Volcanic Ash Clay - Naturally Detoxify Your Skin
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Volcanic ash clay also known as sodium bentonite clay. It's truly amazing what our great planet earth holds, even the ground underneath our feet! Is yielding many health benefits. Clay is known to have many uses in promoting health in animals and humans. Bentonite, Kaolin, and other types of clays, have long been used by ancient cultures. These clays are Naturally absorbent and gentle on the skin, bentonite clay can treat various skin ailments, such as acne, blemishes, scars, burns, cellulite. We're sold on the health benefits of clay, from my daughters acne to my (sigh) age spots to my wife's_______??, I won't mention.
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What's So Unique About Sodium Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay has a negative charge.
While toxins, harmful bacteria and other impurities carry a positive charge, Sodium Bentonite is negatively charged. The surface of the Sodium Bentonite Clay molecule is comprised of numerous microscopic platelets, just 1 to 2 microns in size, each with a negative electrical attraction for positively charged toxins and impurities. This creates a strong effect which draws toxins and impurities to the molecule's surface, much like a magnet, and holds them there. These impurities are then carried away with the clay when it is removed, leaving behind skin that's cleansed, refreshed and purified. Moreover, the microscopic size of Sodium Bentonite molecules enables the clay to easily penetrate the pores, which helps the skin better absorb essential nutrients and moisture.
Sodium Bentonite Clay is hydrophilic. Which means that it has an affinity for water and is highly absorbent. In more simplistic terms, the structure of Sodium Bentonite is much like a sandwiched deck of cards. When placed in water, these cards or platelets shift apart or "swell", creating a larger surface area with which to attract toxins and impurities. This unique characteristic enables Sodium Bentonite Clay to absorb 7 to 10 times its own weight in water and swell up to 18 times its dry volume.This is why Sodium Bentonite Clay is called a "swelling clay". Its strong absorptive properties enhance its effect and make it even more effective in soaking up skin-choking toxins and impurities.
What is Kaolin and why is it used in Clay Essentials Volcanic Ash Clay masks?
Kaolin is a natural, clay-like substance that is composed of many different types of minerals. This insoluble white powder is highly absorbent, helping to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities from the skin. Kaolin is ideal for all skin types and has been used in cosmetics and skincare products for centuries. It is used in our products to further enhance the deep detoxifying effects of Sodium Bentonite Clay.
History of Volcanic Ash Clay
Erupting volcanoes sent showers of powdery ash into the sky, which drifted throughout the world, settled to the ground and became drenched with the falling rain.
The fusion of volcanic ash and water created a mineral-rich substance that remained there for an untold number of years-until man discovered that this substance, Volcanic Ash Clay, held the key to cleansing, beautifying, and purifying the human body.
Many years ago, a chain of volcanoes stretched from Mexico to southern Canada. Their powerful eruptions produced tiny cinders and dust-sized particles that billowed high into the sky and were carried eastward by the wind. As this volcanic "ash" descended back to the Earth, it settled into the Mowry Sea, a shallow, stagnant body of water which once occupied the central United States. There, the minerals in the volcanic ash reacted with elements of the salt water, forming a substance known as montmorillonite. Montmorillonite is commonly known today as Sodium Bentonite Clay.
Over the years, Sodium Bentonite Clay beds became buried by deep, dense layers of silica and mud. In time, however, natural erosion caused the Bentonite layers to be re-exposed, allowing Volcanic Ash Clay to at last be discovered by man.
Although costly Volcanic Ash Clay face and body masks used to be available only to the privileged few who could afford them, Clay Essentials now brings you a unique new line of Volcanic Ash Clay skincare masques that you can enjoy in the comfort and privacy of your own home.Humankind has long embraced the health and cosmetic benefits of Volcanic Ash Clay. The first evidence of its therapeutic use was found in Mesopotamia around 2500 B.C. The ancient tribes of central Africa, North American Indians, and the spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi all praised clay for a multitude of uses. Even Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, used Volcanic Ash Clay as part of her daily beauty regimen.
Today, Volcanic Ash Clay is the best-kept secret of most elite health and beauty spas in the world. When applied to the skin's surface, this soothing clay firms and exfoliates, resulting in a revitalized and more youthful-looking complexion. It also has the unique ability to draw out toxins and impurities that are embedded deep within the skin's pores. The effective cleansing and absorptive properties of Volcanic Ash Clay make it a highly sought-after solution for blemishes, cellulite, sun damage, stretch marks, wrinkles and more.
