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.
- 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”