To take the healthier route can mean taking the slower route, to have the time to appreciate the process of preparing a meal, and to see the beauty of being in control of what you give your body.
If detox is what you have in mind, the most iconic black powder, that is Activated Charcoal Powder, works wonders in keeping our bodies healthy. This potent powder binds to toxins in our bodies to prevent them from getting absorbed into our system, working like magic to filter away the bad stuff and make way for the absorption of the good stuff.
Different Types of Activated Charcoal Powder
With different types of activated charcoal powders available in the market today, you might see various types ranging from coconut shell, peat, hardwood to bamboo and other kinds of activated charcoal which all have their own specific characteristics.
Check out our article for a full rundown on the different types of Activated Charcoal Powder.
It is best to remember these two distinctions for the three most common types of activated charcoal powders that are used for health and beauty products:
- Hardwood Activated Charcoal - Ideal for external use / easier to clean or scrub off after use.
- Bamboo and Coconut Activated Charcoal - Safe for internal and external use / may be harder to clean or scrub off.
Benefits of Charcoal Powder
Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal Powder: Best for Odor Control
The microporous quality of coconut activated charcoal powder allows it to absorb odors faster and more efficiently than other types of activated charcoal powder.
Aid Digestion and Detox
Activated charcoal adsorbs harmful toxins which makes it helpful for detoxification and this makes it a great component to your smoothies, shakes, and juices to aid better digestion and natural detoxification.
We advise that when you are including activated charcoal supplements in your diet, it is best to drink lots of water to avoid constipation.
Treat Alcohol Poisoning
Often medically used, activated charcoal powder has been used as an antidote to treat alcohol poisoning through adsorption. Adsorption is when the substances stick or adhere only to the surface of the adsorbent element, like that of the fine charcoal powder. Unlike a cotton ball, absorption is when it fully absorbs the liquid through and through.
Best taken before meals, at least two hours before or even an hour after, it helps gather toxins that cause bloating and stomach discomforts and may even result in better bowel movement.
Treat Acne Concerns
Activated charcoal powder can be used to treat acne, clear whiteheads and/or blackheads, control oiliness and breakouts by making it into facial masks, or by simply adding it to your facial wash or scrub. It can also be used as a skin cleanser as it penetrates through the pores (due to its very fine state), it can remove dirt and help clarify the skin making it look healthier and smoother.
To be used or taken temporarily, it can help reduce inflammation by absorbing cytokines in the immune system that may become too overactive and cause the inflammation. Activated charcoal powder can be a natural alternative to steroids and drugs that offers no harmful side-effects when used properly.
Ideal for Foot Soaks
Detox baths and foot soaks will help draw out toxins from the body. Mix in some essential oils, herbs, and honey for an aromatic foot soak. Add in a teaspoon at a time to your bath water to your liking.
Making Beauty Masks
To detoxify your face from bacteria and sebum, mix:
Minimizing Oily Skin
Activated Charcoal is great for minimizing oiliness on your face and can help remove excess oils and acne-causing bacteria to leave your face clean and feeling smooth.
With its capability in drawing out harmful toxin deposits in our bodies, it is also great as an anti-aging beauty product that can help leave a youthful glow to your face.
What are your favorite ways of using Activated Charcoal Powder? Let us know in the comments below!