HOME APOTHECARY: Charcoal Part Two

Old Apothecary Shop (photo from http://scottsvillemuseum.com/business/homecg93cdcg08.html)

There was a quite a buzz along with questions regarding our  post on the many benefits of Activated Charcoal.  So,  we thought we would a write bit more about the benefits of charcoal.

Regarding the carcinogenic qualities of charcoal,  the charcoal which is beneficial to the human experience is from charred wood.  When wood is left on the ground, it begins to deteriorate immediately.  But if it is burned from a fire, the end product is charcoal and it can last much longer since the fire retards the deterioration process.   Charred food like burnt toast. and scorched food  are not charcoal. Scorched food has been found to be cancer producing.  The charred wood from which activated charcoal is made does not return harmful chemical or mineral residue as does scorched food so it is perfectly safe and not cancer producing at all.

We have personally used activated charcoal for many of  our ailments and inquires.  About 5 years ago, Jordanne got a rusty nail stuck in her barefoot at an angle.  The nail had been lying around in the barnyard and, unfortunately, she stepped on it.  Try telling someone she should have not gone barefoot when her foot is aching, hurting and she is crying buckets of tears from pain.  That is not the time for a lecture but a time for action.  The puncture wound was at an angle so it was difficult to clean. All Jordanne could think of was using the charcoal paste she keeps in the shed in case the goats eat something they should not. She applied it liberally to her cut.  Within an hour the pain subsided. and she kept reapplying the paste. Soon the puncture was healed.

Here is a brief run down of some of the aliments that charcoal can help remedy:

1.Aspirin overdose
2. Tylenol overdose
3.Valium overdose
4, helps with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea
5. effective against cancer producing agents and chemicals. It also helps with the anemia of cancer which is caused by the toxicity of the cancer itself.
6. helps with intestinal gas
7. helps with bad breath when used as  a mouthwash
6. great for insect bites, poison ivy, bees tings and snakebites.

It is recommended that you take charcoal internally and apply a charcoal poultice or even bath in it.  For recommended doses, do an online search but it can never harm you.

Charcoal helps when there are chemicals or heavy metals in the body and helps eliminate them safely.  You cannot overdose on charcoal. It does not interfere with your  intake of nutrients but does interfere with any prescription drugs you may be taking, making them less effective.

Substances that are not adsorbed by charcoal and for which charcoal won’t help (but it won’t hurt if you do take charcoal) are nutrient as they bind very poorly with charcoal.  So, if you overdose on iron pills, charcoal will not help since iron is a natural substance.

Charcoal binds very well with bacteria, viruses and bacterial toxins so take it when you feel like you are getting sick with something.. It has also been used effectively internally and as compresses for liver and kidney failure.

A friend of mine, who is a pretty healthy eater, had to go to the hospital for severe stomach pains.  She  shuddered as was telling me how they made her drink some crap and that after her hospital stay that she felt that she needed a good “cleanse.”  I recommended that she drink charcoal and it seem to have done the trick.

Stress seems to go to my stomach so when that happens, I find that a bit of charcoal really helps with the “gurglings.”

Here is where you can buy some activate charcoal caps and get $5 off your first order using coupon code JUL 275

Note:  We do not recommend this as the solution for everyone.  It is our choice to treat ourselves naturally and holistically based on our beliefs. We also recognize and respect that others choose to go the allopathic route and we make no criticism here about that. In this society, sometimes it is the only option. But perhaps our experience could assist someone when there  is no other option  or it can be used  a supplemental, emergency  procedure  until a doctor can intervene.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to evaluate the information and results from tools we provide. If you are a health care professional, you should exercise your professional judgment in evaluating any information, and we encourage you to confirm the information contained on our website with other sources before undertaking any treatment or action based on it. If you are a consumer, you should evaluate the information together with your physician or another qualified health care professional.


  1. Bethany says:

    What a timely post! I just barely got my activated charcoal in the mail yesterday. I have been trying to bulk up my herbal medicine cabinet. 🙂

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, having natural home remedies is a great idea. A couple decades ago I had an interest in health and all the natural things that promoted the natural way to stay healthy. At that time it was the boom of the 1970s when gardening was out of fashion and supermarkets were coming into their stride. I devoured magazines like New Mother Earth, Prevention, and Organic Gardening. I was so much out of sync that most of my co workers must have thought I was just a little crazy. After some years of high interest in natural living, life came along and gobbled up most of my time for such foolish (so I thought) things. Now it’s three decades later and natural living has proven to be a better way to live life through food, simple lifestyle, and home remedies. Imagine that? Those that can are breaking the corporate cubicle stressed out lifestyle and going back to small homestead acreages. There just might be some hope left for this country. :0)

    Have a great California garden day.

  3. Chris says:

    Amen Nebraska Dave! Thanks Anais for more great info!

  4. Nora says:


    Will it not bind to any vitamins or minerals? I have to take many supplements currently for a mystery illness that was affecting my legs (spams, intense aches etc.) . I already have issue with malabsorption, so I wouldn’t want to do anything that could possibly make that worse.

  5. Susan says:

    Charcoal is good for treating Parvo in puppies, or so I’ve heard. Lots of people have said that charcoal can bring a puppy back from a bout with Parvo; and I’m seeing if it’s true, my own puppies(once a litter of five) are down to three, weak as baby birds but the heart of a lion. I’m nursing them back day by day, and I read about charcoal and thought I would give it a try!

    Just stumbled in……


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