16 Unmatched Uses of Activated Charcoal

I guess you already have heard about activated charcoal and its healing wonders. Perhaps you’re fascinated (just as I am) how these brittle and lowly remains become a powerful and useful medicine to humankind. Well, I guess this is just one great illustration of “weak things of the world that confound the wise”. If you have not known how precious activated charcoal is, see these 16 Unmatched Uses of Activated Charcoal now.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated Charcoal is an odorless and tasteless powder produced by heating or burning to increase its adsorption ability. [1]

This simple yet powerful remedy has been used hundreds of years ago. Ancient Egyptians, Native Americans and the “father of medicine”, Hippocrates already used charcoal as an effective way of treating many diseases.

The most prominent work of activated charcoal is to adsorb toxic or harmful chemical substances from the body. To understand its concept let’s take a look at this comparison of absorption and adsorption.

As you can see in the figure above, activated charcoal acts like a magnet where it takes up or collects germs and binding them altogether for excretion.

Accordingly, the best sources of activated charcoal are hardwoods from medicinal variety, coconut shells of mature coconut fruits and healthy bones of clean animals like cows, carabaos, and goats. [2]

What’s best with using activated charcoal as therapy is there’s no danger of overdose.

16 Unmatched Uses of Activated Charcoal

1. High cholesterol

High cholesterol also known as hypercholesterolemia is a condition where the levels of cholesterol in the body are higher than normal. [3]

A study published in PubMed shows seven patients with high cholesterol that undergone treatment with activated charcoal for 4 weeks at 8 g three times a day had a decrease in LDL or bad cholesterol at the same time an increase of HDL or good cholesterol. [4]

2. Relieves inflammation

Activated charcoal is an effective remedy to relieve inflammation.

Accordingly, this is the fastest and most effective medium in removing inflammatory cytokines from human blood. [5]
For any inflammation, you can drink charcoal every four hours. Also, you can apply it as a poultice (charcoal paste).

3. Adsorbs poison

Activated charcoal effectively adsorbs poisonous substances such as lead acetate, malathion, camphor and much more.
Typically, charcoal can be used in certain kinds of poisoning. However, it’s not applicable in corrosive agents poisoning such as strong acids, iron, boric acid, lithium, petroleum products and alcohol. [6]

4. Cleanses impurities in the blood

Charcoal is also applicable and effective in blood cleansing. You take a charcoal drink every four hours to cleanse impurities from the blood.

5. Promotes healing of wounds and boils

Ideally, activated charcoal can promote healing of wounds. A clinical data shows how this remedy helps remove fluid and toxins in chronic wounds even in time of debridement. [7]

6. Lowers body temperature in fever

I can tell how activated charcoal can lower body temperature in fever. I started administering charcoal drink to my son when he was 2 years old. Providentially, it works well with fever. I let him drink every four hours until the fever subsides. , you may need to give the patient plenty of water to prevent constipation.

Please note that you should give the patient plenty of water to prevent constipation.

7. Adsorbs toxins from the body

A study published in PubMed indicates that a single dose of activated charcoal effectively prevents the stomach to absorb toxins and drugs too. [8]

8. Treats diarrhea

Diarrhea, when left untreated, can lead to severe dehydration. The common causes of diarrhea can be bacteria, food intolerance, and many others.
At the onset of diarrhea, you can give the patient an activated charcoal drink every three hours.

9. Treats intestinal gas

A study published in PubMed shows the effectiveness of activated charcoal in lessening or preventing intestinal gas. [9]

10. Adsorbs drugs including barbiturates

My son had been injected with barbiturates at the age of 2. I never had an idea about it. But because we were alarmed with the heresies of its ill-effects I personally searched it on the internet. And I was shocked with its harmful effects so we’ve decided to let him drink activated charcoal. I have read that AC can adsorb aspirin, arsenic, barbiturates, cocaine and many other drugs and substances.

11. Treatment for animal and insect bites

For treatment of animal and insect bites, apply a charcoal poultice to the bitten area. These can include bites like bee, centipede, dog, spider, and snake.

12. Removes odor / deodorizer

Activated Charcoal acts as an effective non-toxic deodorizer. It efficiently removes odor whether in the kitchen, comfort room and other rooms.

13. Whitens teeth

Activated charcoal is not limited to expelling gases or toxins. It can also be used to whiten teeth and eliminate bad breath as well.
You can make a paste out of charcoal ( ½ or 1 teaspoon will do and a little water). Brush your teeth with this paste within 2 minutes, brush your tongue as well as this can sometimes be a source of bad breath.

14. Relieves toothache

My husband has proven how activated charcoal eliminated his toothaches.

You can brush your teeth with charcoal or if your tooth has a hole you can put some paste onto it for 2-3 minutes for toothache relief.

15. Acts as Air Purifier

Start purifying the air you breathe at home or in the office with activated charcoal. Pollutant molecules are trap inside the pore structure of charcoal, leaving the air purified.

16. Effective Water Purifier

Water is life. However, when the water you drink is contaminated it can be a cause of waterborne diseases including cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.

Activated charcoal has long been used as a purifier in Japan since 17th-century experts say. Particularly, it removes chlorine and other toxic substances in your tap water making it healthier and tastier. [10]

17. Helps Heal Cough / Asthma

A friend of mine told me how charcoal clears out his tickly cough. He added 2 tablespoons of charcoal into a warm water.

I also can testify how this simple remedy helped a lot when my daughter Rachel (3 and a half-year-old) had an asthma attack. I was frightened by the sound of my daughter’s cough and her difficulty in breathing. But, thank God! HE gave an immediate answer to our prayer! My husband lets her drink warm charcoal drink (1 tablespoon of charcoal diluted in a glass of warm water). And, minutes later, she’s been breathing fine.

Activated charcoal dosage

Children: 1 tablespoon of AC ½ glass of water dilute
Adults: 2 tablespoons of AC 1 glass of AC dilute


Upon administering activated charcoal you should always remember that this remedy doesn’t work like magic. It needs constant prayer and application (regular treatment). It works gradually so you may need to exercise patience and trust in the Almighty who is the source of true healing.

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