Activated Charcoal
 Method of Making
 Use of Charcoal

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Activated Charcoal

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, activated coal or carbo activatus, is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.

The word activated in the name is sometimes replaced with active. Due to its high degree of microporosity, just 1 gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 500 m2 (about one tenth the size of an American football field), as determined typically by nitrogen gas adsorption. Sufficient activation for useful applications may come solely from the high surface area, though further chemical treatment often enhances the absorbing properties of the material. Activated carbon is usually derived from charcoal.


The Use of Charcoal as a Remedy

Naturally produced, Natural Elements USP grade Activated Charcoal is a wood carbon that has no carcinogenic properties. It is an odorless, tasteless powder that is able to absorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and chemicals, often making them ineffective. Every private home should have charcoal on hand as a ready antidote for poisoning, and as a cleansing agent in infections and various metabolic disturbances. Orally administered charcoal is effective in preventing many intestinal infections. All studies show that charcoal is harmless when ingested, when inhaled and when it comes in contact with the skin.

Substances Adsorbed by Charcoal:

Acetaminophen Diphenylhydantoin Nicotine
Aconitine Diphnoxylates Nortriptyline
Amitriptyline Doriden Opium
Amphetamine Doxepin Oxazepam
Antimony Elaterin Parathion
Antipyrine Elavil Penicillin
Arsenic Ergotamine Pentazocine
Aspirin Ethchlorvynol Pentobarbital
Atropine Foxglove Pesticides
Barbital Gasoline Phenobarbital
Barbiturates Hemlock Phenolphthalein
Ben-Gay Hexachlorophene Phenol
Bensodiazephines HydroChloride Phenothiazines
Camphor Miltown Imipramine Phenylpropanolamine
Chlordane Ipecac Primaquine
Chloroquine Isoniazid Quinacrine
Chloropheniramine Kerosene Radioactive Substances
Chloropromazine Lead Acetate Salicylamid
Cocaine Malathion Salicylate
Colchicine Mefenamic acid Silver
Congesprin Mercuric Chloride SodiumSalicylate
Contact Mercury Stramonium
Darvon Methyl Strychnine
Delphinium Morphine Sulfonamides
2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Muscarin Tree Tobacco
Digitalis Narcotics Valium

A few of Charcoal’s many uses include:

Aspirin overdose Eye and ear infections Poison ivy
Bad breath Fever Poison ingestion
Cancer pain Gas Rash
Chemical ingestion Indigestion Sore
Cuts and burns Liver disorders Sore throat
Diarrhea Mouth lesions Sprained joints
    Spider/Snake bites

Suggested Use:

Internally: For adults, take between 2-4 tablets until symptoms are alleviated but do not exceed 16 tablets per day. Or take 1 teaspoon USP grade powder mixed with water but do not exceed 3 teaspoons per day. Children should take half an adult dosage. Activated charcoal should not be taken regularly for more than 6 weeks at a time. Please consult a physician if symptoms persist.

Externally: To make a poultice, mix 3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of activated charcoal powder in 3/4 cups of hot water. Stir until blended and cool to room temperature. Place mixture generously on a strip of gauze large enough to cover the area and tape the sides so that the mixture does not leak. Leave on 3-6 hours or overnight.

Other Uses: Activated charcoal helps to eliminate bad breath by cleansing the mouth and digestive tract, relieves symptoms of nervous diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea (Turista), spastic colon, indigestion, and peptic ulcers. For these discomforts, between 1 and 1 ½ tablespoons of powdered charcoal stirred in a glass of water up to 3 times a day is normally effective. It is most effective when taken between meals, as food may reduce its effectiveness.

Activated charcoal is inexpensive, simple to use, and a time-tested natural remedy that has many valuable uses without dangerous side effects or contradictions. It is an efficient cleaner when taken orally which helps to purify the blood.

Charcoal may adsorb and inactivate other medications. Usually you can take charcoal two hours before or after other drugs. Check with your physician before beginning treatment with charcoal if you are taking prescription drugs. You may take charcoal intermittently for long periods or regularly for up to 12 weeks. However, it should not be taken regularly for extended periods of over 12 weeks. Do not give charcoal to an unconscious person.

Activated charcoal may be used as an antidote in poisoning from most drugs and chemicals. However, DO NOT USE WITH THE FOLLOWING: Cyanide, mineral acids, caustic alkalines, alcohol, or boric acid. Other antidotes are more effective. Charcoal is not effective in every poisoning situation so consult a Poison control Center or a physician immediately for instructions in any poisoning emergency.

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