You may already know the many benefits of this powerful ingredient called activated charcoal. It imparts a healthy glow, controls excess oil and reduces acne on skin. Activated charcoal is a naturally absorbing powder that reduces the toxicity of chemicals both internally and externally. However, this ingredient has many more uses than you may not know of.

Here are 5 lesser known ways to use activated charcoal

Teeth whitening
 

Teeth whitening

Yes it may sound a little bizarre but it is true, activated charcoal removes stains from teeth and makes it whiter. Mix the powder with some water and dab it on your teeth let it stay for a minute or two and wash off. Doing this 2-3 times a week will give you whiter teeth sans expensive whitening treatments.

Deep cleansing hair
 

Deep cleansing hair

Always used charcoal on skin to remove deep set dirt? It is time to use the same trick on your hair. Simply mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your regular shampoo and wash your hair the way you normally do. However, do not try this everyday as it can make your hair dry. If you already have dry hair, avoid using it on your hair altogether.

Make eyeliner and mascara
 

Make eyeliner and mascara

If you’re always up for some DIY techniques and natural makeup, this one’s for you! Mix together activated charcoal, aloe vera gel and a bit of coconut oil to prepare your own natural eyeliner. Add a little beeswax to this concoction and make your own natural mascara too!

Relieve insect bites and stings
 

Relieve insect bites and stings

As mentioned earlier, activated charcoal has the power to remove toxins – this includes itch-causing toxins from insect bites. Mix charcoal with coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil such as lavender or tea tree and apply on the affected area to get relief.