening? what type?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 3, 2015 / 4:10 pm

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

  83. Anonymous
    August 2, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 3:00 pm

      You can store alum stone and use it for many years, mine is also almost 4 years old… 🙂

  84. Mani Aujla
    August 4, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Ramya, Alum is good for Diabetes or not?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 4:41 pm

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

  85. Anonymous
    August 10, 2015 / 11:14 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 14, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      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)

  86. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 / 11:15 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 16, 2015 / 3:07 am

      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….

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Can it be used on 1 month old baby, he as lot of hair on shoulder??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 6:47 am

      No don't use alum for babaies

  87. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 / 10:17 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 16, 2015 / 3:13 am

      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..

  88. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 16, 2015 / 5:05 am

      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…

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Did they end up going away? I have had the same experience as "Anonymous" and am wondering what ended up happening.

  89. Supu Joy
    August 17, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 12:10 am

      Hi Supu, We can use alum purified water for our hair wash, but the recommended dosage of alum should be used to purify the water to prevent any side effects…

  90. Donna Hudson
    August 24, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    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 14×11 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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 5:40 pm

      Hi Donna, Since alum is an astringent it will help but it might sting badly when used on the sore. Why not try turmeric poultice? It is is very good for treating all kinds of sores and helps the pus drain out quickly too…

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Where to buy the alum powder n rose water?

    • srikanth gangili
      June 7, 2016 / 3:32 am

      try to use papaya fruit paste over the wound

  91. Anonymous
    August 26, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Hi, can Alum diluted in hot water be used to treat respiratory blockage

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 28, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      I have always preferred herbs for treating respiratory blockage and I doubt whether alum will help. I would suggest you try the eucalyptus steam from the blog, it is highly effective for treating respiratory blockage….

  92. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 / 7:19 am

    Someone has told me that consuming a piece of fitkari/alum on the 3rd day of the menstrual cycle helps in conception. Is this true?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Hi I would suggest not taking alum internally….

  93. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    hi ramya can I get sick for using rosewater and alum for 6 months to I year to get rid of the facial hair on my chin and upper lip how do I mix it please reply thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 6:01 am

      No, external application of alum will not cause any sickness only it may result in skin drying which can be easily prevented using a moisturizer. To use, mix enough alum powder with enough pure rose water to make a paste and apply…

  94. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 / 7:55 am

    Can we use Alum for getting relief from teeth sensitivity?

  95. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 / 7:57 am

    How useful Alum is in case of dental problems?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 2:24 am

      Since alum has antiseptic properties, it can be used for tooth pain, cavities, teeth sensitivity and canker sores. I would suggest mixing it with water and using it as a mouth rinse..

  96. Anonymous
    September 10, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    No fitkari shouldnot be applied on hair on head. It sticks badly to hair and cause even hairfall

  97. Unknown
    September 15, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Is there any side effects of drinking water purified by alum regularly, particularly on bones degeneration ya muscle contraction/stiffness

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 21, 2015 / 4:53 am

      Extensive research has been done on the side effects of using alum for water purification. Experts say the water is safe if the correct amount of alum is added for water purification. If water purification is done using the correct amount of alum only very tiny trace amounts of alum enters our body…

  98. Anonymous
    September 16, 2015 / 1:14 am

    Hi ramyawhat is sandlewood stone and where do we get it

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 21, 2015 / 5:03 am

      sandalwood stone is a plain smooth stone that is used for rubbing sandalwood into a paste. Usually most of them are passed on from generation to generation and mine is more than 150 years old. I don't see much of sandalwood stone in the shops but I think certain shops especially antique shops have them. They are sold online in the name of sandalwood stone grinder…

  99. Anonymous
    September 20, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    i want to clean teeth with alum as part of astrological remedy for mercury,are there any side effects?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 4:49 am

      Using alum to clean the teeth will not cause any harm or have side effects…..

  100. Anonymous
    September 22, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Pls how can alum be used for treating UTI and bad odor from the vaginal?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 24, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      You can make a very weak solution of alum and water and use it as wash. Weak solution of alum does not cause any irritation but if it does discontinue use…

  101. Anonymous
    October 3, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Hello Ramya can alum be used to tighten the skin that sags around the mouth area and it be used to get rid of bags under the eyes, if so how would I mix it to achleve that thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:18 pm

      Hi, Alum can be used for skin tightening, wet the alum stone and rub it gently around the mouth. But alum makes the skin dry so always follow it up with a moisturizer. For the same reason I would suggest not use alum around the eyes as the skin around the eyes is very delicate…

  102. Zaire Manuel
    October 4, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Can alum helps tighten pores on face?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Alum does help tighten pores, apply alum powder mixed with pure rose water….

