Medicinal Benefits of Bamboo Charcoal
Updated: November 2022
Bamboo charcoals have more than 400 kinds of minerals and hundreds of medicinal and health benefits. All these benefits were found since charcoal making started thousands of years ago in Japan. Below are some of the top benefits.
Charcoals have the ability to remove excess moisture. If you use an electron microscope, you will see infinite numbers of extremely small micron-sized holes in the charcoal. This is the porosity. Because of that, 1 gram or just one pinch of charcoal has a surface area that reaches approximately 300 square meters (3000 square feet).
Therefore, water and air can pass easily. Furthermore, various impurities or foreign matter will be absorbed on the wide surface area of the charcoal. When air passes, and if humidity is high, the charcoal will absorb the moisture and make the air drier. If the air is too dry, then the charcoal will discharge its moisture contents, adjusting the humidity in the air.
Through the microscopic-sized holes, charcoals can absorb harmful matters including bad odor particles simultaneously.
Trees and shrubs grow by sucking up necessary nutrition such as minerals from the ground. Because of that, when trees and shrubs are made into charcoal, these carbonated and oxidized minerals can be easily dissolved in water. Therefore, by submerging charcoals in water, the minerals trapped in the charcoal will start dissolving. This will transform regular water into a "mineral water".
Charcoal flame produces infrared rays not visible to the naked eye. The place it hit will become warm regardless of air temperature. This warmth promotes proper blood circulation and renewal. Fish, meat, and vegetables will taste better and other nutrients will be produced.
Charcoals generate negative ions. Negative ions begin to work in the parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxes the mind and body.
Bamboo Charcoal Vinegar
Bamboo charcoal vinegar is extracted when making charcoal and is used for various treatments. During the charcoal making process, a lot of smoke comes out from the chimney. When the chimney cools down, condensation occurs and the smoke will turn to a thick black liquid. This liquid is called bamboo charcoal vinegar. We believe that this liquid contains 400 kinds of chemical elements and can be applied in many purposes such as cosmetics, insecticides, deodorants, food processing, and agriculture.
The above-mentioned effects are just a few of several benefits you can obtain from charcoals. During the process of charcoal making, you can have more products for good and healthy living.
For information on bamboo charcoal making, read our article "How to Make Bamboo Charcoal in a Simple Way".