I’ve stumbled across a rather peculiar recipe for a allegedly ‘health’ potion in a computer game, composed of an unspecified amount of each of the following:
- rust (iron oxide)
- saltpetre (potassium nitrate)
- oil of vitriol (sulphuric acid)
- aqua vitæ (ethanol)
To make things clear: I’m not suicidal, I do in no way intent to actually mix that stuff (the initial tagging was maybe a bit misleading), but I’m interested in what would happen if someone actually would. Drinking such a
potion vile concoction is of course out of the question because of the sulphuric acid alone.
From what I know from highschool chemistry (and a generous helping of Wikipedia), saltpetre and sulphuric acid would be used to make explosives by way of nitrosulphuric acid. Oversimplifying, by adding cellulose or tuluol one would end up with nitrocellulose or TNT, respectively.
But I lack the terminology to go further than that. What would be the result of adding alcohol to that, and then iron oxide, or the other way round? Is there some known mixture that would fit, however roughly, along those lines? From the context of where that formula came from that wouldn’t surprise me. It may of course as well be that the formula was simply chosen because of it’s obvious unhealthyness.
I hope this clarifies the intent of my question. The idea may have come from a pseudo-fantasy/alchemy setting, but I’m interested in the ‘real’ chemistry behind it.