Activated charcoal has been used for centuries especially in medicinal purposes. It is harmless when ingested, and there are no ill effects when it comes in contact with the skin. It is used to treat poisonings, lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy.
According to WebMD, activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals. And this charcoal can absorb thousands of time its own weight.
Here are some other uses of activated charcoal I’ve found at OneGoodThingByJillee:
Digestive difficulties – Activated charcoal can be effective for reducing gas (flatulence), especially after eating foods, such as beans, that commonly create excess gas.
Bad breath – it helps eliminate bad breath, because it cleanses both the mouth and the digestive tract.
Cut and wounds – neutralize many different kinds of pathogens that directly or indirectly produce or promote infection.
Accidental poisoning – In instances of ingestion of drugs, poison or household chemicals, activated charcoal works well to draw out harmful toxins preventing them from entering the bloodstream.
Insect and snake bites – Standard medicine has no remedy to offer for this type of spider bite. However, if a charcoal compress is applied to the area quickly, the effects of the bite may be eased significantly.
Having an activated carbon in your home could one day be a life saver in times of food poisoning or accidental ingestion of toxins. But as Jillee said, you should never use activated charcoal for any treatment in lieu of a qualified medical professional. Activated charcoal can be used in emergency situations where your life or the life of someone else is at stake, but this is only to buy you valuable time to get to an emergency room for qualified care.
You can find activated charcoal in different forms on this page.
Read Jillee’s full article to learn some guide on how to use activated carbon on specific situation. Check the link below to get to the full post.