Activated charcoal made from coconut shells allows toxins to be grabbed by the charcoal and travel through and out of the body. Activated charcoal uses the chemical process of adsorption (where elements bind to a surface, in this case to the charcoal), allowing toxins to be grabbed by the charcoal.
- Treating a sunburn: When my husband and I get a bit sunburned, we take a bath with 4 charcoal capsules, 1/4 cup manuka honey and 1/4 cup coconut oil. We sit in the bath for 20-40 minutes and follow it with a shower using Dr. Bronners soap to wash the charcoal off our skin. This is the most amazing sunburn treatment!
- Helping with minor skin irritations: pimples or minor stings, bites, or rashes. I used charcoal on a bee sting once and it soothed and healed it remarkably quick. Make a paste with 1 capsules of charcoal and 1 tsp of coconut oil or water and rub it on the skin. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse off. **
- Brushing as a natural teeth whitener: I like using charcoal to brush my teeth. It helps whiten teeth. After brushing and flossing teeth as normal, I brush them again with charcoal (dip wet toothbrush into a small amount of powder). Then I brush one last time with toothpaste to help get rid of any black in my mouth. I try to do this once a week!
* Make sure to buy activated charcoal made from coconut shells without any additives or fillers. I buy Schizandu organic activated charcoal and I love it!