Activated Charcoal: A Must-Have Item in Every Preppers Med Kit

by Erich

If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now.

Well, it’s time you change that…

The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you’ll likely not have access to professional medical help. And if you or your loved one accidentally ingests something poisonous, it could end up being a very bad day for you or yours.

That’s where having activated charcoal could be a very real life saver.

In this article you’ll discover just what activated charcoal is and how it can be used to ward off potential disaster when things go very bad. In addition, you’ll learn about many of the other potential uses that this long-standing “medicine” has.

Activated Charcoal Throughout History

The first recorded use of charcoal for medicinal purposes comes from Egyptian papyri around 1500 B.C. as a method of staving off infection of open wounds. Since then, activated charcoal has continued to be an effective form of treatment for a variety of ailments down to the present time.

In fact, it’s common to find activated charcoal in modern emergency rooms for treatment of drug overdose and poisoning.

How does it work you ask? Well, read on…

How Activated Charcoal Performs its “Magic”

It may at first seem a bit unbelievable as to how a simple black powder can be so effective at removing poisons from the body. But there’s real scientific reasons as to why.

Activated charcoal works mainly by adsorption (no I didn’t spell that incorrectly). Since activated charcoal is 100% alkaline (i.e. negatively charged), this negative ionic charge attracts postive ionic charges like toxins and poisons, causing them to bind to the charcoal which then gets escorted out of your body through the eliminative process of your intestines.

Even when made as a poultice (a moist paste of charcoal and water that you spread over a wound or sting) this adsorption process will work to draw out poisons caused by stings and bites of animals.

Basically the process that creates activated charcoal (steam heating and oxidation) ends up creating an internal lattice of very fine pores. This structure allow s charcoal to adsorb over 100 times its weight in bacteria, toxins and other positively charged chemicals (like drugs and unwanted medicine).

For that reason, it’s important that you don’t ingest charcoal if you’ve recently (within the last 2 – 4 hours) taken perscription medicine for medical reasons since it can also adsorb certain medicines as it does poisons.

Charcoal Remedies

Here are just some of the examples of charcoal remedies (both internal external) that you’ll find used in modern as well as folk medicine:

Internal Uses:

  • food poisoning / drug overdose: This is really the only remedy I’ve found where charcoal is used in modern medicine. My ER doctor friend has used charcoal a number of times in the Emergency Room for drug-overdose patients.
  • elimination of toxins that contribute to anemia in cancer patients
  • stomach bug/flu: This has worked very well in my family. Anytime we feel a stomach bug coming on we take a teaspoon of charcoal in a cup of water which stops it in its tracks.
  • filter toxins from blood
  • headaches
  • minor arthritic symptoms
  • diarrhea
  • sore throat irritation
  • tooth abscesses

External Uses:

  • disinfect wounds
  • teeth whitening: Charcoal surprisingly does an excellent job at removing tartar and plaque buildup on teeth (no the black will not stain your teeth) and even removes stains (especially those caused by coffee).
  • cold sores
  • insect bites: Very effective against bee and wasp stings. I’ve personally seen this work wonders for my 4-year old daughter with a wasp sting. The pain subsided very quickly after making a poultice and covering her sting.
  • snake bites

Is Activated Charcoal Something I Can Make?

As a quick warning, this is not the charcoal that comes as briquettes that you use in your charcoal grill. Since many of them are laden with dangerous fillers and petrochemicals (firestarter) to help them ignite, ingesting or using these for medical purposes could certainly lead to a very bad day for you or your loved ones.

True activated charcoal is made industrially through a process of exposing pure charcoal to hot steam in order to oxidize it. So while you can certainly make normal charcoal from a woodfire and grind it up fine enough to be somewhat effective (if that’s all you had available to you), it’s not the same.

Given the purity that you can buy as well as it’s practically limitless shelf life I would still highly recommend you purchase it.

Where Can I Purchase Activated Charcoal and How Can I Learn To Use It?

It’s important that you purchase a high-quality charcoal. Here’s the one that I recommend and buy for my own family:

Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder 16 oz (1 lb) in Mylar Bag

In addition, if you want to learn all of the fantastic ways to use this as well as dosing information be sure to check out some of these resources:

Activated Charcoal: Antidote, Remedy, and Health Aid

Charcoal Remedies

Drugs.com

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15 Comments»

Comment by Jason
2015-03-18 14:04:32

Very good information. I as well have a small jar of activated charcoal in my shtf pack. I carry it specifically because so many plants that are edible, look very similar to those that are not. It can be a life saver.

 
Comment by star
2015-03-18 14:46:52

For food poisoning I find Epsom salts work the best and quickest .

 
Comment by Hondo
2015-03-18 15:44:41

Tell me more about using Epsom salts…application, dosage, maximum amount per day etc.

 
Comment by BEN
2015-03-18 15:51:29

It’s ironic that you sent this post; I, just yesterday, received an order of activated charcoal powder to put in our kit of essentials. Our intention was to use this for teeth whitening as well as stomach issues. Thanks for validating my purchase and posting this article!

 
Comment by chris mitchell
2015-03-18 16:12:13

let me know where to purchase some

 
Comment by chris mitchell
2015-03-18 16:14:27

where can I purchase some?

 
Comment by cmac
2015-03-18 17:44:52

At one time you could purchase activated charcoal in pet stores and the pet section of department stores. It is used in the filters especially when you have tropical fish.

 
Comment by Miss Donna
2015-03-18 21:51:10

Can activated charcoal be used for water purification? If not what kind of charcoal do you buy for that purpose?

 
Comment by cmac
2015-03-19 01:05:47

I have read of using it as part of a water filter for drinking water although I cannot swear to how effective it is at removing pathogens.

 
Comment by Wyatt
2015-03-19 14:11:27

Does anyone know — when attempting to quickly flush poisons/toxins from the body — if the activated charcoal that comes in gelatin capsules is as effective as the loose powder form, all other things being equal? Or does the capsule render the process less effective? Is it smarter to simply open up the caps and pour the powder into water to consume?

 
Comment by Miss Donna
2015-03-19 21:56:36

I asked about the activated charcoal being used for water purification as an emergency backup to plans A +B. I’ve watched videos on using an empty container with a small hole on the bottom end. First into the container is larger rocks covering the base, then smaller rocks then sand, then charcoal (Not grilling charcoal) then some grassy material. The questionable water is then poured in and allowed to pass over all the elements in the container and hopefully come out reasonably clean and clear. Is this perfect, no, but it’s a lot better than no processing at all.Don’t you think?

 
Comment by desertrat
2015-03-27 21:00:50

In this application the charcoal serves to modify the water’s taste, there is no purification or pathogen removal happening. As to charcoal being a sole or primary ingredient for purification, I have not seen anything that was lab verified so far doing this.

 
Comment by Linda
2015-04-02 04:34:38

Opening the capsule is the better option to speed up the process. Minutes and seconds may matter, so you do not want to have to wait till your stomach breaks down the capsule.

 
Comment by Linda
2015-04-02 04:37:03

Just go to the supermarket. It it with the vitamins and minerals.

 
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