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Charcoal And Its Natural Healing Properties

Natural Actived Charcoal

Natural Actived Charcoal

In a standard medical kit you would not expect to see charcoal. But many people in the past realised just how useful charcoal is in everyday life. Its medicinal properties are used today in hospitals, and many doctors will prescribe it for a variety of ailments. Charcoal is obtained from burnt wood or vegetation, and one of its main uses is the fact that it absorbs toxins.

This is especially useful when someone has digested many different types of poison. The actual type of charcoal used today is called Activated Charcoal. This differs from the usual charcoal in the fact that it doesn't have any carcinogens. With normal charcoal, for example burnt toast it has chemicals that can be detrimental to your health. With Activated Charcoal it is a natural wood charcoal that is sold in many health stores and chemists.

Naturally produced Activated Charcoal

Naturally produced Activated Charcoal

I first discovered the properties of charcoal a few years ago. I was suffering with stomach problems caused by a thyroid problem. And nothing seemed to help. I went into my local health shop and the assistant pointed me in the right direction. I bought some charcoal tablets and I found that they worked so well I always keep some in my medicine cupboard now. As well as for personal use, I actually helped save a guys life a few years ago thanks to charcoal. He was an acquaintance of my son. He came around the house one night and was in a terrible state. For reasons I won't go into, he told me he had taken an overdose of Aspirin. I put him on the sofa and called the ambulance.

At that point I didn't believe he had taken aspirin. I had a horrible feeling that he had swallowed paracetamol, which, if not treated would affect his liver. So I went over to the bench where he had been sitting outside, and foraged through the bin. And there it was, an empty bottle of paracetamol. While waiting for the ambulance I made him swallow a handful of charcoal. When the medics arrived I told them what I had done and they said that was the best thing I could have done. That's exactly what the hospital would do. My quick thinking gave him those extra minutes to recuperate. So charcoal is a great healer for poisonous substances.

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Medicinal uses of Charcoal

The uses of charcoal are many. Doctors and paramedics actually keep charcoal in their surgeries and ambulances. This way they can administer it straight away. As you can see, there are lots of ways charcoal is used as a healing or cleansing medical product.

  • Soaking up poisons caused by an overdose of paracetamol or medicine.
  • Disinfecting wounds.
  • To help kidney and liver patients soak up and filter toxins from the blood.
  • Helping to purify blood transfusions.
  • Treating dysentery, diarrhea and heartburn.
  • Treatment of spider bites, snake bites and some insects.
  • Intestinal Infections.
Medicinal poultice remedy

Medicinal poultice remedy

Charcoal for Home use.

Not only does charcoal soak up gas that builds up in the stomach after eating beans, and other gassy foods, it also gets rid of the bacteria that causes the gut to contract. Its also really good if you are of a nervous disposition and you suffer with stomach problems because of this. Going on long journeys can also make you bilious as well as either suffering from seasickness or flying. Charcoal will settle your stomach and make you feel much more balanced and calm.

You can also use charcoal as a poultice. Whether its for healing a wound, or drawing out the poison from a splinter wound, charcoal is the most natural and cleansing thing to use.

To make a poultice.

Place two teaspoons of charcoal powder into a cup. Mix with warm water and stir until it is a paste. Place the mixture onto a warm piece of gauze or bandage and wrap the whole thing up with a plastic bag or wrap. Leave it overnight or for 12 hours and then change it.

Poisonous Substances that Charcoal Absorbs

  • Arsenic
  • Aspirin
  • Barbiturates
  • Cocaine
  • Gasoline
  • Hemlock
  • Nicotine
  • Mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Quinine.

Always call for medical assistance if you or someone you know has taken any of these substances.

Charcoal will help to save a life, but hospital treatment is recommended.

This is only a small list of substances that Charcoal can cure. There are many more poisons that charcoal will help to eliminate.

Do NOT use Charcoal for the following.

  • Cyanide
  • Caustic Alkalies
  • Any forms of Mineral Acids
  • Alcohol
  • Boric acid

Ingestion of these substances will definitely need medical assistance. Always call an ambulance straight away. Never try to help the person at home.



Charcoal For Health

Charcoal can be taken regularly to keep your system clean. Don't take it everyday if you suffer from constipation. Also take note of whether you can use it with your other medicine. If you take medication, only use charcoal 2 hours before or after your dose. Otherwise it will absorb the medicine as well as any toxins.

