What Are The Uses Of Alum?
Alum is used commonly in Indian households. It is used both topically as well as orally to treat:
- Gum and teeth diseases
- A sore throat, tonsillitis, skin infections, leprosy, eczema, lice, athlete’s foot
- Canker sores, eye abscess, cracked heels
- Wrinkles (Improves skin tone), blackheads
- Piles, urinary problems, diarrhoea
- Muscle cramps, inflammations
- Nosebleed, pus in ears
It is also used as an after-shave, deodorant and water purifier. It also helps in reducing body hair, when applied to the body and prolonged use leads to retardation of growth.
What Are The Side Effects Of Alum?
Some people using alum may experience the following:
- Increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease
- Thinning of skin, irritation, dry skin, redness, flaking
- Burning sensation on the skin
Alum should be used in limited quantity and an overdose can lead to many side-effects.
What Are The Contraindications Of Alum?
Please inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Sensitive skin, teeth or stomach