What kind of Volcanic Ash Clay do Clay Essentials products contain?
The clay used in Clay Essentials products is Sodium Bentonite Clay, a special type of Bentonite Clay known for its ability to absorb impurities better than any other type of clay. Sodium Bentonite Clay is often referred to as a "living clay," which means that it is considered safe for ingestion for humans, animals and plants (although we certainly don't recommend that you eat our products!).
The Sodium Bentonite Clay used in the exclusive Clay Essentials formula originates from the western United States in an area between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. It was named by American geologist John Pascal shortly after its discovery in 1890. Wyoming Bentonite is believed to originate from the activity of island volcanoes that existed in the modern-day Idaho region.
Are you tired of those under eye puffy spots? Dark circles? And nothing seems to work? We know the feeling! Until we discovered the natural healing powers of clay. This is a special formula for reducing the appearance of under eye puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet. Below are some useful tips when using this formula.
1. But first begin with clean, dry skin. Thoroughly washing then drying your face.
2. Using your fingers apply the product to the entire under eye and outer eye areas using an upward patting motion. As the area around the eyes is very delicate, do not rub or tug your skin as you work in the clay. Take care not to get any of the product in your eyes.
3. Rub the Eye & Lip Masque in a back and forth motion on your lips, repeating about 6 to 8 times. This action will help diminish the appearance of lines, creating a fuller, softer look to your lips.
4. When the Eye & Lip Masque is dry, it is important that you do not merely rinse off the product. Instead, pat and wipe the clay off gently with a warm, wet washcloth. This will help enhance the detoxifying effect of the Volcanic Ash Clay by removing dead cells from the skin's surface and drawing out impurities trapped deep within the pores.
For best results, repeat application 2 to 3 times per week.
If you have acne I would encourage you to try Clay Essentials Problem Skin Solution. It has done wonders for my daughters acne.
It gently soothes away trouble spots and reveals softer, clearer skin beneath.
It also helps prevent future breakouts by keeping skin free of poreclogging toxins and impurities.
1. Always Start with clean, dry skin, apply a liberal amount of the product to the face, neck or other problem skin areas on the body.
2. Let dry completely.
3. Do not rinse the product off. Instead, use a warm, wet hand towel or washcloth to wipe it gently off your skin. For best results, repeat application 3 to 4 times per week.
This ultra absorbent clay mask can be used anywhere to soften, tone and detoxify the skin. Although clay masks are easy to use, there are certain techniques for application and removal. Here are some tips to get the most out of your clay.
Remember, always begin with clean, dry skin.
1. Take a liberal amount of the product and apply it to your entire face and neck, down to your collarbone. On your forehead, you can use a backand forth "ironing out" motion to help the product work on surface line and wrinkles. Rub the product in gently yet thoroughly.
2. Let the clay dry completely. A hair dryer on the "cool" setting (not "hot") can help accelerate the drying process and save time.
Wipe the product off gently with a warm, wet hand towel or washcloth to help exfoliate and detoxify the skin.
3. Moisturize using a gentle moisturizer, one that doesn't contain harsh chemicals or acid based ingredients.
For a full body application
1. Begin with clean, dry skin. Apply the Face & Body Masque to your face and neck as per the instructions above. Then, continue applying the clay to the rest of your body. Don't forget your feet, legs, torso, hands, arms, and chest area. Use a mirror to check for adequate coverage.
2. Once you have finished applying the Face & Body Masque all over, you may begin removing the clay from your face, continuing downward until the product has been removed from all areas of your body. To remove the clay, do not simply step into the shower and rinse off. Instead, wipe the product off gently with a warm, wet hand towel or washcloth to help exfoliate and detoxify.
3. Shower if desired and use a gentle moisturizer, one without harsh chemicals or acidbased ingredients.
For best results, repeat application 2 to 3 times per week.
"I've always been self-conscious about the cellulite on my legs. After experimenting with so many products that didn't work, I'm so glad I tried Clay Essentials. Even with one application, the difference was amazing. And the more I use it, the better it gets. This product has given me such renewed confidence that I've told every woman I know about it. For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to summer!"
Volcanic Clay Kills Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA Superbug
Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 by: David Gutierrez
Researchers have discovered that a clay made from volcanic ash in France has powerful antibiotic properties and is capable of killing even antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
"It's fascinating," said researcher Shelley Haydel, a microbiologist at Arizona State University. "Here we are bridging geology, microbiology, cell biology. A year ago, I'd look at the clay and say, 'Well, that's dirt.'" MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant variety of the common bacteria that causes staph infections. This makes it more likely to develop potentially fatal complications, as it can proceed untreated for longer and spreads rapidly in institutional settings such as hospitals, prisons and schools.
