Top 10 Uses for Activated Charcoal Powder
The simple, yet powerful properties of activated charcoal has many uses. We've compiled a list of the top few
1. Ingestion of Poison
One of the most common uses for activated charcoal is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It's actually used in emergency departments around the world for this purpose
2. Gas / Bloat
Feeling bloated or have too much gas? Taking a teaspoon of charcoal powder in a glass of water will go a long way to alleviating those symptoms and may get rid of them altogether.
3. Whitens Teeth
Are your teeth stained from cigarettes, tea or some other substance? Brushing your teeth with charcoal powder helps clean and whiten them. It can also help prevent bad breath and gum disease.
Simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in charcoal powder and brush your teeth as normal. Be careful not to spill charcoal on fabrics as it can stain. It’s not pretty while you’re brushing, but afterwards you’ll be glad you tried it!
4. Poultice or Compress
Activated charcoal powder can be mixed with ground linseed and water, then slowly brought to a boil and left to cool in order to form a paste. This can be applied with the use of a chux cloth or similar as a poultice to help treat infections, splinters, etc.
5. General Tonic / Detox
Some recommend taking a teaspoon of charcoal powder in a glass of water as a general detox. The charcoal do its work of adsorption while it travels through your intestinal system.
Be prepared to see black stools as it passes through. ;)
6. Water Filtration
Charcoal is often used to filter water, and remove toxic substances. It is effectively used all over the world for this. It is worth noting that it will not trap viruses or bacteria, which should be neutralised through heat, evaporation or ultra-violet methods.
Water is important for health. Drink at least 8 glasses per day. A charcoal filter can help remove chloride/fluoride and other toxins/chemicals in your tap-water.
7. Alcohol Poisoning
Charcoal doesn't remove acohol from the blood, but helps get rid of other poisons that contribute to the alcohol poisoning.
8. Air Freshner
That's right! Charcoal can absorb nasty smells and keep your air cleaner and fresher. Charcoal lumps are better for this purpose than the fine powder however.
9. Bites and Stings
Got stung by an ant, bee or spider? Be sure to seek medical advise if it is a potentially deadly bite. Otherwise mix a little bit of charcoal with coconut oil, or water and apply it to the sting/bite with a band-aid on top. It can draw out the toxin and releave pain and discomfort.
10. Reduce Acne and Improve Skin Health
Charcoal adsorbs and removes toxins, why wouldn't it be good on my skin? You're right! It is. It can help reduce acne and clean up skin impurities you might be suffering with. It can also work wonders in removing makeup!
To use activated charcoal on your skin, mix half a teaspoon of powder into some aloe vera gel or coconut oil until you have a good even consistency. This face-mask is going to be black and may stain clothing. It won't stain your skin though! Apply it generously, let it dry and then rise off. Your skin will feel incredible!