Activated Charcoal… The New Super Food?

Morihata - 1 lb. Kishu Binchotan Charcoals

Morihata - 1 lb. Kishu Binchotan Charcoals As found on The Line

The Goodnight Co. - Charcoal Silk Eyemask

The Goodnight Co. - Charcoal Silk Eyemask As found on Shen Beauty

Ernest Supplies - Charcoal Bristle Bamboo Toothbrush

Ernest Supplies - Charcoal Bristle Bamboo Toothbrush As found on Shen Beauty

Lush - Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser

Lush - Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser As found on Lush

Pressed Juicery - Activated Charcoal Lemonade

Pressed Juicery - Activated Charcoal Lemonade As found at Pressed Juicery

Boscia - Luminizing Black Mask

Boscia - Luminizing Black Mask As found on Sephora

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal As found on Amazon

Dirty Lemon - Raw Detox

Dirty Lemon - Raw Detox As found on Dirty Lemon

Sort of Coal - Kuro Shampoo

Sort of Coal - Kuro Shampoo As found on Sort of Coal

GlamGlow - Supermud Clearing Treatment

GlamGlow - Supermud Clearing Treatment As found on Sephora

May Lindstrom - The Problem Solver

May Lindstrom - The Problem Solver As found at May Lindstrom

Binchotan - Charcoal Face Scrub Towel

Binchotan - Charcoal Face Scrub Towel As found at The Line

I was first introduced to the idea of Activated Charcoal as a ‘healthy living essential’ when I was scrolling through the shop on one of my favorite websites, The Line. There, proudly displayed as a shop item, was a stack of charcoal—literally a stack of charcoal sticks—which they confidently noted that in the ancient Japanese tradition was meant to clean my teeth. Yes, I was intrigued. I mean I couldn’t help thinking about what a mouth full of charcoal would taste like. And everyone knows I love the ‘out there’ ideas that pop up about health and wellness, but even I couldn’t wrap my head around this one at the time. To me charcoal was either for my BBQ pit or the item I most dreaded finding in my stocking on Christmas morning.

In the years since that first beauty mystery appeared to me, charcoal has continued to pop up on the radar of my health and wellness pursuit on a regular basis. I now find it in facial products, bath towels, actual toothbrushes, and even in the juice that I am drinking at this very moment. Side note, when combined with other scrumptious ingredients it tastes delicious!

Activated charcoal may be best known as a treatment for poisoning. It helps prevent the absorption of most poisons or drugs by the stomach and intestines, and is commonly used in hospital emergency rooms. Legend has it that in 1831 “in front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal¹.”

However, since it has been elevated to mainstream health status, charcoal seems to be able to do everything from cleanse your skin, whiten your teeth, detox your body, enhance the beauty effectiveness of your towels…and make for a beautiful home decoration when stacked properly. I have used everything you see in our slideshow—and am a big fan!

Note: Charcoal may interfere with the absorption of medications, vitamins or minerals. It should be taken a minimum of two hours after other medications.

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