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Activated Charcoal 101: Various Uses for Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal 101: Various Uses for Activated Charcoal PowderAlthough activated carbon is most commonly used as an air and water purifier, it has many other wonderful uses for improving general health and appearance. Even your garden and pets can benefit greatly from this amazing black substance!

Skin Uses

Activated charcoal is a type of processed carbon that can attract and bind with impurities in the air. It is quite effective in drawing out dirt, microbes, and bacteria trapped in your pores. Thus, many modern skin-care products use activated carbon to cleanse pores.

So if you’re interested in making your own all-natural and 100% skin-care supplies, consider using activated carbon! This black powder will cleanse your skin and give it a lovely glow!

Soap

Why should you add activated charcoal to your soap? This black powder can help remove microbes and bacteria from your pores, cleansing your skin without leaving any residue. It will help prevent pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes on your skin as well!

Activated charcoal soap bars are perfect for oily skin and acne-prone complexion because of its detoxifying, antibacterial properties. This black powder can clear skin without leaving it dry. Use charcoal soap recipes and create an all-natural detoxifying skin cleanser for your face and body!

Face mask

Carbon face masks are helpful in removing excess dirt and sebum from your face. They also help brighten your complexion by removing dead skin cell buildup that causes acne. Activated charcoal helps pull out hidden dirt from your pores. Just choose your favorite recipe and say goodbye blackheads!

Body + foot spa

Our skin needs exfoliation from time to time to get rid of dead cells in the surface of our skin. With the help of body scrubs, you can gently remove this unnecessary buildup, leaving your skin smooth, fair, and flawless.

What better way to spend the weekend than having a relaxing at-home spa! Instead of going to an expensive salon, you can prepare your own body and foot scrub with activated charcoal. It helps detoxify your skin and smoothens cracked soles and rough feet. Feel smooth all over by creating your own activated carbon foot and body scrub today.

Simply mix your exfoliating ingredients (activated charcoal + baking soda or white sugar) with a liquid agent such as olive oil, argan oil, or coconut oil. You may also add a drop or two of your favorite oil scent like lavender for a more relaxing experience!

There are many popular skin products that use activated charcoal as a natural pore cleanser or toner, emergency acne remover, and insect bite remedy. Activated carbon has been growing popular recently due to its amazing natural cleansing and detoxifying properties.

Cleansing Shampoo

Activated charcoal surprisingly works as a great scalp and hair cleanser, removing sebum and dirt from your tresses. It helps improve scalp health, leaving it clean but free from dandruff and infection. It may also stimulate natural hair growth!

To make your own activated carbon clarifying shampoo, in an empty shampoo bottle, you can put several tablespoons of shampoo and a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder. Fill the rest with distilled water. Shake well and use as you would a regular shampoo. This will leave your hair healthy and provide a natural shine.

Oral Care

Activated charcoal is also a great oral hygiene solution. It has the ability to bind with food particles and disease-causing microbes in your mouth. It removes bad bacteria while helping you cleanse your teeth after eating. It also balances the acidity level (pH balance) of your mouth. This fantastic substance can also help prevent tartar buildup, tooth decay, and gum diseases such as gingivitis. Use this black powder to keep your breath fresh!

Caution: Brushing gently when using activated charcoal as this substance can be abrasive and harsh. Don’t use dry AC powder as you may accidentally breathe it in!

Teeth whitening

This black adsorbent powder is a safe alternative to clinical bleaching and whitening. Just put a bit of toothpaste on your toothbrush and dip it in carbon powder before brushing. This simpe daily habit can remove coffee stains bring back your pearly whites!

Charcoal Mouthwash

Gargling with activated carbon can help keep your breath fresh by preventing bacterial buildup. Just add ½ teaspoon of activated charcoal powder to a glass of water and swish it around your mouth then rinse out with clean water!

Other uses

Pet care

Just like us humans, our pets can also be at risk of tooth and gum diseases. If left untreated, these oral issues can sometimes be fatal for our beloved pets. One natural way of preventing this condition is by regularly cleaning your pet’s teeth with activated charcoal to keep their gums healthy.

Dog treats + dental sticks

Depending on your dog (consult your vet), you can use activated charcoal as an ingredient for a delicious homemade dog treat! Adding activated charcoal helps freshen your dog’s breath and also prevents cavities. See one cool recipe here: http://darlacooks.com/2012/02/21/make-greenies-for-your-dog/]

Gardening uses

Use activated charcoal as a natural fertilizer!

To improve your health by avoiding chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, activated charcoal is your best bet.

It can be used in gardening due to its ability to nourish the soil and while naturally warding off pests and plant-damaging insects. Other benefits: (1)

  • soil conditioner
  • restores health of sick plants and trees
  • kills insects and pests
  • removes soil pollutants
  • restores contaminated soil
Activated charcoal is truly a gift from nature. It helps us improve our day to day life by providing us with safe and healthy personal and home care alternatives.


Source:

1. http://healingtools.tripod.com/char_gard.html

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