This website is a free informative site on the wonderful magical crystal known as Phitkari (alum crystal).
Phitkari is an integral part of Indian life. It is not only used for medicinal purposes but also in Indian cooking. Growing up in India I’ve seen Phitkari being used in a variety of ways. You can find Phitkari being used in each and every household in India in one form or another. Men use it as aftershave and it’s used by chefs to prepare chena which is the main ingredient of over 90% or Indian sweets.
The best thing with this ordinary looking crystal is that it’s dirt cheap, it’s so cheap that people even don’t bother to pay any attention. In India it’s one of the cheapest item after matchbox which can be found in all grocery shops. Even in London it’s not so expansive – about £7 for 100 gms which lasts for 6-8 months.
I haven’t been using Phitkari in my early years when I was in India as we don’t get many skin related problems thanks to 98% humidity and 365 days of sunshine. Living in dry and cold weather in London did affect my, otherwise, wonderful skin and this is when I rediscovered Phitkari after trying out all pharmacy crap.
I’ve been using Phitkari as aftershave and to cure rashes, minor cuts and any other skin related problems. Phitkari always works wonder.
After years of using Phitkari and seeing it’s benefits I decided to set up this website to help others. Contact me if you would like to contribute on this website.