About Bentonite Clay
Never heard of bentonite clay before? Well, then you may be very surprised to hear that it’s a “healing clay” that cleanses and heals the body.
The clay should be odorless and not have much of any taste at all. Bentonite clay normally comes in a gray or cream color, not a bright white color, which can indicate that it may have gone bad. It is derived from deposits of weathered volcanic ash.
It is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized as such for centuries by native peoples around the world.
In fact, many people enjoy bentonite clay benefits by taking it internally (in other words, drinking it), or using it externally on the skin.
How Bentonite Clay Works
Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper.Then it absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess.
There is also an electrical aspect to bentonite clay’s ability to bind and absorb toxins. Bentonite clay has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged molecules. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally expel the toxins from the body as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.
On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. Therefore, some people use it as a supplement since the clay is a natural source of important dietary nutrients.
Benefits Of Bentonite Clay
There are many uses of this clay and here we can mention some of them:
Heals Eczema,Psoriasis And Dermatitis
When combined with water and left to dry on the skin as a clay mask, the clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin and within pores to extract these from the pours. This helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes and redness.It also to fights allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes, and even helps help poison ivy.
Bentonite clay is also associated with helping in constipation, bloating and gas. Other digestive bentonite benefit uses throughout history include treatment of dysentery and bacterial food poisoning, and acting as a laxative. Before using bentonite clay for the mentioned digestive benefits, consult your physician.
Clay makes a fabulous facial mask, for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, sloughing off dead skin cells, and just making your skin look and feel great overall. It can also be used directly on pimples to reduce their size and inflammation and get rid of them faster.
Heals The Skin
Hydrated clay can be applied externally as a poultice on cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, boils, rashes, achy joints, acne, and burns.
Bath Use In Detoxifying Process
The clay can be added to your bath water and used as a soaking liquid, binding to the toxins that are dispelled from your skin. The clay leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and less inflamed, all while you relax in the tub effortlessly!
Alkalizing The Body
Proper digestion requires enzymes that are made from alkalizing minerals, so when alkalizing foods do not enter the body, acidity remains high and digestion suffers.
Bentonite clay contains alkalizing minerals, which brings the level of the body’s pH to a more optimal balance between acidity and alkalinity, helping to make the blood, saliva and urine more alkaline.
By removing toxins, digestive-distress causing chemicals and heavy metals from the gut, bentonite clay helps to promote the “good bacteria” or probiotics living in your gut wall and decrease the amount of harmful “bad bacteria.”
Bentonite clay was also found to be effective at killing harmful bacteria. In a study conducted results indicated that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections.(Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy).
Improves Oral Health
Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. Because of Bentonite’s antibacterial properties, it has been used in natural toothpastes and even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.
Purifies Tap Water
Bentonite clay has been researched as an effective way to remove some of the fluoride that is often in drinking water. When combined with magnesium, the clay has been shown to benefit the purity of tap water, which leads to some promising possibilities for using it in the future as a widespread cost-effective water purification method.
One study found that bentonite clay, when combined with magnesium chloride, successfully reduced fluoride contained in fluoridated water. This may provide hope for the development of a natural filtration technique in the future, especially considering the rising concern of fluoride on human health.
How To Use It
For teeth: Use bentonite mixed with water as an alkalizing and toxin removing mouth rinse. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of clay in 1/4 cup water in a small jar with a plastic lid and shake well. Rinse with the water for 1-2 minutes and repeat until gone.
For mastitis: Make a poultice of bentonite clay and water and apply externally to the affected area. Repeat as needed every hour until the infection is gone.
For Morning sickness: Take 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay in water during early pregnancy to ward off morning sickness. Check with your doctor or medical professional before using during pregnancy.
Detox: Mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clay in water and consume. You can gradually work your way up to 2 or 3 teaspoons, but be sure to speak with your doctor while increasing your intake. Don’t take 2 hours before or after medications, and wait an hour after taking bentonite clay to eat.
Mouth wash: Try gargling the clay in your mouth with some water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, similarly to using mouth wash. Then spit out the clay and rinse your mouth with clean water.
Face mask: Mix 1 tablespoon bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of water.Smear 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 one or twice per week for best results.
Bath use: Enjoy the bentonite clay benefits by adding a ¼ of a cup of the clay to your bath and massage your skin with it. Or, you can 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.
Some bentonite clay products contains trace amounts of lead and may not be appropriate for consumption by children and pregnant women. Before any use, consult your doctor and investigate which type of bentonite products are warned by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) for non-consumption. Diabetics are advised against taking hot baths. Keep in mind that clay may be an irritant to the lungs for some people, so individuals should avoid inhaling it.