Chemistry

Alchemy


During the period of alchemy in the Middle Ages, many curious and interesting stories took place. See some of them:

- During the Middle Ages, sulfur was widely used and for this reason its smell was associated with the pact with the devil among the alchemists. It was the Catholic Church who condemned the alchemists to the stake.

- The word lab comes from the word labor which means work and oratory which means place of prayers. It was in the laboratories that alchemists tried to discover the philosopher's stone and the elixir of long life.

Alchemists were easily found in their homes or labs because they used a lot of sulfur, which smells like rotten eggs. When one discovered the whereabouts of these alchemists, they were convicted and accused of witchcraft and the pact with the devil.

"It was at this time that the story of Dracula arose, the vampire who needed human blood to stay alive forever." Its emergence was merely a successful attempt to demoralize an alchemical mystical order, which emerged in the Middle Ages and worked to obtain the elixir of longevity.

- Alchemy was very important because many substances were discovered in an attempt to find the philosopher's stone. They are: sulfuric acid, regal water, arsenic, silver nitrate, lead acetate, hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sodium sulfate, ammonium sulfate and phosphorus sulfate.

- The Arabic word AL-Khimia It has the same meaning as chemistry, but this chemistry is not what we know today. It is a transcendental and spiritualistic chemistry. In Arabic AL means Supreme Being, the Almighty, just as AL-lah. The word alchemy was then in the Middle Ages, the science of God, the chemistry of AL.

Generally, an alchemist was also a philosopher, a doctor, and an astrologer. That was it, Paracelsus. They were also alchemists Alberto Magno, St. Augustine, Friar Basil Basil Valentine, Nicolás Flamel.

Paracelsus was the pseudonym of Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. He was an alchemist, doctor and astrologer. Founder of medical chemistry. He was interested in the relationship man cosmos.

- In China, alchemy is associated with Taoism.

In the East, it was Alexander the Great who spread the ideas of alchemy.

Alchemical Symbols

Alchemy was also related to art. There were countless symbols so that other people could not understand what the alchemists were trying to say. The main symbol of alchemy is the butterfly because of the effect of metamorphosis.