Uses for Calcium Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is a volcanic product that is very rich in negative ions.
These have an affinity with heavy metals and toxic substances, which are generally positive in their charge. Therefore, calcium bentonite clay is a fantastic and versatile, natural detoxifying substance.
It is also very good value and it has no limited shelf life because it is inorganic, like ground rock. (N.B. you should use a wooden or plastic spoon with the clay, as a metal spoon adversely affects its detoxifying properties)
Safe wound healer: apply topically to stop bleeding wounds in seconds. It disinfects them, it cools inflammation and draws tissue together. It greatly supports the healing process. Good quality clay is sterile and safe to use on open wounds. It is the perfect first aid remedy.
Skin Cleanser: Ground clay is also used externally as a skin cleansing remedy because it draws impurities out of the pores and defoliates effectively. Oily skin can be re-balanced when clay is mixed with water or herbal infusion (chamomile tea, lavender water, rose water, etc), dry skin is beautifully nourished when the clay is mixed with a good vegetable oil like organic avocado oil and then applied to the skin. A face mask will tighten and brighten the skin of any age. A face mask using orange juice can be used to help remove and prevent Acne.
Facial cleanser recipe:
- Add a little Rose Water to make a stiff paste and apply.
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Wash off and pat your face dry
Aches, itches and bites: Make a compress to relieve insect bites, menstrual cramps, or muscle pain. Simply mix with a little water and apply/hold in place with a cloth such as muslin or linen until the symptoms lessen / are alleviated. Wash off with warm water. Be careful not to get in contact with clothes as it may stain.
Bath soak: As the clay has an affinity to draw toxins out and is an anti-inflammatory it is great for dry skin, eczema and detoxing in general. If you don’t want to have a whole body soak, then you can just soak your feet in a foot bath. Reduce the amount of clay that you would use for a bath soak, but follow the rest of the instructions below. Be careful when getting in and out of the bath, as clay can be slippery!
- Sprinkle 1-2 cups of Clay lightly over bath water. Soak for 15-20 minutes in a hot bath or longer in a warm bath.
- Even more effective when 1 cup of Epsom Salts is added.
- Submerge as much of your body as possible during the bath. The more clay that is used, the more powerful the response. Start with 1 cup and increase if you feel energised.
- Run lots of water to rinse the clay (and Epsom salts) out of your tub.
Hair mask: The clay can rid the scalp of parasites, infections, product built up, etc. Bentonite clay pulls toxins and impurities from below the skin’s surface to help detoxify. It nourishes the scalp and therefore hair formation/growth.
- Mix one part water with one part clay in a glass jar (use a plastic or wooden spoon, metal utensils will take the properties of the clay away).
- You can even add 3 -4 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 tablespoon of your chosen oil and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes to sit. (The longer you leave the clay to sit the better the mix will be).
- Massage the clay on your scalp and in your hair, and leave for approximately 20 minutes. You may need to wrap your hair in a damp old towel or shower cap to prevent the clay from drying out.
- Wash out using warm water.
The uses are almost endless!