Activated Charcoal is extremely powerful for detoxifying and purifying air, water, skin and our bodies. Ayurvedic and 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.
“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)
There are many incredible benefits and uses for activated charcoal, some of which include; whitening teeth, filtering water, cleaning skin, treating insect bites, air purifying, removing poison and toxins from the body and treating mould.
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.
Activated charcoal helps to remove bacteria, minimises pores and balance the skins PH levels, making it an excellent skincare product. . Its antibacterial properties can assist with acne, spot treatment and prevent further breakouts.
Furthermore, body odor and bad breath can both be assisted with the use of activated charcoal as the toxins that create these symptoms are trapped and eliminated.
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.