Uses for Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has become popular in the last few years for detoxifying. However, activated charcoals is one of the most versatile items that you can have in your bathroom or kitchen.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is not the charcoal that you use on the BBQ grill. It is made by burning a variety natural materials – sometimes coconut shells or hardwood – until they are turned into highly adsorbent granules or powder. Adsorption is different from Absorption. Adsorption is when something grabs on to another thing and will not let go.
This is why activated charcoals is used in skin care so much, but it can be used in many other ways to improve your health. Here are some amazing uses of activated charcoal.
1. Stomach Bug and Food Poisoning Recovery
Activated charcoal is great at binding with toxins, so it is commonly used in hospitals to treat poisonings. It is recommended that you go to the hospital if you think that you or another person is poisoned or has overdosed.
In the cases of mild food poisoning and the stomach flu, you can use activated charcoals to help clear it up. Three capsules of activated charcoal every 3 – 4 hours for three doses will help clear up most food poisoning. The treatment should start you having systems.
2. Soothes Digestive Discomfort (Diarrhea, Bloating, and Gas)
Activated charcoal does not only help clear up the stomach flu and food poisoning, it can also help keep your digestive system healthy. Taking activated charcoal daily reduces flatulence and harmful toxins that can cause diarrhea and gas.
There are many people who claim that activated charcoals helps reduce bloating immensely. Studies are mixed in if it helps with bloating. Bloating is caused by two types of microorganisms and it is unclear of using activated charcoal works on both types. However, it is still worth trying it you are worried about bloating.
3. Face Mask
There are hundreds of face masks on the market are made with activated charcoals. However, you can make your own mask at home by mixing 1 or 2 capsules with water to make it spreadable. Apply the mask to the face and wait for around 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow with a good moisturizer.
4. Reduce Stains from Teeth
Whitening your teeth with a whitening toothpaste or other chemical-based products can cause tooth sensitivity. Activated charcoals powder is one of the safest and most economical ways of whitening your teeth since it is used to remove plaque. You only need a little each time that you are whitening your teeth, so a jar will last a long time. You do not need a special toothbrush to use activated charcoal, but the charcoal can stain the toothbrush, so you may want to use a different toothbrush than your daily one. Mix the activated charcoals powder with water to make a paste that will stick to your teeth. Brush your teeth gently or you can dab the mixture onto your teeth. You should wait about 3 minutes before rinsing the mixture off. You can also find toothpaste that is made with activated charcoals, or you can make your own at home by mixing toothpaste and activated charcoal together.
5. Helps Treats Tooth Infections and Abscesses
Along with helping whiten your teeth, activated charcoals also helps treat infections and tooth abscesses. Oil pulling with a mixture of activated charcoals and coconut oil can help reduce the pain and treat the infection by removing the bacteria from the affected teeth.
6. Treating Eye Infections
It can seem like a bad idea to place activated charcoal near your eyes, but it could be the best home remedy for eye infections because it is perfectly safe to use. The easiest way to use activated charcoal is to empty a tea bag and replace the tea with about ½ teaspoon of activated charcoal. Close the bag and moisten it, then you should and close your infected eye and place the bag on it for around 20 minutes. Repeat every few hours until the eye is better.
7. Reducing Itchy Scalp, dandruff, oily hair, and scalp redness
Activated charcoal is one of the best scalp treatments available for most painful or embarrassing hair and scalp conditions. You can use activated charcoals before you shampoo, or you can mix it into your shampoo. There are also pre-made shampoos and hair treatments with activated charcoals in them.
Activated charcoals pulls out and removes toxins from the scalp and hair. It also helps rebalance the hair’s and scalp’s pH balance to reduce the likelihood of the symptoms coming back.
8. Better Water Filtration
While you cannot use activated charcoals capsules or powder for this one, but it is worth the switch. There are many water bottles that come with activated charcoals filters in them. There are also tap filters. These filters reduce the toxins and impurities that are in tap water. This is very helpful when you are traveling because your body may not be used to the impurities that other locations water can have. The best part is that most activated charcoals water filters last longer than other types of water filters.
9. Armpit deodorizer
This is a great option for anyone who is worried about all the chemicals that are in deodorants. Activated charcoal is great at absorbing odors, which is why it is used in many air filters. There are some natural deodorants that have activated charcoal in them. If you are using a natural deodorant that is not cutting it, you can easily boost its scent-masking power by mixing in activated charcoal.
You can also make a charcoal armpit mask to help reduce the scent your body is creating. Simply dump 4 or 5 capsules into a small bowl, and mix in water until you have a spreadable consistency. Apply the mask and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. After waiting, rinse the mask off with warm water.
10. General Detoxifying
You most likely would be shocked if your lemonade came with a bottle of black liquid. However, black lemonade exists and it is very good for you because it is colored black with activated charcoal. Black lemonade is a great detoxifier. It is recommended that you enjoy this drink in moderation and to drink a lot of water afterward to flush the activated charcoal out of your system.
11. Helps with Hangovers
There are human studies that have shown that activated charcoals does not reduce alcohol absorption. However, there are some people who claim that taking activated charcoals before and after drinking alcohol helps reduce their hangovers. This does make sense because activated charcoals is used in hospitals to help treat overdoses, food poisoning, and other types of poisonings.
If you are worried about a hangover, it is worth trying activated charcoal. You should also be drinking a lot of water to help flush the alcohol and the activated charcoals out of your body.
Activated charcoals is something that we should all have in our homes. There are many options for activated charcoals from loose powder to pre-measured capsules. The popularity of activated charcoals also means that there are many pre-made products with it in them. It should be noted that it is not recommended that you take activated charcoals within two hours of taking medicines or supplements, due to the fact that activated charcoals can bind to them and negate their benefits.
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