Researchers added the volcanic clay, called agricur, to cell colonies of MRSA, and found that 99 percent of colonies were eliminated within 24 hours. In the same time period, colonies not treated with the clay grew by 45 percent. The clay exhibited similar antibiotic effects against salmonella, E. coli and buruli.
Buruli is a flesh-eating relative of leprosy that causes disfigurement of children. Due to its prevalence in Africa, the World Health Organization has classified it as "an emerging public health threat."
The researchers do not yet know what about the clay is responsible for its antibiotic properties. While clay has a history as a folk remedy for nausea and a spa treatment, the former use has not been seriously studied and the latter is due to clay's ability to hold heat and draw out toxins.
"We have multiple working hypotheses," to explain the properties of antibacterial clay, researcher Lynda Williams said. "Our primary hypothesis is that the clay minerals transfer elements, not yet identified, to the bacteria that impede their metabolic function. It is entirely possible that it is not one single element that is toxic to the bacteria, but a combination of elements and chemical conditions that attack the bacteria from different angles so as to overwhelm their defense systems."
While unlikely, it is also possible that the clay kills bacteria through physical rather than chemical processes, which would make it incredibly difficult for the bacteria to develop resistance to it.
Clay Can Kill Lethal Infections
Updated: April 7, 2008 at 12:55 AM CDT
OTTAWA -- Ordinary clay can kill the drug-resistant superbug MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- and other lethal infections, and is being investigated as a potential tool in treating patients.
"Healing" clays have been known for years to soak up toxins produced by bacteria, which can limit the spread of infection.
Clay isn't a drug yet, but it's getting there.
"Clays are little chemical drug-stores in a packet," said study leader Lynda Williams, a geochemist at Arizona State. "They contain literally hundreds of elements. Some of these compounds are beneficial but others aren't. Our goal is to find out what nature is doing and see if we can find a better way to kill harmful bacteria."
Clay isn't mud. It's defined as any mineral that forms very tiny grains of less than two microns, or millionths of a metre. How it kills bacteria is still an enormous mystery, but Williams knows that it does the job somehow -- at least in glass dishes of bacteria cultures. Tests in animals haven't started yet.
Still, she's hopeful, especially since there's some limited but intriguing experience with human patients underlying the theory.
A French woman she knew grew up using clay to heal cuts, as a folk remedy.
She was married to an ambassador and later travelled to the Ivory Coast "She saw these people with flesh-eating disease. It's a mycobacterial infection that eats the fat tissue under the skin. It puts out a toxin that's immuno-suppressant, so the body's defences don't kill the bacteria." The French woman tried a variety of clays.
"That would never have been allowed in the United States, but she actually, through trial and error, found some that killed the infection."
Eventually, Arizona State got involved, creating a mixed team of experts in geology and infectious disease. So far it has tested 20 types of clay, and found that three were highly effective. "There really are natural clays out there that kill a broad spectrum of human pathogens."
A German scientist once described the bactericidal properties of clay:
"The curative properties of clay are founded in its special physical characteristics, above all in the distribution of its minute particles. Individual clay particles are smaller than many bacteria. If infected mucous membranes are more or less flooded with clay, the bacteria are completely surrounded by clay particles and are thus separated from their source of nourishment and become imbedded in the inorganic material. Growth and the survivability of the bacteria are thus halted almost instantaneously, and from this explained strikingly speedy abatement of the symptoms of infection and/or symptoms of poisoning in acute infectious diseases of the alimentary canal.
Julius Stumpf, Bolus fur medizinische Anwenduno Darmstadt, 1916, p. 19.
"Clay is the most versatile, profoundly effective, cheap, mysterious, underrated, covered-up health treatment available.
"I know this because I am a natural health professional who uses clay personally and professionally for healing and health maintenance. I research and read everything I can find on the therapeutic use of clay. I have seen clay perform "miracles." I get very excited about mud. And in case you think I got my diploma out of a Cracker Jack's box, rest assured; I have a bonafide Masters Degree..."
"...Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters). It has been used for alcoholism, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, anemia, in fact, the list of uses is too long for this article. It was used during the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers from sixty to three percent."
Julie Crist, M. Ac.