Alum stone is a mineral that has been used in beauty and hygiene since Ancient Egyptian times. It can be found near to volcanoes in its natural state, and can be bought in pharmacies and specialist shops. Its many natural benefits are well known for treating multiple problems.
Above all, make sure that you choose an alum stone that includes “potassium alum”, which should be slightly translucent. Certain industrial products try to pass themselves off as Alum stone, but they are not the real thing.
1. Alum stone: a natural deodorant
Deodorants often make the papers due to the risks associated with the aluminium salts they can contain. Alum stone, a natural mineral, can be the perfect substitute for your favourite deodorant. What’s more, it leaves no traces on your clothes.
How to use it? Apply the alum stone directly to the skin, taking care to moisten the area a little. It will leave a fine saline layer under your armpits, which can combat the development of bacteria responsible for bad odours.
2. For hair removal on the legs
Alum can also be used to facilitate hair removal, as it slows down hair regrowth.
How to use it? Make a caramel and add some alum powder. Spread this natural wax in strips onto the relevant areas and remove them. If you tend to shave your legs, alum can also come in handy. If you cut yourself, rub the stone onto any area that is bleeding to stop the blood, and on any irritated areas in order to calm them: it also has blood coagulating and astringent properties.
3. Heal a cold sore
Pesky cold sores can arrive at any time of year. If you are prone to them, use alum stone to get rid of them. Note that it can also help to relieve mouth ulcers.
How to use it? Prepare solution of water and alum powder. Apply the mixture to the cold sore as soon as it starts to appear.
4. For ingrown nails
Whether they are on your hands or feet, alum stone will solve all of your ingrown nail problems. In fact, alum is well known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use it? Bathe your feet or hands in water to which you have added alum powder.
5. Relieve sunburn
Maybe the sun has poked its nose out, and the temptation was just too hard to resist, with the final result that your skin is red and sunburned.
How to use it? Alum stone is extremely useful in the case of burns, whether they come from burns around the home (such as ones you acquire during cooking) or sunburn. Apply a cold compress soaked in alum.