Activated charcoal


If you’ve never heard of it or used it before, we’ve probably conjured an image in your mind of the gritty, ashy remnants of a campfire, or the sooty chunks that fuel your barbecue grill.


Not quite.


We’re talkin’ about the non-toxic, tasteless, odorless substance derived from natural sources — such as coconut shells — that has been oxidised to activate its medicinal power. This ‘activation’ process creates pores in the charcoal that help it ‘trap’ chemicals and toxins in and on the body, allowing them to be flushed out.


Perhaps the world’s oldest detoxifying remedy, activated charcoal has been used for centuries as an antidote to poison and to improve intestinal health through a process called ‘adsorption’ — which means to ‘bind to’ by chemical attraction, rather than ‘absorb’.


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Activated charcoal can be purchased from a health store in either capsule or loose, powdered form, and from time to time you’ll see it as an added ingredient in healthy juices and smoothies. When using activated charcoal for natural healing, be sure to do your research and select a product of the highest quality and from the purest possible source — and follow its usage guidelines.


One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of some poisoning and drug overdoses — in fact it’s widely used for drug, toxin or poison removal in many emergency departments around the world.


Here are some other ways activated charcoal can be used — in, on, or around your body — to optimise your health!


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1Digestive Cleansing


Using activated charcoal can promote a healthy digestive system by removing built-up nasties and toxic burdens that cause anything from poor immune system function, to allergic reactions. Think of it as an internal broom for your gastrointestinal tract.


2Water filtration


Yep – we can use activated charcoal to eliminate some pollutants, before they even reach our bodies!

 As we’ve already established, activated charcoal is good at trapping impurities — and its work can extend beyond our body to other parts of our environment, such as the water we drink and the air we breath.

When it comes to water, activated charcoal is used in purification systems the world over in order to clarify, remove some contaminants (such as chlorine) and improve taste.


3Natural teeth whitener


All those harsh, chemical-laden, teeth whiteners you see on the market? Who needs ‘em when you can simply dip your toothbrush in this magic black powder and get the same result!

Seems like a contradiction to use a black powder to brighten your teeth, it really works. And not only can activated charcoal help whiten your teeth — it can also promote good oral health in general.


4Gas and bloating


A bonus side-effect of using activated charcoal as part of a cleanse regimen, is that the adsorption of some toxins from your gut can also significantly reduce gas and bloating — and counteract any nasty flatulence.




Cleaner insides and clearer skin? We’ll take that some of that, please and thank you! Using activated charcoal topically, as a mask or cleanser can indeed help to remove dirt, bacteria and other debris from the skin and its pores to help heal pimples and ultimately reduce further breakouts.




And of course, your skin is your body’s largest organ — so of course you’d want to be spreading the love all over it!


Do you incorporate activated charcoal into your natural health or beauty routine? Share with us how, in the comments below!  

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