The traditionally handcrafted white charcoal is known for its incredible purifying and mineralising effects on water and air. The activated charcoal is made from a slow-growing type of wood called Ubame oak. The wood is grown in forests in Kishu, Japan which have been cultivated for over 3 centuries by master Japanese craftsmen who have dedicated their lives to the development of Binchotan. THe slow growing oak, which possesses a finely pored structure and high density is baked over several days - first at low temperatures and then at high temperatures with restricted oxygen. It mineralises and purifies tap water by absorbing chemicals and lime, making the tap water softer.
Activated Charcoal is extremely powerful for detoxifying and purifying air, water, skin and our bodies. Ayurvedic, Chinese medicine have used activated charcoal for thousands of years and its first recorded use dates back to 1550BC. It is well established in medical literature as a powerful antidote that adsorbs most organic toxins, chemicals, and poisons before they can harm the body.
When simply added to a carafe of water, the thousands of microscopic cavities left in the wood effortlessly remove unwanted toxins and impurities, while softening and improving waters taste. Completely natural, the sticks are great for the garden and can be disposed of in soil once they start to diminish in efficacy (about 3 months).
HOW TO USE :
Simply rinse the Binchotan Water Purifying Sticks with water and then add them to a jug or bottle of water for 1-2 hours to let it mineralise and bind chlorine and lime. The thousands of microscopic cavities lift in the wood effortlessly remove unwanted toxins and impurities, alter the pH value and improve the fast of water infinitely. After 1-2 months, clean the charcoal by boiling it in water for 10 minutes. After an overall lifespan of 4-6 months, the charcoal can be used to fertilise plants.
“It’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should not be consumed. Activated charcoal, on the other hand, consists of a substance—usually bamboo, wood, coal, or coconut shell—burned without oxygen to create char. The char is then heated to a high temperature and exposed to certain gases through a multi-step process to make it extremely porous. This is the “activation” part of the process. Once activated, what remains is a tasteless and odorless powder that is highly adsorbent, with millions of tiny pores that capture, bind, and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals, and gases up to 1000 times its own weight. This process of adsorption (not to be confused with absorption) is what makes charcoal so powerful. The surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positively charged toxins and gas to bond with it, trapping these toxins and chemicals and assisting to remove them from the body.” - Laurentine Ten Bosch (Food Matters Blog)
Activated charcoal traps impurities and removes contaminates in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals, and therefore is an excellent water filter. It has also been shown to eliminate fluoride in tap water. Adding a stick of charcoal in your water bottle is an easy and efficient way to ensure you are drinking cleaner safer water.
Charcoal is also a great air purifier, and is excellent at removing unpleasant smells and odors from the fridge and the home. The negative ionic charge of charcoal attracts irritating positive ions in the air, such as dust and microfibers, as well as harmful chemicals and pollutants. These particles bind to the charcoal through the same process of adsorption that works internally in the body.