Author: Jan Scholten
Nitrogen on its own is an unknown remedy. We only know something about its properties through compounds such as the Ammoniums and the Nitricums. The general themes of the Nitricums prove to be mostly due to the Nitrogen influence, although the Oxygen in these compounds causes them to be slightly more demanding and complaining than Nitrogen on its own. As the Ammoniums contain no Oxygen (only Nitrogen and Hydrogen) we don’t see this demanding aspect in these compounds; instead we find the idealism coming more to the foreground.
The name Nitrogen means ‘forming (gen) nitrate (nitro)’. It was discovered in 1772 and 78% of the air we breathe consists of nitrogen. We would suffocate if it was 100% as we need Oxygen to convert food into sugars. Nitrogen is a very essential part of life however, because it is the base of all the amino acids.
Nitrogen is also an essential fertiliser for the land.
Most explosives contain nitrogen too: nitroglycerine, glonoine, trinitrotoluene, gunpowder etc. Even more explosive are certain combinations of Nitrogen and starch.