Sulfur in daily life
Sulfur’s bright yellow colour and distinct physical properties made it a recognized mineral even in ancient societies. Sulfur is highly flammable and when burned, produces a flame that can be hard to see in daylight, but darkness reveals a subtle blue light. It’s what some ancient peoples called “brimstone”. And as far back as the 7th century, the Chinese were using sulfur to make gunpowder to launch rockets and shoot projectiles.
Today, the majority of sulfur is used to produce sulfuric acid for fertilizers that help grow the fruit and vegetables we need for proper nutrition. Sulfur itself contributes to our overall health when consumed. It’s also still used in gunpowder, matches and fireworks. That smell when you light a match is caused by sulfur. Other uses of sulfur include pharmaceuticals, soaps, textiles, papers, processed rubber, leather, paint, dyes and food preservatives.