Activated charcoal does some wondrous things. From digestion to detoxification and teeth whitening this is a stellar item to have tucked away in your cupboard for emergencies (like travellers diarrhea!).
How does it work? Well activated charcoal is typically from burned hardwood or coconut shells that is then processed to be extremely absorbent with a seriously high surface area. This absorbency combined with surface area means that it is able to not only grab up lots of bad bacteria and toxins but can also absorb it for easy and fast removal.
Activated charcoal is used medically to prevent some types of poisoning, by natural health workers to combat bacterial, viral and parasitic/yeast issues and by the beauty world to help remove impurities from the teeth and skin. Oh, not to mention all those water filtration systems that are using carbon, i.e. charcoal, filters to remove any nastiness from your drinking water!
There’s a craze on currently for all things natural charcoal toothpaste and I often get asked where it can be purchased. My response is always “have you thought about making it yourself?” Because it’s so simple to do!!!
All it takes is 5 typically in your cupboard ingredients and about two minutes!
2tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp activated charcoal
1tsp sea salt
1tsp baking soda
1/4tsp peppermint extract (the kind you use for baking, not aromatherapy!)
Combine ingredients slowly (the charcoal has a mind of its own and can stain!). Store in a small Mason jar or other small sealable container. Keeps on the counter for 3 months.