The dictionary defines CHARCOAL as: "Name for numerous varieties of carbon made by heating vegetables or animals substances with exclusion of air."

Charcoal made from vegetable material such as wood and coal contain about 90% of carbon. Charred coconut or black walnut shells make very good adsorptive material. Organic matter is made primarily of carbon: sugar, protein, vitamin, fatty acids, etc. Carbon is compatible with the human body.

The most common present day charcoals are made from petroleum coke, coals, sawdust, wood char, paper mill wastes, bone and coconut shells but are not necessary comestible.

When making your own charcoal, pieces of charred wood from the fireplace or grill (without chemical agent on it) can be used. The ultimate in making your own charcoal begins with a wood fire out-of doors. After the wood is burning brightly, it should be covered with a large piece of tin, and dirt piled over the tin to make a dome to exclude air. As the heat continues to burn the wood without oxygen, the soft parts of the wood are burned out and the hard parts remain, making a basic home charcoal.

The charred parts of wood (after being cooled down) should then be pounded to coarse granules in a cloth bag. After it is reduced to chunks ranging in size from small peanuts to rice grains, put the charcoal in a blender and pulverize it to a fine powder, the finest that can be obtained (do it outside or cover the blender with a cloth to avoid messy black cloud). This charcoal can be used for drinking or poultice when no other commercial or pharmaceutical charcoal is available.

Every private home should have charcoal on hand as a ready antidote for poisoning, and as a cleansing agent in infections and various metabolic disturbances. Orally administered charcoal is effective in preventing many intestinal infections. All studies show that charcoal is harmless when ingested, when inhaled and when it comes in contact with the skin.

Charcoal can be used to remove toxins from the blood in kidney and hepatic diseases, taking the charcoal internally, or applying it as a poultice or bath.

Care should be used in applying charcoal poultices to freshly broken skin. It is possible to get a tattooing effect if the lesions extend through the skin. Clay poultices are recommended in such cases.

Charcoal can be given as a slurry to a newborn baby with jaundice. Boil water, add a teaspoon of charcoal to water brought to desired temperature. Let the charcoal settle, decant the top solution (charcoal particles are still in suspension) and give the baby to drink in a bottle. Repeat as needed. It cleanses the baby's liver.

Except for the occasional finding of irritation of the bowels in certain inflammatory states and in very sensitive persons, and the prolongation of the transit time sometimes seen, there are no known contraindications to the use of charcoal. Allergies have not been reported. Do not use charcoal internally when on medication.

Antidote for bites and stings, Tylenol and aspirin poisoning and many other chemicals are adsorbed by charcoal. Can be used for eliminating bad breath, anemia cancer, eye and ear conditions, intestinal gas, diarrhea, indigestion, infections, inflammation, jaundice, liver failure, women's diseases and much more.

The oral dosage is 1 tablespoon of powder stirred in a glass of water. See the 10 Days Cleansing program in file 7 for more instructions.
Use only high quality charcoal in case of bowels inflammation, Crohn disease, etc.

  • Put 1 tablespoon of charcoal and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed grounded mixed with water and bring to a gel. Boil the flaxseed when using non-grounded.
  • Spread over a piece of paper or cotton folded over and apply on the surface to be treated.
Thrash, Calvin and Agatha, HOME REMEDIES, Thrash Publications, 1981, p.143,144.

NOTE: Charcoal "Adsorb" and "Absorb": meaning it forms an edge around and mingles with the molecules to be eliminated in the organism.