Got a Headache? Drink Charcoal

A totally natural and potentially messy solution

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Remember about a year ago when we told you about people using charcoal in their beauty routines? Well, those masks and shampoos and toothpastes are still around, but we recently heard rumblings of another way to use the dark powder: to relieve the pain of headaches. Here’s what we’ve heard.

Binchotan charcoal is a super pure and porous charcoal powder that supposedly stimulates blood flow and eases pressure. When you're faced with a tension headache, easing pressure is exactly what you need. In addition to de-puffing your eyes during long flights, this eye mask from Morihata ($23), contains a sheet of Binchotan charcoal, which when pressed against your eye area, could make you feel a whole lot better.

Another way folks are harnessing charcoal's potential headache-fighting power? Drinking it. Specifically, mixing one tablespoon of activated charcoal powder (like from inside these capsules) into a glass of water and sipping away.

While there hasn't been much research done on just how effective charcoal is in this capacity, if you've ever had a bad headache, you know that you're pretty much willing to try anything to relieve the pain, and charcoal is a viable and totally natural option to consider.

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Susan Waits

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You can find Susan either blissfully buried in a pile of clothes or on a plane between L.A. and NYC.
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