for full body detox.. inside & out.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal, otherwise known as activated carbon, is charcoal that has been treated (generally by heat) to increase its adsorption – or binding affinity to toxins!
How does it work?
Activated charcoal attracts positively charged toxins and molecules, that will bind to its negatively charged exterior. Through the heating process, the charcoal molecules become extremely porous, increasing their surface area and allowing the particles to bind within their pores.
How YOU can detox from the inside out using activated charcoal!
Let’s start with the inside!
Detoxification of any part of our body starts deep within our internal organs. Our organs work hard to keep our bodies functioning optimally & thriving! Often, however, it can be hard for our bodies to contend with a build up of toxins such as chemicals, alcoholic substances or unhealthy foods that our modern world tends to be riddled with. Charcoal can assist the body in ridding of these toxins that can build up and stay over time. Charcoal can be helpful for people dealing with mild food intolerances, a night of indulging on alcohol, or digestive upset such as gas & diarrhea.
It is important to note that since charcoal is so great at bringing toxins with it, it must be of a clean & pure source! It wouldn’t suffice to reach into a barbecue, or a fire-pit and use the charcoal remains. Although they definitely look similar to the activated and safe varieties, they are full of toxins themselves, and could do much more harm than good if ingested. It is best to look for the activated charcoal supplements as they usually come in capsule form to ensure easy administration and avoid contamination.
And of course, you can use this awesome toxin-binder externally too!
When used externally, activated charcoal can literally pull out and remove toxins and chemicals that your skin has absorbed. The strong charge that it holds allows it to be an extremely effective way to remove what we don’t want from the largest organ in our body (our skin)!
Our skin is our first line of defence against everything the outside world throws at us. Using natural ingredient skin care products with no chemicals in them reduces the amount of toxicity that our skin is directly exposed to, but our modern world is full of toxins. That’s why using a charcoal product to get rid of some of the bad we’ve been holding onto (without even knowing) can be extremely beneficial for our overall health!
There are plenty of ways that we can add charcoal into our everyday skin care routine. One of the best is to use a natural soap containing activated charcoal. The soap cleans the skin, while the charcoal pulls all the bad stuff out!
This awesome charcoal soap is made locally, by our favourite aromatherapist, Jennifer, from Sunstone Aromatherapy :)!
Jennifer uses only clean and natural ingredients to create her magical products, so you can rest assured you’ll be detoxifying your face (or body) in the cleanest way possible with this bar of soap!
Have you ever used a traditional tallow soap? Did you know that tallow soap has been used for centuries? It’s rich in fat soluble vitamins that support healthy skin, and allows bacteria to slip off of the skin easily!
Made locally, in Black Creek, this soap is great for the health of your skin, and has a delicious black liquorice scent :D. With added charcoal for toxin-pulling, and added antibacterial properties, your whole body will feel clean and detoxed. This soap is great for sensitive skin, and can be used on the face – and works great as a creamy shaving bar!
Another great way to use activated charcoal externally is in a skin brush!! Activated charcoal-containing brushes allow you to use whatever soap you’d like, while getting the benefits of activated charcoal toxin removing power! 🙂 The face brush is SO soft (like, unbelievably soft) for use on the sensitive skin on our faces. It leaves your face feeling extremely clean and your skin smooth! The body brush is a great way to get rid of dead skin, and toxins. 🙂 Be sure that you’re using a natural soap, or just warm water, in conjunction with these brushes for maximum toxin detox! 🙂
Brush your Teeth with Charcoal!
That’s right, you can use charcoal to brush your teeth! Charcoal is great at whitening and really great cleansing your mouth and teeth. If you have capsules at home you can open one of them, and usually there is more than enough powder in one capsule to get a great cleanse. Do be careful though, it does stain counters and sinks impermanently. Check out the video below from Katie, “The Wellness Mama”, as she takes you through a step-by-step on how to use activated charcoal to brush your teeth!
Have you used charcoal to detox your body internally or externally? What do you think? 🙂 We’d love to hear from you!!