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The Healing Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Updated on September 13, 2014
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FROM FOLK REMEDY TO MODERN HOLISTIC HEALING

Throughout history, many indigenous civilizations turned to using healing clays for everything from stomach ailments to insect bites, infections to toothaches, and a myriad of other maladies. While the use of healing clays, like Bentonite Clay, has maintained its place in folk remedies, more and more people today are turning to this ancient method of healing and cleansing the body.


NATURAL DETOX

Bentonite Clay, also known as Montmorillonite, is composed of volcanic ash which has aged over the centuries. Not only is it a veritable cornucopia of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, silica, and potassium, but it also works as a powerful detoxifying agent acting like a sponge and absorbing toxins, heavy metals and pathogens as well as helping raise your body’s pH balance.


HEALTHY SKIN AIDE

Bentonite clay can be used in a variety of ways and for many different conditions. For skin wounds, infections, acne, bug bites, etc. a poultice can be made by mixing Bentonite Clay with water or apple cider vinegar. The poultice is then placed over the affected area and allowed to dry. As the clay mixture dries it draws out the impurities in the skin allowing for accelerated healing.


PAINLESS SPLINTER REMOVAL

For those of us with young children who have a hard time with other methods of removing splinters, applying Bentonite Clay paste over the splinter and covering with a bandage for an hour will draw the splinter to the surface of the skin for easy and painless removal.


EFFECTIVE & NATURAL ORAL HEALTH AIDE

Bentonite Clay can also be used to keep your teeth and gums in optimal health. Sprinkled on toothpaste or used on its own, it draws out bacteria and helps heal any inflammation that you may have present in your gums. Mixed with a dash of Clove Oil it also aids in reducing painful swelling of the gums due to gingivitis and toothaches.


NATURE'S COLON CLEANSE

Often called “nature’s colon cleanse”,Bentonite Clay is also an extremely effective and potent internal detoxifying agent that is completely natural and without side effects. For use internally, you want to make sure to buy food grade Bentonite Clay as opposed to the lower grade variety which is best used only on your skin.

For issues like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, heartburn, and indigestion, Bentonite Clay can be mixed with water or tea and ingested. The clay itself is completely devoid of taste and very talc-like in texture. The usual recommendation is one tablespoon of clay mixed with your liquid of choice which you may drink once a day. For more intense and therapeutic usage, you can drink up to 4 tablespoons of Bentonite Clay in liquid but it’s best to divide the servings throughout the day.


DETOX BATH

Bentonite Clay also makes an excellent detox bath preparation when added to running water. Half a cup per bath will suffice. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes and the clay will pull toxins from your skin leaving you feeling refreshed and thoroughly cleansed. Add Epsom Salts for an even more therapeutic and relaxing experience.


BLEMISH FREE SKIN

To keep your skin blemish and blackhead free, make a mud masque out of Bentonite Clay and apple cider vinegar to use once or twice a week. Your pores will be thoroughly cleansed and excess oils and impurities purged leaving nothing but healthy, smooth skin.


NATURE'S FIRST AID KIT

In essence, Bentonite Clay is like Nature’s First Aid kit. Having some on hand at home and in the workplace is essential for holistic healing and the perfect way to nip infections, blemishes, irritations and intestinal troubles in the bud.

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