How To Get The Most Out Of Activated Bamboo Charcoal
We love a natural super product that seems to be able to do everything. We’re spotlighting activated bamboo charcoal and all of the fantastic things it can do.
What is bamboo charcoal?
It’s as simple as it sounds, really – it’s charcoal that’s made from heating bamboo until almost everything has burnt away, leaving only carbon. The material that’s left is then activated bamboo charcoal, which can then be used for a whole host of purposes from filtering impurities from water and purifying air, right down to teeth whitening, bodily health and even as a deodorant. Leading us to ask, is there anything activated bamboo charcoal can’t do?
Photo credits: Binchotan
Bamboo charcoal is far from being the newest invention of environmental start-ups. In fact, it’s been used for centuries as a water filtration medium and as a key tool in medicine across Asia. It has also been a regular sight in health-food stores in the UK over recent years, now starting to find its way into the high street and supermarket shelves.
What can I use activated bamboo charcoal for, and does it really work?
Water filtering – the activated bamboo charcoal can purify water by removing chemicals like chlorine and even adds extra minerals such as calcium. We like these filters from Binchotan
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Air purifying – it effectively removes bad odours, pollutants and allergens. Here’s an air-purifying bag from Moso
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Teeth whitening – ditch the harsh chemicals and give this fully natural activated bamboo charcoal from Beauty Bay a go for at-home teeth whitening
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Skincare – as we’ve learnt with how it filters water and purifies the air, it’s great at also removing the bad stuff from your skin that you pick up during the day, like toxins and impurities, without stripping your face bare. We love this facial cleanser from Horace
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Natural deodorant – again, this miraculous substance strikes again, detoxifying our armpits this time
Stomach problems – it can be used to counter issues like gas and diarrhoea and is even used to help treat poisonings and overdoses in emergency departments
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.