Saltpeter: A Magical Substance

By: Seth Frye

Other Names

This substance is also known as Potassium Nitrate or KNO3


1. There is a myth that saltpeter suppresses sex drive and is used by the military to keep their soldiers "under control." This is false.

2. Supposedly, Saint Peter learned how to cultivate it, so it was named after him.

3. It is found in Egyptian tombs and was used as deodorant by the pharaohs in the afterlife.

Chemical Properties

1. This substance helps accelerate burning, thus its use in gunpowder. It in and of itself is not flammable.

2. It is however combustible. If it is present in large quantities or exposed to flames too long, it will explode.

3. It is water soluble, or it will dissolve into water.