How To Use Activated Charcoal for Beauty and Health


Activated charcoal has been used for a long time for help with digestive issues and skin problems. But this powder has many health promoting uses that aren’t as well known. Here you can find how to use activated charcoal for your beauty and health right at home.

Gas and Bloating

To use activated charcoal to avoid gas and bloating, take 500 to 1000 milligrams of activated charcoal with a large glass of water two hours before a meal. Drink another large glass of water after the meal to avoid flatulence and bloat.

Counteracting Poisons

Activated charcoal is extremely effective in removing some ingested dangerous poisons like bleach, pesticides, mercury and fertilizer; it also helps counteract overdoses that involve aspirin, acetaminophen, cocaine, morphine and opium. The adult dosage to counteract poison is 50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal in capsule form or mixed with water. But make sure to call your local poison hotline or your pharmacist for exact amounts.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning with nausea and/or diarrhea will also respond to activated charcoal. For adults the dose is 25 grams (2 tablespoons), for children it is ten grams. It should be taken if you suspect food poisoning, even if the symptoms have not become full-blown. Take with plenty of water to ensure that you don’t become dehydrated.


Studies show that activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol and that it can be as effective as prescription medicines. One study results showed that total cholesterol had been lowered by 25%, LDL lowered by 41% and the HDL/LDL ratio doubled. To repeat this study at home, take two tablespoons of activated charcoal three times daily for four weeks. The Lancet

Healthier Teeth

Whiten your teeth and promote good oral health by brushing three times a week with activated charcoal. Simply dip your dampened toothbrush into charcoal powder and use it instead of toothpaste to help prevent gum disease, bad breath and cavities. A note of caution: Make sure to protect counters, floors and clothes while brushing, since activated charcoal will stain them.

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