Thursday, November 18, 2010

Emergency Prep Tip #3

After drinking untreated questionable water, crush (cold) charcoal from your campfire or woodburning fire place/stove (black bits, avoid white ash) into a powder, the finer the better. Man-made briquettes should be avoided, these often contain petroleum accelerants. Mix your ground powder with water creating a "charcoal tea". A bandanna or piece of clothing can be used to strain larger chunks and drink.

Charcoal has been used for millennia to calm upset stomachs and absorb ingested toxins. Having a bottle (purchased from your local health food store) on hand, is an inexpensive, safe, non-perishable method to combat stomach aches and pains.

*None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medications. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Stay healthy, mind-body-spirit! -Z

1 comment:

  1. Activated charcoal helps to alleviate an upset stomach. Not everyone has activated charcoal in the house, but don't worry. An easy alternative is burning a piece of toast and eating it. There is enough charcoal on a burnt piece of toast to help settle an upset stomach. The charcoal calms down the acid while the toast provides the stomach enzymes a purpose.