How to Use Activated Charcoal

I’ve mentioned activated charcoal a few times on this site as a great natural first aid product to have on hand, which it definitely is.

It’s probably on my top 5 list of things to have in a natural medicine cabinet, because it can be used in a number of different ways, and is great for homesteaders.

Activated charcoal has been used for centuries due to its ability to absorb toxins and impurities. In many emergency rooms, poison victims may be treated using a large dose of activated charcoal, which can absorb the toxin to be passed naturally through the bowels.

For this reason, it is an excellent first aid item to have on hand at all times. If someone in your home ingests toxins or potentially spoiled food, activated charcoal can be taken internally to reduce the absorption of the poisons. You will always want to check with poison control or a medical practitioner in the case of anything seriously life-threatening, but if you have a simple case of food poisoning from some bad Chinese food, activated charcoal will definitely reduce your symptoms greatly.

It is also a great beauty product; you can use activated charcoal to naturally whiten teeth on a regular basis. Simply sprinkle some on your toothbrush, brush all over your teeth, let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse. This is an incredibly effective and simple method of teeth whitening that’s far, far safer, not to mention cheaper, than your average drug store solution.

Activated charcoal can also be used in face masks to naturally remove impurities and blemishes from the skin.

Mixed with baking soda, activated charcoal can draw out poison from bug bites, so it’s great to have on the homestead for the occasional wasp sting or spider bite. You can also use it as the base for an old-fashioned drawing salve.

Activated charcoal can be easily purchased at most drug stores or health food stores, or ordered online. It’s quite affordable, and always prudent to keep a bottle in your cabinet. You’ll be glad you did!

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