When it comes to using health supplements, one might not instantly think of activated charcoal, if at all. What is it and why would we ingest it? Activated carbon is a safe and effective detoxifier. It’s a potent natural treatment used to attract and trap toxins, poisons, and chemicals in the body, causing them to bind and then escorting them out of the body so they do not get reabsorbed. It’s important to only use activated charcoal made from coconut shells, bamboo, and other natural sources. It’s not the same as your barbecue charcoal which is loaded with chemicals and toxins.
I just want to start off by saying that using activated charcoal is messy and can stain clothing, counter tops and floors. Cover or protect these areas first before any application. Activated charcoal is available in powder and pill form, both work effectively.
Whenever you ingest activated charcoal, it should be on an empty stomach. It’s vital to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day as activated charcoal can cause dehydration. Water helps flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation some may experience.
Activated charcoal can be very effective at absorbing excessive flatulence gas and removing toxins and other undesirable compounds from your gastrointestinal tract. Activated charcoal is not metabolized in your body; it passes through your digestive tract with its millions of powerful tiny pores. They ingurgitate gases and toxins in your intestines created by food byproducts and quickly eliminate them.
Teeth Whitener & Plaque Remover
When it comes to teeth whitening solutions, no shelf product comes close to the dynamic power of activated charcoal. Coffee, tea, wine and even fruit juices can stain our teeth, leaving us with an unattractive smile. Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while contributing to good oral health. It helps prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease by absorbing plaque and microscopic matter that stain teeth. To use, apply an organic toothpaste to your toothbrush and then dip it into some charcoal. Brush as normal, but pay more attention to stained areas, and then rinse well.
Deep Clean Skin & Hair
There are lots of ready made activated charcoal skincare and hair products on store shelves, but you can also make your own and it’s a lot cheaper.
Hair Mask: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup aloe gel, and 1/2 cup of activated charcoal in a bowl. *It’s recommended that you test this mixture on a small area of your hair. It may affect your color if you use other processing products.* Put on a shirt that you don’t mind getting stained. Apply mixture to dry unwashed hair. Start at the scalp and blend to ends. Activated charcoal will work on your scalp and pull out oils, dirt and toxins, leaving a purified area for optimal hair growth. Put a plastic cap over your hair and leave on for 45 minutes. Rinse, shampoo, and condition as normal.
Or you can add a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your organic shampoo and wash and rinse as usual. If you have lighter hair, you may need to rinse until all charcoal discoloration is removed.
Face mask: Combine 1 Tbsp of bentonite clay, 1 tsp of activated charcoal, 1 tsp of raw honey and 1 tsp of aloe gel. Apply a thin layer to your face and neck and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well and moisturize.
Body Scrub: Combine 1/2 cup of food grade vegetable glycerin, 1 Tbsp of fine ground Himalayan salt and 1 rounded tsp (3 capsules) of activated charcoal. Exfoliate your skin, rinse well and moisturize.
Activated charcoal is a deep cleaning treatment and should not be used daily. It’s dehydrating, so after each external use, always use a quality moisturizer.