30 September 2010

† Everything Goes Black: The Bamboo Charcoal †

Bamboo charcoal has a long history back in ancient China and its benefits are remarkable. It is known as takesumi or chikutan in Japanese. Made up of bamboo which is five years old or older, these chopped pieces of bamboo will be burnt inside an oven at a temperature as high as 800 Celsius and taa-dah, the bamboo charcoal is ready.

Why bamboo charcoal? The thing is that, bamboo is one of the fastest growing grass species on Earth and and it is considered a highly renewable energy as it takes less than 4 years to regrow. As usual, charcoals are odorless but the good thing about bamboo charcoal is that, it releases less toxic as compared to other wood charcoal.

Amazing Facts About Bamboo Charcoal:
1. Relaxation Effect: The effects of air purification and anion generation of bamboo charcoal make people relaxed and feel comfortable.

2. Deodorization: The excellent absorbing power of bamboo charcoal can remove all kinds of bad smells such as smell of refrigerator, of old rice or even shoe smell.

3. Skin Care Effect: Bamboo charcoal has the ability of turning the bath water alkaline which is good for the skin.

4. Water/Air Purifier: It is found that bamboo charcoal has the properties of activated charcoal where it can be used to detoxify many chemicals by adsorbing these chemicals.

5. Humidity Regulator: Bamboo charcoal is able to absorb moisture from the humid air and release it during dry condition.

Other Interesting Applications:
BAMBOO CHARCOAL BREAD: This is definitely interesting and I've personally tasted one before. Black colored bread might be bad in term of presentation but most people will accept it open-heartedly because of its wonderful benefits.

BAMBOO CHARCOAL SWISS ROLL: This thing is definitely going to taste good and I really hope to taste it myself.

BAMBOO CHARCOAL SOAP: The ability of bamboo charcoal to reduce acidity and produces far-infrared red to provide excellent skin care effect is well incorporated into soaps and shampoos.

BAMBOO CHARCOAL FABRIC: I've seen many bamboo charcoal pillow cases, bed sheets and clothes. I've even found bamboo charcoal underwear in some of the Japanese websites. Interesting but innovative.

BAMBOO CHARCOAL DECORATION: These charcoal sticks are usually not cheap and they can add a unique and functional deco accent to your room.

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  1. wow didnt know that they're that useful.

  2. Wow,I must get hold of it, it has incredible health properties! Great post...btw, how the taste of the charcoal bread? Is it bake the bread on the charcoal ???

  3. @chris: yeah, me either until i watched it in an anime almost 6 years ago.
    @iriene: thanks, and in fact i'm looking for some to be kept in my room XD the charcoal bread is quite tasteless. its not like they bake the bread on charcoal but they actually put bamboo charcoal in the bread, making it all black in color. very interesting. not only tasteless, the bread is very powder in nature too. but think of its benefits, the bread became tasty as you eat along. haha.

  4. Dear Keat,
    Tks for your prompt reply. It is really interesting...must try the bread :)
    Where did you try it?

  5. @iriene: you're most welcome. i tried in kuantan and kl area. you can get it from most of the bakeries :)

  6. Thanks for this info as I love eating the charcoal bread...I love the texture of it. :)

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