It’s that time of the month where I share with you the wonderful ways I’ve saved money by going natural. Let’s call it Natural Money.
What I Did
This month I have invested in food grade activated charcoal. You’re probably wondering why would someone purchase activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas and treat bile flow problems during pregnancy (consult your healthcare provider before using if pregnant or have G.I. obstruction). It has been used for years for all types of medicinal purposes.
I have used it for years treating myself and my family. If someone in the house gets food poisoning, we put a teaspoon of activated charcoal in a glass of water and drink. With activated charcoal, a little goes a long way. I make a paste with coconut oil to place on bee stings, wasp stings, spider bites or hornet stings. Along with anti-inflammatory essential oils in this paste, it draws out the toxins and reduces the pain and swelling. I have also used it on wounds my husband and sons have incurred on the job site (we own a construction company), drawing out bacteria from their wounds.
My next project is to make an activated charcoal soap for acne. The idea is the activated charcoal will pull dirt and bacteria out of the pores leaving your face free of acne. Keep an eye out for my article and recipe on this soap.
This is an inexpensive all-around useful item to put in your first aid kit or to keep on hand at home. The one thing to remember when using activated charcoal, if you are on medication it will draw it out of your system when ingested. This one item can save you money on purchasing other over the counter first aid items. With the money saved, you can apply it towards another natural idea.