Herbal charcoal has a plethora of uses. The best way to purchase charcoal is in capsule form. That way, you can break apart as many capsules as you need to for what you’re doing, or simply swallow the capsules.
Charcoal has a history of being used in hospital ER’s all across the country for is absorptive properties. People who have swallowed certain poisons, or have overdosed on pills may be given an activated charcoal slurry to absorb whatever toxins are in that patient’s stomach.
At home, one could use charcoal for any kind of stomach malady: heartburn, indigestion, vomiting, sour stomach, even diarrhea. It’s an all natural way to help your stomach balance itself without having to take medication.
One could also use the herbal charcoal mixed with cornstarch to use as a baby powder when changing a baby. This not only prevents diaper rash, but it heals an existing rash quite quickly without using messy creams or ointments. And again, it’s all natural.
Another use for charcoal is on a plastic bandage to soothe scrapes, bee stings, bug bites and so on. Just grab a bandage the size you need to cover the affected area. Put a little bit of water right on the pad of the bandage, and put some of the charcoal from a capsule on the wet gauzy part of the bandage. Then, apply the bandage to the affected area. It can stay on as long as overnight, but never reuse it. You don’t want to use charcoal if you have an open cut or wound; it could permanently darken that area.
For a charcoal poultice, for larger areas, it’s pretty much the same concept. Mix the herbal charcoal from the capsules with water to get a paste. Not too soupy and not too dry or you will have a big mess. Place this mixture on a large gauze pad and cover the wounded area. Do not use this if the wound is bleeding a lot, or if it is a more serious injury. This poultice is for treating minor burns, bee stings, cuts, scrapes, and so on. Cover the gauze with plastic wrap and then cloth or an ace bandage.
You can even use a charcoal poultice for pink eye, earaches, and muscle aches and pains. Charcoal works for abscesses as well, but if there is any question of infection, please seek medical attention. Never try to treat a serious wound at home. Charcoal is great for lots of things, but don’t experiment when something is serious.
You can purchase herbal charcoal at most health food stores.