Since yesterday’s post on Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, there have been questions on how to actually make a charcoal slurry. Since it is true that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’ – and I am a slow typist – I’m sharing this short, helpful video. It also deals with how to use activated charcoal in a less messy way than many of you may be imagining.
How To Make A Charcoal Slurry
Includes ‘putting a cap on it’ taken with a straw and ‘the lazy girl’s way’…
I hope this helps dispel the fear of activated charcoal being messy! Just go slowly and stir it INTO a half glass of water. Finish by chasing the slurry with another glass of water. It has never stained my washcloths yet.
Activated charcoal is completely tasteless, but for a child you could mix in a teaspoon of honey or sugar if it will help to get it down when you are working against the clock in a poisoning. Putting it in an opaque cup, covering it with plastic wrap, and using a straw would be one other way to make it easier for a child.
How to administer activated charcoal as a slurry has been and is being taught on the field in foreign countries where poisoning is common place.
Many pet owners are using activated charcoal. It can be a real life-saver for any number of accidental poisonings in pets when caught in time.
It is my hope that all of you Mamas will stock activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and a bottle of capsules in your car. Whether to stop an early case of food poisoning, halt a early stomach bug in its tracks, or as an antidote to an accidental poisoning, our home will never be without it.
Lastly, many use activated charcoal for indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux. Here are some testimonials from Charcoal Remedies.com, the book:
For Occasional Acid Reflux
In his mid-twenties, John’s duodenal ulcers had become so bad that they were affecting his marriage. After admitting he drank coffee, I explained that coffee dramatically increases the acid production in the stomach. He said that if he had to stop his coffee then he would live with the ulcers. “Well” I said, “then you can think about having eroding ulcers”. That grabbed his attention, so I told him about charcoal, and how it works amazingly well to neutralize stomach acidity. Skepticism spread across his face with that typical Cape Breton look that says, “Go ‘way!” Hoping it would inspire a degree of confidence in my unusual remedy, I directed him to the pharmacy, where they could order the charcoal, if there wasn’t any in stock.
Then I realized that his going to the drugstore was not going to happen. Just for such skeptical folks, I carry a small bottle of charcoal capsules in the truck. I pulled it out, gave it to him with some simple instructions, and said goodbye.
I didn’t see him until the following week. With a big grin, he immediately announced, “I am totally free”. All his symptoms were gone. I could tell just by looking at his face. Keep in mind that John had had these severe pains for quite some time. I then had a chance to mention other items he needed to be careful with, such as spices, condiments, and smoking.
I saw John a month or two later and he said in a very confident manner that not only had he stopped coffee, but that he had also stopped smoking. Now, if he were to feel some acid indigestion coming on, what do you think he will reach for, some brand name antacid with calcium, which actually increases acid production? No, like many others, John knows ‘relief’ can also be spelled: C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L.
My brother Ron has not always “appreciated” the value of my health innovations, but today he has no doubt as to charcoal’s benefit when it comes to stomach upset. As a Canadian west-coast fisherman, he and his wife Gerrie worked long and hard seven days a week during fishing season. “There was no time to prepare a proper meal, so then we ended up making a big meal just before going to bed. That habit tended to end up in pain with stomach upset and gas. But we would take several capsules of charcoal, and the symptoms promptly disappeared.”
CharcoalRemedies.com pg. 32
Ben was, for years, a long distance trucker traveling all over North America. “I didn’t go anywhere without charcoal. If I got an upset stomach, if I had gas, or diarrhea from something, I always had it on hand as a faithful quick remedy. I simply carried a bottle of tablets with me or I would fill some capsules with the powder if I couldn’t get the tablets. We keep it right at hand here in the kitchen.” Oh yes, Ben’s wife Martha is an Emergency Room doctor.
CharcoalRemedies.com page 72
“One tablespoon of activated charcoal powder can adsorb the amount of bacteria that would completely cover a tennis court. I also take four capsules if I eat something that gives me indigestion or stomach pain. I used it once in the middle of a store when my son consumed an unknown amount of liquid soap. We always carry a bottle in our glove box and in my purse for emergencies. For children who can’t swallow pills, the capsules can be opened into a small amount of water to make a charoal slurry, stirred and sipped with a straw. It doesn’t have any taste. Don’t try to put the powder on your tongue and swallow with water. It is so light that when you take a breath, you’ll be sorry!” Thanks Barbara for that motherly advice.
CharcoalRemedies.com page 97
Recently I talked with Yvonne. Some time ago she received a short pamphlet on charcoal, and decided to try charcoal for her long history of upset stomach. She reported that she had gotten fast relief, and that she had had no more problems. She was preparing to go on a trip to Mexico, and was apprehensive about the reports of the Tourista Blues (diarrhea). I suggested that, in case of an emergency, she take some charcoal with her. Fortunately she only heard happy tunes, but she was thankful that she’d had a simple remedy she could trust.
Most cases of chest pain, called heartburn, are nothing more than acid indigestion that can be helped by taking charcoal. A slurry of charcoal and water, or a little olive oil and charcoal mixed together, is often all that is needed.
Ty is another world traveler. As a public speaker, director and field representative for a prominent publishing organization, he is often in the air on his way to some foreign country. With all his other important luggage to keep track of, Ty never forgets his emergency kit. “I take charcoal with me on all international trips, just in case. I visit in many different places, with different foods. If I detect the least upset stomach, I right away take charcoal.”
CharcoalRemedies.com page 161
Make A Charcoal Slurry
It’s very simple. Just mix 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal powder INTO a glass of water. Stir gently until the charcoal powder is mixed in. Then, just drink it back.
(Excerpts from the book CharcoalRemedies.com)
Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.
Thanks for reading!