Activated charcoal is a carbon- based substance that has been heated or otherwise treated to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. It is made from wood and other plant materials preferably palm kernel/coconut shells which are usually heated with a gas that causes the materials to expand, creating a porous surface
Because of its extremely porous nature, activated charcoal is able to attract and strongly bind many harmful substances like chemicals, toxins, poisons, heavy metals, intestinal gas, fertilizer, or even alcohol in various aqueous based environments. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts the positively charged unwanted products. Simply put, it is an “active” charcoal with high adsorptive power created for medicinal purposes.
It is important to know that Activated charcoal is not the same as normal charcoal we used for grill or char wood from fire. True activated charcoal is odourless, tasteless, and non-toxic.
Interest in activated charcoal grew in 1831 when a French Academy of Medicine professor (Prof Touery) famously drank a lethal dose of strychnine and did not suffer any ill effects, all because he combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal. We do not recommend you try this.
TOP 10 BENEFITS AND USES OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Teeth Whitening: Have your teeth become stained from coffee, tea, wine, oil or food? Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. Activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
For whitening your teeth naturally, pour a small amount on a clean and wet toothbrush, cotton wool, chewing stick or foam. Brush teeth thoroughly, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining, rinse when done. It works like magic!!!
Please note that charcoal is mildly abrasive so be gentle when brushing and don’t use more than 2 to 3 times a week.
Water Purifier: Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals. This is why activated charcoal uses include its use in water filtration systems throughout the world. Put the Activated Charcoal (Granulated) in an enclose that will allow passage of water.
Skin Cleanser: Activated charcoal is beneficial for a variety of potent skin care uses. It can pull out the pollutants and toxins that rest on the surface of the skin, making it a superb cleansing ingredient for skin care. For facial mask, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal with water, make a paste then apply a light layer to cover your face, allow it to dry for 20 minutes then wash off with water.
Soothe and Heal bites, cuts and skin irritations: Whether you were stung by a bee, snake or had a cut from the kitchen that has become infected, activated charcoal can help speed the healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections, activated charcoal can be applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain. To make the paste, slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.
Anti-Poison: Studies show that activated charcoal may be the most effective GI tract decontaminant available. It can adsorb up to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines when taken quickly after ingestion. It can even have a positive effect as long as four hours after ingestion! In fact, emergency rooms routinely administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning. Unlike ipecac syrup or stomach pumping, activated charcoal binds with and removes much of the offending substance even after it enters the bloodstream.
Of course, anyone who experiences poisoning or exposure to toxic substances should absolutely contact a poison control centre or hospital immediately and follow any instructions they have.
Air Purifier: Activated Charcoal’s porous structure makes it great at removing odours, harmful chemicals and allergens from the air. This is why you’ll often find activated charcoal in air purifying products. Whether to capture laser plume or anaesthesia gases in operating rooms, clearing the smoke from restaurants, smoke shops, or bars, or sucking up solvents and hair sprays in aesthetician and beauty salons, activated charcoal is clearly the answer. Place (Granular Activated Charcoal-GAC) anywhere that will enable it have sufficient contact with the air for it to grab all those impurities before they are blown back out into the room.
Anti-Aging: Activated charcoal slows the rate at which the brain becomes increasingly sensitive to toxins as you age, which makes for better cognitive functioning. Studies show that activated charcoal prevents many cellular changes associated with aging, adrenal gland, liver and kidney function. Famous Gerontologists discovered its powerful anti-aging properties in a study showing activated charcoal to increase the average lifespan of older test animals by approximately 34 percent.
General Detoxification: Activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest detoxifying remedies and now it is available as a powerful and convenient supplement to help eliminate the toxins in your food and environment that make you fat, weak, and foggy headed. Regular use of activated charcoal will make you feel renewed and more vibrant, often in minutes. Gut toxins quickly may become brain toxins if you don’t eliminate them, take some activated charcoal to eliminate unwanted bacteria from your system faster before they spread and multiply, helping you feel better faster.
Depression: When you feel unusually moody or suddenly tired, activated charcoal helps you back in the game within minutes.
Metal Recovery: Activated Charcoal is the most efficient in thy recovery of Gold, Precious, rare earth and base uranium, copper, nickel and zinc ore, waste and reclaim streams.
We recommend activated charcoal as part of first aid kits, at HOME and at WORK.