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Alum or Tawas Uses and Benefits

Other name: Potassium Alum

Alum Uses and Benefits:

  • Alum in rock form is used as an aftershave. To use it, rubbed on a freshly shaved face. Its astringent property helps to prevent and reduce bleeding in minor cuts and abrasions.
  • Alum is used as an ingredient in skin whitening toner.
  • Alum in powder or crystal form is sometimes applied to hemorrhoid and cuts to prevent bleeding.
  • Powdered alum is a home remedy for canker sores. Get a pinch of alum and apply it on the affected area.
  • Alum’s has a strong antibacterial property; it is therefore useful as a natural deodorant by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria responsible for body odor. It is also important to know that alum does not prevent perspiration.
  • Alum is used as the acidic component of some commercial baking powders. If you the faint metallic taste in baking powder, well comes from the alum.
  • Alum powder is used in pickling recipes to produce crisp cucumber and watermelon-rind pickles as well as maraschino cherries. This is because alum works to strengthen the fruits’ cell-wall pectin.

Other Uses:

  • Alum can act as a flame retardant. A solutions containing alum may be used to treat cloth, wood and paper materials to increase their resistance to fire.
  • Alum is also a component of foamite, used in fire extinguishers.

Caution: Alum is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a food additive, but in large quantities (well, an ounce or more) it is toxic to humans.

“This post was originally posted on January 16, 2012 @1:51”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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