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Have you heard of activated charcoal? Odds are you have, it is one of the trending ingredients it seems. I see it everywhere, it’s on skincare shelves, it’s in the beverage aisle, even my local ice cream shop has a charcoal ice cream!
There are so many ways to use activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is taking the world by storm and for good reasons!
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal isn’t the same stuff as you’d find in your barbecue. No, thankfully it’s a bit different than that. Activated charcoal has been oxidized which causes the surface of the charcoal to become porous.
Thanks to the porous properties, activated charcoal attracts metals, chemicals, and toxins to itself. Activated charcoal adsorbs (AD-sorbs, not absorbs there’s a slight difference) these toxins and then they are flushed away with the charcoal.
Where to Get Activated Charcoal
You can find activated charcoal in most supermarkets in the supplement section. It’s a common poisoning remedy (even hospitals use it!).
Of course, you can find it online as well (probably for a better price because that’s the Amazon world we live in now). You can buy it in capsule form which is great for keeping your activated charcoal adventures as mess free as possible and you can get capsules in a smaller quantity than if you by by the pound.
But if you are going to #ActivatedCharcoalAllTheThings than I’d recommend just going all out and buying activated charcoal powder in the bag.
Ready to start using activated charcoal?
45 Ways to Use Activated Charcoal
Ways To Use Activated Charcoal in Skincare
How to Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal – The Pistachio Project
Remineralizing & Whitening Tooth Powder – The Pistachio Project
Deep Cleaning Activated Charcoal Scrub – The Pistachio Project
Activated Charcoal Face Mask – The Pistachio Project
Homemade Mascara – Real Food RN
Homemade Natural Eyeliner – A Blossoming Life
Charcoal Oil Pulling – The Nourished Life
Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Soap Bars – The Soft Landing
DIY Charcoal Hand Soap – Hello Glow
Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree Face Cleanser – Alluringsoul
Foaming Charcoal Face Scrub – Saved by Grace
Peel Off Activated Charcoal Mask – Jenni Raincloud
Charcoal Deodorant – The Suburban Jungle
Stinky Armpit Detox – Overthrow Martha
Black Bath Bombs with Activated Charcoal – Hello Glow
Activated Charcoal Oatmeal Bath – Gold Mountain Beauty
Charcoal Detox Bath – Mind Green Body
DIY Charcoal Shampoo – Best of Tips
Detox Scalp Spray – Gold Mountain Beauty
Detox Scalp Treatment – Beauty Munsta
Charcoal Hair Mask – DIY Natural
Ways To Use Activated Charcoal in the Home
Ways To Use Activated Charcoal in Natural Remedies
Flu Fighting Popsicles – The Pistachio Project
Activated Charcoal Drawing Salve – Happy Mothering
Activated Charcoal for Stomach Bugs – Jenni Raincloud
Activated Charcoal for Bug Bites – Crunchy Betty
Activated Charcoal Gummies – Hello Glow
Charcoal Poultice – Charcoal Remedies
Charcoal Slurry for Poisoning – Deep Roots at Home
Activated Charcoal for Bloating – DIY Remedies
Ways To Use Activated Charcoal in Food & Drinks
While activated charcoal is definitely a fun food/drink ingredients, I don’t recommend making it a common thing. Activated charcoal can bind some nutrients so I don’t recommend taking it for more than a few days. If you are on prescription medicine, you’ll likely want to skip the charcoal as it can interfere with the medication.
Activated Charcoal Lemonade Smoothie – Green Blender
Detox Charcoal Latte – Catching Seeds
DIY Dirty Lemonade – The Hippy Homemaker
Orange Ginger Juice with Charcoal – Clean Eating
Tropical Fruit & Charcoal Smoothie – The Soccer Mom Blog
Activated Charcoal Ice Cream – Dr. Axe
Charcoal Nice Cream – Compassionate Women
Activated Charcoal Waffles – D.I.D with Cazoshay
Charcoal Black Sesame Bread – Scratch Eats
Charcoal Hummus – Pathways to Family Wellness
Activated Charcoal Protein Bars – Hello Glow
Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Charcoal – Food52