  103. Julie Hughes
    October 9, 2015 / 3:41 am

    thank you for your helpful article. I was wondering if you have heard of alum helping sores on the skin such as prurigo nodularis. Thank you for your advice.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 5:47 am

      Hi Julie, I am sorry, I have not heard of alum's use in treating prurigo nodularis….

  104. Anonymous
    October 12, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    does alum heal trash sores in the mouth

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 20, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      If you mean canker sores, yes alum can be used for treating mouth sores…

  105. Unknown
    October 14, 2015 / 1:02 am

    Hi Ramya, I have hemorhoids. Is it effective to have alum dissolved in water injected into my rectum daily to treat them? If so, how should I make the alum solution?

  106. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Hi Ramya, please let me know if I can inject a solution of alum into my rectum to treat my hemmorhoid? If so, what is the proper proportion of alum in water? Thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 17, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Hi, please don't inject alum solution into the rectum instead try a sitz bath using a very weak alum solution first. If it agrees with you, you can slightly increase the concentration later…

  107. Anonymous
    October 18, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Hi, Can alum help dark spot & malasma on face?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 21, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      I have not heard of alum's use in treating melasma, I would suggest rubbing pure fresh Aloe Vera gel regularly everyday, it will take care of both dark spots and melasma…

  108. Unknown
    October 24, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Hi Ramya,I recently consulted with a Homeopathic Dr about my symptoms of fatigue, and other symptoms similar to that of Lyme disease or parasite infection. His recommended treatment was small beads of Alum @ 200c. In your opinion is this safe and or appropriate treatment? Thank you for all the replies you take the time making, much appreciated!Kevin

  109. Kevin Colin
    October 24, 2015 / 2:24 am

    Hi Ramya'Is Alum beads @ 200c an effective homeopathic treatment for symptoms of fatigue and all the symptoms associated with Possible lyme disease and or parasite infection? Much thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

      Hi Kevin, I am sorry, I have not taken alum internally so I don't know much about it. I do know that alum is taken internally in certain ayurvedic and homeopathic treatments but in my personal opinion taking alum internally should be done only under the supervision of a very experienced medical practitioner and I always prefer to use alum only for external application at home…..

  110. Sheryl
    November 3, 2015 / 2:26 am

    Hi, I have a few questions, 1. Should I use alum after waxing to get rid of facial hair?2. How often can I use it on face? Is once a day enough or twice a day.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Hi Sheryl, It is not a must to wax before using alum on the face. Use it daily once regularly but make sure to moisturize after using alum…

  111. Anonymous
    November 4, 2015 / 12:11 am

    Hi Ramya. Thanks for the tips. I am looking for shrinking my lower lips. Could you please share your thoughts about using Alum on lips.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Alum is generally used for treating mucocele in the lips and is very effective. But I am not sure about using alum for shrinking lips…..

  112. Anonymous
    November 9, 2015 / 4:05 am

    Hye Ramya! I am 16 years old girl after loosing 7 kg of my weight my face skin got a little saggy, puffy eyes, and laugh lines around my mouth .My face looks older thn my age .Should i use Allum for skin tightening? If yes ,tell me the procedureMy skin is also dry in nature. What about apllying moisturizer after using it ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 16, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Since your skin is already dry, using alum on a daily basis to tighten the skin will cause even more drying and irritation of the skin even if you use a moisturizer. I would suggest not using it…

  113. Unknown
    November 14, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    Someone told me you can use alum as an appetiser is that true appetizers

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 22, 2015 / 2:38 am

      I would suggest not consuming alum…

  114. Unknown
    November 17, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    I have stage two arthritis on my knees and two baker cysts. Will this wonderful crystal work to relive the pain?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 23, 2015 / 4:46 pm

      I am sorry, I don't know about alum's use in treating arthritis….

  115. Anonymous
    November 21, 2015 / 12:31 am

    Good day Ramya, I know Alum is not good to use around the eyes because the skin is delicate, and it has a drying effect on the skin, can you tell me what would be a good treatment to get rid of the bags under the eyes permantly thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 30, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Good day to you too, I would suggest mixing any pure unrefined oil with few drops of vitamin e oil and using it for a gentle massage around the eyes. Also try this homemade eye mask regularly: https://www.wildturmeric.net/2013/08/under-eye-mask.html

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      A gentle massage with any unrefined oil daily around the eyes (you can use the massage oil from the blog), exercises like palming, good sleep and good eating habits will greatly help…

  116. Anonymous
    November 24, 2015 / 7:24 am

    Hi!! i have a 9 year old son and he has good amount of body hair. Is it safe to use alum on him? How frequently can i use it? please advice…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 8:16 am

      I doubt whether alum will work for your son as boys have very coarse and thick hair. Even for women with thin and scanty hair it takes months of daily regular application of alum to see results…

  117. Unknown
    November 25, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    if i taking bath everyday with mixing of powder alum water, is it caused for hair fall?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 11:37 am

      When the correct dosage of alum is used to purify the water there will not be any side effects to the skin or hair…

  118. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 / 5:34 am

    Hi Ramya, I ave a fat & saggy belly after having my son ,can alum & rose water be used to get rid of the sagging?

