Benefits of Bentonite Clay

What is Bentonite Clay

Last week I got a pretty nasty cold. The first day was awful--with chills, body aches, coughing, congestions, and soar throat. I hadn't gotten a cold for years (not since I started the GAPS diet!) and didn't know what to do with it! I posted on Facebook for some help knowing how to kick that cold fast and my friends at the Redmond Heritage Farms Store (used to be Real Foods Market) suggested I come get some of their bentonite clay.

Wait, their what?!?!  Yes, B-E-N-T-O-N-I-T-E clay.

Well, I had no idea know what that was.

But I was desperate to start feeling better so I went into their store and talked to some of the sales associates there about this mysterious Redmond Clay. Well I was absolutely blown away at what they told me about the benefits of bentonite clay! I ran home to give it a try and was so excited about how it helped AND what else I could do with it, I just had to share.

Bentonite clay is amazing, and it's totally safe for the body. You can drink it (actually, that's one way to help detox the digestive system), you can put it on your skin, you can soak yourself in it--it's all okay! I was happy to know that I wasn't hurting my body more by taking some over-the-counter medication, and instead simply using natural minerals (i.e. dirt) to simply help my body do better what its already trying to do does on its own.

So what is bentonite clay?

Bentonite clay is simply a mineral-rich clay formed from weathered volcanic ash. It's found in large quantities in certain places, one of which is Fort Benton, Wyoming, where it gets its name.  The clay has some incredible properties that make it especially useful to humans, namely that it has a strong electric charge that attracts and absorbs heavy metals and toxins in the body. When taken internally,  the body then simply disposes of it all through the digestive tract like normal. (If you are one to be a little doubtful about natural products, read for yourself. This article by Dr. Axe describes how the actual molecules work with the body to pull out toxins from the body.)

What are the benefits of bentonite clay?

Well, that depends on how you are using it! When I was sick last week, my cold was hanging on hard until I took a bath with some clay, apple cider vinegar, and epsom salt (I totally forgot I had gotten some of Redmond's incredible mineral salt as well! I'll post about that when I use it) and my cold symptoms improved dramatically. My body seriously felt brand new and my cough went down significantly. I was amazed!

There are tons of cool ways to use it and I'll just a list a few of my favorite. Like the container says, "clay of 1000 uses." There are lots of videos and articles online about how to use it but I'll just describe a few below!

 

Uses for Bentonite Clay

uses for bentonite clay

Detox Bath

Add to a bath 1/4 c Redmond Bentonite Clay, 1-2 c epsom salt (or Redmond Mineral Salt), and 1/2 c apple cider vinegar. Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil! Soak for 15-20 minutes

Blackhead Eliminating Facial Mask

Combine 1 Tbsp of clay with 1 Tbsp water in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon. Apply thick mask to face in circular motions and let sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off with damp cloth. This helps to clear pores of impurities that can cause acne and blackheads!

Detox the Digestive System

Mix 1/2-1 teaspoons of clay with a glass of water and gulp! This is incredibly effective for those who suffer from irritable bowel, bloating, gas, nausea (even safe during pregnancies---which of course, you'd want to discuss with your doctor first), and gut dysbiosis (bad gut bacteria). Drink one glass daily.

Burn Cream (or anti-itch cream)

Make a paste by combining 2 parts bentonite clay with 1 part water. Pack it onto the burnt area and wrap the affected area with the paste with plastic wrap to keep it moisturized. Leave it on as long as you need! For bug bites, eczema, or other itchy bumps you can let it dry on the skin without having to wrap it. It is very soothing to the skin and helps repair skin cells quickly.

Baby Powder

Apply directly to skin to soothe rashes, irritation, eczema. If you need a little thinner texture, add just a little arrowroot powder to make it more powder-y. This is completely safe for babies, unlike store-bought baby-powder, which is actually very toxic.

Remineralizing Toothpaste

A homemade toothpaste made with bentonite clay can help remineralize teeth--healing cavities, restoring healthy bacteria, eliminating bad breath, and preventing future decay. Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 2 Tbsp bentonite clay, about 6-7 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 1/2 cup water. Mix together with a wooden spoon and store in an airtight container (I usually use a mason jar with a plastic lid or a little pyrex bowl)

 

Like I said, there are many, many, many ways to use this clay! My favorites are the detox bath, face cleansing mask, toothpaste, and drinking it for occasional nausea. I'd love to know if you try any of these and what you think! Or if you've done anything different that you are also excited about! Leave a comment below!:)

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