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#13: Activated charcoal helps with burns and other
wounds, too!
Activated charcoal as a poultice can remedy burns and abrasions.

  • Here's how to make an activated charcoal poultice:

#12: Activated charcoal helps relieve acne
Charcoal can attract other substances to its surface and hold
them there by adsorption. Acne sufferers deal with inflammation
of the skin caused by bacteria and activated charcoal can provide
a natural remedy. A messy option, activated charcoal will help
soak up toxins in the skin and help eliminate acne. Here's how to
create a facial mask

  • DIY facial mask that soaks up toxins in your skin and
    eliminates acne.
#9: Activated charcoal can detoxify and enrich soil.
Activated charcoal adds nitrogen to enrich and detoxify soil.
Again, we're not talking about Kingston charcoal briquettes, as
this charcoal has chemicals which will not enrich your soil. To
enrich soil, dump hardwood ashes.

#10: Activated Charcoal provides toothache relief.
Natural remedies for dealing with tooth infections abound. For
dental infections, abscesses, toothaches, gum disease, activated
charcoal can provide relief.

  • How to use activated charcoal for toothache: Take a tea
    bag, slit open and remove the contents, replace with
    activated charcoal powder, such as from a capsule form of
    activated charcoal or crushed activated charcoal tablets.
    Reseal the contents, then moisten it with a bit of warm
    water and place against the offending tooth.

#11: Activated Charcoal is a weird way of whitening
Activated charcoal may seem like a mysterious black powder, but
truth be told this miraculous substance has been used for
centuries as a cosmetic, and dental aid. Activated charcoal can
neutralize bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath and
dental caries, and it can provide a cosmetic lift simultaneously.
You'll need a powder to whiten your teeth with activated charcoal.
Some dietary supplements are available in capsule and you can
open the capsule and use the powder to whiten your teeth from
coffee or wine stains.

Admittedly a weird way to whiten teeth, activated charcoal is
quite common with homesteaders and people who are interested
in more natural ways of whitening teeth. Who knows what's in
those Crest White strips? It's good to know that this weird way of
whitening teeth comes from a natural source:
Activated Charcoal uses in Prepping
How to use the prepper's black magic potion!

The prepper's black magic potion: activated charcoal!
If you're a serious prepper, chances are you have activated
charcoal in your
prepper's medicine cabinet. We're not talking
Kingsford bricks here. Don't use chemically laden charcoal
briquettes! The natural, potent medicine and survival tool we're
talking about is a specially activated charcoal.

Use activated charcoal to whiten teeth, improve skin health, treat
hangovers, filter water, detox, and treat wounds. This important
black magic powder treats poisoning and so much more...

Activated Charcoal Uses in Prepping
It comes in a scary black tablet or a medical grade powder.
Activated charcoal will put a scare on you because this black
magic potion will blacken your teeth and fingers, and exit the
back end as black stool. As scary as it is, rest assured that
activated charcoal is a legitimate remedy rooted in ancient use
and the emergency room uses it to rescue victims of poisoning!

This mysterious black powder has had incredible uses throughout

  • Ancient Egyptians used charcoal for cosmetics, but also used
    it medicinally.

  • Ancient Greeks, including the father of modern medicine,
    Hippocrates, recommended charcoal for medicinal purposes.

  • In Asia activated charcoal has been used for centuries to
    whiten the skin. It is also legendarily used to unclog pores,
    remove impurities and dead skin cells from the top layer of
    the skin, resulting supple, delicate and smooth skin.

  • Today, people use charcoal for many reasons, including
    brushing teeth!

To make charcoal requires heating wood or plant matter, such as
bamboo or coconut shells, in an oxygen deprived environment. In
a primitive fashion, you can put logs slowly to burn over the
course of a week tindered with straw and covered in straw and
dirt. Preppers today can make their own charcoal using metal
containers. Activated charcoal requires a step further. It's a
pulverized process that creates small pores and it's these small
pores that "adsorb" and activate the charcoal.

Make way for Nature's Way Activated Charcoal capsules, pictured
right. Nature's Way Activated Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood) is
commonly used to adsorb* digestive gas. It also protects the
body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Because of its
large surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption
properties, meaning that it keeps certain substances from being
absorbed in the body's gastrointestinal tract.

