Activated Charcoal (Medical Grade) 40 g
The Healthy Hippy
Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn't reabsorb them. It can be made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it's important to use activated charcoal from coconut shells, which this one is. If taking it internally, it needs to be from coconut shells AND medicinal grade, which this one is (specifically, it's Activated Carbon from Coconut Shell).
Activated Charcoal can be used for many things, from face masks, to teeth whitening, to treating hangovers, it's even used as a safe and effective treatment of poisoning in emergency trauma centres around the world. Some people swear by it for reducing bloating and gas, lowering cholesterol and treating bile flow problems. It's best if you try it for yourself and be the judge.
How does it work?
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. However, it's not typically used when corrosive poisons are ingested (please seek medical help for poisoning).
It doesn't absorb the toxins, instead it works through the chemical process of adsorption. In the body, absorption is the reaction of elements, including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface. The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it. The nooks and crannies in activated charcoal are created through a heating process. It's important to note that activated charcoal is not the same as the charcoal used in some barbeques! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.
Activated Charcoal Uses
Whenever you take activated charcoal, it's absolutely imperative that you drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration, and you don't want that, so stay hydrated and help your body to flush out the toxins quickly. This can also help prevent the dreaded constipation that can occur.
In addition to being a safe and effective treatment for the removal of toxins from the system, additional activated charcoal uses include deodorizing and disinfecting, and some people have found it effective in their Lyme disease treatment. Here are some great activated charcoal uses:
Yep. Give it a go. But be warned – it makes a mess. Best to try this while in the shower, in my experience! Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
How do you do it? Wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip a bit of water, swish through mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until spit is clear. For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week.
Note: If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it's possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.
Treats Alcohol Poisoning & Helps Prevent Hangovers
While activated charcoal does not adsorb alcohol, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form; it's the mixers and what have you - artificial sweeteners and chemicals etc aka toxins that are common that activated charcoal helps to remove.
Most people don't think about mold living in their bodies, but it can. Toxic mold can cause all sorts of health problems, a quick google will let you know what precisely.
Homes that have flooded, or even those with small leaks under a sub-floor or in the walls, can create an environment where mold can thrive. Poor ventilation contributes to the problem, and bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms are particularly prone to mold growth.
If there is visible mold in your home, it must be mitigated properly. It's important to wear gloves and a protective mask to keep from inhaling toxic mold during cleanup. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and borax can be used to clean mold off hard surfaces and keep mold from growing in the future.
If you or your family experience symptoms including wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren't explained in other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in ventilation ducts.
Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals. This is why it's used in water filtration systems throughout the world. It does not, however, trap viruses, bacteria and hard-water minerals.
Drinking water is essential to good health; however, your typical tap water is laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride. Ingestion should be limited whenever possible. Activated charcoal water filters are available for whole-home systems, as well as benchtop models or you can get smaller charcoal 'sticks' that you can place in your drink bottle for a more cost effective way to up the quality of your water.
Emergency Toxin Removal
As mentioned above, one of the most common activated charcoal uses is to remove toxin and chemicals in the event of ingestion. Most organic compounds, pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to activated charcoal's surface, allowing for quicker elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body.
Activated charcoal is also used in the event of an accidental, or purposeful, overdose of many pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications. However, in the event of poisoning, call 111 immediately.
Yep, that's right. You can put this on your face and it will draw impurities out like nobodies business. Make a paste with activated charcoal and water, add some essential oil if you feel the need, and paint onto your face. Leave until it feels dry and rinse it off with warm water. Obviously, it's a black powder and can get super messy. Rinse it off in the shower, or be prepared to clean your sink asap.
To take it to the next level, mix one part activated charcoal, one part bentonite clay, mix with water until you've formed a paste and voila – quite possibly the best toxin removing mask out.
Wet an angular eye make up brush and dip in the activated charcoal, swirling just as you would a regular loose powder, and apply. The big bonus here is, you know FOR SURE that it hasn't been tested on animals, has no toxic ingredients, and is going to wash off without any hassles later on. Give it a go! I can imagine some great black swan make up artistry jobs with this!
Yep - you read right. LATTE. This is totally a thing. My favourite way to do it is to gently heat up my favourite nut milk (vigour & vitality barista blend) in the old milk frother. One heated, add 1/2 teaspoon to a cup with a little milk, stirring as best you can until combined. Pour in the rest of the milk and add your favourite sweetener - honey, maple, agave, coconut sugar, whatever. Job done!