Why Is Activated Charcoal So Popular?
What is Charcoal?
Charcoal is a substance made from materials such as wood, coconut shells, and coal. Charcoal has been used for thousands of years as fuel and to this day has many popular uses such as fuel for bbq’s, nourishing compost heaps, keeping flowers fresh, water filtration and of course generating power.You may have also heard of activated charcoal this is not to be confused with regular charcoal. Regular charcoal is not safe for consumption as it will have a carcinogenic effect on our health, however activated charcoal is food grade and can be bought from health food stores and pharmacies, therefore, making it safe to take internally.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is formed when regular charcoal gets heated at a very high temperature of about 900 degrees which then allows any impurities on the surface to be removed. During this oxidisation process, the surface area is also vastly increased and tiny holes are formed. The activated charcoal is now porous and highly absorbent.
Activated Charcoal Popular uses
Drug overdoses and poisoning Charcoal binds to toxins and helps to eliminate them from your body. “Activated charcoal keeps swallowed drugs and poisons from being absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream. It’s a highly effective treatment for many poisons.”
This is an excellent quote from an article that also explains when people have to go to an emergency room because of an overdose, they are given activated charcoal. https://www.poison.org/articles/2015-mar/activated-charcoal
Face scrubs, masks, and body scrubs simply due to the deep cleansing effects. Charcoal helps to absorb excess oils and removes impurities leaving your skin totally clean and purified.
Bloating, flatulence, and IBS symptoms. The tiny holes on the surface of the charcoal help trap the gas molecules, binds to the fat and toxins in your digestive tract, and also cling to acids in the lower intestine to relieve the gas and bloating which helps to relieve your discomfort.
Remove chemicals Charcoal can help remove unwanted chemicals from your body found in processed foods and in the pesticides found in non-organic fruits and vegetables.
Deep detox cleanser for your hair The charcoal will draw out all the oil and dirt without disrupting your hair’s natural moisture level.
Pain and irritation from bites, stings, and cuts. If you mix some of the activated charcoal powder – 1 tablespoon to a few drops of water to form a paste (depending on how large the affected area is) and apply it topically to the area this will help to soothe the pain. For minor infections, it can help to absorb the infection or toxins out of the wound.
Whitening Teeth. It can help to restore the whiteness of your teeth and remove stains from tea, coffee, and red wine.
It is recommended to only take it for short periods or as and when needed.
If you have any serious medical conditions or take any medication then please check with your GP.
Always read the dosage label on the packaging and never exceed the stated dose.
Long-term or improper use can :
Cause black tongue
Cause your stools to turn black
Interact with Supplements, Medications and Alcohol
Cause vomiting and diarrhoea
The best way to take charcoal supplements is on an empty stomach at least one or two hours before food, medication, or supplements, this will ensure that the charcoal binds to toxins instead of nutrients in your food or medication.
Detox Deep Cleanse/Charcoal-Tea Tree-Clay Face Mask Recipe
1 tsp Bentonite clay
1 tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
1 drop of Tea Tree Oil
2 tsp water
I find the charcoal capsules less messy but you can also use the powder.
Add the tea tree to the water, add the clay then charcoal, mix until a paste is formed.
Apply to the face using a soft bristle brush.
Leave for 20 mins, then wash off with warm water.
The charcoal will absorb impurities and toxins.
The tea tree is a natural antibacterial so will protect and also cleanse your skin.
The bentonite clay will give you a deep cleanse. It will tighten/tone your face but also be deep cleansing and healing, especially if you’re prone to breakouts.