We stumbled across activated charcoal when building our family's first aid kit - its use for emergency treatment of poisoning and effectiveness at removing toxins from our bodies makes it one of the most useful items in our health care cabinet and a product that should be in all homes at all times.
What I didn't know about, until researching nature's warrior that is activated charcoal was that its use dates all the way back to 1550 BC and in 1831, a French Professor drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell about it. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal and through a process called adsorption, the activated charcoal bound to the poison and detoxed it from his body leaving him to live to tell about it.
Activated charcoal is a fine, odorless, non-toxic, tasteless black powder. It is most commonly made from bamboo or coconut shells and works by binding to chemicals and toxins within our bodies and removing them.
Once I began researching its use, I came across several blog posts where the writer had used activated charcoal to whiten their teeth. I was blown away and over the moon excited to try. I added some toothpaste to my brush, dipped it in a tiny bit of activated charcoal and brushed like normal. Brush brush brush, rinse well and after using it 2-3 times per week, over the course of a week, my teeth looked whiter and brighter and gums felt healthier. The charcoal is completely tasteless and besides making a bit of a mess in the sink (it washed out with soapy water), I'm a believer.
If you are looking for a simple way to whiten and brighten your teeth or searching for the most important item to add to your health care kit, Activated Charcoal is it.