The usage of healing clays traces back to the ancient times. According to some archaeological researches, clay was very popular folklore medicine in Mesopotamia. Different types of clay have been used both externally and internally for centuries, primarily for skin infections and body detoxification. Nowadays, bentonite clay stands out due to its various health benefits and usage.
Bentonite clay consists of the element called montmorillonite. It is believed that this element is responsible for the health characteristics of this clay. Formed of the volcanic ash weathered usually in the presence of water, different types of bentonite are distinguished by the dominant element in it. These elements are calcium (CA), aluminium (Al), sodium (Na) and potassium (K). The largest deposit of this usually gray, with the fine velveteen feel, and odorless clay is in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
One of the oldest and the most popular usages of bentonite clay is certainly for body detoxification. Due to its strong and unique “electrical charge”, bentonite clay is able to absorb the toxins, heavy metals, and metabolic waste products in the body. Once it reaches the digestive tract, it picks up harmful substances but does not enter the blood stream. When taken correctly, clay is able to remove bacteria and parasites.
In order to detoxify the body, bentonite is commonly consumed with water on an empty stomach, one hour before eating. When taken with water, bentonite clay swells up and spreads like a sponge, thus all negative content in the body is absorbed in it.
Another important benefit of bentonite clay is due to its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Being rich with 67 minerals, bentonite clay is very efficient in skin treatments. When applied on skin it calms the skin irritations, removes blemishes, insect bites, burns, treat cellulitis, skin itching, eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox and other skin infections. During this treatment, bentonite is also effective because it draws excess oil from the skin and improves the blood circulation while getting rid of dead skin cells. Today, bentonite clay is a crucial ingredient in most cosmetic product, yet the great advantage of it is that one can make its own facial mask, skin poultice or powder easily and within a few minutes.
For external use, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of clay with either water or apple cider vinegar. Stir it up, and add liquid slowly until the mixture is muddy and in the form of a paste. Apply it on the infected area; let it dry for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Mud therapy with bentonite clay remained a popular healing method until today as well.
Bentonite clay is naturally alkaline and it’s this fact that helps the body restore its natural alkaline state. With a pH of 9, called“The pH Miracle”, bentonite is also a powerful immunity booster; it helps the body maintain optimum health and enhance the protection against infections. The energy provided by the bentonite clay stimulates the revitalization of the body while rebuilds the damaged tissue and cells.
Recently, bentonite became very popular as a natural remedy against morning sickness. One tablespoon of bentonite clay mixed with water can help with nausea and sickness. Due to the silica content, bentonite is also a powerful remedy for teeth and hair.
[box type="note"]Natural clay is obviously a miraculous remedy, since it has been also used to treat diarrhea, constipation, spider and varicose veins, stomach acids, rheumatic conditions, and muscular pain.[/box]