Activated Charcoal Uses & Benefits (For Beauty, Health & Home)

Dec 16 , 2019

Activated Charcoal Uses & Benefits (For Beauty, Health & Home)

A few years ago almost no one would have heard the name “activated charcoal.” But, in recent times it has become one of the most popular methods to cleanse your body inside and out for many individuals. Activated charcoal can be used to whiten your teeth, clean your skin, but the real value of activated charcoal is in removing toxins from your body. Activated charcoal can be life saving in cases of snake bites and overdose. (In case of such emergencies always call 911 first)

What is activated charcoal?

People have actually been using activated charcoal for centuries. For example during the World War 1, activated charcoal was used in gas masks to prevent chemical poisoning. It is regularly used in water treatment plants to rid water of odor and bad taste.

Activated charcoal is a lot like regular charcoal. The real difference is in how it is only produced for medicinal purposes. To make activated charcoal, regular charcoal is heated in the presence of a gas which causes the charcoal to expand and become more porous to trap toxins. The new surface area to volume ratio makes it more effective in treating toxins.

The reason for its success lies in its ability to chemically bind other substances to its surface. It can absorb thousands of times its own weight. Its surface area to volume ratio which is around 1 cubic inch to 150,000sq/ft makes it ideal to absorb maximum toxins, atoms and ions.

Benefits and uses of Activated charcoal use:

  1. Rid your body of toxins:

Activated charcoal prevents the gastrointestinal absorption of a wide variety of drugs and toxins. It also helps in removing them once they are absorbed by the body. These drugs and toxins include:

  • Drugs such as acetaminophen or aspirin, opium, cocaine, and morphine.
  • Pesticides
  • Mercury, lead and such chemicals.

In many cases, activated charcoal can help save the life of someone who has ingested a highly toxic substance. By helping their bodies pass out the toxic substance far more quickly than they would on their own.

  1. Oral care:

It may sound surprising to some people. But this thin black powder has the ability to whiten your teeth and rid you of bad odor. Simply sprinkle charcoal on a tooth brush and brush away the teeth stains.

Using charcoal can be messy so, always keep a towel with you to prevent staining your clothes.

It is important to understand that regular use may cause sensitivity in certain individuals. As any whitening agent can weaken the tooth enamel over time. If you notice your teeth becoming more sensitive than reduce its use or stop altogether for a while.

  1. Beauty ingredient:

Because of its toxin removing properties, it can prevent the instances of acne and other skin impurities. It can also be used to remove makeup.

To use activated charcoal on skin: mix one capsule of charcoal powder into a teaspoon of aloe Vera gel, one teaspoon of water or rosewater, five drops of tea tree oil, and a pinch of sea salt. Mix these ingredients together until you have an even consistency. Then apply it to your face and let it dry.

(Caution: can cause stains on your clothes and other surfaces. Hence, use carefully.)

  1. Relive bug bites:

By creating a simple mixture of poultice with activated charcoal, water and corn starch powder you can find relief from bee stings, poison ivy rashes, snake bites, spider bites and other such insect bites.

You can find many stories online that talk about the importance of applying activated charcoal poultice.

  1. Relieve an upset stomach:

Activated charcoal can be useful in eliminating gas and bloating especially, after eating gassy foods such as beans. It can also be used to relieve an upset stomach and nausea. 

Activated charcoal also promotes a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause poor immunity functions and allergic reactions. This will provide you with more energy, fewer joint pains and a faster metabolism. You should drink plenty of water and eat lots of vegetables while using activated charcoal and it should not be taken every day.

A few cautions:

  • Consult a doctor before using activated charcoal if you are taking prescription medication. As its binding properties may hinder the effectiveness of those medications.
  • Excessive charcoal consumption especially, without adequate magnesium intake can cause constipation.
  • Do not use everyday
  • It can turn your poop black but, there is nothing to worry about.

 

Where can I get activated charcoal from?

You can find activated charcoal in stores and online. Botanic Hearth provides you with free delivery to your doorstep. The product will reach you in 5-7 business days. You can also order Botanic Hearth's activated charcoal products through Amazon.