Activated Charcoal – An ally of our gut health.

In natural healing, activated charcoal is used as a purifier for the intestinal tract thanks to its detoxifying and antimicrobial properties.

How does it work?

It absorbs microbes, gas, and toxins from the intestinal tract and favors their expulsion. It also reduces acidity and inflammation of the gastric walls.

These properties make activated charcoal a great ally in treating complaints of the digestive system such as bloating, dysbiosis of the gut flora, meteorism, diarrhea, gastritis, and heartburn. It also helps in case of food poisoning or a build-up of toxins after a course of heavy medications.

Carminative herbs (e.g. aniseed, fennel, cardamom) are an ideal combination.

However, activated charcoal should not be consumed for a prolonged time as it could cause nutrient depletion in the long run. Do not take it during pregnancy or at the same time as medications (always take it at least 2 hours away from them as it can interfere with their absorption).

Externally, activated charcoal can be used to create face masks for acne, oily skin, and to remove impurities, or for oral health, as it whitens teeth and removes bacteria, preventing gingivitis and cavities.

Feel free to contact me to discuss natural healing treatments for any conditions.