  119. siri
    December 4, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Hi mam pls suggest fr vagina tighter…any tips …

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 7:24 am

      I would suggest doing kegel exercises daily, it is very effective and you can easily learn how to do it online…

  120. Melissa
    December 5, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Hi Ramya, I have been told that Alum works very well on dentures in place of glue. What do you think?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 12:59 pm

      Hi Melissa, I don't think you can use alum as a denture glue because you can't let alum sit in the mouth for longer periods of time. But alum can be used to reduce the pain and swelling when wearing dentures for the first time as it closes wounds fast. Use alum as a mouth rinse like mentioned in the post and after using rinse your mouth well. Make sure to do the alum mouth rinse only after the wound starts closing and it might sting a bit…

  121. Anonymous
    December 5, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Many thanks to numerous of the answers.. . Please sir, I have oil face and have acne.. I have a block alum.. Should I grind it to power for use? Alternatively, what's the best treatment I can apply..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:55 am

      I would suggest using turmeric and holy basil face pack from the blog for treating acne…

  122. Kene
    December 5, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Please Ramya.. I have acne I need to cure and my face is the oil-like type.. Advice me please.. God bless you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 4:38 am

      You can use alum as an astringent, it will greatly help in acne and is ideal for acne prone skin. To make alum astringent, take around 1 tsp of alum powder and mix it well in a cup of warm water, add 1/2 cup of witch hazel to it, mix well and store. This is a very effective astringent, give it a try…

  123. ali
    December 7, 2015 / 5:15 am

    I want to use it as a deodorant Spray, i bought slum powder and tried to dissolve it in hot water but it did not fully dissolve 🙁 did i put too much?how much alum powder should i put in how much amount of water??should i added after the water is boiled or add it to the water and put it on heat until the water noils? for how long should i let the water boil?many thanks in advance for your help and support

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      For a cup of water 1 tsp alum will work well, bring the water to boil and add the alum powder and switch off. Stir well till the alum powder is fully dissolved. If you find the solution very weak, increase the alum powder by half tsp to 1 tsp….

  124. Rakesh Verma
    December 9, 2015 / 2:08 am

    Some of our friend has advised me to dirnk alum mixture with water to get rid urinary track infections.Does it works. Is there any side effects, and how many days I should take this.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      I have never taken alum internally and I would strongly advise against it. There are some medical preparations with alum that can be taken internally for treating certain conditions but that should be done only under medical supervision as the dosage is very important…

  125. Phi Hoe
    December 14, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    The western world says anything linked to Aluminium including Alum is toxic and could cause problems like Alzheimers etc is this true?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 12:10 am

      Excess use of alum is bad and can cause problems so that is why for water purification the correct dosage is recommended. Even in remedies the dosing is very very important….

  126. linda molina
    January 11, 2016 / 5:07 am

    Will it help for toothache

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 2, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Since alum has antiseptic properties, it will help for toothache. I would suggest using alum as a mouth rinse like mentioned in the post…

  127. Uzma Yasmeen
    January 11, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Is alum help full for removing facial hairs?? Because i have sensitive skin.

  128. Anonymous
    January 11, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Is alum help full for removing facial hairs permanently ?? Because i have sensitive skin type.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 2, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Alum mixed with rose water is helpful for removing facial hair permanently but it takes daily application for several months to see results and it also depends on the coarseness of the hair. Since you have sensitive skin, I would suggest not using alum daily…

  129. purti mandhan
    January 12, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Hi ramaya I m suffering from mouth ulcers around 3 to 4 months I had removed my viticm tooth doc say u have a deficiency of calcium & protien I'm tied of it I'm gargle my moth with warm water & alum still nothing happen pls help.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 5, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      I would suggest gargling your mouth with haritaki mouth rinse from the blog, it is very effective for treating mouth ulcers very well…

  130. hyzekiah
    January 14, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Is it effective to use alum for whitening dark thighs ? And what is the procedure?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      Try mixing alum powder with honey and apply on the area. You can also try applying a mixture of turmeric power and lemon juice too…

