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Recently, bentonite clay is gaining popularity for its healing properties. What is bentonite clay, how can you find a good quality clay, and how do you use it? Today I will answer all those questions.
What is Bentonite Clay and How Can I Find Good Quality Clay?
Bentonite clay is made up of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming. Bentonite clay produces an “electrical charge” when hydrated, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. A good quality bentonite clay should be gray or cream in color, not white. If you intend to use it internally, make sure the clay is food grade.
Uses for Bentonite Clay
There are many ways to use bentonite clay:
- Use on the skin to relieve itch or draw out toxins. Make a paste with the clay and some water, then spread on the affected area. Once it dries and starts to crack, wash it off. This is great for bug bites or itchy skin. I also used it when I had MRSA to draw the infection to the surface.
- Bentonite clay can improve tooth and gum health. I use it in homemade toothpaste, which you can read about here.
- Use as a detoxing foot soak. Make a paste with the clay and some apple cider vinegar, coat the bottoms of your feet, and wait until it starts to dry and crack. Soak your feet in warm water and epsom salt for 15-20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to remove any clay and dead skin. (You can also add essential oils to the water.)
- Used internally, it can help with digestive issues-nausea relief and vomiting in pregnant women, constipation, and even IBS symptoms. Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day. Mix the clay with water, preferably in a container with a lid so you can shake the clay and make it dissolve. Then drink it right away.
- It’s safe for pets, too. You can add bentonite clay to your pet’s water to help with vomiting. It can also help with parasites, such as worms. Add 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon mixed with your pet’s water or on his food. Make sure your pet has plenty of water available.
- Use in place of baby powder. Apply the clay to the skin of a baby that is irritated, red or needs soothing in the same way that traditional powders are used. Allow it to sit for several minutes before wiping or rinsing it away.
What are your favorite uses for bentonite clay? Share in the comments below!