People have been using activated charcoal for thousands of years. In World War I, activated charcoal was used in gas masks to prevent soldiers from being poisoned by chemical exposure, and it has been used to treat water (making it tasteless and odorless) since 1930.
Activated charcoal and regular charcoal are almost identical – the only difference is that activated charcoal has been created solely for medicinal use. To create activated charcoal, regular charcoal is heated with a gas that causes the charcoal to expand, creating a porous surface that traps toxins.
Activated charcoal works because it chemically binds other substances to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight. It also has an incredibly large surface area due to all of its pores – one cubic inch of charcoal has the surface area equivalent to a 150,000 square-foot field. This is why just a bit of charcoal can absorb so many toxins, atoms, and ions.
That's a brief history on where activated charcoal came from, below are the 16 benefits and uses to have activated charcoal on-hand in your home.
1-Rid Your Body of Toxins in Emergency Situations. Read more about it here.
2-Treat Food Poisoning
3-Relieve Bites and Bee Stings
4-Make your own Water filter
5-Aid in morning sickness in pregnancy. Consult your doctor first.
6-Sprinkle some on kitty litter to help with odor control
7-Make your own fridge odor absorber
8-Reduce Acne and Improve Skin Health. Make your own face mask here.
9-Whiten Teeth in five minutes
10-Getting rid of a stomach flu
11-Reduce or Eliminate Gas
13-Make your own drawing salve
14-Prevent a Hangover – I haven’t tried this one myself, but they say if you take one before bed it’ll lessen the amount of alcohol absorbed in the body
15-Make Homemade eyeliner
16-Make Homemade Mascara