Alum (‘Fitkari’ in Hindi) is a panacea for common ailments. Its top 5 uses are:
If your fingers swell up in cold weather, dip them in warm water boiled with alum.
For treating diarrhoea, drink half a glass water mixed with 5gm alum powder.
Gargle with warm water mixed with 1/4tsp each of alum and salt to relieve tonsillitis.
Rub a mix of alum powder and salt in 2:1 ratio for relieving pain in teeth or gums.
Wash wounds with water mixed with alum to stop bleeding.