Alum, known as Fitkari in Hindi, and ‘Shubhra’ in Ayurveda. A naturally occurring translucent, white-colored crystal that offers many benefits to its users. The benefits of alum are so many that it should be in every home.
There are many types of alum, it is very important to know which alum is beneficial for you to use, as well as get information about its dosage and avoid any side effects.
Let’s explore what an alum block is, how it benefits and how to use it.
What is Alum?
Alum is an odorless, colorless, and transparent substance found in the form of crystalline blocks or granular powder, with a mildly sweet, astringent taste.
Naturally occurring alum shells are used to make it.
Alum melts at 90-degree centigrade temperature and if further heated to 200 degrees centigrade, its crystals lose water and turn into a concentrated or solid substance, which is known as Brunt Alum.
Pure alum is completely transparent and completely soluble in water. On heating it becomes porous.
It comes in two colors white and light pink, but white is used more in homes. In Ayurveda, it is used in the form of Bhasma. Bhasma is prepared by evaporating alum.
Alum is widely used in Unani systems of medicine, including Ayurveda.
Antiseptic, binder, antihemorrhagic and antibacterial properties are present in abundance in alum which is used for many benefits ranging from purifying water to skin rejuvenation.
Choosing the right alum can be challenging. One must be aware of its various forms to make the right choice.
Types of Alum
Potassium alum: Potassium alum has already been mentioned above. It is a colorless crystal material. This form of alum is widely used for domestic and medicinal purposes. The alum found in homes is actually a potassium alum.
Ammonium Alum: When ammonium is used in place of aluminum, ammonium alum is formed. It is a white-colored crystalline solid substance. It is mostly used in making beauty products and personal care products.
Chrome Alum: Chromium is used instead of aluminum to make this alum. It is known as chromium potassium sulfate. This alum is used in industrial works. Chroma alum is used extensively in the leather industry.
Sodium alum: This is an inorganic compound, also known as soda alum. This white solid is used in the manufacture of baking powder and as a food additive. It can also be called edible alum.
Alum Benefits, Uses, And Side Effects
Scientific studies proving the benefits of potassium alum are lacking, however many of the benefits are anecdotal.
Improve dental health
Research has believed that regular use of alum on the teeth can help in destroying the cavities that accumulate on the teeth. On the basis of this fact, it can be said that the benefits of alum can prove to be helpful for maintaining dental health.
Reduce acne and dark spots
Research has suggested that alum can act to cleanse bacteria and tighten pores due to its astringent properties, which can reduce acne scars. Since the risk of acne remains high due to the large pores of the pores.
Stops blood flow
Alum is effective in stopping the bleeding after an injury. Rubbing it and applying it to the injured area can stop the flow of blood. Although this recipe works only on small injuries. But avoid excessive use and keep it out of reach of children.
Make the water clean
Potassium alum is mainly used for water treatment at home. As a water treatment, you must have often seen that when the water starts getting dirty or foul-smelling in the water tank then alum is used to remove the foul smell and make the water clean.
Alum in shaving
The practice of applying alum on the face has been going on for years. Whether it is to get a shave by going to the salon or keep the facial skin soft after shaving at home.
The antiseptic properties of alum provide protection against disease-causing microorganisms, and the astringent properties help reduce swelling and bleeding.
Alums provide protection to soothe the skin after shaving, prevent the spread of bacteria and prevent minor injuries.
How to use an alum block
It is surprisingly simple to use alum for different problems.
- Alum can be used as a mouthwash. For this, heat a glass of water and sieve it by adding a small spoonful of alum powder. This water can be used when it cools down.
- Mix a teaspoon of alum powder in a glass of warm water and keep it lukewarm. Now wash the injury or wound with this water two to three times a day.
- After shaving, sprinkle a few drops of water on your face and rub the alum slowly. Doing so can reduce the risk of getting septic.
- Potassium alum can weaken the skin.
- Consuming alum in excess for a long time can be the cause of cancer and Alzheimer’s etc.
- Excessive use of alum can cause many problems for you like dysentery, dry skin, etc.
- If you have delicate skin then it can increase the problems like rashes, and redness in the skin.
There is no doubt that alum is a potent crystallized block that can be used for minor bleeding, skin inflammation, and even razor bumps, but the benefits of alum are undeniable along with the few health risks.
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