Charcoal has become my favorite multipurpose product over the course of the last few years. What’s so crazy about this new trend is that it’s been used in the medical world for years and years! If you go into a hospital, you’ll see it being used to treat overdoses. Superheating natural sources of carbon, such as wood, produces activated charcoal. The black powder stops toxins from being absorbed in the stomach by binding to them. The body is unable to absorb charcoal, and so the toxins that bind to the charcoal leave the body in the feces.It has toxin-absorbing properties which make it not only a must in the medicine but in my home as well. I use several different charcoal products and I’m so excited to share what and why I use the ones that I do so that you can start incorporating them into your own daily routines.
The first charcoal product that I’ve ever used was the Beautycounter charcoal bar and mask. I have oily and acne prone skin so these two products have been a lifesaver for my skin. I have always used skincare regimens that hid the issues I had verses fix them. Thanks to charcoal, my skin naturally purges that yucky stuff that’s been hiding deep in my pores and wahhh-la, clear skin! The charcoal bar is one that I use 2x daily. I keep it beside my sink in a soap dish with ridges so it is never sitting directly in water. This helps my bar last about six months. It is ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin, this detoxifying cleansing bar absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a clearer, smoother, and brighter-looking complexion. Made with purifying Japanese binchotan charcoal, antioxidant-rich organic green tea, and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.
I use the Beautycounter Balancing charcoal mask 2-3 times weekly and as a spot treatment for those random pesky zits. This nutrient-rich kaolin clay mask deep-cleans and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities. Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation. Perfect for those concerned with congestion and oily skin. Not gonna lie, I also use the charcoal mask to detox my underarms when I get super stinky during random influxes of hormones. The kids always ask for me to break out my mask when they get bug bites because it instantly stops the itch and helps them heal faster.
The talk about arm pits brings me to my next fav charcoal product… Stinkbug Natural’s charcoal deodorant. A few months ago, I wrote a blog about why I love it so much! You can read that blog here. But the fact of the matter is, when you have stinky pits, it’s because your body is naturally detoxing through those pores. Help speed up the process by using a charcoal deodorant and be wowed by how much it works!
The next beauty product I love that is charcoal based is my toothpaste. Before I switched to a healthier lifestyle, I would always use toothpastes marketed for extreme whitening without understanding the damage I was doing to my teeth. Not only do those toothpastes really mess up the enamel on your teeth, they are filled with yucky ingredients. Now that I focus on using products that work and are good for my body, I have searched long and hard for a good way to whiten my teeth. I’ve tried to use loose charcoal powder for brushing but with small kids in my house, I’ve opened the bathroom to find many messes being made with the black powder everywhere. Enter, HELLO charcoal toothpaste. This is a liquid based toothpaste that uses charcoal to help naturally whiten. I brush two times a day (maybe three) and my teeth are whiter than ever. I buy this on Amazon or Walmart, depending on if I am completely out or I can wait a few days for Amazon to drop off my products.
While we are on the subject of bathrooms, I want to share a little information about something that I use but had no idea contained charcoal until recently. In our home, we have reverse osmosis water filtration systems on all the water sources including the showers and bathtubs. I buy these off of Amazon from a company called Crystal Quest. You can read more about them here. What I just learned is that they use charcoal in their products as a natural water filter. Just as it does in the intestines and stomach, activated charcoal can interact with and absorb a range of toxins, drugs, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and chemicals found in water. In commercial settings, such as waste-management centers, operators often use activated carbon granules for one part of the filtration process. Dozens of water filtration products are also designed for at-home use, using carbon cartridges to purify water of toxins and impurities. A 2015 study found that water filtration systems that used carbon removed as much as 100 percent of the fluoride in 32 unfiltered water samples after 6 months of installation.
The last way that I have incorporated activated charcoal into our household is via our holistic medicine cabinet. Over the past 7 years while transititioning to a healthier lifestyle, I have taken special interest in learning more about holistic medicine. Myself nor the kids have had conventional modern meds since I started this process. We use the items that I’ve found after extensive research. Enter activated charcoal. No one likes the stomach bug and lately, it’s been passed around in our family. Since it has entered our home, we are all taking capsules of activated charcoal to try and make this dissipate as quickly as possible. Given its use as a gastrointestinal absorbent in overdoses and poisonings, it follows that some people might propose activated charcoal as a treatment for diarrhea and stomach bugs.
As you can see, charcoal is a hot commodity in our household. We use it many different ways and now that it’s been shown to me, I will never go without it. Please share any way you use charcoal, I would love to find more uses for it!