While activated charcoal has many uses (from teeth whitening to
reducing your cholesterol) its ideally suited for preppers as an
emergency toxin removal. Activated charcoal, through a
traps toxins in the body to help flush them out. Another of the
major benefits of activated charcoal is that it helps alleviate gas
and bloating.

Reasons preppers stock activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is the carbon and ash miracle substance for
preppers that has dozens of homesteading uses.

#1: Activated charcoal is an anti-parasitic.
The primary use of activated charcoal is as an anti-parasitic.
Activated charcoal was a medicine of ancient Egyptians and of
Native Americans, and much of this is because it is an anti-
parasitic. Think of activated charcoal as a body guard to escort
parasites out of your body. It works like a magnet to attract
heavy metals and toxins, along with parasites. They bind to the
activated charcoal.

  • NOTE: Activated charcoal's high adsorbency may reduce the
    effectiveness of certain medications, so be sure to consult
    with your physician before use. The adsorbency of activated
    charcoal means that it has the ability to extract certain
    substances from gases, liquids, or solids by causing them to
    adhere to its surface, which would have an affect on other

#2: Activated charcoal is a poison control substance.
Charcoal activated tablets are the prepper poison control solution,
and an option in emergencies when poison control operators are
not available to help you as with a grid down scenario. As a drug
overdose treatment, activated charcoal has a long history of
medicinal uses and in modern times as well you'll find use of this
mysterious black powder in the emergency rooms. Physicians may
use activated charcoal to help treat drug overdose or accidental

That's good to know, in case you're thinking that this mysterious
black powder is just some homesteading fad, but don't go playing
doctor as activated charcoal isn't effective at all kinds of
poisoning. Always seek treatment if available, and call the
American Associate of Poison Control Centers at 1.800.222.1222.

Keep activated charcoal on hand to treat children who accidentally
ingest household poisons, but always call the poison control
center first.

  • WARNING: Do Not to take activated charcoal along with
    syrup of ipeca, which is used to induce vomiting! The
    activated charcoal will adsorb the ipeca.

    * NOTE: Activated charcoal is ineffective at treating alcohol
    poisoning, or overdose of cyanide, lithium or iron tablets,
    according to Web MD

#3: Activated charcoal is an antidote for bug bites,
spider bites, and snake bites, even poisonous plants.
While the rest of the world is still pretty clueless about activated
charcoal and its amazing properties, you can be one step ahead
in crisis. Activated charcoal is the antidote for spider bites, snake
bites, a myriad of bug bites and even poisonous plants.

  • Bug bites. Activated charcoal can ease discomfort associated
    with insect bites, including mosquitoes.

  • Spider bites: Far more common than black widow spider
    bites are those from the brown recluse spider. Creating a
    poultice of activated charcoal is an excellent remedy, but you
    should also seek emergency care, if available. Whether for a
    toxic spider bite or not, it is a good first step to take. Learn
    about how to care for a brown recluse spider bite using
    activated charcoal.

  • Snake bites. Native Americans used charcoal and echinecea
    for snake bites.

  • Poisonous plants.

#4: Activated charcoal eases food poisoning and
stomach upset.
Activated charcoal acts like detox agent  in removing heavy
metals such as lead and aluminum, but it also detoxes your body
There is a
difference between food poisoning and botulism, but
activated charcoal can help with both. Always seek medical
attention when available, but if it's not available here are some
references for your personal survival manual:

Activated charcoal is a known dietary supplement to stop gas,
bloating, and traveler's diarrhea.  In soaking up gas compounds in
the gastrointestinal tract, activated charcoal helps to safely pull
unwanted toxins causing stomach upset.

#5: Activated charcoal aids digestion to increase PH.
Activated charcoal is an effective method for neutralizing stomach
acids. Any reduction in acids will improve the pH and push
towards the preferred slightly alkaline state. Activated charcoal
as a dietary supplement can improve digestion and you can
document your progress using pH strips. Pictured right, pH health
strips test urine or saliva, and can also test drinking water, pool,
hot tub, hydroponics, aquariums, food, and coffee.

