Bentonite Clay has been used throughout centuries for its nutrients and detoxifying properties. You can even see wild animals eating it when they are trying to flush out poison or illness from their systems.
But here, what is Bentonite Clay?
"Bentonite also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining." Mountain Rose Herbs.
This clay is very unique, due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. When you expose bentonite clay to a fluid, it changes its electrical components and this gives it the ability to absorb toxins.
Bentonite clay has so many uses, some of them being these:
- On the skin to heal rashes by poison ivy, dermatitis, and wounds
- Supports a healthy digestion
- Can promote weight loss
- Thyroid function aid
- Boosts immunity by killing harmful bacteria and viruses
- Can aid respiratory health
- Improves the health of teeth and gums
- Removes fluoride from drinking water (Here you can learn about fluoride removal)
- Baby powder alternative
If you plan on consuming bentonite clay by mouth (ingesting it either by eating or drinking the clay), try this:
Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day as many days of the week as you’d like. hen drink it right away.
If you plan on only using it externally on your skin, try this:
Adding a ¼ of a cup of the clay to your bath and massage your skin with it. Or just allow the clay to dissolve into the water and soak it in for as long as you’d like, then rinse your skin well with clean water.
Try gargling the clay in your mouth with some water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, similarly to using mouthwash. Then spit out the clay and rinse your mouth with clean water.
Try creating a face mask by smearing the clay directly onto your skin, especially anywhere where you have blemishes, red spots, irritations or scarring. Allow the clay to dry (this usually takes about 20 minutes) and then rinse it off with warm water. It’s recommended to use the clay mask once or twice per week for best results.
For scrapes or bug bites, apply a concentrated amount of the clay directly to the trouble area and cover with a Band-Aid or gauze, then let it sit for about 2 hours, then rinse it off.