Activated Charcoal Gummies Recipe (for Upset Tummies)

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If you’ve ever taken activated charcoal before, it was probably in capsule form. These pills can help clear up an upset stomach because activated charcoal can flush out toxins while also preventing constipation.

I’ve made homemade gummies for vitamins and to help with sleep, so I figured… why not make them with activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is one of the first remedies I reach for when one of the kids has an upset stomach, but the toughest part is getting kids who can’t swallow a capsule to take it.

By putting activated charcoal in delicious gummy form, kids won’t even realize it’s a form of medicine!

How to Make Activated Charcoal Gummies (in 6 Easy Steps)

These gummies are super easy to make, with only three ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on time. Aside from the detoxifying charcoal, we’ll be using gut-healing gelatin to make the gummies gel, and apple juice to give flavor and bring everything together. If you prefer other types of fruit juice, like orange or pear, you can easily swap those in instead.

Start by combining the unsweetened apple juice and the gelatin powder in a large skillet. Allow the gelatin to hydrate in the juice for a few minutes before switching on the heat to medium-high and whisking well until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Now remove the skillet from the heat, and then mix in the activated charcoal powder until the charcoal has completely dissolved and there are no lumps remaining.

Next, pour the mixture into a silicone mold using either a teaspoon or a dropper. Freeze the gummies for at least 30 minutes, or until firm. You may need to freeze the liquid in a few batches if the mold you’re using is small.

When ready, pop the gummies out of the mold. Enjoy them immediately, or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for use when an upset stomach strikes.

Other Ways to Use Activated Charcoal

As long as you have it around, check out these other ways to use activated charcoal like whitening teeth, relieving bug bites, or even as a natural eyeliner.

Activated Charcoal Gummies Recipe

Katie Wells
These three-ingredient chewy gummies are made with activated charcoal powder to rid the body of toxins.
4.36 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Remedy
Servings 45 gummies



  • Pour the unsweetened apple juice into a skillet. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over and let it bloom for a few minutes before switching on the heat to medium-high. Whisk until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat and add the activated charcoal, stirring until the charcoal has fully dissolved and there are no clumps.
  • Pour the liquid into the silicone mold and freeze for at least 30 minutes, until the gummies are firm and can be easily removed.
  • Place the gummies in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Can substitute any fruit juice desired other than pineapple (which won’t gel properly)
  • Recommend dose: Up to 5 gummies when needed
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Natural Remedies for Upset Stomach

If you liked these charcoal gummies but need something a little more powerful for adults, here are some natural remedies for an upset stomach to try:

Of course, no natural remedy can take the place of good health habits, so if an upset stomach becomes a repeated issue, try these lifestyle tips to promote optimal digestion and check with your doctor if you’re at all concerned.

This article was medically reviewed by Cynthia Thurlow, NP, the CEO and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project, nurse practitioner, international speaker, and globally recognized expert in intermittent fasting and nutritional health. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Do you use activated charcoal? Curious to try this gummy recipe?


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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


8 responses to “Activated Charcoal Gummies Recipe (for Upset Tummies)”

  1. Yvonne Avatar

    I really want to make these gummies, but I wish they were something I could store for a longer time. You never know when stomach bug will hit. Any suggestions? Should I just keep all the ingredients on hand them make up when needed?
    Can these be taken if child is currently vomiting (sorry tmi).

    Love your website:)

  2. Rebecca Avatar

    Hi there
    I was wondering if the gelatin and juice would block up all the porosity/ability for the activated charcoal to grab anything else on its way through – and so render it ineffective. What do you think? My wee ones can’t swallow capsules and getting them to drink the powder mixed in water has proven difficult, so love this idea 🙂

  3. David Press Avatar
    David Press

    5 stars
    Dear Katie
    I whole heratedly embrace your objectives , but do council care in some of the expectations that your readers may have .
    For example , Activated Charcoal does have a medical place in absorbing toxicants , but the level is at something like 4g/kg body weight , ie for a 60 Kg person that would be 240 g of activated charcoal. A teaspoon of activated charcoal weighs 5g at the most.
    Your composition would certianly do no harm . but maybe not much good .
    Your advice about a good balanced diet and a modest lifestyle is excellent.
    I look forwards to reading your blog .I really like some of your ideas.

  4. Lindsey Avatar

    I use ac for my whole family! This gummy idea is genius – any idea how long they will last in the fridge? Maybe a month? Also, how many would you give your kids at a time when needed? I usually open a capsule and put it in apple sauce..if there is just 1 T in this whole recipe I would think they would need two gummies? Thanks!!

  5. Kayla Avatar

    Is there a recommendation for ages and how much to give to children? I have a two year old who this may be good for but want to give the right amount! Thanks!

  6. Cate Avatar

    How long will these last in the refrigerator in an airtight container?

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