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The Wonders of Activated Charcoal Part 2

Disclaimer: All natural remedies and treatments are not a substitute or replacement for necessary medical treatment and does not constitute as medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. All information here contained is for educational purposes only.

In our last blog The Wonders of Activated Charcoal Part 1, we discussed what is activated charcoal, how does it work, why it is so remarkable, what should not be used as medicinal charcoal and simple internal uses for treating. Please click here for this important information.

Activated Charcoal: A Very Effective Natural Remedy when used Externally

When applied to body surfaces, charcoal absorbs (draws out) poisons and other harmful substances that have been excreted through the pores of the skin.

Some of the Ways Activated Charcoal can be used Externally:

  • Infection or inflammation of the skin and joints

  • Eye and ear infections

  • Lesions from poisonous plants

  • Bee stings and other insect bites

  • Venomous spider and snake bites

  • As a bath or applied as a poultice.

Charcoal Bath

The charcoal bath is useful for treating large body areas. Add 2 cups charcoal powder to a tub of water. Immerse the entire body or body part(s) in the charcoal water. Soak for 20-30 minutes.

Charcoal Poultice

The charcoal poultice is a moist compress applied to the skin and is useful for treating smaller or more localized body areas.

Directions for Preparing and Applying a Poultice:

  • Mix charcoal with a little water to form a wet paste. Be sure it has the right consistency.

  • Spread the paste about an ½-inch thick on half of a folded paper towel or loosely woven cloth.

  • Then cover the paste by folding over the other half of the paper towel or cloth.

  • Next place the charcoal poultice on the affected body part—making sure it completely covers the area.

  • Cover the poultice with plastic—to keep it from drying out (plastic food wrap will work fine). If the charcoal dries out, it will not be able to adsorb.

  • Bandage or tape the poultice securely in place.

To Treat Localized Infections, Inflammation, Poisonous Plant Lesions, Bee or Wasp Stings, and Insect Bites:

  • Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Apply the poultice and leave it on for several hours or overnight.

  • Then remove and discard the poultice.

  • Prepare a new poultice each time another application is needed.

Directions for Treating Venomous Bites and Stings:

  • Immediately wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Then submerge the affected body part in a cool charcoal bath for 30 minutes to 1 hour—using ½-cup of charcoal to 2 gallons (8 liters) of water.

  • After the bath, apply a large charcoal poultice directly over the bite/sting area, or even the entire extremity if swollen beyond the area. Cover the poultice with plastic—to keep it moist.

  • Change the poultice every 30 minutes—until pain and swelling are gone.

  • In addition, take charcoal by mouth2 Tablespoons of charcoal in 1/2 glass of water every 2 hours for 3 doses. Each charcoal dose should be followed by 2 glasses of water.

  • Charcoal works best when applied to any bite or sting as soon as possible before significant swelling occurs.

  • Should pain and swelling progress, add ice packs to the area, seeking further medical help.

Caution: multiple bee/wasp stings, allergic reactions to bee venom, as well as poisonous spider and snake bites, are all medical emergencies that need immediate attention!

Whether you’re in the great outdoors, the office, or on the road, charcoal can be helpful when you need it if you keep it in your backpack, purse, or car. So, keep charcoal nearby at all times, especially if you are in an area that has poisonous pests.

Charcoal has saved many lives, especially in cases where medical help was unavailable. Charcoal has repeatedly proven itself to be a natural remedy of the highest value. In many cases the simple remedies of nature, when used properly, are far more effective than the high-tech wonders of modern medicine.

The scriptures declare that “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 (KJV).

May God bless you with abundant health as you seek to make a wise use of the natural remedies He has provided.


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