  131. Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Can i use alum for cleaning aquarium water? Is it safe for fishes?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Alum can be used for cleaning aquarium water but it will lower the pH level of the water making it unsafe for the fishes and to prevent it you need to buffer the water to get the balance right…

  132. Suman Pun
    January 19, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    My body is smelling bad from jan 2016… Can i use alum on my armpit and get read of it… Plz reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      You can use alum as a deodorant, it will greatly help also try to up your intake of water it also greatly helps…

  133. dhruba intisher
    January 20, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Hi. I think u can help me. I really need it.I'm a sixteen years old teen boy. I've just started to notice tHat my facial hair has started to grow. I haven't shaved Yet at all. If I use the Alum powder treatment For my face and body hair, will it work. My leg hairs r not to thick or thin. Can I use it on my legs and will it work? Please reply ASAP! You're my only hope now!P.S. I'm Farhan. Ma'am. Nice to make your virtual acquaintance!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 11, 2016 / 6:01 am

      Hi Farhan, it takes daily application of alum for months even for women with very thin or scanty hair to see results, I think using alum for hair removal won't be beneficial for you as men have really coarse hair especially on the legs…

  134. Mohsin Javed Masih
    January 21, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Can alum water bath remove hair or hair removal can only be by alum-rose water mixture?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 11, 2016 / 6:12 am

      I would suggest applying alum rose water paste than alum bath as it is more effective for hair removal…

  135. Unknown
    January 22, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Hi ramya my told me alum cure for athletes foot… it's true plz can u reply me..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 27, 2016 / 6:10 am

      Alum has anti fungal properties and since athlete foot is a fungal infection, it will greatly help. Try using alum in foot bath…

  136. Anonymous
    January 22, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Is it safe to clean aquarium water with alum

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 27, 2016 / 5:48 am

      Alum can be used for cleaning aquarium water but it will lower the pH level of the water making it unsafe for the fishes and to prevent it you need to buffer the water to get the balance right…

  137. Anonymous
    January 25, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Can alum be used to treat skin infections? If yes, how effective is it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 1, 2016 / 2:44 am

      Alum is a very effective antiseptic and can be effectively used for treating minor skin infections but please don't use it directly open sores and deep cuts…

  138. nomskyskitchen
    January 27, 2016 / 8:47 am

    hi, i mistakenly use alum in my soup, is it harmful to my health?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 1, 2016 / 6:01 am

      If it is a small dose it will not cause any harm. But if you experience any stomach problems please consult a doctor immediately…

  139. Anonymous
    February 21, 2016 / 9:47 am

    can alum be used to treat keyloid scar?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 6:57 am

      I am sorry I am not aware of alum's use in treating keloid scars..

  140. thatzmeganda
    February 27, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Hi Alum water is safe to drink.i dissolved alum rock in water for almost an hour then I drink it coz some one told me its cure for hepatitis for one week but every time I drink it I feel freezy and I can't eat if I try to eat a little amount of food I'm always makes me vomit, my taste is bitter In whole day.please advice me if it's true to cure my hepa b

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Please don't consume alum, it is quite dangerous. Alum has been used as a medicine but the dosage is very important and most of the times we get the dosage wrong if we take it without the guidance of an expert…

  141. thatzmeganda
    February 27, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    Hi I dissolve alum water in evening then drink it in morning coz my friend told me that it's cure the hepatitis ,it' is true

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 2:53 am

      I would suggest not taking alum internally. The dosage is very important when taking alum internally and I would suggest doing it only under medical supervision…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 4:40 am

      Please don't consume alum in any form because it is toxic at certain levels. I would suggest taking keelanelli (you can read about it in the blog) for hepatitis….

  142. Smiley S
    March 13, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Hi Ramya Venkateshwaran.Thank you so much for the explanation and help you offer to the people.I manufacture olive oil soap, and thinking to know if I add the alum in the soap I make is useful. Van I melt the alum in the water to be in the mixture of the soap please ?orto add it as powder only? Thank you fro your help.

  143. Smiley S
    March 13, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Hi Ramya. Thank you so much for the wonderful help and explanation you offer .I manufacture olive oil soap. I am wondering if I can add the alum to the olive oil soap. So if yes, would add it as powder to the mixture ? or to melt it as a rock in boild water then to mix it with all the mixture ? I appreciate you reply any way. Sincerely, Smiley S.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 8:44 am

      Hi, I am sorry I don't have any idea how lye or the overall mixture will react to alum…..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 11:09 am

      I have read that alum reacts with soap, so I would suggest being careful mixing alum and soap together. If at all you want to mix alum, try with a very small batch else it might ruin the whole batch of soap…

  144. Anonymous
    March 18, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Hi Ramya .how to use Alum for bad odour plz tell is it safe for 10 years girls thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      I would suggest not using alum for her as alum can be drying on the skin…

