When most people hear of charcoal, they think of the black, rock like substance used at cookouts to start grill fires. But did you know there is another form of charcoal that has many health benefits? Activated charcoal can be formed from bamboo, wood or olive pits but is mainly created from coconut shells. The process of creating activated charcoal happens when the char substance is heated to a high temperature. These high temperatures change the chemical structure of the char substance, increasing the surface area and “activating” the charcoal. This form of charcoal can be used to provide many health benefits.
You can incorporate the healing benefits of activated charcoal right at home in the following ways.
1-For better skin! Activated charcoal can easily remove bacteria, chemicals and dirt on the skin when used as a face scrub or exfoliating agent.
2- For better oral hygiene! Dipping your toothbrush in a small amount (1/2 tsp maximum) of activated charcoal no more than once a week (due to its potency) can help freshen your mouth, prevent cavities and even whiten your teeth! Note- Do not swallow. Use only as a mouth rinse.
3- For cleaner air! Activated charcoal’s chemical state of negative electrical charge makes it great at removing odors, harmful chemicals and allergens from the air. Placing it around your home or utilizing it in your homemade sprays or homemade candles can help remove toxins and odors from the air.
4- For Detoxification! Using activated charcoal has been an old folk remedy to cure hangovers for centuries but it is also a great way to detoxify your body. To use, mix 1-2 teaspoons with 8oz of water and drink. Due to its intense detoxifying effects, it is important to stay hydrated and drink extra water after you ingest it.
Always check with your medical professional before starting or stopping any product, substance or treatment. This information should not be used to diagnose, treat or manage any condition. Do not use activated charcoal as a supplement if you take the following medications: Acetaminophen, digoxin, theophylline or tricyclic antidepressants. Activated charcoal may also reduce absorption so do not use it at the same time as you take your vitamins, supplements or medications. Below are two great recipes featuring activated charcoal.
Naturally Whitening Toothpaste Recipe
- 1/2 Teaspoon Activated Charcoal
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Sauce Pan
- Melt the coconut oil in a small sauce pan on medium heat until it is hot and completely melted
- Once melted, pour into a heat resistant bowl and add in the activated charcoal and baking soda
- Mix until it is cool enough to pour into a small, air tight container such as a plastic tupperware container
- Only use a max of 2x per week due to the potent detoxifying effects of the charcoal!
- Be sure to rinse your mouth completely after use and do not swallow the mixture.
Natural Mascara Recipe
- 1 Empty Mascara Tube
- 2 Teaspoons Activated Charcoal
- 1/2 Teaspoon Bentonite Clay
- 5 Drops Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera gel
- 2-3 Drops Lavender Oil
- Mix 5 drops vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel.
- Slowly sprinkle in ½ tsp Bentonite Clay and 2 tsp Activated Charcoal.
- Stir until completely blended until all clumps of clay have dissolved.
- Add lavender essential oil.
- Carefully pour into mascara tube.
- To use: Apply to lashes, careful to not get in your eyes.
Check with your medical professional before starting or stopping any product, substance or treatment. This information should not be used to diagnose, treat or manage any condition. Activated charcoal may also reduce absorption so do not use it at the same time as you take your vitamins, supplements or medications.