Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Zincum oxydatum

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Etymology

From "zink" from old HighGerman "zint" = sharp point. The term "zink" was 1st used by Paracelsus for the metal and its ores, in analogy of the form of its crystals after smelting.

Family

Traditional name

- Zincoxid
- Oxide of Zinc.
- Zincite
- Flowers of zinc

Used parts

Trituration1x

Classification

ZnO, inorganic, mineral, Zinc-group,
Zinc: Iron-series, column 12,
Oxygene: Carbon-series, column 16

Keywords

zinc

Original proving

An extensive proving of ZINC-O was made by Wernek, Buchner and Michaelis. These symptoms have been included by Allen in the pathogenesis of ZINC and some of them will be found in the schema of ZINC. Jahr kept a separate record of ZINC-O. Clarke adds to his account.
(R. Murphy, Hom Remedies Guide)

Description of the substance

Zincite, the native Zink oxyde is a brittle, translucent mineral. The hexagonal pyramidal cristals of zincite are hardly found in nature. Usually found as rounded granular crystals; also massive in veins and lamellar.
Although the oxide is white, zincite is usually strongly colored orange-yellow to deep red or brown by the presence of manganese and iron.
Zincite is found in limestone and seems to be a metamorphic product. It belongs to the minerals which are formed through "contactmetamorphosis" : chemical-physical processes in the rising hot magma transform the surrounding stones through heat.  The resulting kind of minerals depend on the compound of the magma and of the concerned surrounding rocks.
Notable Occurrences include the Sterling Hill and Franklin, New Jersey, USA locations where it is found in abundance. Some occurrences from where zincite is found but in much scarcer quantities include Tuscany, Italy; Tsumeb, Namibia; the Dick Weber Mine, Colorado, USA; Poland, Spain and Tasmania, Australia.
Zincite that most people are familiar with was formed by an unexpected "accident" in the smoke stacks of a manufacturing facility of zinc smelting in Poland. The zinc that had become gaseous during the manufacturing process combined with oxygen, forming these fantastic crystals which grow attached to the insides of the smoke stacks. Significant changes of temperature and air pressure inside the furnace created conditions supporting spontaneous growth of these crystals. This brightly colored material has a high dispersion, giving flashes of different colors much like that of diamond. Though it is soft, it can be used in jewelry.

Physical characteristics:
- Hardness is 4
- Specific Gravity: 5.4 - 5.7 (slightly heavy even for metallic minerals)
- Melting Point 1975°C.
- Crystallography : hexagonal
- Luster sub adamantine to resinous

Zn oxydizes in the air, the resulting ZnO protects the metal from further oxydation.

picture1: native zincoxid
picture2: zincoxid from the "accident " in Poland manufacture.