- English: Alum
- Ayurveda: Saurashtri
- Also, known as: Sourashtri, phitkari, Ming Fan, Fitkari, Fatkadi, Fatakdi
Common alum refers to potassium aluminum sulfate. It is also known as potash alum. Potassium alum, potash alum, or potassium aluminum sulfate is a chemical compound: the potassium double sulfate of aluminum. Alum is a group of hydrated double salts, which are characterized by easy solubility in water and a strong astringent taste. Alum is the common name for this chemical compound, given the nomenclature of potassium aluminum sulfate dodecahydrate. It is commonly used in water purification, leather tanning, dyeing, fireproof textiles, and baking powder. It also has cosmetic uses as a deodorant, as an aftershave treatment and as a styptic for minor bleeding from shaving.
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