Why charcoal should be in your bug out bag
I think every prepper with a bug out bag should have at least 1 bottle of Activated Charcoal capsules, or powder for making tonic drinks. For those who already have their homestead or Bug Out location, I advise MAKING charcoal and having as much as possible on hand (ground up) ready to use.
In the times ahead, I see lots of people eating lots of things that under “normal” circumstances they would not, or indulging in food a little too old. You may even have to trade for food you are not 100% certain of quality or origin. After the first sign of food poisoning or any poisoning/bowel distress, get the charcoal in you as fast as you can! It draws toxins like flies to honey saving you from hours or DAYS of serious distress, maybe even possibly save your life.
Uses for charcoal
Uses and benefits: upset stomach, colic, nausea, vomiting, acid indigestion, gas, and more. Another great use for your quality homemade charcoal is as BIO CHAR. You would want to smash it into a chunky powder leaving no piece bigger than a golf ball. Mix your charcoal with your compost and manure and let if sit. Just as it absorbs poisons, it also provides the perfect home for beneficial bacteria for your garden. Once the charcoal is infused with all the good stuff, TILL it into your soil with the compost and manure normally. The cool thing about your little bio-char / bacteria houses that you’ve mix up, is that they can release the beneficial nutrients for 100 years. Thus turning poor soil into prime farm land and makes prime farmland even better. Try it! You’ll thank me.
There are a lot of other uses for your charcoal such as homemade water filters that you can use to purify rainwater or whatever water source you want. Some of you may also recall that episode of ‘preppers’ where that guy was using charcoal between two filter masks. He covered the inner layer with charcoal and then duct taped the two face masks together. The charcoal will act as the filter in this method. I have not tried it myself but the idea seems sound to me.
You can find a lot of very good info on BIO CHAR if you haven’t already heard about it by searching the web. One site I will point out that I just ran across is http://www.buyactivatedcharcoal.com/biochar . This site is a source for buying the activated charcoal capsules as well as the powder and links to several pages through their home page with great info on the uses and difference between activated charcoal , charcoal, and bio char.