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Activated Charcoal – An Essential DIY product for every Eco-Beauty Guru

I have decided to do a series to share some of the wonderful items you can use for DIY beauty and general household chores. Most of the products have multiple uses so they make for a really great purchase. I have a whole box of different must-have items in my bathroom that either work as beauty items, cleaning or medicinal.

There are some really useful items to be found on the cheap at your local Dischem or Clicks. Heck, you can even find them online. I will share all the best places to find the items in this series.

The first product/ingredient you should have in your home is Activated Charcoal. In my opinion, it is the most important of them all, especially because it can stop your hangover before it even starts! Sorry, I really like my margaritas…

Activated Charcoal is known for its purifying qualities which is what makes it so great. It is extremely versatile and if you could only have one product for the rest of your life, this should be it!

It can be used to whiten teeth, pull impurities from the stomach and skin, and even fight heartburn and indigestion. Another great use is to help prevent a hangover as I mentioned above.

Before I go any further it is important to note that Activated Charcoal is highly absorbent so you need to consult with a doctor before ingesting it as it could make medicines inactive and prevent certain nutrients from being absorbed properly.

It is also important to note that you should never use a metal spoon to scoop Activated Charcoal as it could draw impurities from the metal. I would recommend using a porcelain spoon or a wooden spoon instead. The same must be said for the mixing bowl you use, try stick to glass or porcelain every time.

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal Uses:

As mentioned previously, activated charcoal has a large variety of uses. I won’t list every single one as I have not tried all of them. These are just a few of my tried, tested and approved uses.

Teeth Whitening

I use it for teeth whitening by dipping my toothbrush into the powder. I do this once a week or just before a big date. I also take a half a tablespoon mixed with some water once a week and swish it around my mouth for about a minute before spitting it down the drain and rinsing.

I have never seen a massive difference, not like when teeth are chemically whitened but there is a noticeable difference if used frequently over a number of days. Once I reached my desired sparkle, I slowed down on its use.

Skin Benefits

Activated Charcoal is great to help with pulling impurities from the skin. I combine it with some bentonite clay (AC’s best friend forever) and honey to make a brightening face mask. If you are having a pretty bad skin week, I would do the mask every second or third day, with spot treatments in-between.

It not only draws out toxins and unclogs pores, it acts as a natural exfoliator, removing any dead skin cells on your face. It promotes faster healing and reduces the chance of scarring. Another great quality is that it can regenerate skin, firming and toning all the while giving you soft and smooth skin.

Do you see why I think it is the number one must have??? I will be doing a more detailed post on different DIY Face masks soon so stay tuned.

Other Benefits

The last great thing to use activated charcoal for is stomach issues. By drinking the powder in water, it can help with wind, indigestion and heartburn.

I personally also use it when I have had too much to drink. The charcoal absorbs any additional alcohol from the stomach so when you wake up, you don’t wake up drunk. To do this, add a heaped teaspoon of powder to a glass and mix with water. Take this before bed.

It is perfect for if you have eaten something that has made you sick. It absorbs the toxins from your stomach pretty quickly so your bout of food poisoning will be gone faster than you think.

I have never used it for food poisoning, but I have read it is pretty effective. The powder is pretty tasteless but does leave a slightly grainy texture on your tongue and teeth. Just fill the glass with water, swish it around your mouth and swallow the remnants.

Once again, double check with your doctor before ingesting activated charcoal.

Activated Charcoal

But where can you get it in South Africa?

I use Nature’s Choice Activated Charcoal which is made from coconut shells. You can find the powder at Dischem or online at Faithful-to-Nature. It is really affordable and lasts a long time! You pay R29.00 for a 100g tub and to be honest, you do not need more than that in a year. This stuff goes a long way!

Just a forewarning… The first time you open the tub, prepare to make a bit of a mess. But don’t stress, it cleans up easily.

You can also find drinking capsules, these are much more expensive and you get less product.

So there you have it, a breakdown of my holy-grail DIY beauty item. If you have any questions, pop me an email or leave a comment below and I will answer it soonest.

With My Love,

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