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. I’ve even used this to extract a splinter. It takes about 2 days but it’s great when it’s too painful to remove.
Activated Charcoal Healing Salve
- Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water. Place a glass pyrex bowl in the water.
- Turn the stove to medium heat.
- Add coconut oil and beeswax and allow to melt slowly.
- 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.
- Add essential oils and stir.
- Pour into a glass container and allow to cool, periodically stirring so the activated charcoal doesn’t sink to the bottom.
- Apply a small amount to cuts, bug bites, splinters 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.
- Reapply as often as needed if extracting a splinter. My daughter had a deep one and it took 2 days and 2 applications covered with bandages.
**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 tea tree, plus it’s incredibly calming to the skin.
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!