Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite, is a very popular healing clay that cleanses the body both internally and externally. This clay is very dense in minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and formed from volcanic ash. When mixed with water it produces a negative electric charge that removes toxins. I was introduced to this product a few years back and now can’t live without it.
*IMPORTANT* Healing clays, including bentonite, should NEVER come in contact with metal, because this will reduce the effectiveness! Use ceramic, wood, glass and plastic while handling bentonite clay. When taken internally you should always take it on an empty stomach either 1 hour before eating/taking supplements or 2 hours after and make sure to drink lot’s of water since the clay can be dehydrating.
-Face mask. One of the most common ways to use bentonite clay is making a face or body mask. Usually mixed with water or apple cider vinegar this clay mask is applied to the face, neck or other areas of the body and left to dry for about 20-30 minutes. While drying this clay pulls toxins from your pores while tightening them and making it harder for bacteria to build up again. Since most toxins have a positive charge, they stand no chance against the strong negative charge of bentonite clay. This type of clay pulls hydrogen from cells making it easier for them to get oxygen and continue producing. Healthy cell regeneration helps with wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, scarring & over production of oil.
-Drawing poultice. Helps remove toxins from bug bites, stings, burns, and cuts. Put a generous amount of dry clay over the wound and then cover with a wet cloth or piece of gauze. Wrap with a bandage or plastic wrap to really put the pressure of the cloth and clay to your skin. Change every 2 hours.
-Detox bath or foot bath. I’m big on detox baths and I almost always add bentonite clay to them. This method helps pull toxins from your entire body and leave your skin super soft and supple. Add about 1/4 cup of dry bentonite clay powder to a warm running bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
-Oral health. Can be added to toothpaste (I sometimes just dip my tooth brush in the dry clay) and used as a mouth rinse when mixed with water that pulls out toxins and heavy metals.
-Baby/face powder. A super natural talc free alternative to baby and face powders. Works great to absorb moisture, excess oils, redness and even infection.
-Bentonite clay is one of the most effective detoxification substances when taken internally. The strong negative charge allows the clay to attract only substances that have a positive charge, such as toxins, harmful bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, and pathogens. This attraction pulls in these toxins and prevents them from passing through the walls of the intestines and entering into your bloodstream. The toxins are then eliminated out of the body and through the kidneys.
Some of the benefits of internal use include colon liver and skin cleansing, balancing the “good bacteria” in the digestive track, alkalizing the body, protecting again radiation and harmful chemicals, strengthens the immune system and helps regenerate cell and tissue production.
When taking bentonite clay internally it is extremely important to drink A LOT of water and use a natural laxative like psyllium husk or senna to avoid constipation.
Here’s what I use. You can get it at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores or order it online at Amazon or Vitacost.