Activated charcoal has the ability to absorb tannins (naturally occurring substances which can cause yellowing or discolouration of the teeth) and toxins. It has millions of tiny pores inside of it, therefore making it an ideal ingredient for natural oral care products. For a millennia it has been used as a natural remedy, as it has no side effects and it is environmentally friendly. It not only whitens teeth, but also regulates the pH in the mouth, prevents cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
Try Olgani’s NEW Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste
I started using Olgani last year when I found out I had a fluoride sensitivity. You can read my blog post here on why I started using natural oral car products.
Their new Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste contains Olgani’s signature NutrireB base, coconut shell activated charcoal and bentonite clay among some of its ingredients.
This non-abrasive, bleach-free formula, gently cleans without any damage to the tooth enamel. Essential oils of Peppermint, Spearmint and Tea Tree will leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.
For more on Olgani’s full range of oral care products visit Ivohealth.co.za where you can find their products available at select Clicks stores nationwide, Wellness Warehouse, faithful-to-nature.co.za, and select pharmacies and health stores around South Africa. Please visit our website for more details.
If you are living in Cape Town, you will have heard about how there is bacteria in the water due to the low water levels.
Try Kuro-Bo 100% Natural Charcoal Water Filter
Kuro-Bo Activated Charcoal is the first and only 100% plastic-free, natural and recyclable water filter in Africa. Activated charcoal has been used for centuries in Japanese culture to filter and purify water. The charcoal attracts positively-charged toxins and heavy metals such as iron, chlorine, mercury and aluminium, while enriching the water beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium and also balancing the water’s pH level.
The Kuro-Bo charcoal stick can be used for up to three months. The stick is easy to use and there is no hassle in the setting up of bulky systems or monthly cartridges. You can easy pop it into your water jug and bottle if you are on the go. After 3 months the stick can be recycled in a number of eco-friendly ways.
The stick costs about R235, for more information and a list of stockists visit kuro-bo.com
Skin and Body
Activated charcoal can be used externally (soaps, masks, etc.) and is said to help treat acne, body odour, rashes and insect bites.
Dr Axe recommends mixing one capsule of activated charcoal, along with two teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Using this mixture smooth it over your face, allowing it to dry. Once dry, rinse off completely.
The activated charcoal binds with the environmental toxins and dirt, that contribute to the cause of acne. It is also good for spot treatments.
Activated Charcoal capsules can be purchased on myHealing Protocol, they provide a range of other uses, which include detoxification and absorbing of smaller mercury particles when ingested when amalgam filling (dental fillings) are removed.
My name is Megan, I'm a non-practicing Nutritionist. I live in Cape Town with my husband and two crazy dogs. Read more.