Activated Charcoal

Photo of activaed charcoalThis week’s featured item is Activated Charcoal. No home should be without this versatile product. In our digestive  tract, activated charcoal absorbs toxins and prevents them from being absorbed.

I always keep it in my kit as it is often needed when you least expect it. Here are a few common uses for this powerful, natural alternative.

Food Poisoning.  When my daughter was in school, she accidentally ate some spoiled food at lunch. When I picked her up from school, she was nauseous and felt terrible. We suspected food poisoning. As soon as we arrived home, I gave her two activated charcoal capsules, then followed up with two more 30 minutes later. She felt much better after the initial dose, and all of her symptoms disappeared after the second dose.

Diarrhea. Need I say more?

Bug Bites and Bee Stings.  You can open a capsule and make a paste with a small amount of water and apply it directly to the bite or sting. Similarly to our digestive tracts, the active charcoal works to absorb the poison found in the bite or sting and keep it from being absorbed into our body.

Activated Charcoal is my first response to any kind of poisoning.  Nature’s Sunshine is my favorite brand of Activated Charcoal.  (Order here).

Warning:  Activated Charcoal can interfere with the assimilation of some medications. It should only be used for emergency situations and never over a long period of time. If you have any questions, please consult your physician for more information.

NOTE: This information is provided for informational purposes only. As with all health information, always consult your health care professional before beginning any new treatment. This information is not intended to serve as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat any health issues. The owner of this site does not assume any liability from the use of any information provided.