Human beings have been taking advantage of charcoal's curative properties for thousands of years to treat illness. Can you think of an older, more natural ingredient?
The use of charcoal dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They coveted it for its medicinal uses, much like we do today. Now, however, the applications of charcoal have evolved as the ingredient is used much more extensively to treat anything from poisoning, to acne, to drug overdoses. Charcoal is often referred to as a "miracle" ingredient.
Beloved for it’s antibacterial and adsorbent (yep, with a "d") properties, people have fallen in love with anything that has activated charcoal in it. Some swear by washing their face with charcoal cleanser, taking Activated Charcoal pills to aid digestion, or brushing with it to whiten the teeth; it is also said to help balance the ph levels in your mouth and eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath. Charcoal is also renowned for relieving insect bites, snake bites and rashes, and when mixed in with water and drank, it can help to reduce high cholesterol. Phewf! That's a lot of healing!
So how does it work? Activated charcoal makes use of a process known as adsorption (there's that wily "d" again) to soak up moisture and toxins as they leave the body. If you're interested in incorporating charcoal into your daily hygiene routine, check out Schmidt's innovative Charcoal + Magnesium formula.