Alum powder, also known as aluminum sulfate is used as an additive to food recipes. It is a versatile salt and is commonly used in pickling, to keep pickles crispy. Traditionally, alum is used to purify muddy water and makes it suitable to drink. It acts as an excellent water purifier to remove germs, contaminants, and toxins in the water. Due to the numerous health benefits of alum, It is used for various purposes like tanning, medicine, papermaking. dying and coloration, soil treatment, animal care, personal hygiene, and even water purification.
Ingredients: Potassium and Iron Free Aluminum Sulfate.
Vernacular Names of Alum
|English Name||: Alum|
|Tamil Name||: படிகாரம் / Padikaram|
|Hindi Name||: फिटकरी / Fitkari|
|Malayalam Name||: Phatakadi|
|Telugu Name||: పాతిక / Patika|
Benefits of Alum Powder
- The antibacterial property in Alum powder helps maintain the crispness of vegetables or fruits throughout the pickling process.
- It is also used in toothpaste and deodorants for its antibacterial properties.
- It is believed that alum powder has astringent properties that can shrink the body tissues (of course not the heads). That’s why it is used to treat small cuts or canker sores.
- Used as a chemical flocculant in the purification of drinking water.
- Used as a styptic to stop bleeding from minor cuts
- Alum powder is considered the best home remedy for cracked heels. Applying alum powder with coconut oil will smooth the cracked area.
- Alum is traditionally used to remove unwanted hairs from various parts of the body. Applying the mixture of alum powder with rose water will remove unwanted hairs on the face.
- Eye Abscess is caused by skin infections, sinuses, trauma. Rubbing alum stone with a small amount of water on the firm sandalwood stone and apply the paste on the affected area will treat eye abscess.
Shelf Life: 60 months
Alum is a good source to treat wounds, cuts, and various skin problems, but using a huge amount of alum stone will cause dry skin, skin irritation, and stinging sensation on the skin. In some rare cases, it also causes skin ulcers and throat swelling. Make sure that you are using alum powder with moisturizer.
How To Use
- Take some amounts of alum that are needed for your recipe.
- Dissolve it in boiled water.
- Then soak the vegetable or cut pickles in that water overnight.
- Then drain and rinse them before preparing pickles.