— Discover the benefits of Bentonite clay and how to simply incorporate it in your routine.
✎ Kat Guerrero
Regarded as the ‘healing clay,’ bentonite has been used internally and externally to cure ailments for centuries. Clay is general is known for its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties because of its ability to pull metals and toxins from the skin. Found in many skin products, especially face masks, bentonite clay is a natural and effective ingredient for fresh, detoxified skin.
Clay is a powerful natural aid for improving and healing the skin. Its medicinal uses can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest recorded medical works), outlined the use of clay in hundreds of remedies. Aristotle and Marco Polo both recorded that people ate clay to fight illness.
Bentonite was first ‘discovered’ in Wyoming, in a landscape shaped by volcanic eruption. Named after Benton shale, a type of sedimentary rock formed through intensive erosion and weathering, Bentonite clay contains a powerful electromagnetic charge. The clay is found in rocks deposited in Ordovician to Neogene period (488.3 – 2.6 million years ago.)
When the clay is mixed with water, it becomes an absorbent, mineral-rich paste that pulls impurities from the skin. Bentonite is still primarily sourced from Wyoming but also found in the French region of Montmorillonite as well as other shale-rich landscapes.
Bentonite clay can both be used internally and externally to improve skin and underlying health conditions. You’ll find bentonite clay mixed into face masks and body scrubs. Often, bentonite is sold by itself to be used as the customer’s discretion.
Some people take shots of bentonite clay in the morning to bind toxins in their stomach and flush it out of the system. Clay binds to harmful bacteria, pathogens, fungi, radiation and parasites in the body while allowing for natural flora and minerals to remain in the system. Clay is also linked to treating food poisoning, hangovers and the flu.
When bentonite clay is by itself, it can be mixed with water to create a thick paste to be applied as a face mask. The clay paste can be applied to insect bites to draw out venom or used to counteract dental issues. One shouldn’t mix the clay with metal because it will counteract the negative ions.
The clay can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar to be used in the hair to remove impurities.
Bentonite clay absorbs excess oil in the skin without depleting the skin of its natural oils. Dry skin types should be wary of overusing bentonite clay, as it may deplete the skin of needed oils.
The clay has a grainy texture, which allows for gentle but effective exfoliation. Gentle exfoliation of the skin removes dirt and foreign matters, which allows other skin treatments to be fully benefit the epidermis.
When used internally, bentonite clay is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. For people who have gut issues, bentonite clay is used to soothe issues and promote normal movement. When used on the skin, the clay holds the same anti-inflammatory properties for problem areas.
Adjusts the Body’s pH Levels
Bentonite clay is alkaline-forming, meaning it encourages adjustment of pH levels in the body. For people that eat an acid-rich diet, bentonite serves as a method to balancing pH when internally ingested.
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