  145. Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Hi MAM! I have poly cystic ovaries from 15 years now i have hormonal disorder problem from last 5 years sometime just spoting for many days after 2 or 3 months always i have heavy bleeding i went for diagnostic D&C for three time in my first biopsy report had simple cystic hyperplaysia its leads to cancer, and i am taking artificial hormonal therapy from 5 years when doctors stop my hormonal pills hapning again heavy bleeding prblm. somebody suggest me that roast alum make it in powder form use three time a pinch of alum with 5ml water after every meal is it good for my poly cystic ovary disease please tell me is it harmfull or good for my health please must reply i m in trouble if u have any home remedy for PCOD plz must tell. thanks A lot.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      I would suggest not taking alum internally. Here in my place we use the extract of a plant called uthamani (pergularia Daemia) for treating poly cystic ovaries, you can read about it in the blog…

  146. Unknown
    April 4, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Hey Ramya.. I have rashes in my underarms n have become dark… Can I get rid of this by using alum stone daily … Very depressed because I cannot wear sleeveless dresses … 🙁 waiting for a solution

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 5:45 am

      Yes, you can use alum stone for getting rid of dark underarms, try using it daily to see results. But if there is any irritation or dryness please stop using it…

  147. Unknown
    April 4, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Sometimes I douch with it didn't know not good to use in vaginas thanks for info

  148. ADK
    April 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    When I was in high school and had braces, they would rub blisters on the inside of my lips. My grandmother took a q-tip, wet it, stuck it in the alum spice container, and stuck it on my blister. Wait for it… wait for it… OUCH! It burned for a few seconds and I leaned over the sink salivating, letting it all run out, but after about 30 seconds, no more pain, ever. I still use it to this day.

  149. Anonymous.
    April 28, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Is the stone more effective than the powder for treating loose skin on face and neck? Does it take awhile to see results?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 5:00 am

      Alum stone and alum powder gives the same results. It does take continuous usage for a few days to see results. If there is irritation or dryness while using alum discontinue usage…

  150. Anonymous
    May 9, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Hey dearI stay in a hostel and the water here is very hard so i was planning on purifying the water with alum first.but i have a skin condition called atopic dermatitis/atopic eczema. so would using alum water for bathing pose any harm or irritation?pls help

  151. Anonymous
    May 11, 2016 / 5:24 am

    Hi i want to know the usage of Alum for pimples can plz guide me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Alum is drying on the skin so I would suggest not using it for treating pimples. Instead try the turmeric and holy basil pack from the blog…

  152. Anonymous
    May 16, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    hi

  153. Unknown
    May 20, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Hi, I'd just like to say you have put together a great source of information here.I'd just like to know if alum would be a safe and effective hand sanitiser. If I use a dusting of alum in and around reusable gloves so as to not have to use water would it be safe and effective for this.Thanks

  154. Luke m c n
    May 20, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Hi you've a very informative site here very good blog.I'd just like to know if alum would be a good option to use dusted on reusable sports gloves to sanitise and deodorise them safely

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Alum has antiseptic properties so I think it can be used very effectively to sanitize & deodorize…

  155. Uttara Menon Sharma
    May 24, 2016 / 6:10 am

    My Grandma has swollen feet, can foot soak in alum solution help? someone suggested but did not tell how much alum needed in how much water to prepare the soak. Please advise, and very informative page! thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      I would suggest Epsom salt foot soak from the blog for your grandma, it will greatly help…

  156. Anonymous
    June 3, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Hello mam ..i am jasbeer..i have thick hair on my forehead. Can i remove these with alum without shaving hairs ..if yes how to use it

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      No it is hard to remove thick hair with alum block…

  157. Anonymous
    June 4, 2016 / 11:15 am

    hi, can alum cure tubal blockage as I read in some article that putting some alum In cotton into vegina can cure infertility.pls help and advise..is it safe to use?? my both the fallopian tubes are block..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      No please don't insert alum into vagina, it will only cause intense irritation and dryness…

  158. Anonymous
    June 6, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Hi doctor..Is alum powder good for virginal discharge.. ? is it okay if i drink alum power mixing with milk or with hot water..?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 8, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Hi, I am not a doctor :). Please don't consume alum internally without medical supervision. You can try the Aloe Vera remedy from the blog for white discharge, it is very effective…

  159. Roland
    June 11, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Please can I use alum to stop excessive sweat under my armpit

  160. Roland
    June 11, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Hi Ramya,plese can alum stop my excessive sweat under my armpit?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 12, 2016 / 4:04 am

      Alum does not stop sweating but it prevents bacteria which causes body odour. I would suggest trying alum…

    • Roland
      June 12, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Can You tell me what can stop excessive sweating under the armpit Ramya

  161. rishi Valleyadhikari
    June 29, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Good Evening Ramya, Alum can reduce the kidny stone may i knwo what is procegor

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:45 am

      I would kindly suggest consuming alum internally as a remedy only under expert guidance as the dosage is very important….

