In the natural beauty world, coconut oil has long been considered a holy grail item for its myriad benefits and uses though in recent years, its popularity has become even more mainstream and is now a beloved beauty staple on a mass scale. There is a popular meme “I got 99 problems and coconut solved all of them”.
Lately, there’s been a “new” kid on the block and one that’s just as incredibly useful as coconut oil— activated charcoal.
- Activated Charcoal powder is used medicinally as well as in air and water purifiers. Its recorded use dates back to 1550 BC and in modern times is most widely used medicinally as a detoxifier and poison antidote. I always keep it on hand for spider bites, accidental ingestion of toxins or stomach bugs.
Activated charcoal is well known as a antidote as it adsorbs most organic toxins, chemicals and poisons before they can harm the body. Some Emergency Rooms administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.
That’s why activated charcoal has been gaining in popularity in modern times as so many people are catching on to the dangers of chemical and toxin-filled beauty products. Yes, activated charcoal is the next coconut oil and we have six reasons to explain why.
Six Beneficial Ways to Use Activated Charcoal
The use of activated carbon for general detoxification is a safe and gentle way to help your body get rid of environmental toxins and based on foods that have been building up inside your digestive tract over time. There are many special plans charcoal, juices and smoothies on the market that can be bought, but detoxification activated charcoal is really very simple.
Just take 2-3 doses of 30 grams of activated charcoal twice a week. You can take in pill form or use the powder to mix with a juice or tea. Be sure to avoid unhealthy foods and beverages on the days that takes the coal so it can properly clean your system!
Food poisoning/hangover remedy
If you’re in more immediate need of serious relief either from a bout of mild food poisoning or overindulgence in wine, try taking an activated charcoal pill. The detoxifying effects will help ease your discomfort from food poisoning quickly and safely.
As for the hangover, while activated charcoal can’t cleanse your body of the alcohol directly, it can help neutralize the sulfates, sugars, and other chemicals found in common mixers that are causing you so much misery!
Using activated to help keep skin soft, moisturized and free carbon black dots. A face mask activated carbon to help pull toxins, dirt and accumulation of your pores so your skin has a fresh look, airbrushed every day!
To make the mask, simply mix equal parts of activated carbon powder, aloe vera gel (for soothing benefits of skin) and oil tea tree (for anti-bacterial properties) and water in a bowl and blended until the mixture is a paste-like consistency. Spread on the face and let stand for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Remove stains from your teeth
Buying activated charcoal powder is probably the most economical way to do it. Because it weighs very little and goes a long way, buying it once should have you covered for quite a stretch. You can use the activated charcoal powder to remove plaque, whitening teeth in the process. It’s not pretty while you’re using it, but once the treatment is done, you’ll be glad you tried it.
To use activated charcoal for whiter teeth, you don’t need a special toothbrush, a regular one will do just fine. You might want to have a second toothbrush for this purpose, though, only because the activated charcoal may discolour the bristles on the brush.
Mix activated charcoal powder with water until it is a thick enough consistency that it will stay on your toothbrush (1 or 2 emptied capsules is likely what you’re looking at). Brush your teeth gently or even just dab the mixture onto your teeth. Wait 3 minutes before rinsing.
For a quicker route, add an emptied capsule of activated charcoal to a natural toothpaste of your choice and brush as usual. Rinse well after brushing.
An option that works without a toothbrush is to use equal parts water and powdered charcoal (about a teaspoon should do it) and mix. Swish the mixture in your mouth for a minute, then hold it in your mouth for about 5 more.
The activated charcoal is odourless and has almost no taste, but is gritty, so may be a bit of an adjustment to get used to. You can use this method daily to remove stains from teeth’but note that natural discolourations won’t go away with activated charcoal.
Gas / distention
Clinicians are known in the Middle Ages activated using to treat their patients with a variety of coal indigestion problems. The accumulation of gas many of us experience after eating certain foods can be easily remedied with a tablet of activated charcoal! It is a cheaper and safer than many drugs manufactured digestive alternative.
The detoxifying benefits of activated carbon for skin and teeth also work when it comes to purify water. Pesticides, waste and other unwanted chemicals and toxins in normal drinking water zaps the h20 after being filtered through activated carbon. There are a number of water filtration systems affordable and easy to use carbon, active in the market so that you can use to help keep drinking water for your family safe.
Therefore, think of all uses of oil combined with coconut all the benefits of activated carbon, it appears that many of the expensive products laden with chemicals in your medicine cabinet are quite unnecessary, right?
When used together, they are a pretty dynamic duo natural beauty products!