Activated Charcoal: Benefits, Side Effects, Uses, Dosage, Warnings?


ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Benefits, Side Effects, Uses, Dosage, Warnings?
Coal plant presentation
The charcoal is a carbon-based substance that has been used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years. The charcoal is a form of activated carbon which is very porous and capable of attracting and capturing many harmful substances from our environment. Activated charcoal is mostly from the burning without oxygen cocowood. This "active" process creates millions of tiny pores in the mate rial which will then go pick up large amounts of liquid and toxic debris.
Which are the practical benefits of the charcoal activated on human health? That's what we'll try to detail here.

Coal plant medicinal properties
Coal plant properties
Coal plant properties
Activated charcoal is well known as an antidote because it absorbs most organic toxins, chemicals and poisons before they can harm the body. Some emergency departments administer large doses of charcoal activated to treat certain types of poisoning.
While some people use to clean their skin or whiten their teeth, the true strength of charcoal activated lies in its ability to remove toxins from the body.
For example, if you have ingested a toxic substance, or if you have been bitten by a poisonous snake or spider, activated charcoal may well save your life.
Ancient Egyptian doctors, as well as Hippocrates (the Greek physician) recommended the use of charcoal for medicinal purposes. Native Americans used it for pain, bloating and skin infections .
A study in 1981 found that activated charcoal reduces the amount of gas produced by beans and other foods that cause gas. The excess is thus absorbed, as the gas forming bacteria. Coal is extremely effective for treating gas and bloating.
's detox treatments based charcoal are commonplace today. These treatments last about a week along with plenty of water removes toxins from the body gently. However, be sure to take a dosage suitable for your weight and your health as too small dose will not work, so that too much can be dangerous.

Origins charcoal
The charcoal activated and ordinary coal are almost identical - the only difference is that the activated carbon has been created only for medicinal purposes. To create the activated carbon, coal is usually heated with a gas which causes the creation of a porous surface which retains toxins.
Activated charcoal works because it binds to other substances chemically surface and because that it can absorb thousands of times its own weight.
Activated charcoal is available for purchase in the form of capsules (clear capsules containing powdered charcoal), or it can be purchased in bulk in some stores.

Vegetable carbon dosage and dosage
Dosage depends a lot on the purpose and state of health of the person taking it. The best thing to do is to establish a dosage with your doctor to avoid potential problems.
For external applications genre toothbrushing or preparations for the face, the dosages are smaller but still need to be taken seriously .

Vegetable carbon benefits
Vegetable carbon constipation
Vegetable carbon constipation
Charcoal supplements are effective in lowering the rate of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. The researchers point out that taking coal lowers the concentration of total fat and cholesterol in the blood, liver, heart and brain. This will aim to release the blood vessels and thus will reduce the risk of heart disease.
Because charcoal removes toxins, it can help reduce the occurrence of acne and other skin blemishes you may suffer. It also does wonders to eliminate makeup.
To use activated charcoal on your skin, mix the powder in a capsule in a teaspoon of gel aloe vera , a teaspoon of water and a pinch sea ​​salt. Mix these ingredients together until smooth. Apply it on your skin, let dry, then rinse. Your skin will be refreshed and cleansed.
Who would believe that a black powder could actually whiten teeth? Well, it is nevertheless the case of charcoal.
This can be confusing at first, but if you do this every day, you will notice a difference in a few weeks.
Activated charcoal is odorless and tasteless, so apart from having temporarily black teeth, there is no discomfort to use it to brush your teeth. Do pay careful not to stain your clothes, because if the charcoal can whiten teeth, it can also stain your clothes inside out!
Finally, if you notice that your teeth become more sensitive after using charcoal , reduce use to once or twice a week maximum.
Activated charcoal helps eliminate bad breath , because it cleanses the mouth and digestive tract.
Relieves symptoms of diarrhea , the diarrhea of the traveler (traveler's) , the indigestion etc. For these problems, take between 1 and1 ½ tablespoons of powdered charcoal up to 3 times a day.
Because food will reduce its effectiveness, try to take it between meals with water.

