Interesting Facts and Uses of Sulfur
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Interesting Facts and Uses of Sulfur

In Bible it has been mentioned as Brimstone. It seems to be derived from the Sanskrit name “Sulvery” which means enemy of copper. It naturally occurs near hot springs and volcanic craters. The presence of sulfur gives water of hot springs milky to brown color. People in earlier times used to take bath in hot sulfur springs to get rid of the skin diseases and this practice continues till date.

Sulfur is a soft and odorless non metal. It is found in nature both in native state and in form of compounds. Sulfur is known to be used extensively since the ancient times. In Bible it has been mentioned as Brimstone. It seems to be derived from the Sanskrit name “Sulvery” which means enemy of copper. It naturally occurs near hot springs and volcanic craters. The presence of sulfur gives water of hot springs milky to brown color. People in earlier times used to take bath in hot sulfur springs to get rid of the skin diseases and this practice continues till date. Sulfur roughly constitutes about 0.25% of our body weight. Any idea as to why we get teary eyed while cutting onions, well this is due to the presence of sulfur. The amount of sulfur that the earth contains is enough to produce two moons in terms of mass.

Uses of Sulfur

  1. Sulfur is known as nature’s beauty mineral, as it is required for the collagen production in the body. It is one of the factors for keeping the skin healthy and young.
  2. Sulfur-containing ointments and creams when applied topically on acne; decreases oiliness, help dry excess sebum, unclog pores and helps to reduce acne formation.
  3. Medically proven facts suggest that garlic helps in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure and this is due to the sulfur content present in garlic.
  4. It helps in menopausal discomforts.
  5. It is useful against skin conditions like eczema, dry scalp, itchy patches and other conditions of dermatitis.
  6. Sulfur reacts with oxygen and produces sulfur dioxide which is used as fumigant.
  7. Sulfur is used as a bleaching agent.
  8. It is used for purifying petroleum products.
  9. It is used in pesticides and fungicides.
  10.  If sulfur is used effectively in fertilizers it can give increased yield by about 14%.
  11.  Sulfuric acid produced from sulfur is one of the most important industrial products and is called the King of Chemicals.
  12.  Helps against indigestion and acid reflux.
  13.  People who suffer from arthritis may find pain relief after taking bath in sulfur containing hot springs.
  14.  Vulcanization of rubber is done with the help of sulfur.
  15. It is one of the main ingredients of soaps and ointments used for skin diseases.

Diet containing sulfur

Sulfur-rich diet can be obtained from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans and peas, milk and milk products. It can also be obtained from garlic, onion, wheat germ, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. These vegetables contain sulfur-containing nutrients called glucosinolates, which is thought to be anti-cancerous in nature. These vegetables also help liver in cleansing the body.

Precautions

Though sulfur is not harmful for the body, still one of its forms called sulfites can trigger allergic reactions in patients of asthma. Sulfites are used in food preservatives. Sulfur generally does not interfere with other drugs but when sulfur is being applied topically then preparations containing alcohol, some of the abrasive soaps and peeling agents should not be used on the same area. Mercury-based ointments should also be avoided on the area where sulfur is being applied.

Sulfur is usually thought to be just a quiet part of the Periodic Table but it has amazing facts attached to it.

  

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