Activated Charcoal

activated charcoal

What is Charcoal?

The question may sound funny but not to everyone. With all the healing properties attached to the charcoal we are talking about, an impression is created in our minds that the charcoal we are talking about must be a different charcoal rather than the burnt pieces of wet firewood that we use to cook. Charcoal is a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air. Charcoal is formed when wet wood is burned in the absence of (or in minimal) oxygen. During the preparation of charcoal, the process creates millions of little pores within the charcoal material. These pores take in and hold large amounts of liquid and toxic debris. Charcoal has the unique ability to adsorb or remove poisonous gases, many drugs, toxic chemicals, infectious bacteria, and viruses. The question that may be lingering in our minds may be, which tree we should get the charcoal. The answer is any tree. This is because it is not the chemical composition of the tree that is used, but rather the end product—charcoal is what the medicine is. Some trees have medicinal value and that may add to the effectiveness and benefits of the charcoal. Among the many trees available for charcoal, eucalyptus is most recommended because of its medicinal additions. The rule is, if the charcoal burns well, then it is heavy it will make a good medicine. Poisonous trees should not be used, but thanks be to God, they do not make good charcoal and that is why they are rarely used.


How medicinal charcoal is made?

The first step in preparing charcoal is pulverizing or crushing of the charcoal pieces to smallest possible pieces. You may use the simplest available tools so as to crush your charcoal to smallest possible sizes. Crushing Charcoal When choosing the tools, as in the picture above, ensure you use colorless materials which will not shed the color and contaminate the charcoal Step two involves sieving the charcoal so as to eliminate the large charcoal particles. The final step is very important as it is the process that makes it most effective.

Activating the charcoal

After you have sieved your crushed charcoal, an important step still remains. One of the properties of charcoal is that it has adsorbing power. That means that it adsorbs poisons from air freely. When exposed to air, it adsorbs the air around. To clean it of these poisonous gasses and moisture, an important step referred to as activation is performed. Activation of charcoal is a simple procedure than what the term suggests. It involves heating the charcoal in moderate heat for not more than 15 minutes. You need a clean, dry pan, heating source and a spoon. Stainless steel or lead cooking pan is preferred over aluminum pans because aluminum when heated it forms other compounds like aluminum oxide which is hazardous to health. A wooden or melamine spoon is preferred for stirring the charcoal.


  • Place your pulverized charcoal in a cooking pan and put it on fire. The fire should be moderate so that the process is effectively done.
  • Stir the charcoal gently for 15 minutes.
  • Allow the charcoal to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Put the cold activated charcoal in a dry air tight container. Your charcoal is ready for use.


  • If you activate your charcoal in a well-lit place, you will notice gases escaping from the charcoal as you stir it. The gases will continue escaping until when it is fully activated. Moderate heat should strictly be used if the best results is to be achieved. Ensure the charcoal is heated in moderate heat so as to avoid heating the charcoal to ashes. If the source of heat cannot be adjusted, hold the pan above the fire so as to moderate the heat yourself. Exposing the charcoal to air after the activation process would result to contamination, to reverse the process, you will need to activate the charcoal once again. The activated charcoal can stay for more than a year if well kept, it may however expire within a few minutes when left open. It is therefore important to always keep the charcoal in a closed container. Activated charcoal can be found in tablets form or capsules or in powdered form and it may be found in chemists and even online in such online platforms like amazon.

How it works

The next important question is how it works. The following properties of charcoal will help us understand how it works in our bodies.

Feature 1

Activated charcoal has been shown to catch and hold more than 100 times its own weight in outside materials. The inner surface is between 300 and 2000 m (to the power of 2)/g coal. This translates to mean that 2 grams of activated charcoal corresponds roughly to the area of a football field. This property makes activated charcoal a powerful resource to seize and eliminate toxins from the air, water and from within the human body when used correctly.

Feature 2

Activated charcoal is said to adsorb (accumulate on the surface) foreign materials rather than absorb them. Sponges absorb liquids but do not bind them, and therefore they can be squeezed right out. Charcoal binds the toxins and impurities tightly at a molecular level and cannot escape. Adsorption is an electrical action while absorption is a mechanical action. Activated charcoal adsorbs most organic and inorganic chemicals that do not belong in the body, but no studies have been able to prove that it adsorbs nutrients. However, it will adsorb any medications and, other than in the case of an overdose, activated charcoal needs to be taken two hours before or after any medications. Above is a magnified picture of activated charcoal. Notice how each small units of charcoal looks with the pores around it.

Feature 3

Activated charcoal is good at trapping other carbon-based impurities (“organic” chemicals) that are commonly found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and other industry and environmental pollutants. Charcoal has also been shown to be effective at binding to chlorine, viruses, bacteria, and their metabolic by products and toxic excretions. It is estimated that daily use of activated charcoal reduces the toxic load in the human body by over 60%. The activated carbon itself is not resorbed in the gut but is eliminated in the faeces.