Charcoal can be taken as 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, or as I prefer, charcoal tablets. These are the most convenient way to take them. For general health take a small teaspoon daily unless constipation occurs. if you are suffering from flu or colds take one glassful 4 times a day, and if you are suffering from any illness that is long term you can take it up to 8 times a day. But always consult your Doctor before taking charcoal tablets or powder.


Taking charcoal daily or weekly will clear your body of toxins and make you feel healthier. Especially if you suffer with stomach problems. Just remember to take any other medication 2 hours before or after. It's a real must for the medicine cabinet. It can help digestion, get rid of gas, help with cuts, bruises and poison spots. And its also a great blood purifier too. But the most important thing about charcoal, is that it can save a life.

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Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2014:

Hi Levertis, thanks so much for reading, yes charcoal is what all the doctors and paramedics use in hospital to save someones life if they have taken poison, drugs, or alcohol, its great stuff! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2014:

Thanks so much sujaya, glad you liked it, nell

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on February 27, 2014:

"My quick thinking gave him those extra minutes to recuperate. So charcoal is a great healer for poisonous"

Angels are indeed among us!

"It [charcoal] can save a life."

I had no idea that charcoal could do so much, although I knew that it had some medicinal properties. I once saw a special program about the life of the chimpanzee. A few were spotted chewing charcoal at a burn site, and the narrator mentioned that they ate it to eliminate medical problems.

I did not know about the tablets. If my physician approves, I will certainly try them.

Thanks for such great information about the benefits of charcoal!

sujaya venkatesh on February 27, 2014:

very useful nel

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2012:

Hi Deb, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, charcoal is so useful, I always keep some at home, nell

Deb Welch on October 05, 2012:

Nell - Fantastic Hub. I have always taken charcoal capsules for gas- I had no idea all the many uses of this alternative remedy. Excellent - thanks for the useful information.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 18, 2012:

Thanks as always, nice to see you Integrity!

IntegrityYes on August 17, 2012:

Keep excelling, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 05, 2012:

Hi Sparkle, glad you found it useful, and thanks for reading.

Cate from Chandler, AZ on August 05, 2012:

Excellent information! I have to admit that I first learned about activated charcoal with my fish tanks, but shortly after learned of it's natural medical uses. Your hub is full of fantastic useful information!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 01, 2012:

Hi KD, not sure about that, I would imagine so, its something they are working on to use it more in hospitals, its also one of those things that are going to have to be used when antibiotics stop working, in the next few years I believe! scary stuff! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 01, 2012:

Hi Mohan, thanks so much, I do use charcoal quite a lot, so have found it very useful, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 01, 2012:

Hi Vinaya, that's a great idea to use charcoal to heal wounds, its a very versatile thing, amazing, thanks for reading, nell

KDuBarry03 on August 01, 2012:

Fascinating! I have heard of Charcoal's healing powers before, but I would have never guessed it could be used to absorb such poisons. Have doctors tried to modify the charcoal for it to absorb more poisons and/or help other ailments?

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 01, 2012:

Super detail on the many uses of the humble charcoal Nell. Your detail and depth is awesome. Many will find this highly useful. Voted up of course.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on August 01, 2012:

I have used charcoal to clean my teeth and heal wounds.I did not know about other uses. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 19, 2012:

Hi Ruchira, thanks so much, yes mother nature gives us such lovely useful things, nell

Ruchira from United States on July 19, 2012:

seriously mother nature is superb and is bountiful.

thank you nell for such an enlightening hub. voted up as useful and interesting and sharing it across

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 19, 2012:

Hi kitty, thanks so much, yes its great stuff the little ol' charcoal! lol!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on July 18, 2012:

Very true! I've definitely heard of the hospitals using charcoal to soak up the poison in people's stomachs and I'm sure elsewhere. Very intriguing and something I hadn't really put a lot of thought into before this hub. And they say natural remedies don't heal! Awesome, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 17, 2012:

Hi lyric, thanks so much. I hope the charcoal works, if you have an irritated intestine it should do the trick, sometimes it just takes a clean out to help, good luck and thanks!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on July 17, 2012:

Nell, voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Wow, who would of thought charcoal would be so beneficial? Not me:) I never heard of charcoal tablets. See, I have been having issues with my stomach, more so under my left bottom tip of my rib cage. I have been having pain, but it is more irritating then painful. Doctors can't find anything. It feels like something is there that shouldn't be. I am willing to try anything and after reading this, it may be worth it. I feel like I may need a clean out since I am pushing 30. Excellent article Nell, as always:) Hope your doing good dear friend, best wishes. Shared on twitter.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 16, 2012:

Hi effer, still laughing from your fantastic hub! brilliant stuff! thanks so much for reading, charcoal is such a great little healer, thanks as always, nell

Suzie from Carson City on July 16, 2012:

Nell....I did know quite a it about Charcoal and it's great propeties, but you really coverd it ALL and so well! You brought up points I hadn't learned and I appreciate your wisdom........I swear, Nell, if more people would really get into the natural and homeopathic way of healing, we'd all be so much healthier and not have to deal with harsh side effects. Thank you, my friend....UP+++

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 16, 2012:

Hi tills, thanks so much, I have used it for years now and its great stuff, thanks as always, nell

Mary Craig from New York on July 16, 2012:

Pointing out the different between charcoal and activated charcoal was helpful and important.

This was so interesting. You really went into great detail explaining the uses and I think as a result I'm going to have to see if I can get some activated charcoal!

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi alocsin, lol! no its not the charcoal that is used in barbecues. its a cleaned variety that is sold in health shops. it really is a helpful product and can cleanse the body, as well as help with bad stomachs, thanks as always, nell

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 15, 2012:

I'm glad you didn't suggest eating charcoal in some fashion because I imagine it tastes yucky. But I knew charcoal could clean water but did not know it had anything to do with the human body. Voting this Up and Useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Hilary, thanks so much, what a shame! yes charcoal would have been really helpful for your husband, in fact it works really quickly. But ginger is also really good too, I hope he's feeling better, thanks for the votes, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Hilary, thanks so much, what a shame! yes charcoal would have been really helpful for your husband, in fact it works really quickly. But ginger is also really good too, I hope he's feeling better, thanks for the votes, nell

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on July 15, 2012:

I wish I had read this yesterday! My husband had a bad stomach ache (gas mostly) and charcoal would have done the trick. I made him drink ginger tea, which is also pretty good, but your suggestions are awesome (as always). Thanks! Rated up, useful and tweeted!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi avian, thank you so much, its something that I would never go without in my medicine cupboard, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Pamela, thanks so much. I have used charcoal for some time now and it really is a great little health helper. Especially for stomachs, it really is soothing, thanks for reading, and the votes, cheers nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 15, 2012:

Excellent research and beautiful work on your part. Voted up and awesome.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 15, 2012:

Nell, This is an awesome hub on the properties of charcoal. I knew some of these as a nurse, but you covered this topic in such detail it was great. I didn't know it could be healthy to be taken on a daily basis. This well-written is up and across for ratings.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Shri, that's great, I really hope it helps you, let me know okay? thanks as always, nell

Shri Mc on July 15, 2012:

Hey Nell this sounds good for my stomach issues due to poor digestion which make food stay in my body lots longer than usual and that cause me pain but this sounds like a keeper. Yes will try it to purify my blood also. How can I ever thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Berga, thanks for the added information, that's a great help! glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi midget, lol! yes exactly! thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Thanks Glimmer, yes its amazing isn't it? thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi unknown spy, that's great to know! maybe that's what has kept them healthy? thanks for reading, cheers nell

Berga from SKIEN on July 15, 2012:

I had forgotten this black stuff :) thank you for sharing! I used to prescribe active chacoral "Carbo vgetabilis" for children with food alergies and exema . You need 210 tabl. Use in the morning ca 30 min before , tabl. neet to crush /pulverise . 1. week use 4 tbl; 2. week 5 tbl ; 3.week 6 tbl; 4.week 6 tbl ; 5.week 5 tbl; 6.week 4 tbl Salute!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

HI christopher, lol! yes I know, the weather is driving me insane! oh well just get the charcoal out for the other reasons! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Vellur, glad you found it useful, and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi Jackie, yes I seem to remember that. Don't worry, this charcoal is made especially for health uses, okay? thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2012:

Hi tammy, yes its a wonderful little health helper, especially for bad stomachs after eating to much or the wrong foods! lol! thanks as always, nell

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 15, 2012:

Charcoal can do so much more than just being the main star of barbecues! Thanks for the great information.