#6: Activated charcoal is component of air purifiers.
Activated charcoal filters can remove pollen, spores, dust and
harmful gases. You can freshen air naturally by hanging activated

  • Air filter systems: The GermGuradian air filter, the Air
    Cleaning System, pictured immediate right, has a charcoal
    filter that also reduces common odors from pets, smoking
    and cooking. It has a true HEPA Filter captures 99.97% of
    dust and allergens as small as .3 microns such as household
    dust, pet dander, mold spores and plant pollens. And finally i
    features UV-C light technology works with Titanium Dioxide
    to eliminate airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and mold

#7: Activated charcoal can purify water.
Activated charcoal is a component of modern day water filters,
such as Katadyn and Berkey. Our ancestors used the activated
charcoal method to help bring water on long journeys by sea and
land. Wood charred barrels helped preserve water on long

#8: Activated charcoal can cleanse your body of mold.
If you have a home filled with mold, you'll want to get it out of
your body.

Dr. Axe explains how to cleanse your body of mold:
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#14: Activated Charcoal may reduce Cholesterol
That activated charcoal is significant in reducing cholesterol is
something interesting to note; however, there's not much to
substantiate this fact.

Differences between charcoal and activated charcoal.
Brands like, Kingston, contain chemicals as additives. Never use
charcoal briquettes for medicinal uses or dietary supplements.

Brands of Activated Charcoal
There are many different kinds of activated charcoal as it comes
in both tablet and powder form and has different applications for

#1: Nature's Way Activated Charcoal capsules.
Make way for Nature's Way Activated Charcoal capsules, pictured
right, Nature's Way Activated Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood) is
commonly used to adsorb* digestive gas. It also protects the
body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Due to its
large surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption
properties, meaning that it keeps certain substances from being
absorbed in the body's gastrointestinal tract.

#2: inVitamin All Natural Tool and Gum Powder.
Made from activated bamboo charcoal plants, inVitamin All
natural tooth and gum powder is made into a fine porous, pure
powder through a high-temperature steam activation process. The
antibacterial and anti fungal powder is used both in
pharmaceutical and food industries. Its excellent for gum health
and sensitive teeth! Charcoal powder has been proven to absorb
bacteria, toxins and heavy metals, helping counteract bad breath
and whiten your teeth naturally for a brighter, healthier smile.

The activated bamboo charcoal tooth powder is organic, and an
anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powder that's excellent for gum
health and sensitive teeth. It also includes bentonite clay, myrrh
gum powder, organic hibiscus petal powder, organic stevia leaf
powder, organic orris root powder, organic peppermint essential
oil and organic cinnamon extract.

More to know about charcoal...

  • Before graphite, another form of carbon, pencils were made
    of charcoal.

  • Activated charcoal has a high adsorbency, which traps toxins
    and chemicals in its tiny pores. This is the power of its
    adsorbency, and it's the adsorbency powers of activated
    charcoal that physicians use in emergency rooms. Activated
    charcoal isn't for every poisoning situation, and it isn't for
    everybody. If you're taking other medications, know that
    activated charcoal may interfere, so talk with your physician
    before taking internally. Even so, it's an important natural
    medicine to stock in your prepper's medicine cabinet.

Happy endings...
If you were stranded on a deserted island, you'd want activated
charcoal because of its healing properties and because it can
remove toxins for water purification and so much more. Activated
charcoal has amazing healing properties. While it's messy and
mysterious, activated charcoal is ideal for preppers in so many
ways. It's an inexpensive and natural remedy. It lasts almost
indefinitely and it's easy to put away in storage. Just keep it dry
and away from things it might adsorb and activated charcoal will
stay potent.

Activated charcoal stops bloating, helps food poisoning, and
reduces allergic reactions of snake bites, spider bites and insect
bites, supports easy digestion, and can even whiten teeth and so
much more. What's not to love?

You'll smile more using activated charcoal (and not just because
you've switched to a activated charcoal tooth and gum powder)
because you now know dozens of uses. Happy prepping!

Learn more about activated charcoal capsules uses in the book
Charcoal Remedies, right.

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* Note: a
dsorption, not absorption, refers to adhesion of atoms, ions, molecules from a dissolved
solid, liquid or gas. The adsorption process flushes poison and toxins from the body.

** These prepper medicines are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For
any health or dietary matter, always consult your physician. This information is intended for your
general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for
specific medical conditions. Never disregard or delay in seeking medical advice when available.

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