Calcium Bentonite Clay contains minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is formed from volcanic ash. The Clay is mined in Death Valley, California, where temperatures can reach 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Indigenous Americans have historically used the clay for purification and healing. It can be used on the face and body to purify the skin and draw out toxins, but it can also be taken internally to help the body heal.
There are three types of bentonite clay: sodium bentonite, calcium bentonite, and potassium bentonite. Calcium bentonite is the kind used for the body. Sodium bentonite is typically used as a sealant and potassium bentonite is potash.
Using clay for detoxification purposes has been done in many cultures over hundreds of years, but is a relatively forgotten practice in modern Western society, though there is a resurgence happening as people look to nature for safe and effective ways to restore the body. There are animals that eat clay and dirt intuitively because they know it will remove poisons from their body.
Calcium Bentonite Clay Benefits
Want a natural way to have fresh breath? Use bentonite as an oral rinse every day. Simply mix a half-teaspoon of clay powder with water, shake, and then swish around in your mouth as you would regular mouthwash.
Want to remove toxins from your body but you don’t want to take the clay internally? Have a bath with clay powder in the water. Your body will absorb the clay, which can help draw out impurities. Use two tablespoons per bath, and add it to the tub while the water is running so it has a chance to mix in; you may need to help it along by agitating the water with your hand. For an added benefit, add a few drops of lavender or some other essential oil to make the bath smell good and allow you to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy as well.
Drinking bentonite clay is very effective. Using bentonite powder as a detox can help the body eliminate harmful toxins. When doing a bentonite detox, or simply taking it internally, do not take it two hours before or after medications or supplements. No long-term studies have been done on bentonite, but many alternative healthcare practitioners consider it to be safe.
Do you suffer from dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis? If so, this clay can calm skin, heal cracks, and prevent infections that might be flaring up. You can prepare a bentonite mask compound for your hands (much as you would for your face) and anywhere else your body has skin problems. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a warm cloth. You can do this a few times a week for more stubborn skin issues.
A calcium bentonite clay mask can help shrink acne, and it can also help reduce inflammation and soothe irritation. And because it has antibacterial properties, bentonite clay can tackle infections that may have developed if the acne is bad enough.
A simple bentonite clay mask can be made with clay and water. Add enough water to make a paste, and then apply it to freshly washed skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then gently wipe it off with a warm facecloth. Alternatively, instead of water you could use apple cider vinegar, which has healing properties as well.
Bentonite clay is rich in minerals, so it can be a great supplement. To take it internally, mix half a teaspoon (or one teaspoon) of clay with water and shake vigorously in a mason jar, then drink immediately. Do this once a day. If you’re unsure, speak with your doctor before doing this to be certain that it’s right for you.
This might sound odd, but you can make an affordable and effective diaper ointment for a baby’s sore bottom when they are suffering the ravages of a painful diaper rash. Take some clay and mix it with water, then apply it to the baby’s clean bum. Allow it to dry before diapering again. Over the course of the day, as you change further diapers and clean the baby’s bottom, the mask will be removed. You can apply this twice a day until the rash calms down. Clay powder can also be used as an effective baby powder instead of talc. Lightly sprinkle some clay onto your baby’s bottom after cleaning and before diapering. Again, if you’re unsure about using any of this on your baby, check with your doctor first.
Some women experience morning sickness in one or all of their trimesters; it depends on the individual. Nevertheless, calcium bentonite clay is a natural way to help ease nausea and vomiting, and it’s safe for fetuses and mothers. Drink half a teaspoon of clay in water each morning to reap the benefits. Please also let your doctor know that you are considering this as an option for your morning sickness.
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