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Activated Charcoal Healing Salve

Activated Charcoal Healing Salve

Lately I’ve been working with activated charcoal and loving it.  This is an amazing detoxing tool for your health and we’ll explore that another day but today let’s talk about how activated charcoal can help your skin!   Like with the body, activated charcoal work by pulling out toxins.  Using it in your DIY skin care can be so helpful if you’re experiencing blemishes or just suffering from bug bites!

Activated charcoal is a super porous substance that is extremely effective in drawing out dirt, grime, bacteria and even poisons from the skin.  Activated charcoal can be used for extracting splinters, venom, relieving itchiness, relieving stomach bugs, curing hangovers and it even whitens teeth!  It actually has a magnetic charge that attracts impurities to it.  Activated charcoal is required by law to be part of the standard equipment on ambulances, in case of poisoning!

While there are many different ways to create skin care with activated charcoal, I decided to make a salve that will relieve bug bites, and can even be used as a spot treatment for blemishes!  This ingredient can absorb 1,000 times it’s weight in harmful substances so you can see why it could be very helpful with extracting venom from mosquitos, spiders and snakes!   Not only will it extract what the bug left, it will also help heal and reduce swelling and itching.  This salve contains all natural ingredients and is super healthy for your skin!  Not only will this salve pull out impurities, it will also regenerate and heal the skin.

Feel free to use it on cuts and scrapes as well.  In fact, I have a bump on my arm.  I don’t know what it is but I have a sneaky suspicion it’s a stupid wart.  Ew.  Anyway, it itches and hurts because I keep applying oregano oil to it but because I’m not doing it consistently, I’m basically just irritating it.  I applied this salve to it and almost immediately the itch and pain was gone.  It’s been a few days and I am still comfortable with my lovely wart.  I actually wish I had a big zit so I could see this wonder ingredient really go to work!

Activated Charcoal Healing Salve

Activated Charcoal Healing Salve

1/2 cup coconut oil (find HERE)

1 TBSP. beeswax (find HERE)

15 caps of activated charcoal (3 tsp.) (find HERE)

3 tsp. clay (find HERE)

15 drops lavender essential oil (find HERE)

10 drops melaleuca essential oil (find HERE)

5 drops chamomile essential oil (find HERE)


  1. Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.  Place a glass pyrex bowl in the water.
  2. Turn the stove to medium heat.
  3. Add coconut oil and beeswax and allow to melt slowly.
  4. Remove from heat and add clay and activated charcoal.  Hint:  It took me a bit too long to pull apart 15 capsule of activated charcoal-by the time I got them added I needed to put my mixture back on the stove to melt it again.  It would be an extra bowl to clean but it would be better to have your charcoal ready to go before you pull you mixture off the heat.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour into a glass container and allow to cool.
  7. If you would like a less balm like consistency and prefer something a bit more pliable, once your salve is cool, you can stir it which will give it a more broken up texture (like the first picture). You can always stir a balm at any time to give it a more gel like texture.

To Use:

  • Apply a small amount to cuts, bug bites or blemishes.
  • Leave on as long as you can.  If it’s not a blemish, I would put a band aid over the salve and leave on overnight.  If it is a blemish, apply it and leave it exposed.

Activated Charcoal For the Skin

**You could also use this salve as a facial mask.  Leave on for 10 minutes then remove with a soapy cleanser.  Follow up with a cleanser because while it’s absorbing all the yuckies in your skin, it will also absorb beneficial oils and water.

Be careful because this salve might stain.  I found it hard to get off my measuring spoons.  While I didn’t get it on my clothing, my guess is that it would be an issue!

Also, any clay for the skin will work.  You could use bentonite clay, french green clay, or even kaolin clay.  I used french green clay.    As far as essential oils go, you could chose any you like.  I chose these 3 for their healing and cleansing properties.  Chamomile adds such a beautiful smell to the lavender and melaleuca, plus it’s incredibly calming to the skin.  I prefer to get my essential oils from Spark Naturals because they are such high quality.  Feel free to use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD to get 10% off your order!

I’m really excited to delve deeper into activated charcoal.  This time, I focused most of my research on using it topically so the little I did see about ingesting it sounded amazing.  I’m dumbfounded that activated charcoal can absorb 1,000x it’s weight and that it absorbs metals like mercury.  I’ll post more once I learn more!

Anyone have any experience with activated charcoal?  Please share!

xx, Jenni


Activated Charcoal Healing Salve


  1. Elizabeth says:

    I have used activated charcoal to whiten my teeth and can honestly say that it works. although it’s very messy. I did it over a stainless steel sink, and used a separate toothbrush. Now I am able to maintain the whiteness with a hydrogen peroxide rinse most mornings. I’ve also mixed it with just a bit of water and dabbed it on a blemish, but your salve sounds much better! I can’t wait to see the other ways you come up with to use it!

  2. Just wondering, can I remove beeswax from the ingredients list?

    • Mai-If you do, you will have a liquid. This would be fine but messy. Maybe you could put it in a pump or spray? The coconut oil will firm up a bit but probably not enough. Beeswax helps form a protective layer but it’s main purpose is to thicken oils. Thanks!

  3. Can you recommend using something other than chamomile in this recipe? I am going camping in two days and want to make this to bring with me but I do not have chamomile.

    Thank you!

  4. Hi! Absolutely love your blog and recipes! Do you know an approximate amount the 15 capsules of active charcoal make?

  5. I used activated charcoal recently for flu symptoms and once I started drinking the charcoal my stomach was well enough to eat small amounts and I never threw up. I was better in a couple of days and took the charcoal consistently every 4-6 hours or when my stomach became upset.

  6. Hi!
    Thank you for your recipes!!
    Could you tell me how long does this awesome salve last?
    Thanks again!

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