Improvised Charcoal Poultice Made with Charcoal Used For Water Filters
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Living in Thailand or perhaps in Timbuktu, with no access to activated charcoal powder and you need to treat a wound FAST with an activated charcoal poultice, what do you do?
Robert from Thailand contacted us as he had a wound on his right shoulder that he was taking antibiotics for but it was not healing and unfortunately getting worse.
He went to the doctor again and they lanced the wound to drain it.
Long story short, Robert did some research on the web and found our video on making a charcoal poultice and thought he would like to give it a try but he could not find any activated charcoal powder in his area, and that is when he called BuyActivatedCharcoal.com via Skype, and we began a flurry of conversations and emails.
As we talked I learned that he filtered his water with coconut shell activated charcoal granular and my ears perked up. “OK,” I told him, “you can make a charcoal poultice from the granular. It is not ideal, but I have no doubt that it will work.”
And that is what he did and we both learned in the process.
Instead of making a poultice of the charcoal gel, he applied the gel directly to the wound. As you can see from the first picture where he only used two tablespoons of the granular, there was little charcoal covering the wound, therefore it would take much longer for the charcoal gel to work. My motto is “you can use too little charcoal to be of non-effect, but you cannot use too much.” It was definitely true in this case.
Making a gel from powder will net faster results, but the charcoal gel made with the granular did the job and did it well as you can see in the pictures below:
I recommended using the stove top method, instead of using the ground flax seed in making the charcoal gel. The reasoning for this is that it would gel much better.
Charcoal Granular Gel For Poultice Or Skin Salve
1 cup of water
6 tablespoons of charcoal granular (food grade of course)
3 tablespoons of WHOLE flaxseed
Put all three ingredients in small saucepan and stir continually to bring it to a boil. The increased heat will cause the flaxseeds to burst and they will create a lovely thick gel.
Once it cools you can use it directly on the skin or you can make a poultice as seen in this video. Please note that when making the charcoal granular gel as a poultice you will most likely want to spray water on the cloth/paper that will be placed against the skin to give a more wet contact, this will aid the activated charcoal to draw toxins/impurities more quickly.
The granular can be abrasive to the skin and if the skin is tender and broken, then you may want to use the gel in a poultice. Robert was very careful when applying and he just showered off the charcoal gel each day, without rubbing the wound and the direct skin application worked best for him.
Video and recipe on making a charcoal poultice as seen in the video below: