Activated Charcoal and its benefits
Activated Charcoal soap has been used in many Asian countries for centuries. It is known as the “black diamond” of healers.
Activated Charcoal has been into medicinal use for over thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it as a poultice to clean wounds. The Hindus used it for filtration of water. Also, in the 18th century, pharmacists and chemists studied charcoal to discover its abilities to provide protection from toxins. Presently, activated charcoal (one of the processed forms) is used in water filters as well as an antidote for poison.
The surface area to weight ratio of bamboo charcoal is 600:1. This means that 1 gram of bamboo charcoal has a surface area of 600 square meters. This is because of the presence of the C60 carbon molecule that is a ball shape. After the bamboo is harvested, it is “carbonized” at extremely hot temperatures to increase its surface area to weight ratio to 1,200:1. The result is called activated carbon or activated bamboo charcoal.
Bamboo is a very sustainable resource. Contrary to popular belief, bamboo is not actually a tree, it is a type of grass. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world (fully mature at the 6-7 year mark). Because it is a grass, when you cut down the stalks, it will just re-grow from the existing root structure. That makes bamboo a very sustainable and environmentally friendly resource.
Recently, activated charcoal has gained popularity for the skin benefits it provides. It might sound bizarre, but processed charcoal is included as an important ingredient in natural soaps and cleansers throughout the world.