Activated charcoal powder is one natural remedy no home should be without.
Applying or consuming this powerful detoxifier and poison-adsorbing agent can sometimes greatly reduce the time and intensity of what ails you. And it is always safe to try.
My first real test with charcoal was mind-blowing. You know that pressure and nasty mucus you get with a sinus infection as it starts to build? That’s where it began.
The worst part was realizing I was all out of bentonite clay, which is my usual go-to for headaches, cleansing symptoms, or anything toxic I want out of my body.
What I did have was a bottle of activated charcoal capsules. To my amazement, just minutes after my initial dose, the vice grip began to relax. And the remaining slight headache was easy to keep at bay with dosing every 2 hours until it was gone. Just two days instead of two weeks!
Apparently charcoal from the capsules knew exactly where to go. Proof positive was when I blew my nose and all this black stuff came out.
Also known as activated carbon, this porous black powder adsorbs (with a "d") harmful substances, binding them to its surface for safe elimination.
And while the powder looks ominous, it has almost no flavor or scent.
Activated charcoal powder has no expiration date, so it is easy to have a jar ready. Or for less mess, capsules are all you really need. You can easily ingest the right dose or open them to treat insect bites or even brush away stains from your teeth.
For small issues like insect bites or stings, mix a little charcoal powder with water to form a paste. Apply to the area and cover with a bandage.
For deeper detox, a gel will stay moist longer. Add 2 parts water to 1 part charcoal and 1 part ground flaxseed. Stir until thick.
While you can use charcoal for significant skin issues, you don't have to! A better approach for facial masks, burns, skin reactions, and detox baths is the "clean" yet mighty bentonite.
Whenever you don't feel well, think charcoal. It may provide substantial relief, and you are no worse off for trying. Just take the dose indicated, drink plenty of water, and repeat every 2 or 3 hours until symptoms pass.
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