Black Magic: Activated Charcoal Lemonade

Activated charcoal can be used for a number of things, ranging from whitening your teeth to an antidote for poison. But what is it?

Activated charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. It is activated by increasing the surface area. Heating charcoal to a high temperature in the presence of oxidizing gas such as steam, carbon dioxide, and gas or with an activating agent such as phosphoric acid or zinc chloride causes a highly developed internal pore structure in charcoal. This structure is what allows it to bind to toxins and poisons so effectively. 

Adding it to your beverages can help clear skin, alleviate gas and bloating, cleanse the digestive tract, and more. However, it is best used in small amounts with a high intake of fluids, as too much charcoal and too little water can cause constipation. 

This morning we made activated charcoal lemonade, and it was delicious. Here is the recipe below:




  • 16 oz filtered water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Grade B Maple Syrup (depending on how sweet you like your lemonade)


  1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a large mason jar. 
  2. Add charcoal, sea salt, and maple syrup to the jar.
  3. Add the cold filtered water, cap the mason jar, and shake to combine.
  4. Serve over ice and enjoy!


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