Zeolites are microporous, aluminosilicate minerals used inter alia as adsorbents and catalysts. The term was created by Swedish mineralogist Axel Kronsted from 1756, who noted that with the rapid heating of stoves, a large amount of water vapor was absorbed from the material. Based on this observation, he named the material zeolite , from the Greek words “Zeo” (Ζέω=boil) and “lite” (λίθος=stone). Zeolite can be native or industrially produced.
Zeolite as a natural product is negatively charged and has the ability of high ionic conversion. Due to its highly ionized conversion capacity and porous form, it is used as a natural cleaner along with sophisticated technologies in surface cleanliness and because it has the absorption and control properties of impurities it is the ideal solution for smelly gases, humidity, petrochemicals, low level radioactive materials, ammonium, toxins and heavy metals.
It functions as a molecular filter that binds heavy metals, toxins, free radicals, as it is one of the least negatively charged minerals in nature. It also has the ability to absorb water and other nutrients for the living organisms, which then releases at a certain rate depending on the environmental conditions. Because of this capacity it could be likened to a “stone sponge”.
Zeolite has many and important applications in many areas such as agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, health, home use, building industry, hydrocarbon industry, nuclear radiation protection and many others. More specifically, with regard to agriculture, the zeolite may be incorporated into the soil in the form of gravel and sprayed into the overhead part of the plant or tree in the form of a fine powder mixed with water depending on the type of cultivation.