Cons-indications and side effects charcoal
The charcoal does not really include a cons-indications or bothersome side effects, it will however be careful in case of medical treatment, because coal has the power to suck the poison as much as drugs, so if you take the coal too soon after your medicine, it can be absorbed and therefore be ineffective, so caution.
Do not use activated charcoal if you have bowel obstruction.

Coal plant review
Coal plant review
Coal plant review
The charcoal has the ability to absorb several times its weight of toxins and therefore it is commonly used by doctors to remove poisons and other harmful compounds from the body. It is effective in relieving the discomfort associated with insect bites, and it is an effective way to neutralize stomach acids associated with gas, indigestion and acid reflux. The charcoal can also absorb fats in the blood, which will have the effect of lowering the rate of cholesterol and thus can be an ally to those who monitor their blood cholesterol .
Vegetable carbon is in addition to that very inexpensive and its efficiency is now recognized by all. Often used to treat problems with flatulence , it also democratizes its other beneficial health properties. It is safe and can be taken without a prescription, so it is logical that he is strongly advised.

Coal plant associations
The charcoal can be taken with all plants, fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and aiding digestion. It can for example Boldo , the camomile , the gentian , the thistle , yarrow, the mint peppermint or the artichoke with charcoal.

The properties of charcoal for bloating and flatulence with the Angelic or thyme .
Benefits of charcoal against the intestinal gas with the green clay .
For the traveler diarrhea or mild diarrhea to yeast or bay blueberry .

Coal plant purchase
Activated charcoal can be bought in all pharmacies and drug stores. They are also found in health food shops with a radius devoted to herbal medicine, and in some supermarkets (but attention to quality)
If internet is still a good source to get them with attractive price and on-time Delivery quite correct.

The activated charcoal plant has been known since ancient times for its extraordinary adsorption capacity, which earned him especially interesting purifying and detoxifying properties. In cosmetics, it is used as an active in masks, soaps, scrubs or cleansing products to remove impurities and pollutants. It is also a rich black dye and 100% vegetable, ideal for nice marbling know your "home", but also to try products in your makeup ... Active powerful by its exceptional surface area, it is used in small doses, especially since it is highly stain.

Function : Cosmetic Active purifying and detoxifying, intense black dye
INCI name : Charcoal
Composition : vegetable activated carbon 100% pure
Method of obtaining : Calcining Coconut shells and thermal activation in the presence of water vapor (no chemicals, unlike many active coal)
Quality : 100% vegetable, 100% pure and natural. Activated carbon high quality cosmetics and food .
Surface area : 2600 - 2800 m 2 / g , this is an exceptionally high value and corresponds to an excellent adsorption capacity
Presentation : fine black powder smell and taste neutral; packaged in pot

Applications Possible addition to a
ready product Production of cosmetic recipes Difficulty of

Warning : the properties, uses and indications brought to your attention by this focus are excerpts from scientific literature known authors have been selected by our team of researchers consisting of 4 chemical engineers and pharmacists .
Zoom exceptional product
The activated charcoal plant, by its exceptional surface area, its natural method of production and its European origins , is one of our assets exception. 100% vegetable Active : Our activated vegetable charcoal is obtained by calcination of nutshells Coco and thermal activation in the presence of steam, without the use of chemicals unlike many activated carbon. Using Coconut shells produces a very fine coal pores , which allows it to be most effective for adsorbing gases as well as liquids , but also heavy metals , the hydrocarbons , the chlorides ,. .. Charcoal Coconut also has a higher density than the carbon obtained from soft wood, cellulose residues or petroleum residues. It is possible to obtain activated carbon from a variety of carbon-rich organic matter, but the hulls of coconuts are the one that gives the highest quality coal , particularly in terms of its adsorption capacity but also at different parameters measuring coal quality and efficiency. Innovative product from the French research: This high quality activated carbon was developed for Aroma-Zone by a French company specializing in charcoal and has developed a process particularly effective for reproducibly quality criteria required calcination. Each batch is carefully manufactured in a tightly controlled process , and then analyzed to ensure quality parameters and specific surface area. This coal is consistent with French standards for coal quality food and pharmaceutical , as well as cosmetics. An exceptional capacity for adsorption: Activated Coal plant owes its properties to its incredible adsorption capacity due to its surface extremely porous (a like a sponge) on a microscopic scale: the physical phenomenon by a negative ion contaminants firmly attach to the surface of the coal. The "specific surface area" corresponds to the real surface pores and therefore measures the available adsorption capacity of coal. The activated charcoal that we offer has a specific surface area of 2600-2800 m 2 / g , which is an exceptionally high value, indicating a coal rare quality, extremely effective even in small amounts to adsorb all kinds of pollutants and impurities .

