Alum or Phitkari, is a naturally occurring transparent substance which is like salt. It is used in cooking, water purification as well as for several other medicinal purposes. Alum is found in different types for Eg. Potassium Alum or Potass.
In Ayurveda, Alum (Phitkari) is used in several ways, it is called Sphatika Bhasma.
Alum has properties that shrinks the cells to shrink and strips off excess oil from the skin making it effective for reducing the acne outbreak at the same time fading away the acne scars. The tightening property is the reason alum is also an ancient remedy for vaginal tightening.
Other Names of Alum
It is called Phitkari in Hindi. Potassium Aluminum sulphate in scientific language and Shubhra in Sanskrit. Tawas is also one name of alum.
What is the source of Alum
How To Use Alum For Face To Remove Acne
How To Use Alum for acne Removal
- Take Alum powder or crush a block of Alum into powder and mix this Alum powder with Multani Mitti. Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti is easily available online.
- With the help of water make a thick paste and apply it on the face.
- Both Multani Mitti and Phitkari i.e Alum have the ability to control excessive oiliness and cleanse the skin. If you have acne prone skin you can use this face pack thrice a week. Gradually your skin will become less oily, tight, clean and clear.
- After applying for 2 weeks you will see that your skin is becoming dry, if it becomes too dry, you can just reduce the frequency of application of this homemade alum mask for acne.
Alum For Acne Scars
Alum is used widely for acne, pimples, acne marks and acne scars.
To fade away the acne scars with alum, mix 1 teaspoon of alum powder with water to make a paste. Apply this alum paste on acne scar. Wash it off with water when the mask dries.
Alum Face mask For Blackheads and Pimple
Alum has antibiotic properties, it is an excellent cleanser and a natural astringent. Thus is works effectively on skin by removing the dirt and oil from the pores as clogged pores cause acne and blackheads.
Mix Alum powder in water and make a fine paste. Apply this paste on face, let it dry and then rinse off with water. This very ordinary looking face mask, which has no fancy ingredients in it will make your skin so smooth and supple that will amaze you. This mask is wonderful way of using alum for acne and pimple.
Important: Every individual is blessed with a different skin type, it is important to understand your skin type before using any home remedy. Taking a patch test is recommended in order to avoid reactions and rashes.
What Are The Benefits of Alum
Ayurveda, the ancient India Medicine System states several uses of Phitkari. It is called Sphatika bhasma (bhasma means pure ash) in Ayurveda
Alum For Pyria
Alum water swishing is believed to help in managing the problem of Pyria. Mix Alum powder in water and swish it in your mouth. The germ killing ability of Alum helps in reducing Pyria problem.
Alum As After Shave
Alum is antiseptic and cooling thus it is used as after shave. I have seen older generation in my family, dipping a block of Alum in water (to moisten it) and then rubbing it on the skin after shaving.
Alum For Water Purification
In olden day people used to dig wells to get water for their daily use. unlike the modern day wells that have cemented walls those wells were purely mud. The water used to be muddy and then a magic was added to the water and swish the next morning the water became absolutely clear. The magic here was alum, yes phitkari / Alum was added to water and all the mud particles would settle down leaving the water crystal clear.
You can try this experiment at home too, take 1 liter of muddy water and add 1/2 tsp of alum powder to it. Leave it overnight and check it the next morning. You will see the magic.
Alum Powder DIY Deodorant
If you have problem of body odor and you need something natural like a 100% natural deodorant. Mix Alum powder with little amount of Myrrh and store in airtight container. Apply this alum body deodorant on underarm after bath. Alum will prevent the growth of bacteria and myrrh imparts a lingering fragrance
Alum Mouth Rinse For Bad Breath
One study shows that a mouth rinse formulated with alum did reduce the foul breath and plaque. Alum oral rinse kills the bacteria in the mouth thus helping in reducing the bad breath.
Warm a glass of water and add alum powder, rinse your mouth with this water. Do not drink the water as it may cause nausea.
Alum For Smelly Feet
Make a foot bath with alum, warm water and few drops of lavender oil. Soak your feet in this foot bath everyday to get rid of smelly feet. Again the anti bacterial property of Alum will do the magic.
Uses of Alum for Skin Care
- Reduces pigmentation
- Tightens the skin
- Removes unwanted hair
- fights acne and pimples
- Reduces blackheads
- Works on sores and itchy skin
- Removes tan
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks, and it is no wonder that it won its own day in our calendar: May 24 – National Coffee Day. We love taking a break from work for a coffee and feeling that relaxing smell. But there are some doubts in the air: does coffee really do health good? What are its benefits when combined with healthy eating?
#1 Helps to Lose Weight
Caffeine is one of the elements found in almost all dietary supplements aiding weight loss. This is because caffeine speeds up metabolism, burning more fat in less time. However, drinking coffee alone will not make you thin. It will only help you reach your goal faster if you allied with regular exercise.
#2 Aids concentration and gives energy
Caffeine is also a potent psychoactive stimulant. When you drink coffee, some of it goes into your brain and generates a series of chemical reactions that make it work faster, improving your mood, energy, memory, response times, and overall cognitive functioning.
#3 Prevents cirrhosis
Very few people know, but drinking black coffee without exaggeration can help prevent cirrhosis.
According to researchers at an Italian institute, caffeine has beneficial properties that, if consumed in a proper dose, inhibit the action of enzymes that trigger cirrhosis.
In this study, 100 people were analysed for two months. From the collected data, it was possible to prove that those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had a five times lower risk of cirrhosis than those who did not drink the same frequency.
#4 Great sources of antioxidants
Coffee is a natural antioxidant that protects the skin from the effect of free radicals that cause premature aging. The human body absorbs more nutrients from coffee than from other popular sources of antioxidants like fruits and vegetables; seems hard to believe but it’s true, good old coffee comes out in front of it!
#5 Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
It is found that anyone who drinks up to six cups of coffee a day is better protected against type-2 diabetes. The hypothesis is that the various antioxidants and other components of the beverage favour glycaemic control. But beware! To achieve this effect, the coffee must be taken without sugar or with almost no sugar.
#6 Reduces risk and effects of Parkinson’s disease
The caffeine present in the coffee can make the person agitated, but it seems that the opposite effect occurs in people who have Parkinson’s. Instead of making the person more agitated, it helps to ease the tremors and recover the movements.
Parkinson’s disease is associated with falling dopamine levels in the body. According to the research, caffeine has the effect of increasing dopamine levels in the brain, thereby reducing the intensity of tremors and increasing overall mobility. It is estimated that those who drink coffee regularly decrease the possibility of developing the disease from 32% to 60%.
#7 Fight depression and make you happier too
Dopamine does not only prevent Parkinson’s disease, it is a neurotransmitter strongly linked to the feeling of pleasure and happiness. This explains why people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are 20% less likely to have depression and 50% less likely to commit suicide.
#8 Reduces risks of various cancers
In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, coffee also reduces chances of developing cancer in various parts of the body. This is because coffee is a substance very rich in antioxidants and minerals, which help prevent cell degradation and alteration.
People who drink at least 3 to 4 cups of ground or roasted coffee a day have the risk of developing cancer. Although the benefits of coffee are not related to caffeine, decaffeinated coffee does not have such a protective power. Researchers believe this is due to the fact that when extracting caffeine, coffee loses antioxidants and essential vitamins.
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