Activated Charcoal - Organic
The Wellness Product! Activated charcoal, or activated carbon, has an incredibly large surface that acts as an adsorbent - meaning that certain chemicals and toxins adhere to it readily. In fact, 1 cubic inch of activated charcoal contains the same surface area as an entire football field if you could physically count the microscopic pores that make up this wonder product. That is why we are excited to offer Firefly Activated Charcoal - made in Canada from 100% sustainably reclaimed organic hardwood. Firefly products are part of our Natural Living Tribe - locally made across the road from our own studio.
Do you know where your charcoal comes from? Most Activated Charcoal on the market comes from other countries and may consist of bamboo, coconut shell, various wood products and even coal. In addition, many are produced in hand-dug pits with very little quality control. Firefly Activated Charcoal is the only certified organic producer in Canada. Their Activated Charcoal is produced through their custom fabricated pyrolysis equipment.
It's important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! BBQ charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be used for anything other than a fuel source. Activated charcoal, on the other hand, consists of a fibrous product burned without oxygen to create char. The char is then heated to a high temperature and exposed to certain gases through a multi-step process to make it extremely porous. This is the "activation" part of the process. Once activated, what remains is a tasteless and odorless powder that is highly adsorbent, with millions of tiny pores that capture, bind, and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals, and gases up to 1000 times its own weight. This process of adsorption (not to be confused with absorption) is what makes charcoal so powerful. The surface of the activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positively charged toxins and gas to bond with it, trapping these toxins and chemicals and assisting to remove them from the body.
Charcoal has been used as a health and beauty product for hundreds of years, going back as far as Egypt c. 1,500BC. Today, its popularity lies in charcoal's ability to adsorb oil, makeup, and pollutants that settle on your skin during the day. It is used to promote clear skin, through body washes, soap, face masks and even bath sponges. Finely ground activated charcoal is also popular for cleaning and whitening teeth and is even being touted as a smoothie additive that claims to do everything from general detoxing to boosting metabolism to curing hangovers.
To Keep in Mind...
*This product is sold as a raw ingredient and, as a consumer, it is up to you to decide how you choose to use it as such. Although activated charcoal has been used as a treatment for poisoning for years, always consult your healthcare provider if you choose to ingest this product to determine whether it is appropriate for your condition, and to ascertain the appropriate dosage. Anyone who experiences poisoning or exposure to toxic substances should never take measures into their own hands. It is advised to immediately contact a poison control center or hospital and follow their exact instructs.
*Activated charcoal is not known to be toxic, though it should not be taken within two hours of vitamins or medications because it may prevent the body from absorbing them. Similarly, charcoal can bind to the nutrients present in food or drinks, making these less nourishing rather than enhancing them. PLEASE research before using.
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Any and all claims of healing properties are based on widely accepted scientific research done on the properties of the individual ingredients. Always consult a physician regarding health conditions.