  162. AL
    July 2, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Multiple seborrhoic keratosis ie black areas on the face in old age.Do you think Alum would help? How should be applied?would it harm the normal facial skin if applied sparingly? Great work Ramya Keep it up.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      I couldn't find any research or evidence suggesting that alum is useful for multiple seborrhoic keratosis…

  163. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    hi. is using alum as a deodorant (on the armpits ) everyday safe? i have read it should be used sparingly, every other day. why is that?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 11:03 am

      Alum is safe to be used as a deodorant but it causes drying of the skin that is why it is advised to used it sparingly…

  164. Unknown
    July 19, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Is regular use of alum in vagina for skin tighting can create problems in period and pregancy . plz ramya mam suggest

  165. Anonymous
    July 19, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    hlo

  166. gurpreetsingh sodhi
    July 19, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Is regular use of alum in vagina for skin tighting can create problems in period and pregancy . plz ramya mam suggest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 5:17 pm

      Applying alum regularly in the vagina can cause dryness and irritation but it will not have any effect on pregnancy and menstruation….

  167. Arun Naganathan
    July 20, 2016 / 6:58 am

    Can alum be used for pickling of mango to maintain crispiness.if so in what ratio. Where is this available

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Though alum was famously used for pickling for retaining the crispiness of the ingredients, it becomes toxic above certain dosage. So now it's usage for pickling is discouraged…

  168. Abu
    July 28, 2016 / 2:15 am

    In Jordan, ladies make a paste with alum as a hair remover do you have a recipe for that?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 13, 2016 / 4:39 am

      I only know of alum powder mixed with rose water for hair removal. I am not sure whether this mixture is used in Jordan. If you find out about the method, please let me know 🙂

  169. Luke m c n
    July 31, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Hello great information you have provided here excellent site.I'd like to know if alum can be used as a dry hand sanitiser to protect against things like colds and also if there is any known allergic reactions to alum. Thankyou for sharing your knowledge

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:30 am

      Alum can be used a hand santiizer as it has anti bacterial properties but it is also drying. If you experience dryness, I would suggest adding a tiny piece of alum to water and then use it as a sanitizer. In my experience alum rarely causes allergies as we even use it for treating eye stye….

  170. Anonymous
    August 1, 2016 / 3:08 am

    Hi, Please let me known how to fill small cavities on tooth naturally?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:31 am

      I am sorry, I don't any remedy for filling small cavities on the teeth naturally…

  171. Girish
    August 6, 2016 / 6:03 am

    Hello doctor.I want to ask,whether alum can be used for remedy of stuttering ,I have some stuttering problem with '' sh'' r'' and some more. If yes it Can be used then how to use it.plz suggest me.Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      Hi, I am not a doctor :)(you can read about me in the about me section). Instead of alum, I would suggest the herb vacha, the root powder mixed with honey is a good remedy for stuttering. You can read about vacha in the blog…

  172. Anonymous
    August 7, 2016 / 4:16 am

    Hi,If I use alum to remove my leg and arm hair will it weaken the facial hairs and hairs on my head?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Alum powder will only weaken the hairs where it is applied…

  173. chet
    August 19, 2016 / 6:57 am

    what type of potassium stone is used for keeping under pillow during sleep to increase interest and enthusiasm?

  174. ALISHBA K
    August 19, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Plzz can u suggest any remedy for ovarian cyst my friend is suffering from ovarian cyst and cyst in pelvic …can she take alum … plzz advice

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Hi Alsiba, it is best not to take alum internally as a home remedy as it can be toxic at certain dosages…

  175. ALISHBA K
    August 19, 2016 / 9:07 am

    My friend is suffering from ovarian cyst and cyst in pelvis and infertility can she use alum give some remedy plzz

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Ask her to take tribulus terrestris for ovarian cysts after consulting an ayurvedic physician as it has been proven scientifically through clinical research to help with ovarian cyst. You can read about it in the blog.You can read the research that proves the use here

  176. neelam shahzadi
    August 26, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Hello mam, I am hostel girl. And. M using bath water with alum purify. should I do continue??? Coz my hostel's water is very duirty got allergy too. With this. Water..but m scarred about hair. I hope its not harmful for my eyebrows.. As u comments Alum also for hair remover.. Mam please help me… What should I do? ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2016 / 1:29 pm

