Fitkari or Alum is a crystal which is commonly found in every home. You must have seen that men use alum as an after shave on their fair. Likewise, women use it to get tight and blemish free skin. Although there are many types of alums but white and red variety of crystal is commonly used for cosmetic, health and household purposes. This crystal is packed with tons of medicinal properties including antiseptic, anti-asthmatic, deodorizing, antibacterial, astringent, inflammation reducing, antiperspirant and hemostatic properties. These properties make alum an effective natural ingredient for wide variety of health problems include respiratory problems, bleeding, asthma, skin problems, oral problems, digestive troubles, injuries, hair issues, eye problems and so forth. Given below are some medicinal uses and health benefits of fitkari or Phitkari.
Dental /Oral Problems
Daily brushing and flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums. You can also take help for natural ingredients like alum for better oral health. Fitkari is loaded with astringent, bacteria killing, infection fighting and anti-inflammatory properties and hence it is used in various dental/oral care products like mouth washes and tooth pastes. Problems like bleeding gums, bad breath, cavities, pyorrhea, toothache, canker sores, sore throat, gingivitis and other oral problems can be easily correct by using alum. Here are some uses of alum in oral and dental care.
Brushing teeth with alum and gargling with alum containing water are two commonly used home remedies for toothache.
When dealing with gum diseases, put quarter to half teaspoon each of alum and salt powder in quarter cup of vinegar. Stir and use this mixture for gargling two times a day.
For yellow teeth, char the bark of kattha (catechu). Mix four parts of it with one part each of alum and salt. Use this mixture to brush your teeth daily to have pearly white teeth.
For dental diseases, mix one tablespoon of vinegar with half teaspoon each of black pepper and alum powder. Add one teaspoon of honey into it. Use the resultant mixture to brush your teeth every night before bed.
Canker sore remedy
Canker sores or aphthous ulcer is a small oral ulcer or lesion that is well known for its intense pain and discomfort. People with aphthous ulcer find it difficult to talk and eat. This problem usually goes away on its own within one to two weeks. You can get rid of this sore by using alum power and by making a mouth rinse.
Let us use fitkari powder first and all you have to do is to apply a little quantity of powdered alum on the problem site. Let it stay on the sore for about a minute and then spit out. Avoid rinsing your mouth with water. Do this twice a day. Remember, this remedy will give you an intense stinging sensation, so you have to be a strong hearted in order to tolerate it. If you think that you can do this again then you can go for a mouth rinse recipe given below.
The recipe is simple, just dissolve a quarter teaspoon each of salt and alum powder in a cup of warm water. Like fitkari, salt is also effective in treating canker sore. Rinse your mouth with this solution twice or thrice a day.
Apart from alum, people also get relive from onion juice, baking soda, coriander leaves, honey, slippery elm and aloe vera. But, according to me fitkari is one of the most effective solution for these types of sores. So, give it a try and see the results by yourself.
Skin care with Fitkari
Alum is widely known for its use in skin care and hence it is found in various skin care products like cleansers and toners. This natural crystal is fraught with inflammation curbing, infection fighting, and healing properties. Many people use it to heal small cuts and wounds after shaving and waxing. It is also said to be effective in skin toning, tightening, whitening and brightening. This simple natural crystal can effectively deal with wide range of skin problems including wounds, bleeding, skin infection, leprosy, insect bites, pigmentation, pimples, excessive oiliness, enlarged pores, itchy skin, body odor, saggy skin and so on.
Skin Tightening With Phitkari
Fitkari is widely used in anti-aging wrinkle removing creams. You can get the same result at by just by mixing some alum power in cold water and applying this mix on your facial skin. Allow it to dry completely and then use your hands to rub the powder of your face. Use this remedy every time you shave your face. Use this twice or thrice every week if you are a female. This remedy will solve your problems of wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-microbial properties of alum will keep skin infections at bay. It also helps remove excessive oils and keep your skin well cleansed. In short, it will make your skin more vibrant and younger looking.