Properties :
Adsorbent and powerful detoxifier , it picks up pollutants and toxins that accumulate in the skin: environmental pollutants, chemical residues from cosmetics, but also toxins excreted by the skin
Purifying , it cleanses the skin and adsorbs bacteria responsible for certain infections (known in staphylococci share)
Intense black vegetable dye , effective low dose
Directions :
Skin subjected to pollution, stress
Skins smoking
"Detox" skin, support of internal detox cures
Skin acne
Skin infections
Plant alternative as a black dye for allergy sufferers to avoid mineral oxides
Uses :
Detoxifying and purifying masks (ideal especially in combination with the peel-off mask)
Coloring soaps, particularly in cold saponification to make pretty patterns or mottling mixed
Makeup products: mascara, kohl, eyeshadow, ...
Some ideas :

Synergies :
To bring consistency to masks and adhesion to the skin : clay, rice powder micronized Peel-off Mask marine alginates
For additional properties : clay (adsorbent but also absorbing fats and rich in minerals), chlorella (detoxifying, nourishing)
Purifying essential oils : Tea tree, noble Laurier, Palmarosa, Holy Basil, ...
Properties :
Detoxifying and cleansing , cleanses the mouth
Neutralizes bad breath
Uses :
Properties :
Excellent ability of adsorption
Captures toxins , pollutants, chemical residues of drugs, narcotics, pesticides, heavy metals, poisons, ...
Adsorbs certain bacteria (including staph and salmonella) and some viruses
Adsorbs the gas and reduces intestinal fermentation and flatulence
Directions :
Cures "Detox"
Intestinal disorders including diarrhea, flatulence, foul-smelling stools, ...
Intestinal infections, gastroenteritis, "holiday"
Food poisoning
Drug poisoning
Addictions (smoking, alcohol, drugs, antidepressants) and detoxification
In practice :
For an adult:
Cure "Detox" : 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal plant dispersed in a glass of water to drink preferably in the morning before breakfast.
Bowel problems : dosage to talk to a doctor, usually up to 1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable activated carbon dispersed in a glass of water to drink at every meal.
For a child (on medical advice) : 1 teaspoon Vegetable carbon activated daily, dispersed in half a glass of water
Intoxication, poisoning : seek immediate medical / poison control center, and administer 50 g of activated charcoal plant for an adult, and 1 g / kg for a child, always dispersed in water.
Tip : To avoid having your teeth and black lips, drinking the dispersion of coal using a straw.

Recommendations :
Properties and indications above are coming from the literature and traditional uses of activated carbon. This information is given for guidance only and does not release the case of consulting a doctor.
Notably, consulting a doctor is essential for intoxication or poisoning, or if severe diarrhea.
For coal use internally, we recommend seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist.
If you are taking medication or taking birth control pills , avoid taking coal orally, or ask your doctor for advice and space catches of at least four hours for the carbon adsorbs the compounds and can prevent or reduce their action .
Except where advice and medical monitoring, taking activated charcoal internally is r éservée to spot treatments 7 to 15 days in general.
Cons-indications to taking coal internally: some intestinal diseases including intestinal obstruction, peptic ulcer - always seek the advice of your doctor in case of particular pathology.
Properties :
Adsorbent and purifying : purifies the water and air
Neutralizes odors , especially in the fridge
Adsorbed gases, including those produced by some fruits and accelerate maturation allows for slow ripening and rotting fruit.
Uses :
As a deodorant in the refrigerator, toilets, or small parts : Place a cup filled with activated charcoal plant, possibly mixed with a little baking soda.
To slow the ripening of fruits (especially bananas, kiwis, apples): Place a cup filled with activated charcoal plant in the fruit basket.

