Alum stone is a mineral found in many regions. It is a salt whose composition is an alloy of potassium and aluminum called potassium alum sulphate or alunites.
Although alum sulphate is found in many places, it is in the Middle East that significant deposits are found. It is obtained from aluniferous trachyte, a rock of volcanic origin.
It is generally used as a natural deodorant, but it has other uses thanks to the protective barrier generated by its application. It is also used for tanning animal skins, but we are not interested in this, but its use for health.
Alum stone as a deodorant
Alum stone as a deodorant creates a transparent layer that prevents the formation of odor-causing bacteria, for example in the armpits.
In addition to being antibacterial, this mineral is astringent and antiseptic, and does not cause allergies, which is why it is a fairly effective alternative to commercial deodorants, full of chemicals, harmful gases and which generate huge quantities of polluting disposable containers.
The skin is not affected by the alum stone, as can happen with certain alcohol-based deodorants or which can cause alterations or allergies to sensitive skin. It also allows the skin to breathe freely.
How is alum stone used as a deodorant?
Its use is very simple. It is necessary to wet the stone and to pass it in the zone, for example under the armpits. In this way we will make the stone affect and act on perspiration and avoid generating odors.
You can also use stone powder, which is nothing more than crushed stone. Their use is more or less similar.
What else is alum stone used for? Other uses
In addition to being the best and most effective natural deodorant, alum stone can be used for:
- Soothe itchy insects.
- Heal and clean small wounds.
- Treat other types of skin lesions such as allergies, scratches or abrasions.
- For stretch marks. In this case, salts or alum crystals are used.
- For canker sores. There is a spray for this, or also powder.
Another use for this stone that we could take advantage of is as a powerful natural cleaner for stains on clothes.
Properties of alum stone
Some of the properties of alum stone that make it so important since it is hemostatic Yes astringentwhich means it is very good as a wound healing agent, both to replenish tissue and to stop small bleeds.
In addition it is antibacterial, as it prevents the formation of bacteria on the surfaces where it is applied. It is very good both for cleaning and for preventing the formation of odors, both on the body and on the clothes.
Likewise, its antibacterial properties as well as the antiseptics make this stone very useful and effective in treating insect bites such as ticks, mosquitoes or fleas.
Alum stone: contraindications
The alum stone has some contraindications to take into account, although it contains aluminum it is neither toxic nor harmful, since there is a commercialized variant synthetic alum stoneand it is the one we must avoid, since it is an industrially created alloy of ammonium and aluminum.
One way to tell which stone is the “right” one is to simply look at the ingredients it is made of.
The natural natural stone, which is the one I have and which I show in the following photo, should only put “Potassium Alum” and nothing else. If we see that there is a list of ingredients, it is not alum stone but something else.
Another characteristic of this mineral is that its color is clear, almost translucent or transparent. On the other hand, the industrial variant is more whitish, so check that as well.
I hope these tips have been helpful. Do you know of other uses for alum stone? Leave it in the comments.