Claudia Porter on July 15, 2012:

Fascinating! I had no idea that charcoal did all this. Thanks for the info.

DragonBallSuper on July 15, 2012:

Hi Nell. My cousin used charcoal as a medicine for her kids. She never had them vaccinated. But I never tried it to use charcoal before, thank you for these explanations and experiences.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on July 15, 2012:

A very useful article Nell. Thank you. It's great when such a natural substance can be so useful. Thanks to this lousy weather we are having, the normal use of charcoal for cooking burgers, is suspended. It's cheering to know that it's good for something else as well.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 14, 2012:

Great hub. Very useful, never knew charcoal had all these properties. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 14, 2012:

This is so interesting. I honestly get into natural things like this. It was just a few years ago I heard bad things about grilling with charcoal, wonder what that was all about? I stopped using it you know? Sort of like the egg thing where they can never decide but if charcoal can do these sorts of things you speak of, sounds like an important thing to try out. Thanks!

Tammy from North Carolina on July 14, 2012:

I learned something new here. I had no idea charcoal was used in any way other than grilling a great hamburger. Very interesting and informative.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Thanks Deborah, I hope charcoal will be able to help, and good luck with the test, I am sure it will be something that you can clear up quickly, thanks nell

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on July 14, 2012:

wow this is a great hub Nell.. I had no idea.. I have lots of stomach problems.. in fact I am having tests done in couple of weeks.. to see what is wrong with me..thank you I will ask my doctor about it



Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi Larry, yes its great isn't it? that must have been so painful, but charcoal works really quickly thank goodness, I wouldn't go without it now, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi mary, thanks so much, yes I wasn't aware of exactly how much charcoal was used in everyday medical emergencys, its an amazing little natural product that can really help someone, thanks for reading, nell

Larry Fields from Northern California on July 14, 2012:

Hi Nell. Many years ago, I was in great pain from gas that may have resulted from raw cabbage that may not have been washed properly, before being served in a salad. Then I took activated charcoal tablets. The bloating subsided soon after that. Voted up and useful.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 14, 2012:

I knew charcoal was used for some medicinal purposes but certainly not all these. Thanks for all the useful info.

I voted this UP and will share.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi starstream, I am glad you found it helpful and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi Martie, yes the activated is specially made without the carciogenic materials that come in the other types of charcoal, so If I see you chewing on a burnt tree I will have to yell, wrong charcoal! lol! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi JLava, thanks for reading, yes I must have watched so many tv hospital dramas that it just came with instinct, its amazing what you learn on tv! lol! thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Thanks Linda, yes it seems its a very clever little tablet, or powder. I only came across it by accident, but wouldn't go without it now, nell

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on July 14, 2012:

This is all new information for me. Thanks for the research and writing to share with us.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 14, 2012:

Wow, Nell, now you've told me something I did not know about charcoal. Thanks for mentioning that Activated Charcoal differs from the usual charcoal ~ Now I will not go out and chew a piece of ordinary charcoal.

Voted up, informative, to be bookmarked, shared and straight to my personal library :)

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on July 14, 2012:

Great info Nell! I have heard of charcoal use for drug overdoses, but I did not know that it came in pill form or over-the counter. Good thing you did and were abe to act so quickly on your instincts. It seems charcoal has many uses.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 14, 2012:

Way to go Nell in saving a life! I always thought charcoal had one cook food on a grill pre-gas grills. I learned a lot more with this hub. Very informative! Thank you for sharing!:)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi Christin, thanks for reading, yes it was sheer luck that I suddenly remembered the charcoal when my sons friend did that, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Hi sandra, thanks so much for reading, charcoal is a great little helper, I always take some on vacation just in case! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2012:

Thanks billy, sorry it took so long to answer, my stupid pc went and crashed! I always keep charcoal now, its so useful its amazing that I never knew before either, thanks!

Christin Sander from Midwest on July 14, 2012:

glad you were able to give this to your friend and knew to do that! Sounds like he's very lucky you did. Excellent hub, very informative and I will definitely look into adding this to my other natural remedies. Voted up, useful, interesting etc.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on July 14, 2012:

I'm with you. I always keep the charcoal tablets handy and hope I don't have to use them Thanks for SHARING.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 14, 2012:

Fascinating Nell! I had absolutely no idea that charcoal had any medicinal value. Sheez, what a dunce I am! Great hub!

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