How to Make Tasty and Healthy
Water Using Charcoal
by: Junji Takano
Nowadays, tap water is no longer tasty anymore. The main reasons
for this are air pollution and industrial waste. Cancer-causing
substances such as nitrogen oxide, lead, trihalomethane, and sulfur
oxide in gasoline are used in large amount by today’s modern world.
These chemicals get mixed in waters that travel through streams to
Because of this, many people are filtering and purifying their
water or even buying expensive mineral water.
Now, using charcoal for safe tap water has come to public
attention in Japan. Using charcoal can make safe water easily,
tasty, and cost-effectively!
HOW TO PURIFY WATER USING CHARCOAL
It is important to use hard charcoal. Normal black charcoal
breaks easily in the water.
- Raw charcoal is dirty and not suited for boiling. Wash them
under running water. You can use a scrub brush to help in the
process. Do not use any detergent! It will destroy the
beneficial effects of the charcoal and will spoil the water.
- Sterilize it in boiling water. Use a large uncovered pot.
Boil for about 10 minutes.
- Put the charcoal into a colander to squeeze out the water
and let it cool down. Gently submerge the charcoal in a
container poured with tap water or well water. Use about 100
grams of charcoal for every 1 liter of water.
- In order to prevent dust from entering, cover it with a
dishcloth and let it sit for 1 – 2 days. It is recommended to
use a container made of stainless steel, porcelain enamel,
ceramic, or glass.
- Pour this water into a vessel and use it for cooking or put
it in the refrigerator as a drinking water. This is your
sterilized water! Refill the container containing the charcoal
with water to make more purified water. You can repeat this
process for one week.
- Clean the dirt off the charcoal once a week. The method is:
boil, let it cool down, and dry it for one week. To use the
charcoal again, simply start from number 1 method. It is best to
prepare two sets of charcoal and rotate them weekly. In this
way, the charcoal can be used for 6 months! But take note that
the mineral amount of the charcoal will gradually deplete after
10 days of use.
CHARCOAL BENEFITS IN TAP WATER
- The purified water can be used for cooking, ice making,
drinking water, tea, coffee, and alcoholic drinks.
- Ill-smelling chlorine and other unpleasant odors will be
eliminated by the absorption power of the charcoal.
- Microorganisms living in the many pores of the charcoal
break down unhealthy organic matters in the tap water.
- Ash in the charcoal (minerals) contains nutrients such as
magnesium, manganese, calcium, and iron which dissolve easily in
- The minerals are essential for your healthy life. They help
make strong bones and teeth, and play an important role in
blood, muscles, and nerves. You can recognize the minerals of
the charcoal purified water by its soft and mellow taste.
- Since the charcoal is a byproduct of trees, it does not
contain any toxic substances like mercury and chromium.
After the charcoal has been used for 3 – 6 months, break it into
pieces and bury it in a flowerbed or kitchen garden, it will improve
The charcoal can also be used in oils for frying, and when
retaining a vegetable’s freshness.
How to Make Banana Vinegar
Banana vinegar used for health and beauty is now popular in
Japan. The banana vinegar will keep you healthy and beautiful
including your skin. The vinegar is not applied externally. Use it
for cooking or dressing purposes.
How to make banana vinegar? It’s so simple.
Prepare a good quality dressing or cooking vinegar and any ripe
(matured) banana. Mash the banana and keep it together in the bottle
for about two days or more.
Now, you have a good taste and healthy vinegar on your dining
About the author: Junji Takano is a Japanese
health researcher and has been studying the causes of viruses since
1960s. In 1968, he invented Pyro-Energen, the first electrotherapy
device that eradicates viral diseases in a non-narcotic way.