Saturday, September 26, 2015

Activated Charcoal Capsules by Nature's True Medicine (Review)

I have been using charcoal powder for various uses over the years.  I mix it with other ingredients to make a homemade, skin nourishing facial mask that prevents acne, clears blackheads, and pull toxins from skin.  I generally mix some lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, 2 tablespoon of Redmond's Bentonite clay, 1 tablespoon of 100% pure, clear aloe vera gel, raw honey and calendula oil (made myself with jojoba, argan oil, and rose hip oil and dried marigolds).  This is a nice soothing mask for my face and much cheaper than purchasing a small tube of pre-made (not sure how fresh and probably not 100% pure ingredients) charcoal mud.  I generally buy a bulk bag of charcoal as it gets used for my beauty and health routines.

Charcoal is fantastic for naturally detoxing the body from toxins that enter your skin and internal system.  I love brushing my teeth with it as it whitens naturally and cleans my teeth.  I use bentonite clay based natural tooth powders (made into a tooth paste clay).  I just add it to my tooth brush when I am using my other homemade mixture.

I was recently sent some charcoal capsules for convenient and internal use called, Nature's True Medicine's Activated Charcoal.   This supplement has 450mg per capsule, and you only need 2 capsules per day.  While I am not a fan of taking pills, it necessary, and I am rather used to it, since I have been taking prenatal vitamins and other supplements for the last 6 years.  The capsules are small (well as capsules go) and easy to swallow. The bottle comes with 100 capsules.  I like how these are made in the USA and with all natural ingredients does not contain any of additives or fillers.

I have used these capsules for teeth whitening by breaking one and sprinkling over my wet toothbrush.  I prefer using my bulk powdered form as it can become a hassle to break a capsule open every night and sprinkle it ever so gingerly over my brush without spilling it all and having to open another one.  However, I do take these with me when traveling over the weekend with the family as they are low mess to use on my tooth brush and face (taking bulk powder would NOT be a fun thing to take in a suitcase or bag--imagine the mess).  For quick, travel face care I just take our bottle of pure aloe vera (we use that for everything from bug bite, rashes, sunburn, hair gel, conditioner, etc) and mix with 2 capsules and use as a spot treatment on any acne or my nose (I have large pores than are prone to blackheads).

For masks and tooth brushing it is easier to use my bulk powder to premix it into a glass jar.  The masks for my face are usually made to order so to speak, as I will often add in whatever ingredient I feel my skin is particularly needing that week.

I mainly use these charcoal caps internally for daily preventative measures for a happier tummy and overall health.  (but also as my travel beauty charcoal as mentioned above) I have not had any issues with taking them internally and they do not have any flavor or odor.  My husband takes 2 each night along with his other supplements to aid with his bloating, gas cramps and indigestion.  He and I recommend them.  If you simply cannot swallow pills or are not fond of it, you can break these open and add to a smoothie, or perhaps try it in plain water.  It may be interesting to note that this powder is grey and not black.

As mentioned, they were sent to me as a review sample and this is my honest account of how I use them.  I was not compensated for this post, other than a free bottle.

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