Muscovite, the most common type of mica, is used for a variety of purposes, including in paints, cosmetics, construction materials and electronics. Before humans discovered how to make glass from quartz, most glass was m... More »

Linseed oil, also called flaxseed oil, serves a variety of purposes, including enhancing medicines to alleviate symptoms associated with various medical conditions, to soothe and soften skin, and to produce a range of ma... More » Food Food Facts

Perlite has a variety of industrial uses as an ingredient in the manufacturing of construction and masonry materials, and as a soil additive in horticultural applications. It is also used as a filtering agent in commerci... More » Science Earth Science Geology

The organic compounds known as alkanes are used primarily as fuels, but their derivatives can be found in paints, plastics, cosmetics, cleaners and pharmaceuticals. The simplest alkanes are propane, methane, butane and e... More » Science Chemistry Acids & Bases

Many people use powdered slippery elm for medicinal purposes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Traditionally, Native Americans used this herb topically to treat wounds and skin inflammation. Orally... More » Health Medications & Vitamins Vitamins & Supplements

There are various forms of mica, including muscovite, lepidolite, biotite and phlogopite. The chemical formula for Muscovite Mica, the most common form, is KAl3Si3O10(OH)2 (please note, all numbers are subscripts). The o... More »

Titanium is used in a large variety of sports equipment, medical devices, military aircraft, paints, inks, papers, plastics, food products and artistic and architectural structures. Titanium was used as part of the 2008 ... More »