Many women also use fitkari to tighten their vaginal skin. The astringent properties give alum this skin tightening ability. The remedy is simple and all you need to do is to dissolve little quantity of alum powder in hot water. When the water is lukewarm, use it to wash the vaginal skin. This will tighten the skin on temporarily basis. Avoid using this remedy for too often.
Skin whitening Remedy
Alum powder is belied to contain skin bleaching or fading effects hence it can be used to make skin fair and even. You can increase its skin lightening power and reduce its irritative nature by combining it with honey. Apply the final mixture on the skin you wish to lighten like face, neck, legs, inner thighs, underarms etc. Wait for 20 to 25 minutes and then wash off using cold water. Do this on daily basis for few days to see noticeable results. This remedy will give you a glowing and fair skin and you will also get additional skin friendly benefits.
Underarm skin whitener
Friction, shaving, improper skin care, use of deodorants, tight clothes, use of skin care products are some resons behind dark or black underarms. The problem of dark armpit can be easily relieved by using alum. Wash your armpits and rub alum on the underarm skin for few seconds and wait for 20 minutes before rinsing the area. A mixture of lemon juice, alum powder and honey can also be used to get rid of dark underarms. Apart of home remedies, avoid wearing tight clothes to decrease the friction on your armpits, make a good skin care routine, follow good personal hygiene habits and avoid frequent shaves to prevent this pigmentation issue in future.
Bad Body Odors
Alum is helpful in treating body odor due to sweating and bacteria buildup. Deodorizing, anti-bacterial, antiperspirant properties of fitkari works together for removing odor causing bacteria from the surface of the skin. So, no need to spend on costly, allergic and chemical laden deodorants. Just use this natural crystal i.e. alum to get rid of your odor problem effectively.
Put half to one teaspoon of alum powder in a bucket full of lukewarm water. Stir to mix the power and take a bath with this water. This will purify your body and make you smell fresh all day long.
Similarly, you can get rid of underarms smell by rubbing fitkari on the damp armpits. Do this twice daily. Bacteria killing and antiperspirant property of alum will neutralize the bad smell.
Foot odor is a common problem of many people. This problem can be eliminated by soaking foot in alum containing warm water. Do this every night before bed.
Cracked Heal Skin
After talking about foot odorr, let us talk about how to use alum to get rid of cracked heals fast. You know, fitkari is loaded with healing properties. You can mix it with natural moisturizer and soother i.e. coconut oil. To do this, roast alum, powdered it and mix it with coconut oil. Apply the final mixture on the affect area. Do this every night before bed.
Alum for Nail care
Nail problems such as nail fungus, yellow nails, smelly nails and other problems can be cured by using alum. Fitkari is very effective in treating toenail fungus. Mix three tablespoon of alum powder in one liter of water. Soak the affected foot in this solution for 15 minutes. This will eliminate smell and infection naturally. There are many other ways of using this crystalline substance for nail care like here is one nail hardener recipe using alum.
Combine quarter cup each of water and witch hazel together. Now, add in two tablespoons of glycerin, and two teaspoons of alum powder. Stir and store this mix in an small jar. Apply this solution every night before you go to bed.
Fitkari is also helpful in fast recovery from cuts, wounds and injuries. Its astringent and hemostasis properties help stop the bleeding, thereby preventing excessive blood loss from the body. Moreover, its antiseptic and infection killing properties helps keep infection at bay. One can apply alum powder or wash the area with alum containing water on cuts and wounds. This both options are effective in dealing with infection and bleeding. In case of insect bite, rub the area with alum to get rid of pain, redness and swelling.
Fitkari is also useful in treating bleeding piles or hemorrhoids. Mix one part of alum with five parts of water. Apply the affected area with this mix. This will stop bleeding and shrink piles.
Asthma and its symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing and other symptoms can be relieved by licking a mixture of one gram alum and little quantity of honey.
Throat problems such as tonsillitis, sore throat, hoarseness of voice, throat infection and other problems can be cured by using fitkari.
When suffering from sore throat, make a gargling solution by mixing hald teaspoon of alum and half glass of water. Use it for gargling to have an instant relief from sore throat and its symptoms such as inflammation and pain.