      To use alum for hair removal, we apply alum paste directly on the face and even then it takes months of daily application to see results. For water purification we use very very tiny amount of alum to the water and this will not have adverse affects. Always use the suggested dosage for water purification and it will not harm your skin or hair…

  177. Ajay Kumar
    August 31, 2016 / 10:35 am

    it will work on salty water to purify it? if alum is used as hair removal element, then my doubt is that the salty water damages my hair then how i can use it in bathing water for water purification.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 2, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      When we add alum to water it clumps the salts and minerals present in the water forming large particles and helps settle them down. This great purifies the salt water. Whe we add the correct amount of alum to purify the water there will not be any side effects to hair or skin…

  178. Keya
    September 2, 2016 / 3:35 am

    Hi. We are facing lot of bad water problems in our area and it's causing lot of hair fall for me. I read somewhere that water can be softened using by putting alum in it and that water can be used for washing hair. Regarding this I have few questions and I am hoping you will be able to help with them.1. You mentioned that alum can be used for body hair removal. So does this apply to our hair on head as well? Because that will just add on to what I am trying to avoid.2. If alum water is safe to use for washing hair then can it be added to warm water as well before use?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 2, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Hi Keya, for using alum for hair removal we use a concentrated paste and that too for permanent results it has to be applied everyday for months together to slow down the growth. When we use alum for purification, we use very tiny amounts so it won't affect the hair or the skin.You can add alum to warm water too, just make sure to add the correct amount of alum and wait for a few minutes to help alum clump the particles together and settle at the bottom …..

  179. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Hello, l have an year old daughter who sweats a lot when she plays. We also realised she has a body odour when she sweats. Can l use alum as deodorant for her as our doctor advices we should use natural stuff on her because of her age. Please help!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 4:59 am

      Yes, alum can be used as a deodorant. Ask her to try it on for a few days and see how she likes it as it might be drying on the skin for some people….

  180. Amazing Facts
    September 26, 2016 / 3:11 am

    Hello. I got fungus over my body specifically on chest, upper arms, back and neck. Plz tell me the ways to get rid of it. It been 2 months I m taking medicine and no improvement. Plz suggest.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 5:08 am

      I would suggest applying a paste of turmeric and neem leaves on the affected, both neem and turmeric have anti fungal properties and will help treat the infection well….

  181. bottom _jay
    October 4, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Hello Ramya Ma'am,I went through major of ur replies. I am clear that consuming Alum in excess is toxic to body and health.Need to clear on this, I rub the Alum powder after brushing my teeth and rinse mouth with water within 40-45 secs. The Alum was roasted on frying pan for a bit and turned into powder by grinding it in mixer. I have noticed some changes like, my gums don't bleed now, and I got ridden from bad breath issue to some extent.Need to clear, whether it is correct method? Will it cause any side effects?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Alum if taken in very little amounts will not cause any harm but the problem is usually we tend to overdose on things very easily without realizing. I would suggest using alum powder but reduce it to weekly twice, that way you will get the benefits without any side effects…

  182. unlimited shayari
    October 4, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Can alum treat scalp acne… I m using it in bathing water and found change in my scalp acne is it safe for hair please reply me on my id ishuarora007@gmail.com or my WhatsApp no 9897578007

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Alum is helpful for acne but applying concentrated alum paste on the scalp can lead to scalp dryness. Instead, try neem paste along with a tiny bit of turmeric added it to it. Both will help treat scalp acne without any side effects….

  183. Anonymous
    October 15, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Hi mam,Does alum help to shrink or burst mucocele (blister) of lip

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 15, 2016 / 4:50 am

      Yes, alum does help shrink mucocele, use a ear bud to apply alum on the blister.

  184. கிரீன் தமிழன் ஷங்கர்
    November 9, 2016 / 9:45 am

    hi i having face full of boils and scars can alum help of regular use with rose water ?

  185. Frid Shaikh
    November 15, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I am using alum since last 50 years.for mouth desolve very minute quantity of alum powder.It gives good result.Never swolove this liquid.very important thing is keep away this liquid from eyes.for external use you may use the block available in market , batter rinse after use.

  186. Frid Shaikh
    November 15, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I am using alum since last 50 years.for mouth desolve very minute quantity of alum powder.It gives good result.Never swolove this liquid.very important thing is keep away this liquid from eyes.for external use you may use the block available in market , batter rinse after use.

