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Five Uses for Activated Charcoal

 

How has everyone’s week been? My mom moved from her town home to an apartment literally 1 minute from me so I am super excited. Over the last week I have been helping her sell her old sofas and furniture on those yard-sale sites off Facebook. Guys, I never in my life experienced contact with human beings in this way before. Seriously It was nuts. I can’t even explain it but I will try when you tune into the next episode of The Bitchin’ Yogis Podcast. Let me know if you listen to the craziness.

Today’s Friday Five is breaking down a little more about activated charcoal. You may have seen the ads on Facebook where the chicks scrub their teeth and they turn black … or you may be one of those chicks (or dudes) that already use it.

Last week I did a little mini Friday 5 on my Instagram Stories about charcoal, and wanted to give a more detailed post here!

 

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal has been used medicinally for almost 200 years! It’s a carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency, and works through the chemical process of adsorption (not absorption), which is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface, to stop poisons and other toxins from harming you. Medical professionals have been known to use high doses of this in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning. It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body.  (It is very important that a medical professional who knows what they are doing administers this in any emergency case!)

 

 

When using it for the things I will be mentioning (like DIY projects, or to whiten teeth), you want to make sure you get a charcoal that is made from coconut shells.

  1. Teeth Whitening

Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush). (You can also just buy this awesome charcoal toothpaste, which may be less abrasive)

I use this only a few times a week, not daily and I have heard mixed things so do your own research to make sure it will work for you! You want to use a gentle toothbrush,  the mineral is abrasive and some research I did said that it can damage the enamel of your teeth if it’s scrubbed against them. Be very careful to only lightly graze teeth when applying the activated charcoal to them so not scratching, chipping, or other damage occurs. It may be a good idea to add some coconut oil to the toothbrush with your charcoal.

Quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth with a towel under your chin (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well. Mouthwash after helps get it all out, or oil pulling with coconut oil. It definitely works! I notice IMMEDIATE results!

 

2. Beauty DIY

If you missed my charcoal clay mask recipe … go check it out!

When applying activated charcoal to your beauty regimen, think about it being like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil from your skin. When the carbon comes in contact with your pores, it will pull out all that gunk and stay on the charcoal as you rinse it off. My pores look really clean and open immediately after I use this, I always use witch hazel on a cotton ball (as an astringent) after cleaning off the mask to get out any extra residue,  then I ice roll to close up my pores and smooth my skin/reduce any inflammation or redness from rubbing it off .

It is best to take the mask off in the shower.

When I use my gelatin face mask my pores no longer exist and my skin is tight as ever. The charcoal mask is awesome for that time of the month when you may be prone to hormonal breakouts and too much chocolate that makes your skin go crazy (or if you are on Flowtox or another change of diet that will show detox symptoms in the skin)’

Side note, if you missed my talking about this before — I am OBSESSED with this charcoal face cleansing bar. Nothing works better with my skin, especially when I get hormonal acne!

 

3.  Digestive Support

In the case of excess intestinal gas, charcoal works by absorbing gas in the digestive system. Because charcoal is not digested, it stays inside the gastrointestinal system and eliminates the toxins it has adsorbed when you go number two.

This coconut charcoal supplement by Bulletproof  supports digestive upset and provides gas relief. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind, and remove unwanted materials. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and gas to be carried easily out of the body. pgraded Coconut Charcoal is 100% made from coconut shells. The ultra fine and highly purified Upgraded Coconut Charcoal uses acid washing, a more expensive extra step that removes toxic heavy metals that are prevalent in many preparations of charcoal. This added step results in charcoal with the most surface area to create maximum adsorption.

Note: If you are a lady on birth control, taking charcoal will decrease the effectiveness. Alway check with your doctor about other medications you are on as well!

4. Calms Skin Irritations

It is the middle of winter now, but the mosquitos are coming! Applying activated charcoal to an annoying bug bite. However, if you or a loved one ever has a scary bug bite, or a spider bite, the charcoal will draw out the irritants. Just combine baking soda with activated charcoal powder on the insect bite to find some relief.

 

5. All-Natural Deodorant

Activated charcoal deodorant is fabulous because it won’t cause irritation like brands with a ton of baking soda. Have you tried it? It is gentle on sensitive skin, absorbs wetness very well (can absorb 1,000X its weight in moisture), and won’t stain your clothing. It also neutralizes odor naturally because it creates a pH balanced environment.

 

 

Have you tried any of these uses? If not one of these what have you used charcoal for?

 

Have great weekend!

XO

-Laury

 

 

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