Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Kali silicicum

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Kalium silicium

Etymology

The word Kali is derived from the Arabic “kaly”, meaning ash and the word potassium comes from the term potash, or burned vegetable matter

Family

Traditional name

Potassium silicate
English: Silicate of Potash
German: Kaliwasserglas

Used parts

Trituration 1X

Classification

K2Si2O5
Minerals; Inorganic; Alkalis - Column One

Keywords

Silicea
kali

Original proving

This remedy has no proving.  Kent based his description on his knowledge of the individual properties of Kali and Silica.  He describes it as 'a deep acting remedy'.

Description of the substance

White powder, viscous liquid, flake glass.
Colourless, odourless.
Specific gravity 1.38

iPotassium silicate glass is a colourless super-cooled melt of potassium carbonate and pure silica sand.  Potassium silicate solution is prepared by dissolving potassium silicate glass in hot water.  By varying the silica to potassium oxide ratio, products of definite but widely different properties are produced.

Potassium silicate was known in the Middle Ages and termed 'Liquor Silicium' but was not exploited because of a lack of production know how and end uses. In 1768 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet and playwright commented upon his own experiments:  "what most occupied my spirit during a longwhile was the so called Liquor Silicium which emerges if one melts pure quarz sand with an adequate proportion of alkali, whereby a transparent glass is obtained which melts in connection with oxygen and gives a beautiful clear liquidity...".