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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

activated charcoal


Want to whiten your teeth without using chemicals? Want a fun experiment to try with your kids, or simply looking for a motivational tool to help them brush their teeth more willingly?

Activated charcoal-powder

Try using activated charcoal! All you need is a toothbrush dipped in water and then in the activated charcoal. But Crunchy Betty explains the procedure with photos for those of you that need a bit more convincing.

My only amendment is to suggest buying a 1/2 lb bag of activated charcoal from the Bulk Herb store instead of using capsules. It's really inexpensive. And then you don't have to worry about a giant mess spilling everywhere as you try to open the capsules neatly.

Oh, and one more thing! If you do not have stainless steel sinks, pop a stainless steel bowl in there to protect against staining. When diluted, what you spit out is not likely to stain your white sinks. But a clump dropped from the toothbrush might. So the care ahead of time is good.

So now you have a 1/2 lb bag of activate charcoal. Want to know what else you can use this stuff for?

  • ingestion of poisons (although a trip to the ER would probably still be in order, this is what they will use if your child drinks bleach) -- add some to a glass of water and drink 
  • hangover recovery (you idiot), and food poisoning relief 
  • insect bites and painful stings -- make a paste with water and apply
  • allergic reactions to stings 
  • snake bite 
  • gas bubbles and colic cramps (this is the effective ingredient used in brand Colic Calm, known for it's notorious staining and ability to make baby's poop black)
  • taken internally for short periods of detox
  • small amount of paste applied to acne spots to draw out infection
See this article for more info on how activated charcoal works. And let me know how you like the black mouth experiment!

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