Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying. Today I want to talk to you about activated charcoal. I will talk to you about its application and benefits in our lives.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a powerful natural treatment that is best known for its highly absorbent capabilities. For this reason, it is mostly used in various detox programs, helping the body to get rid of harmful substances. Activated charcoal can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from different foods to drinks. You can even use it topically, applying it to the hair and the skin.
One of the best benefits of using activated charcoal is related to digestion: in fact, many people use it to improve the digestive process by making food less likely to cause bloating and gas during digestion. Activated charcoal works by binding the substances that cause gas as well as discomfort. You can consume this ingredient before or after a meal, but you should only do so if you are about to consume food that is prone to causing gas or other digestive issues. Remember to consume charcoal with a hefty glass of water to speed up digestion.
We all have heard about age-old remedies for hangover. However, there’s a surprisingly effective remedy few know about: activated charcoal. While it can’t actually remove alcohol from the body, it can quickly remove toxins from the body that would otherwise cause painful symptoms such as headaches or muscle pain to appear. Additionally, it can increase the removal speed of unhealthy substances from the body. Hence, it is crucial to drink plenty of water along with the charcoal, so you don’t experience indigestion.
If you’re longing for whiter, shinier teeth, then activated charcoal might be just the thing for you. Many drinks and foods can easily stain even the most impeccable of teeth, including alcohol, coffee, and even certain fruits. However, with this, you can almost instantaneously see whiter and healthier teeth.
Activated charcoal works by modifying the pH of the mouth, thereby getting rid of harmful bacteria and unhealthy elements. It can reduce the risk of ailments such as gum disease and cavities. It can be a quick and cheap solution for white teeth. A study by Janakiram and colleagues of the National Institute of Health (NIH), showed that herbal toothpaste, such as charcoal powder, is superior to the traditional toothpaste in cleaning plaque.
It is a common practice to use activated charcoal for oral care in South East Asia. I grew up using activated charcoal to clean teeth without even knowing it’s a benefit. My great grandfather lived till the age of 113 years and did not lose a single tooth. When I asked him about his secret, he told me that he did not use anything other than activated charcoal for oral care. He never had a dentist visit in his 113 years of life. I even use activated charcoal now, knowing its full benefits.
Nevertheless, you consult with a dentist before starting using charcoal. Due to its abrasiveness, I use charcoal powder once a week. However, I do use charcoal toothpaste.
Activated charcoal certainly has a high amount of lesser-known benefits, including its ability to naturally strengthen and treat the hair. You can find a great number of ready-made products for the treatment of hair, but if you want to ensure the quality of your product, you can make it right at home. To use it for hair, add a few tablespoons of dry charcoal into a bowl, and add a few drops of water. Mix the concoction well, and apply a few layers onto the hair. Rinse after a few minutes and dry the hair as normal.
One of the most unexpected benefits of activated charcoal is its amazing ability to absorb odors of all kinds, ranging from smelly foods to unhygienic bathroom fumes. Activated charcoal has natural properties that make it attract fine particles around it, the same way baking soda does. That’s why you can place some powdered charcoal in a dish and leave it in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom. The powder will almost magically make bad smells disappear, at least for a while. This will give your living environment a fresh and clean smell. I also put it in a pouch and leave it in my shoes to absorb odor.
One of the best uses of activated charcoal, and my favorite, is skin purification. It makes for an excellent natural skin rub, helping to get rid of toxins and other impurities. It gently removed dead skins and promotes good circulation, and it also balances pH levels. You can use activated charcoal for the face, but be sure not to get in around the eyes. Also, it can be used as a deep-cleansing rub for the body, ensuring proper removal of dead skin cells. Mix equal amounts of powdered charcoal and water, and apply it onto the skin. Leave for a few minutes and rinse.
I myself use peel off activated charcoal mask to get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and open up pores. There is a very easy recipe to make peel off activated charcoal mask at home. Mix an equal amount of powdered charcoal, agar-agar, and water, and apply to skin. Let it dry and peel off the mask in an upward direction. You will be amazed at the result.
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