0.1 to 1%
(of the total weight of your preparation)

Insoluble in water
Used in dispersion

Insoluble in oil

The activated charcoal plant can be dispersed in a cosmetic product ready as:
emulsion: milk or cream as our neutral fluid Cream No. 1 or No. 2
an aqueous gel, as our Aloe vera gel
neutral cleansing base, liquid soap, glycerine soap base "Melt & Pour" ...: a washing base
Peel-off Mask marine alginates
In practice :
Integrate coal in an emulsion, gel, cleansing base
Siphon your product in a bowl of cosmetic preparation or other suitable container.
Add the desired amount of activated charcoal plant ( refer to type assays below ).
Shake to mix well.
Decant the product in its container, possibly using a pipette.

Integrating coal in a peel-off mask marine alginates
Pour 2 ml shovel scoop of Vegetable carbon activated with the whole bag of Peel-off Mask in a stainless steel bowl and mix evenly.
Pour quickly and all at once 90 ml of water at room temperature on the powders
Mix vigorously with a mini whisk until a smooth paste.

Apply immediately with a thick layer on the face and neck, avoiding the eye area (eyebrows), and the hairline. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes.
remove it in one piece, taking care to slightly loosen the edges first.
Integrate coal in all your formulas containing water
The activated charcoal plant can be dispersed from 0.1 to 1% in creams, lotions, gels, lotions, cleansing bases to prepare products rinsed (masks, exfoliating products, cleansing products) or make-up (mascara, eyeliner) .
In practice :
Stir in the vegetable activated carbon cold-end formulation.
Shake to mix well long.

To make a mask or wrap
In practice :
Pour vegetable activated carbon with other powders (Clays, Lithothamne ...) in a suitable container.
Add some water or medicated water while mixing to obtain a smooth paste.
Immediately apply the mixture in a thick layer on the skin (face, neck, body).
Integrate coal into a product based makeup powders
Mix Vegetable carbon activated with other powders, and homogenize ideally mortar.
Integrating coal in a soap cold saponification
Stir in the vegetable activated carbon in pulp soap when the "trace", and homogenize by stirring well to mix if necessary.

Chart approximate equivalent (shovels and scoops for sale on Aroma-Zone) :
1 scoop 5 ml (leveled *)
1 scoop 2 ml (leveled *)
1 stainless steel spoon TAD (leveled *)
1 stainless steel spoon DASH (leveled *)
1 stainless steel spoon PINCH (leveled *)
1 stainless steel spoon smidgen (leveled *)
1 tablespoon 0.5 ml

1.6 g 0.7 g 0.30 g 0.12 g 0.08 g 0.03 g 0.15 g
* Leveled: spoon full to the brim with the surplus was removed by passing a spatula or the back of a knife
Type assays :
Total amount of the final formula 0.1% of activated charcoal plant 0.5% of activated charcoal plant 1% of activated charcoal plant
30 ~ g 0.03 g 0.15 g 0.30 g
50 ~ g 0.05 g 0.25 g 0.50 g
100 ~ g 0.10 g 0.50 g 1.0 g
250 ~ g 0.25 g 1.25 g 2.5 g

