Alum Powder: Uses & Benefits (Fitkari)

The benefits and uses of alum powder
also known as fitkari.

1.      Alum is a crystal compound which is
formed naturally in rocks which contain potassium and sulfide minerals.

This has been used in Chinese and
Ayurvedic medicine since ancient time for its wonderful healing properties.

2.      To make this powder simply purchase a
bar of potassium alum, and grind using a pestle and mortar to create a fine

3.      It is commonly used as an aftershave
treatment due to its styptic properties. This means that it can be applied to
the skin to stop bleeding from shaving cuts.

4.      The powder can also be used as a
natural deodorant when applied under the arms. It has the ability to kill
bacteria which causes body odour.

5.      If you suffer with canker sores, also
known as mouth ulcers. Place 1 teaspoons of alum powder in warm water with a
pinch of salt.

 Rinse this around the painful area to heal the
sore within 1 to 2 days.

6.      This is also used by many dentists to
stop the bleeding during procedures and as an astringent to cause a contraction
of the gum tissue.

7.      You can use alum powder to treat acne
and pimples, as it works to dry out the infected skin.

Simply mix a little alum powder with
rose water to make a paste. Apply this to the skin for 20 minutes before

This tightens the pores and destroys
harmful bacteria on the skin, making you look younger.

8.      Alum is an ingredient found in many
waxes used for the removal of body hair. It helps to sooth the skin after wax

9.      In the 1950's men applied alum to their
hair to keep the hair standing up for flattop or crew-cut styles.

10.  It is also used as a fire retardant in
cloth, paper and wood products in order to make them less flammable.

11.  If you suffer with cracked heels or
athletes foot, simply stir 3 teaspoons of alum powder in a small amount of
water until dissolved.

Add this to a bowl of warm water and
soak the feet until it turns cold. Do this daily to heal the skin and kill the
fungus causing the problem.

12.  The Ancient Egyptians used alum to
purify muddy and cloudy water.

The crystal introduces a positive
charge to the water which causes coagulation. The particles fall to the bottom
leaving the fresh water on top.

13.  It has been traditionally used to treat
haemorrhoids also known as piles. Half a tablespoon can be added to bath water,
to soak the painful area. This works to bring down inflammation and pain and
can even shrink the piles a little.

14.  Alum powder is also used in leather
tanning to remove moisture from the animal hide and prevent rotting.

15.  It is sometimes found as an ingredient
in baking powder as it helps cakes and breads to rise whilst baking.

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