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How to Use Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal is a good resource for teeth whitening, skin cleansing, in case of accidental poison ingestion, and spider bites and similar maladies.

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How to Use Activated Charcoal

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  2. 2. Activated charcoal has been part of my natural medicine cabinet for years, but now it is showing up in beauty magazines and DIY websites for its many other uses!
  3. 3. What is Activated Charcoal?
  4. 4. • Activated charcoal consists of some substance—usually bamboo, wood, coal, or my preference, coconut shell charcoal—burned without oxygen to create char. • The char is then heated to a high temperature and exposed to certain gases through a multi-step process to make it extremely porous. This is the “activation” part of the process. • Once activated, the increased surface area of the molecules can bind powerfully to any substance. This process of adsorption (not to be confused with absorption) is what makes charcoal so powerful. • True activated charcoal is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.
  5. 5. Benefits of activated charcoal use
  6. 6. • Studies show that activated charcoal may be the most effective GI tract decontaminant available. • It can adsorb up to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines when taken quickly after ingestion. • It can even have a positive effect as long as two hours after ingestion! • In fact, emergency rooms routinely administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning. poison and toxin remedy
  7. 7. • The same properties that make charcoal beneficial for removing harmful substances in the digestive system also make it beneficial for oral health as well. • It doesn’t neutralize toxins, but rather binds them to the many tiny pores on its surface. • When used in toothpastes, powders and oral health rinses, it can bind to bacteria and other harmful substances and remove them from the mouth. Oral Care
  8. 8. • Activated charcoal is showing up in many beauty products lately too! • This is because it is effective at removing bacteria, chemicals, dirt and build up on the skin. Beauty ingredient
  9. 9. Ways to use Activated Charcoal
  10. 10. I keep activated charcoal on hand in case any of the kids ever accidentally ingest any household toxins or chemicals, though we also do our best to keep anything toxic out of the house completely. Thankfully, we haven’t yet had to use it for that purpose! I find myself turning to charcoal almost daily for other uses though:
  11. 11. • Read all about my charcoal teeth whitening experiment here but the method is simple. • Just dip a wet toothbrush in a high quality charcoal and brush gently. • Alternately, you can swish with charcoal water by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of charcoal into a small amount of water. to whiten teeth naturally in toothpaste • Similarly, charcoal can be used in toothpastes and tooth powders to get the same effect.
  12. 12. • For a mask: Easily make your own mask with this simple recipe or buy a high quality pre-made natural mask like this one. • As a cleanser: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder into a face wash and scrub skin gently. Rinse well and pat dry. As a task mask or cleanserin Shampoo • Activated charcoal removes build up and impurities. • The easiest way to try this is to add a tiny amount (1/2 teaspoon) to shampoo before washing hair. Scrub gently and wash out.
  13. 13. • Activated charcoal also helps remove contaminants from water. • It is used in the Berkey system that our family used for years and even in most water pitcher systems. The 14-stage filter we have now also uses charcoal to filter water. purify water clean the air • Charcoal’s porous structure makes it great at removing odors, harmful chemicals and allergens from the air. • This is why you’ll often find charcoal in air purifying products. • These charcoal bags are the easiest way to use charcoal to clean the air in a home. Relieve bug bites • I use charcoal in my drawing salve for its ability to draw out irritants. This recipe is also great for applying to bug bites to relieve itching and pain! • But charcoal alone can also help draw out venom.
  14. 14. Is activated charcoal safe?
  15. 15. • Activated charcoal is not known to be toxic, though it should not be taken within two hours of vitamins or medications because it will keep the body from adsorbing them. • I personally would not take charcoal on a regular basis and would only use as needed. • As with any substance, you should always check with a doctor or medical professional before internal use, especially in an emergency or life-threatening situation or if there is any other underlying health problem.
  16. 16. • Remember, activated charcoal is NOT the same thing as the ashes from burning wood or other fires at home, so please don’t try to use those type of ashes for these or any other uses! • I also don’t recommend activated charcoal-infused food or drinks. Charcoal can bind to the nutrients in food or drinks, making these less nourishing rather than enhancing them.
  17. 17. Where to get Activated Charcoal
  18. 18. • I keep this brand of activated charcoal on hand because it is made from coconut shells and is the most pure source I’ve personally found. • I store it in a glass jar and usually keep it on the bathroom sink since we typically just use it for teeth.
  19. 19. TO learn more about using activated charcoal, Click here.
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