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Activated Charcoal

The versatile humble wonder

You most likely had it in your first aid kit at home while growing up. And you were probably advised to take it after your first hangovers. Know what we’re talking about? Of course, it’s the home remedy that many people have forgotten - activated charcoal.

Known since ancient times, it used to be considered a universal antidote. This article is here to remind you why you should get it back into your medicine cabinet. Activated charcoal is made from burning coconut shells, olive pits, bamboo, coal, petroleum coke or sawdust. The secret is the porous structure that makes it highly adsorbent and therefore an excellent toxin-clearing agent.  No wonder it was so good at curing hangovers;). Charcoal is processed at a very high temperature, which changes its structure, making it extremely porous. It is found in a wide range of products from digestive aids to skincare products.

"Activated charcoal 
is one of the most
famous remedies
used since ancient times."

Applications

Body detox
The porous structure of activated charcoal traps toxins and chemicals circulating in the body, so that it can flush them out and prevent their reabsorption. Using it as a preventive toxin cleanse once in a while is so important. Pesticides in our foods, chemicals in the water and environmental factors create a toxic load that negatively impacts our bodies.

How to use: Take 10 grams of activated charcoal one hour prior to each meal for two days.  During this time, try to eat only organically produced foods and drink plenty of warm water with lemon juice to prevent constipation.

Helps improve kidney function and lowers cholesterol
In the same manner as with the digestive cleanse, activated charcoal may help improve kidney function by reducing the amount of waste products that kidneys have to filter. 

Also, for people with high cholesterol, activated charcoal may help. It binds with cholesterol in the gut, thereby preventing their absorption. 

Reduces bloating and gas
Activated charcoal can trap gas molecules and so help relief bloating and digestive discomfort. It can be used for skin treatment Activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt, making it great for deep cleansing of the skin.

Mix with aloe vera gel or a spoon of honey and coconut oil, apply as a mask.

It can be used for skin treatment
Activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt, making it great for deep cleansing of the skin.

Mix with aloe vera gel or a spoon of honey and coconut oil, apply as a mask.

Whitens teeth
You most probably know charcoal is popular for naturally whitening of the teeth. It removes surface stains from the enamel by absorbing plaque and microscopic bits.

Just add some charcoal to toothpaste or mix with a bit of water before using it to brush the teeth.  

Last not least – purifies water
In Japan, activated charcoal sticks have been used to purify water since the 17th century. The porous surface attracts contaminants found in tap water and traps them in by carbon.  It is also one of the most effective ways to remove impurities like chlorine, commonly found in tap water. As well as filtering water, activated charcoal also infuses it with minerals.

This is how versatile this humble product is.

You can find activated charcoal sticks in our shop, and integrate them into your everyday life!

"As well as filtering the water, activated
charcoal also infuses it with minerals"