A mixture made by mixing one pinch each of salt and alum in a cup of warm water is a sure shot remedy for tonsillitis, gargle with this mixture thrice a day.
Causes of hoarseness of voice are many. But, there is nothing to worry about. Simply mix baking soda, salt and alum powder in equal quantity. Put one teaspoon of this mixture in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with this solution twice a day.
Tone Up your Skin
Skin toning is an essential step of skin care regimen. You can tone your skin by making your own homemade toner recipe using alum. If your skin is dry or normal then combine 50 grams of rose water, 100 grams of glycerin and half tablespoon of alum powder. To use it, simple apply the solution on a cotton ball and wipe your facial skin. Leave it on for ten minutes and then wash with cold water. In case of oily skin, wipe your face with a mixture of a pinch of alum and little water. This remedy will shrink the size of your pores. In short, no more open or enlarged pores.
Toxic Substance and Excessive Alcohol intake
If someone has consumed any toxic substance and excessive alcohol then you can give him a mixture of alum powder and water. Alum is a great emetic agent that helps induce vomiting. Remember, this is just a home remedy not a proper cure so you must take the sufferer to the doctor as soon as possible.
Alum for Liver- Jaundice cure
In traditional medicine fitkari is also used to cure liver problems like weakness of the liver, jaundice and so forth. Taking half gram fitkari powder with a cup of cow milk twice or thrice daily is believed to be beneficial in jaundice cure. Similarly, drinking a glass of butter milk (chaach or lassi) with a pinch of roasted alum added into it is said to be helpful in treating damaged liver.
Internal Wounds Healer
A combination of two healing substance i.e. fitkari and turmeric, is said to be helpful in healing internal wounds. Mix a pinch of this mixture in a cup full of milk and have it. This recipe would speed up the healing process.
Pimples or Acne Cure
Oily skin is responsible for variety of skin problems like clogged pores, bacteria buildup, pimples and acne. Astringent, antibacterial and infection fighting properties of alum can help you get rid of those beauty spots. Applying alum on the affected area is effective in acne cure. However, be careful while applying alum directly over the affected skin as stated above it may cause intense stinging sensation so better dilute it with little water and then use it on your skin. A mixture of multani mitti (fuller’s earth clay), alum powder and egg white is also a great remedy for acne affected skin. Similarly, a mixture of witch hazel and fitkari is also useful in pimples home cure.
Hair care with Fitkari
Yes you can also use this natural crystal for solving your variety of hair problems including head lice, unwanted hair removal and various other hair and scalp related issues. Many people use alum for hair styling.
Combine one teaspoon of alum with two tablespoons of rose water. Swipe the mix on the area with unwanted hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes. This remedy will give you noticeable result instantly. Use this treatment on a weekly basis. Do not forget to moisturize your skin afterwards.
Use of alum for head lice is a time tested and effective remedy. A mixture of powdered alum, water and little tea tree oil can be applied on the scalp to get rid of lice problem naturally. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of 10 grams of fitkari powder and one liter of water. Use this water to wash your hair. Do this daily until you see the positive results.
Take sour yogurt and add one pinch each of alum and turmeric powder. Apply this mix on your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse off. This is a cleansing plus infection fighting mask. Use it to have clean hair and scalp.
Alum is also used for treating eye problems like eye abscess, puffy eyes, eye infection etc. You know our eye is a delicate organ so you are advised to consult with your ophthalmologist before using fitkari for eye care.
For eye abscess, rub alum on sandalwood stone with little water to make a paste. Apply this paste over the affected eye. Again talk to your doctor before using this home remedy.
For puffy eyes, make a paste by mixing alum powder with cold water. Apply the paste on your puffy skin. Leave it on for few minutes and then wash off.
Apart from the aforementioned health benefits and medicinal uses of alum, it is also used in water purification, thereby preventing cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and other gastrointestinal problems. Moreover, it is also helpful in treating urinary issues, feminine problems, nasal problem and stomach problems. Lastly, I would like to say you that keep this cheap yet effective ingredient in your home but use it only if your doctor gives you a permission for doing so.