Benefits of Activated Bamboo Charcoal

February 26, 2013

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Bamboo charcoal soap has been used in many Asian countries for centuries. It is known as the “black diamond” of healers.

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 regrow from the existing root structure. That makes bamboo a very sustainable and environmentally friendly resource.

When soap is made with activated bamboo charcoal it makes a soap that is very absorbent and that is capable of cleaning the skin much better than any other soap. It imparts a deep hue to the soap as well. This why it is known as the “black diamond soap.”

The list of benefits of activated bamboo charcoal soap is rather impressive. Check a few out:

  • Activated Bamboo Charcoal can absorb minerals, toxins, impurities, and other harmful substances from your skin, leaving you with stronger, healthier skin.
  • It can act as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells.
  • Activated Bamboo Charcoal is an effective, natural treatment for acne. The bamboo charcoal in the soap makes it more absorbent than normal soaps and as a result it can clean deep inside the skin pores, cleaning better than normal soap. Normal soaps leave a residue on the skin that stops the pores breathing properly and stopping the body’s natural moisturizers from working on acne skin. Bamboo charcoal soap is different. It leaves no residue on the skin and so allows the pores to breathe and be naturally moisturized.
  • The skin under the eyes is more tender than our other facial skin. As a result, when dirt collects in the pores of under eye skin it starts to sag with weight and we begin to look old. Activated bamboo charcoal soap gets down deep into the pores in the under eye skin properly clearing them of dirt which ultimately prevents sagging. As a result you look younger. Win!
  • Another use for activated bamboo charcoal soap is to treat eczema, psoriasis and dry cracked skin. Bamboo kills bacteria and bamboo charcoal cleans the skin thoroughly and allows the body’s natural moisturizers to work effectively on eczema and psoriasis.
  • Bamboo is not only antibacterial but also anti-viral, anti-fungal and antimicrobial. As a result activated bamboo charcoal soap is ideal for people who are exposed to or battle fungal, viral and other bacteria based problems of the skin.
  • When used in bath water, Activated Bamboo Charcoal releases many beneficial minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium into the water. This creates a soothing, relaxing hot spring-water like effect.

Activated bamboo charcoal is not JUST beneficial when used as an ingredient in soap. It has many other awesome health benefits. Here are my 10 favorites:

  1. Activate bamboo charcoal works great to regulate humidity, which is important for the health of your hair and body. Place Bamboo Charcoal in a vase or basket in each high traffic room of your house. During periods of high humidity, excess moisture will be absorbed by the bamboo charcoal. During periods of low humidity, the moisture will be released, thus regulating humidity to a neutral, beneficial level.
  2. The negative ions emitted by bamboo charcoal helps to balance out the positive ions emitted from your TV, computer, and modern day electronics. Balancing out the ions in your living environment relieves tension, stress, anxiety, and helps you feel relaxed and refreshed.
  3. Bamboo charcoal can absorb the odors from all over the house, and can even prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. You can place bamboo charcoal stalks in your refrigerator, closets, basement, laundry room, bedrooms, bathrooms, garage – any room in your house where there are foul odors.
  4. Bamboo charcoal can be placed under your pillow. During your sleep, the bamboo charcoal can help regulate the humidity in your bed and absorb sweat and other chemicals your body emits normally. Absorbing these chemicals helps keep your skin and hair healthy.
  5. Activated bamboo charcoal blocks static electricity. Electromagnetic waves raise the body temperature, and cause backaches, constipation, and all sorts of diseases.
  6. Bamboo charcoal can act as a natural humidity regulator. During periods of high humidity, the charcoal will soak up excess moisture in the air. Then when the air gets dry, the moisture will be distributed back into the air. During the muggy summer season, it can help to keep your room crisp and refreshing.
  7. Bamboo charcoal emits far-infrared rays. Far-infrared rays are called the rays of life and they can warm up your body temperature to promote blood circulation, speed up the metabolism, and encourage cell growth. It has been measured that bamboo charcoal radiates 93% of far-infrared rays.
  8. The minerals in bamboo charcoal purify water by removing harmful substances and mineralizing the water with beneficial substances. The water particles become smaller, which improves the flavor of water.
  9. Bamboo charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. Records indicate that charcoal was used in Hippocrates era for epilepsy, dizziness, and anemia. In Eastern medicine, it’s quite common to use charcoal as an ingredient in natural medicines.
  10. When you eat charcoal, it is not digested by the body but instead adsorbs toxic, harmful, and poisonous substances while it is moving through your body.

Activated Charcoal Soap

It is no surprise why I chose activated bamboo charcoal as the star of the show in my Anise Charcoal Bamboo Organic Complexion Soap! Once you give it try, I promise – you will be hooked!  If you found this information helpful please spread the love and share it on your social media networks.

Have you ever tried activate bamboo charcoal soap? What were your results?

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Bets July 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

This is super neat!! I love learning new things like this. I came upon bamboo charcoal at the $1.50 Japanese store (Ichiban Kan) and was going to buy it. I question the quality of this one from the cheap store though.


Evelyn Meza March 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm

I enjoyed reading the benefits of bamboo charcoal soap.Thank you


sandra August 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

thanks for the info on bamboo charcoal soap. i have tried a lot of products for acne to little and seasonal benefit, so i was not sure whether i should try the soap,but now i will. thanks


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