Uses for Activated Charcoal


Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal Powder


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Recently, I learned about the many uses of activated charcoal and have been using it several ways, such as brushing my teeth, drinking it to help with digestive issues, and even making a facial mask for acne.


What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated Charcoal is charcoal that has been processed by exposing it to oxidizing agents, like air, steam or oxygen.  This is done at high temperatures and causes the charcoal to erode, creating a surface area on the charcoal that is approximately the same surface area as a football field–all in one teaspoon!  Large amounts of chemicals, toxins and bacteria can be trapped by this large surface area like a magnet and is then carried out of the body.

Uses for Activated Charcoal:

  • Whitens teeth and removes plaque—Brush your teeth with a little charcoal and feel the difference in how much cleaner they are.  Just wet your toothbrush and dab on a little charcoal and massage into your gums and teeth.  Charcoal freshens your breath and removes the bacteria around your gums as well as whitening your teeth.  Your sink will get messy, but cleanup is minimal.
  • Digestive issues—mix 1 tablespoon activated charcoal with a glass of water and drink.  Relieves stomach upset, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and the effects of candida die off.
  • Poisonings—Always keep activated charcoal in your home for accidental poisons from medicine, chemicals.  The charcoal draws out the harmful toxins from the bloodstream and body.  Always check to make sure that charcoal is the right remedy for the poison before using.

**A reminder—don’t take the activated charcoal at the same time you take medications, it will render them useless due to the adsorbent nature.  Talk to your health care provider for more information.

Taking large doses of activated charcoal can cause dehydration, so drink lots of water after taking it.

Activated charcoal is available in powder form or capsules.  I purchase it in bulk from Multavita through Amazon so I have plenty on hand for all my needs.

Check out a few more uses for Activated Charcoal:





Food Poisoning

Poisonous Bites


Kidney/Liver Dialysis

Pink Eye




Cholesterol Reduction


Foul odors







Neonatal Jaundice

Peptic ulcers

Dental infections

Insect bites

Pink eye

Poison ivy

Infected wounds

Diabetic ulcers

Ear infections



Snake bites


Pets and livestock

Abscessed tooth


Filter water


Canker sore

Throat infection


X-ray burn



Typhoid fever




Heavy metal absorption


This is just a short list of the many uses of activated charcoal.

Check out the book on Amazon to read more and click on the resources below for more information.

The following videos are an interview with John Dinsley, the author of

Medicinal Charcoal Pt 1 John Dinsley


Medicinal Charcoal 2 John Dinsley



Charcoal by John Dinsley

Activated Charcoal Powder by Multavita

Click here for my article How to Make a Charcoal Poultice or Compress

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