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History Alum

It is believed that the first recorded use of Potassium Alum was in ancient China and Egypt for the odor reducing effects. Approximately 100 A.D. is when the Roman historian Plinus documented the manufacturing of ALUMEN ROMANUM through the repeated dissolving of potassium alum slates in water. The resulting large crystals were mainly used to relieve internal inflammations.
IIn the 8th century, the first standardized production of alum through multiple crystalization took place in what is believed to be Mesopotamia. These high quality crystals were called ALUMEN DE ROCCA. In 1248 A.D. a large alum factory was built in Naples. There the production of a high grade potassium alum crystal was used for medicinal purposes, while an industrial grade potassium alum was used for tanning leather and what is believed to be one of the first commercial producers of paper.
In the 15th century, Bartholomew Perdix recored the existence of an alum factory on the island of Ischia. Giovanni de Castro founded the famous alum factory of the Vatican in 1458. This gave the Pope the monopoly of alum which was enjoyed until the 16th century when a large number of alum factories existed in Germany. In the 17th century, alum production began in England. In 1777, French chemist A.L. Lavoisier gave the first correct description of Kali-Alum, which is still produced in Europe and used primarily in industrial purposes.
With a long history and a variety of uses, POTASSIUM ALUM has remained a vital part of industry and health care. Doctors from revered medical facilities such as the Mayo Clinic have recommended crystals for their patients with dermathtis and the Walter Reed Army Hospital recommends deodorant stone and mists for their patients who are post operative cancer patients receiving radiation treatment. All are examples of 21st Century medicine using an ancient, safe and pure form of protection. We now know that we have a lot to thank history for teaching us