Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Benefits of Activated Charcoal

We all know what charcoal is. For barbeques. However, activated charcoal has been used by physicians for a long time to help with digestive issues. Even to this day, doctors still prescribe charcoal tablets for  diarrhoea, indigestion, and flatulence. Why? Because it absorbs bad stuff. Our body cannot digest it, and it passes out. In World War II, granular activated charcoal was used in gas masks to absorb harmful gasses. Today, charcoal is still used in water filters to help clean up water.

Now, we are not asking you to run out to your nearest shop and buy a load of charcoal. The charcoal that has therapeutic properties is called activated charcoal. Activated charcoal (or activated carbon) is charcoal that has micro pores that increase the surface area for absorption.

Making activated charcoal involves heating carbon-rich materials, such as wood, peat, coconut shells, or sawdust, to very high temperatures, between 800°C to 1200°C.

This ‘activation’ process strips the charcoal of previously absorbed substances and frees up bonding sites again. This process also reduces the size of the pores therefore, increasing its overall surface area. Due to its high degree of micro-porosity, one gram of activated charcoal has a surface area of 500 m2 to 3000m2.

Activated charcoal helps draw out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Thus, Shea decided to add activated charcoal to our already amazing Shea Butter soaps to make them even better and improve the skin care properties of these amazing soaps.

Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier. Charcoal also absorbs smells and harmful gases, making it ideal in helping control body odours. Around the world, many different traditional medicine practitioners use activated charcoal powder made from coconut shells to treat soft tissue conditions, such as skin infections by absorbing harmful microbes from wounds.

So, there you have it, we have taken something very good, and made it even better. Just for you.