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Activated Charcoal

DIY Health & Beauty
By: Brooke R. and Olga G. August 16, 2017

Remedies, Cures and Uses

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a powerful natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body. Throughout history it has been used to remedy toxicity, address digestive issues, aid with skin problems, support dental hygiene, purify water, preserve food, and even to mummify corpses in an ancient Egyptian burial practice.

7 Reasons Why Every Household Must Utilize Activated Charcoal:

    1. Whitens Teeth & Freshens Breath – Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth by changing the pH balance in the mouth to more alkaline environment, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. It helps absorb unpleasant odors not only from the mouth itself but also within the intestinal tract.
    2. Paramount for Skin Care Support – To help remove dirt from your skin, clear acne, skin rashes, blemishes, or sun spots, you can find products that have activated charcoal as an ingredient! The carbon in activated charcoal acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil from the pores of your skin, that gets washed away when you rinse. Known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, activated charcoal can also alleviate the itching sensation from insect bites and poison ivy.
    3. Reduces Bloating, Sharp Gas Pain & Alleviates Acid Reflux – Activated charcoal eases our digestive discomforts by binding to the gas-causing byproducts in foods. For those with acid reflux, you can rest assured that there is a natural option to calm your symptoms – the alkaline properties can reduce these reactions.
    4. Eliminates Food, Toxins, Mold, and Intoxicants Positioning – Currently, charcoal is rated Category 1 – “safe and effective”, by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for acute toxic poisoning. It can be utilized to remove toxic chemicals in the event of ingestion. Most organic compounds, pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to activated charcoal’s surface, allowing for quicker elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body.
      In addition, toxic mold living in our bodies cause issues like depression, kidney and liver failure, fogginess, headaches, heart disease, eye irritation, vomiting, weakened immune system function, and respiratory distress. By regularly taking activated charcoal, you can help prevent many of these undesirable symptoms.
    5. Serves as a Digestive Cleanse – Given our current adverse environmental state, it is important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. Having activated charcoal as an included ingredient throughout your cleanse program can assist in deep detoxification. This powerhouse can help to avoid allergic reactions, oxidative damage, and poor immune system function.
    6. Anti-Aging – Activated charcoal benefits major organs by helping the body flush out the toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals that cause the damage. In this way, we prevent signs of premature aging.
    7. Filters Water – Activated charcoal is a completely natural, organic, and environmentally friendly preservative which traps impurities in water including: solvents, pesticides, industrial waste, some fluoride and other chemicals. In today’s world we have hundreds of patented water filters with activated charcoal as a key component.

 


DIY Charcoal Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of aluminum-free/food grade baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon of Himalayan or Celtic Sea salt  
  • 2 teaspoon of activated charcoal
  • 2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 3 to 5  drops of CPTG peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add baking soda, activated charcoal, and sea salt into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and pour it in to mix with the dry ingredients.
  3. Add 3 to 5 drops of CPTG peppermint essential oil (Add more or less drops depending on your preference of peppermint intensity. Feel free to mix & match with other CPTG oils that have various health benefits such as clove, melaleuca, or On Guard®)
  4. Blend until mixture becomes a pasty consistency.
  5. Transfer to a small storage container.
  6. To use, slightly wet your toothbrush and then dip it into the charcoal toothpaste mixture. Brush as normal! (Sinks that are light in color may appear stained if you do not clean up the paste quickly after brushing!)