Activated Charcoal Lemonade Recipe: A Detox Drink

Activated charcoal seems to be a now trendy health food. But what is activated charcoal exactly?

Activated charcoal is the byproduct of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. And don’t worry; it’s different from coal-like material used in your barbecue.

Charcoal, in its non-active state, has been utilized throughout human history for its ability to adhere and eliminate many ingested poisonous substances.

In the 1900's, charcoal "activation" was invented. This process significantly increases the molecular surface area, subsequently increasing the amount of toxic particles that it can bind to.

Since then, charcoal-based drinks in addition to dietary powders and capsules have become increasingly popular for therapeutic purposes as an intermittent adjunct to a health promoting diet as well as during a colon cleanse or detox program.

If you're used to the idea of consuming juices, below activated charcoal lemonade can make a great alternative option to consider. It is especially helpful for detoxification regimens as it helps to promote the cleansing of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract.


  • 16 oz. spring water
  • Juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • Fresh bruised herbs like thyme, rosemary, or basil (optional)

For Serving:
A tall glass


  1. Pour lemon juice into spring water. Add the maple syrup and the Himalayan salt.
  2. Mix well and pour ¾ of it into a tall glass with ice, mix to chill.
  3. Next, add the activated charcoal to the remaining lemonade and mix well.
  4. Gently pour the mixture over the iced lemonade in your glass to create a pretty layer.
  5. Add your freshly bruised herb of choice if using.
  6. Add 1 drop of lemon essential oil.
  7. Drink up immediately for the best benefits.


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