7 ways to use activated charcoal everyday.
Yes, you can use activated charcoal for your teeth and on your face, but there are other ways you should be using it too. Don’t get me wrong those two do make my list but so do a few others.
So what is activated charcoal? Well, it’s a tasteless, odorless and nontoxic fine black powder. That’s been around for hundreds of (or at least a few hundred) years. Activated charcoal has small low-volume pores that are negatively charged and cause positively charged toxins to bond to it. That is why it’s able to remove so many toxins and chemicals from our bodies.
A few things you should know about activated charcoal before you dive into it. First off, it’s messy and can stain certain things so be careful. Secondly, if you ingest it make sure to drink plenty of water to flush it from your body. Third, use a brand that is made from coconut shells. This is what I use. I know it’s pricey because it’s organic, but you want to make sure you go with a GOOD quality product and a reputable brand.
1. Bug bites: I mix activated charcoal with water until it makes a paste then apply it to the area. Repeat as many times as needed. You can also use it for bee stings, but I’ve never tried it for that.
2. Teeth whitening: I use it in conjunction with my whitening strips. I know that some people use it alone, but I feel like my results are better when I use them both. I use the whitening strips maybe twice a year, and I use activated charcoal as maintenance. There are a few ways to use activated charcoal on your teeth my favorite way is to mix it with fractionated coconut oil until it forms a paste (those of you who follow me know what a huge fan of coconut oil I am). Then I brush per the usual. Some people put it on and leave it for a few minutes. I find my teeth to be a little sensitive so I just brush and call it good. *Be careful tho activated charcoal can stain your crowns or veneers.
3. Face Mask: Activated charcoal is fabulous at absorbing dirt and oil leaving you fresh-faced. My two favorite ways to get glowing skin is to mix activated charcoal with coconut oil or aloe vera gel. You can also mix it with clay, but I find it drys my skin out too much. So, I mix it with coconut oil and/or aloe vera. In the winter I use more coconut oil. It just depends on your skin type. Be careful not to over dry your skin. If you have large pores like I do around my nose, it might temporarily darken those pores. It always goes away after a day or so but just be aware.
4. Body Scrub: Why should your face be the only part of you that glows? I mix it with my sugar scrub. And, when I say sugar scrub I literally mean that I use organic raw sugar as a scrub. I don’t see the point in spending a bunch of money on fancy scrubs when I can just use sugar, a little coconut oil and call it good. I mix my sugar, oil, and activated charcoal, then scrub and let it sit for a minute or two and rinse. Be careful not to use too much oil as it can make your shower slippery.
5. Zap Zits: On the rare occasion that I do get a zit (usually mid-cycle), I mix activated charcoal with baking soda and water. Let it sit for a few and wash it off. Then I repeat 2x a day till the zit is gone.
6. Detox: I don’t use it as a detox very often, but on occasion, I have used it to flush my system of toxins. I take 500mg with LOTS of water. Make sure not to take it within 2 hours of any other medications, supplements or food. And, always make sure it doesn’t interact with any other pills you are taking.
7. Sometimes moms drink… and then you need to be MOMMY the next morning. After a night of enjoying my favorite bourbon, I take 500mg of activated charcoal with plenty of water. The next morning I feel awesome. Now, I’m not sure if I feel better because of the activated charcoal or because of the water but either way I feel good, and I consider that a #win.
8. I’ve heard of women using it to make eyeliner and mascara, it seems pretty cool. Personally, with me living in Phoenix and it being HOT most of the year I’m kinda hesitant to use it. I also wear contacts, and I’m not sure how that would work. Here are a few sites you can go to for those recipes and if you have any feedback for me I would love to hear it! For eyeliner recipes click here and mascara click here.
Activated charcoal seems like just another trend, but once you start to use it, you’ll realize how amazing it is and wonder why you didn’t start using it sooner. If anyone has other uses for activated charcoal, I would love to hear them. I’m totally addicted and use it one way or another almost every day.