Some Mind Blowing Uses and Benefits Charcoal.

Activated charcoal is a form of charcoal processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.

It is produced from materials that are carbon-dense (e.g. coconut husks, wood, coal, nutshells, and peat) that have been activated using gases (usually argon or nitrogen) or chemicals and then exposed to high temperatures. The result is carbon in the form of a tasteless, oduorless black powder that has an expanded surface area, a characteristic that makes it especially effective for various health purposes.

This inexpensive and natural substance is incredibly useful, and has mind-blowing health and beauty uses plus it can literally save your life.

The following are some benefits of charcoal you never thought about;-

Treat acute poisoning and/or overdose.
In some cases and when used along with other treatments, activated charcoal can be an effective way to rid the body of certain chemicals and toxins. The powder is mixed with water and can be drunk or administered via a tube into the throat and stomach.

It is effective against bleach, fertilizer, mercury, pesticides, most organic compounds, aspirin, cocaine, morphine, and opium.

However, activated charcoal should not be used for poisoning from alcohol, cyanide, lithium, iron tablets, cleaning fluid, gasoline, or any strong acids or bases.

NB: You should always contact your doctor before you take or give anyone activated charcoal.

Whitens your teeth.

Activated charcoal is one of the best natural tooth whiteners on the planet, while promoting good oral health. It changes the PH balance in the mouth and can prevent cavities, gum disease and bad breath.

It works wonderfully as a natural, non-toxic toothpaste that you can easily make at home. Not only will it save you a lot of money, but you might actually see whiter teeth than ever with the stuff.

Activated charcoal is odorless and tasteless, so aside from having temporarily black teeth, you won’t be able to tell you’ve got charcoal in your mouth.

Keep in mind that activated charcoal is a fine black powder. Although it won’t stain your skin, it can be messy to use, so keep a wet paper towel on hand for a quick clean-up in case you spill.
It is fantastic for fighting stains, making it one of the safest ways to achieve those pearly whites because it adsorbs plaque and other stain-producing bits floating around in the mouth. No bleaching required!

Relieves bites and bee stings.

Mixing a poultice of activated charcoal with a bit of water and cornstarch or flaxseed powder can help cure bee stings, poison ivy rashes, snake bites, spider bites (including highly poisoning bites from the Brown Recluse or Black Widow), and other poisoning bites.

Charcoal poultice draws out poisons from insect and spider bites.

Reduce or relieves bloating.

Activated charcoal can be effective for reducing gas, especially after eating foods, such as beans, that commonly create excess gas. It can also relieve an upset stomach or nausea. However, it is worth repeating that activated charcoal should only be taken occasionally to relieve these symptoms, and should not be used every day.

Odour Prevention.

Does your shoe smell bad? Just get some charcoal and put it in them. Do you have any bad smell in your room? Drop some charcoal where you suspect the smell could be coming from. Does your fridge or freezer smell? Put a piece of charcoal in it. Do you have strong body odour? Just make a powder out of charcoal and use.

Charcoal is very good at getting rid of bad smell. Ever wondered why your parents always scooped out the ash from the coal pot to pour in the hen coop or toilet before sweeping? That was to get rid of the odour.

Keeping Food Fresh.

If you want your vegetables to be fresh all the time, just make a solution out of charcoal and leave your vegetables in them.

Detox your digestive system

Activated charcoal can help support a healthy digestive tract because it can remove environmental toxins that can cause allergic reactions and have an adverse impact on immune system function. 

Taking 10 grams of the supplement 90 minutes before each meal for two days during a cleanse, during which you should consume only organic produce, grass-fed meats, wild fish, and lots of water.

Charcoal face mask

Detox is the name of the game when it comes to healthy, glowing, supple skin. Our skins take in a lot day-to-day, as our largest organ is always exposed. It draws out of skin bacteria, poison, chemicals, dirt, micro-particles, toxins and whatever else is hiding out in your pores.

A charcoal-based mask is especially good for oily skin, big pores, natural acne treatment and overall deep cleansing. For acne, it’s helpful to mix up some charcoal with aloe vera, and rinsing it off once it’s dried. It’s also good for healing, so you can apply it to scabs, stings, bites, cuts and swollen bits of skin.


Activated charcoal filter for water

Activated charcoal water filters can be used to filter carbon-based impurities such as pesticides, fluoride, industrial waste, and other chemicals as well as chlorine from your drinking water. These filters will not, however, trap bacteria, minerals, viruses, nitrates, and other substances not attracted to carbon. If you use activated charcoal filters in your home, you must replace them regularly because they cease being effective once all the bonding pores are filled.

Charcoal’s binding superpowers also work to remove those nasty toxins found in tap water. If you are concerned about water quality and want to find a simple way to filter your water, you can use this easy solution.

This is a really affordable way to ensure clean drinking water that’s worth every penny.

Charcoal for lowering high cholesterol

Heart health is another very important factor in longevity. Keeping it happy, pumping, and healthy can be a good indication of overall health and risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol can be a bit tricky, but basically, you want to keep the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) in check while you keep the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) down. Charcoal can adsorb or attach to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestine, meaning they never get the chance to be absorbed by the body, plus more breakdown of cholesterol by the liver.

Healing wounds.

Do you have a situation where someone's wound has become so infected to the state doctors are 
saying they have to cut the affected area? Don't stress over it, get a large amount of charcoal powder and pour it on the wound. This will extract all the poison from the wound and also help it heal faster. 

If you have a cut and you want to treat it fast, just get some powdered charcoal and pour on it.

Ulcer treatment.

Charcoal can treat all the ulcers out there you can think of including stomach ulcer. Just make it a habit to always chew on some.

Possible side effects of activated charcoal.

When activated charcoal is taken by mouth, it may cause black tongue, black stools, diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation. In severe cases, it can cause blockage of your gastrointestinal tract. 

Anyone who is taking acetaminophen, digoxin, theophylline, or tricyclic antidepressants should not use activated charcoal as a supplement because it can reduce or prevent their absorption. Activated charcoal also may bond with some nutrients, but this is not considered to be a problem when it is used for poisoning or overdose treatment.  

Foot Note:

You cannot make activated charcoal at home. It is a manufactured product. It is actually a drug and available in tablets to deal with poisoning in clinics.

Remember: 

Never use activated charcoal for any treatment in lieu of a qualified medical professional. Activated charcoal can be used in emergency situations where your life or the life of someone else is at stake, but this is only to buy you valuable time to get to an emergency room for qualified care.
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