3 Obscure Ways to Use Activated Charcoal for Your Body

Activated charcoal has so many beneficial uses, some more known than others. Check out the three uses you might not have heard about before!

As health-conscious, natural-living sun warriors, many of us probably use activated charcoal in our beauty routines in a number of awesomely effective ways: teeth whitener, detoxifier, face mask, but the natural powerhouse has many other, more obscure, uses as a beauty product.

Today I am sharing three of my favorite, lesser known ways to incorporate activated charcoal into your beauty routine.

How is Activated Charcoal Made?

In case you’re not familiar, activated charcoal is a naturally occurring compound that is made by heating regular charcoal in the presence of gas to around 600–900C. The heating process creates tiny pores in the charcoal. These pores act as powerful binding agents that can adsorb many different compounds.

Adsorbing is different than absorbing. Adsorbing means that the compound collects other compounds on its surface. Absorbing means the compound takes the compounds in; our bodies absorb nutrients while activated charcoal adsorbs toxins and poisons.

Topical Remedies for Bites and Stings

Because activated charcoal is such a powerful absorber, it’s a wonderfully effective natural option for relief from insect bites and stings. Putting activated charcoal on top of a mosquito bite will help pull the poisons out of the area, relieving itching and redness.


Bug Bite and Sting Remedy, Body Polish, and Detox Bath

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Homemade Topical Remedy for Bug Bites and Stings

  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 3–4 drops tea tree oil
  • 3–4 drops lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Activated Charcoal Body Polish

This activated charcoal body polish recipe pulls double duty as both a detoxifier and exfoliator. After using the polish in the shower, your skin is clearer, brighter and smoother.

  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • ¾ cup Himalayan fine pink salt

Detox Bath: Activated Charcoal & Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup activated charcoal
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (finely ground)
  • ½ cup sea salt


Homemade Topical Remedy for Bug Bites and Stings


In a double boiler, melt down coconut oil.

Add the remaining ingredients to the coconut oil.

Carefully spoon or use a funnel to place the liquid into lip balm containers or a small tin.

Allow to rest for 2–3 hours. Store in a cool, dry place.

Activated Charcoal Body Polish


Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and store it in an air tight container. When you're ready to use, mix 1 part body polish with 1 part of your favorite liquid; coconut oil, honey and aloe vera work well.

Detox Bath: Activated Charcoal & Oatmeal


Mix all three ingredients together and store in an airtight mason jar.

When you’re ready for a bath, simply add 1/3 of a cup of the mixture directly into the bath. For even better results add 10–15 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). I personally like to use peppermint, lavender, and tea tree oil.

Feel free to use several essential oils or just stick to one.

There’s not much that activated charcoal can’t do, and do well, and it’s because of this that we keep a bag of activated charcoal in our medicine cabinet…right next to the coconut oil, of course!


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