The activated charcoal plant is known since ancient times for its multiple uses as detoxifying, purifying and decontaminating . It was probably used by the ancient Egyptians for its medicinal properties , and Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" 460 BC. JC
Activated carbon is again attracting the interest of the medical community in the early 19th century , when a French chemist named Bertrand public swallows arsenic trioxide, a potent poison, without showing any signs of intoxication. Twenty years later, a pharmacist named Montpellier Touéry performs a similar demonstration in front of the Academy of Medicine , ingesting strychnine, one of the most toxic molecules known. in 2 cases, simultaneous ingestion of a sufficient quantity of activated carbon had played the role as an antidote to poison.
Nowadays, activated charcoal has many applications in water treatment , the filtration and purification air , the discoloration and refining of food (vegetable oils, wine, sugar ...), but still a must in natural medicine .
Vegetable carbon has activated its properties to its extraordinary adsorption capacity , which can trap pollutants, contaminants ....
Activated carbon is especially known for adsorbing chemicals, medicines, drugs, heavy metals, synthetic hormones, pesticide s , but also the toxins produced by certain plants, venoms of insects or snakes, or certain bacteria , such as staphylococcus and salmonella, and even some viruses . Coal is hydrophobic, it will not adsorb water. By cons, it is also capable of adsorbing gas , which earned him especially effective internally against flatulence.

Precautions :
Powdery, do not use near a source of ventilation, do not inhale.
Keep out of reach of children.
For therapeutic use, seek advice from a doctor.
Product very dye, still uses low-dose in cosmetics, and only in rinse-off products (except makeup).
Storage : Store at room temperature away from moisture and light. Close the bag after use.

Conditions for carrying out cosmetic recipes "house"
Hygienically in three points:
All cosmetic products containing an aqueous phase are very sensitive to contamination by bacteria and fungi. It is therefore essential to respect perfect hygiene in the production of "house" preparations containing water and / or hydrosols, including respecting these rules:
Wash your hands thoroughly before starting your cosmetic preparation. Minimize contact with the cream or milk and prefer bottles with pump pots. Sanitize utensils and containers always going to be used either by passing them 10 minutes in boiling water then drying thoroughly with a clean cloth or by rinsing with alcohol pharmacy and allowing to air dry free. After completion, thoroughly clean your equipment. Keep your preparation cool and use within one month. Use "natural preservatives" as grapefruit seed extract or some essential oils.
Be careful: if you notice a change in odor or appearance, stop using the product.
- The manufacture of creams or ointments sometimes requires large heaters certain phases or commodities. Precautions must be taken to avoid burns and projections. It is advisable to wear gloves and goggles.
- Your ingredients and finished products must be properly labeled and stored out of reach of children.
- If your preparations contain alcohol, be very careful when handling it. In case of contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly and extensively with water. Alcohol is highly flammable: Handle alcohol away from flame and incandescent lights. Alcohol can be irritating to the respiratory tract: handle alcohol in a ventilated area.
- Some ingredients may pose a risk of allergy in susceptible individuals: always do a pre-test of 48 hours in the elbow to check no reaction occurs before using your products.
- These recipes are examples of use of the ingredient described in this data sheet. These illustrations should in no event be held responsible.
- Before you start, check out our listing for warnings and precautions.
Recipe cosmetic house "active" Marie-Laure technician cosmetic formulation AROMA-ZONE:
Shaving soap in purifying coal plant (ref: N451805 / E3 9/11/12)
~ 2.3 € for 80 ml
Degree of difficulty:
beginner / advanced / confirmed
Completion time:
50 minutes
Shelf life:
~ 6 months *

Documents to be printed before starting your preparation:
Warnings and Precautions Prepare its equipment and empty containers Label and store the product traceability Using pipettes and handling viscous products
Proposal for bottles : 80 ml ​​aluminum Pot and capsule embossed
Materials needed (for sale on Aroma-Zone):
Spatula + Kitchen Sink (Soup mixer type)
500 ml graduated beaker
Digital thermometer
Precision Balance + Set of 5 stainless steel measuring spoons
Thick gloves amounts
Phase Ingredients: % ~ 80 ml (with scale)
A - Vegetable oil Copra BIO: 25.00 20 g
A - Plant Castor Oil BIO: 38.00 30.4 g
B - Mineral water: 18.40 14.7 g
B - Caustic soda pure: 9.10 7.3 g
C - Vegetable oil Babassu: 3.20 2.5 g
C - Substitute vegetable Lanolin: 3.00 2.4 g
C - Essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata: 2.00 1.6 g
C - Oil of Ponderosa Pine: 1.00 0.8 g or 30 drops
C - Active Cosmetics activated vegetable Coal: 0.30 0.2 g or 2 tablespoons DASH
Reducing soda for this recipe is: 3%.
Complete spoons are leveled: why, have a spatula or knife blade on the spoon to remove excess product.