  187. Anonymous
    December 11, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I WAS WATCHING A HOME REMEDY SHOW.THIS LADY WAS TELLING TO MAKE COOK ALUM IN PURE GEE AND MIX WITH BASIN ROASTED IN PURE GEE AND MIX WITH SHAKAR TO EAT FOR ARTHRITIS PROBLEMS..IS IT TRUE YOU CAN INGEST ALUM ?..PL REPLY BECAUSE LOTS OF PEOPLE ASK HER ON THE TV SHOW TO REPEAT THE RECIPE ..MY THINKING IS INGESTING ALUM CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS IN PREGNANT WOMAN..PL. REPLY

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 10, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Alum is dangerous to be taken internally especially in large doses. Moreover the toxicity of alum depends on the dosage and most people tend to overdose so I would suggest not consuming alum internally and pregnant women should never consume alum…

  188. Unknown
    January 22, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Hi mam. I big dark spots on my cheeks. I dont know if its pigmentation or blemishes. Someone told me to use alum with lemon directly on face and leave it till night. Is it good to use? If not then how and what can i use to get rid of this.Thanks

  189. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Can alum and the neem paste be applied to the outer soft tissues of private parts for the treatment of folliculitis? Can the alum be applied directly or mixed in a water bath? Please guide.

  190. Timmy Jossy
    January 31, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Can alum be used to eradicate mouth odour

  191. Timmy Jossy
    January 31, 2017 / 1:49 am

    How can I use alum to treat mouth odour

  192. Anonymous
    February 5, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Hi,if we mix alum in water for purification, and if this water is used in aqua guard( water purification machine) is it harmful to drink the water?

  193. Vishal Rishi
    March 3, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Hello mam can I use alum for body order if yes then how

  194. Elijah Juda
    April 7, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Hello, I know we can purify water using alum bar.I am using alum purified water for head bath,i have found my hair got hard and hard to manage,i have a thining hair.i saw that alum is used for hair removal process and it will slow down hair growth.Can you comment on this and can tell me whether i can use this water or not ? to my shock i found less hair fall during my head bath.

  195. Joshi
    May 10, 2017 / 4:21 am

    Can alum be used for treatment of colitis ulcer

  196. Anonymous
    May 17, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Can alum be effective in constipation,by sitting in alum mixed water?

  197. Unknown
    August 13, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Alum can be easily consumed after making its ash on the iron plate(tava)it can be consumed up-to 1/4 of a two with different things,keeping in view the diseases.

  198. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 / 9:53 am

    If I want to use Alum as a mordant, fixation for natural dyeing and I want to make Washable pads from this fabric… Is it bad to use this material in the vaginal zone?

  199. Rakesh Kushwaha
    September 2, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Can we use alum in bathing wate when going to take a bath ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 2, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      You can purify the water with alum before bathing, if you use the suggested dosage, it is very safe to use….

  200. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    hii this is joseph can alum s used for weightloss???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 13, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Usually alum is mixed along with ingredients like vaporub and massaged externally to reduce belly fat but there is no research proving it works and it could do more harm than good.I would suggest not using alum (phitkari) for weight loss…..

  201. Anu
    December 28, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Hi Ramya, My son is 10yrs old n he is having lot of facial hair…..can i apply this alum n rose water mixture to his skin….if yes, for how long it has to be massaged n applied on skin?

  202. Anonymous
    February 15, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Hii I want to ask that my home water is dusty and little bit muddy if i add alum and after process i boil the remaining clean water for bathing purpose is it affect my hair growth and facial hair

  203. shyju mon
    March 17, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Madam I get releif from piles by taking alum mix with one banana is it toxic or not

  204. shyju mon
    March 17, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Madam I get releif from piles by taking alum mix with one banana is it toxic or not

  205. shyju mon
    March 17, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Madam I get releif from piles by taking alum mix with one banana is it toxic or not

  206. shyju mon
    March 17, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Madam I get releif from piles by taking alum mix with one banana is it toxic or not

  207. shyju mon
    March 17, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Madam I get releif from piles by taking alum mix with one banana is it toxic or not

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      I would suggest not consuming alum internally as it is toxic above a certain amount. For treating constipation try haritaki powder mixed with hot water, it is very safe and works really well. I have written about haritaki in detail in the blog, please read it..

  208. modern calibration
    April 22, 2018 / 6:58 am

    Medam , i have a oral lichen planus … how to use pottasium alum..is it curable plse help me medam..Thanks in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 23, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      I would suggest not using alum for oral lichen planus instead pound one haritaki and boil in water and use it as a mouth rinse, it will help bring down the inflammation…

  209. Nesi
    April 29, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Hi how are you?….I was wondering Alum is good for tightening small amount of excess skin on your arm and stomach and how to apply and is this temporary or if used consistently will you see results.Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 1, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      The skin tightening effect of alum is temporary. I would suggest regular massage with homemade massage oil blends and exercise to get rid of excess skin instead of alum……

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