Feature 4

Activated charcoal is very mild on the colon and does not interfere with the natural mucus lining of the intestines. It is wonderful for cleansing the intestines. It is great at binding to toxic gases, Candida, parasites and other physical impurities and at rendering them harmless. Bloating, flatulence and constipation are relieved.   Charcoal supplementation is best when bound with fibres such as psyllium powder or celery seed powder and good levels of hydration. With the above powerful properties, charcoal is incomparable as a medicine. I have witnessed charcoal as a remedy for constipation, food poisoning, skin problems remedy, wound treatment (including ulcers) and varicose veins.  You can use activated charcoal as one of the main component in treatment of cancer such as cervical, skin cancer and reversing of tumor wound.


Substances That Can Be Adsorbed By Charcoal

The following are some of the substances which can be adsorbed by activated charcoal.  The list is just a sample of most common poisons that we encounter in our daily endeavors.

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Aspirin
  • Cocaine
  • Digitalis
  • Mercury
  • Mercuric Chloride
  • Lead Acetate
  • Kerosene
  • Hydro chloride
  • Hemlock
  • Penicillin
  • Narcotics
  • Opium
  • Valium
  • Tree Tobacco
  • Radioactive Substances
  • Phenol
  • Pesticides
  • Methyl
  • Morphine
  • Benzene

Why use charcoal?

Charcoal is readily available: among the most available commodities in the world, charcoal stands out as one of the cheapest and most available. As a remedy, you just need to get it from local vendors then you crush and activate it yourself.  Simple to use: charcoal does not need a physician or even a medical worker to prescribe. You need to identify the problem and its cause, eliminate the cause the use charcoal to remove the poisons. Totally harmless: as we will discuss it in subsequent chapters and sections, charcoal is harmless to the system. No side effect has been associated with correct usage of charcoal. Some people have suggested that charcoal may block the appendix when used in large amounts. No tangible research backs the above proposal, above all, we always advice patients to use charcoal in prescribed amount. Highly effective: no other remedy has been found that can replace charcoal in its effectiveness. Is there any drug that can be used as a body detox, ulcers and wound treatment, tooth paste, cancer treatment, bad odor treatment, diabetes treatment, handling food poisoning, handling snakes and other reptiles bites, handling asthma, handling varicose veins, diarrhea, vomiting just to mention a few? Charcoal is a primary remedy in most of the above ailments and diseases.

Charcoal Remedies

Internal treatment of charcoal

Charcoal is taken orally for almost all diseases .

When one has malaria , typhoid , cholera , ulcers , high blood pressure or cancer , the first procedure should always be taking of charcoal . This is because the charcoal will act as a detox , in efforts to rid the system of toxins which accumulate in the stomach and the intestines . In such cases as wound treatment and external application of charcoal in arthritis or stroke cases , charcoal should still be taken internally first .

Using charcoal internally


✓ Take a clean dry glass

✓ Put two table spoons full of charcoal

✓ Add warm water . ( the water should first be boiled then be left to cool )

✓ Stir the mixture until the lumps of charcoal disappear .

✓ Drink the charcoal solution .

✓ Add water to fill the glass again and drink the residue .✓ Drink it once every morning for at most four days .activated charcoal wound treatment

For wound treatment :

✓ Take two cloves of garlic ( a clove is a bean like and not a bulb ) and one red onion ( average size ) .

✓ Grate them together and a glass of boiled and cooled water .

✓ Stir . ✓ Pour around the wound without touching the wound .

✓ Grate another 2 cloves of garlic and one onion .

✓ Put in a clean dry white cotton cloth .

✓ Wrap around the wound for AT MOST 15 minutes .

✓ Unwrap and wash with warm water and apply a charcoal poultice for between an hour and overnight .


Treatment of multiple Bee stings , and venomous Bites and Stings Procedure:actiavated charcoal bee sting

✓ Thoroughly wash the area using soap

✓ Submerge in a basin with cool water with charcoal added .

✓ Apply a large charcoal poultice .

✓ After 20 minutes , remove the poultice .

✓ Apply another poultice .

✓ Apply an ice pack .

✓ Use charcoal internally .

Inflammation For Inflammation of any type , apply poultice over inflammation . This is very powerful , and actually draws fluids through the skin and into the charcoal . For Inflamed eyes , apply as poultice to eyes , hot , warm or cold as it feels most comfortable . Intestinal problems In case of gas , bloating , diarrhoea , indigestion , irritable or spastic colon etc . Apply large poultice over the abdomen , and take charcoal internally . Infections Charcoal will adsorb bacteria , viruses , toxins , wound secretions , etc . it will also deodorize a smelly wound . Liver Charcoal aids the liver if it is diseased or under heavy load – apply poultice over liver area . Liver failure can be treated with charcoal poultices . Pain Abdominal pain , sore throat , earache , sprains , arthritis , pleurisy , and other pains usually respond quickly to a charcoal poultice . Arthritis For arthritis , do a garlic – onion poultice ( 2 cloves of garlic and an average sized onion ) . Apply the poultice on the affected areas for at most 20 minutes . Do a charcoal poultice the whole night . The next day , do hot fomentation .