Before you begin, we strongly recommend reading The form Know-How cold saponification to understand the process and precautions. The amount of soda is calculated for oils, butters and waxes in the amounts indicated in the recipe exactly. If you substitute one ingredient for another or change the quantities it is necessary to recalculate the amount of soda required using our calculator on the record Know How cold saponification .
Visibly equip you: powder mask, gloves kitchen latex, goggles, long sleeves and closed shoes.
1 / Transfer the phase A (coconut oil + castor oil) in a beaker.
2 / In a bowl, transfer the phase B (solid caustic soda + water mineral) , taking care to incorporate progressively using a spatula soda in water ( not vice versa! ). The reaction is highly exothermic and produces a lot of heat. 3 / Heat in water bath your phase A to 40 ° C. At the same time, let cool in a phase B cold water bath to a temperature of 4 / When both phases are at the same temperature, take out bowls of water baths and pour slowly phase B into phase A strong mixing with a hand blender, until a thin trace (thickening of the preparation). 5 / Add phase C (the remaining ingredients) in mixing well after each addition still using the blender. 6 / Pour your batter in his soap box. 7 / Cover tightly your soap in a box with plastic wrap and a clean towel , then let it harden about 48 hours. 8 / then let the open and let the soap dry outdoors ideally four weeks until ready to use.

This soap rich in vegetable substitute Lanolin beard, prepare your skin and hair shaving. With its creamy foam, it provides a smooth, comfortable shave. It is easy to use with a damp brush.
Caustic soda can be irritating when handling it is imperative to handle with amounts gloves, goggles and a mask powder. The port facilities should be well respected from the beginning to the end of the manipulation.
Store your jar away from light and heat.
* Conservation : well preserved and manufactured under conditions of optimal health, your product will keep for at least 6 months.
To go further, check out: The list of recipes Aroma-Zone
Recipe cosmetic house "active" team cosmetic formulation AROMA-ZONE:
Minute detox purifying mask (ref: N451806 / E1 of 8/11/12)
~ 0.5 € for 25g
Degree of difficulty:
beginner / advanced / confirmed
Completion time:
5 minutes
Shelf life:
to use immediately *

Documents to be printed before starting your preparation:
Warnings and Precautions Prepare its equipment and empty containers Label and store the product traceability Using pipettes and handling viscous products
Materials needed (for sale on Aroma-Zone):
Graduated cylinder 10 ml + Pelle measuring 2 ml OR Precision Balance
Set of 2 mini spatula spatulas
Phase Ingredients: % ~ 25 g (with scale) ~ 25 g (with sample)
A - Active Cosmetics activated vegetable Coal: 5.00 1.3 g 2 scoops of 2 ml
A - Red Clay Superfine: 45.00 11.3 g 6.5 scoops of 2 ml
A - Hydrolat Rosemary verbenone BIO: 47.70 12 g 12 ml
A - Vegetable oil Arrays Laurier 2.00 0.5 g 0.5 ml
A - Oil of Rosemary verbenone BIO: 0.30 0.1 g or 4 drops 0.1 ml or 4 drops
Full excavators are leveled: why, have a spatula or knife blade on the shovel to remove excess product.

1 / Transfer the necessary quantities of charcoal and red clay into a bowl.
2 / Add the hydrolate rosemary into the bowl containing the powder and mix thoroughly to obtain a smooth and homogeneous preparation.
3 / Finally, add the remaining ingredients , mixing well between each addition.
4 / Use your preparation immediately. Note: the pH of this preparation is about 6.5-7.
This purifying mask with activated charcoal is ideal for vegetable cleanse the skin thoroughly and remove blackheads. Apply 1 to week over the entire face and leave on for 5 minutes. Then just rinse with clear water. A customized formula to detoxify the skin!
* Conservation : This minute mask is working on and will not keep.

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