bentonite-clayClays were used by the earliest human cultures as medicine. Animals may instinctively eat dirt when they are ill. Clays remained an important therapy until modern times, when they were all but forgotten. Happily, clays have been rediscovered, and today we understand why and how clays work. 

What is Bentonite Clay?

Bentonite is one of the most popular clays, and is also known as Montmorillonite clay. It is actually volcanic ash that has been slowly weathered and aged. The clay retains the electromagnetic charge that was formed during its creation.

How Does It Detox?

Bentonite is composed of tiny platelets, and when the clay is mixed with water, it swells like a sponge. The strong negative charge on the platelet surface draws toxins. Used internally, the sponge-like clay draws and holds toxins until it passes from the body’s digestive tract. These toxins can include:

  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Parasites
  • Pathogenic viruses
  • Heavy metals
  • Radioactive substances
  • Toxins or poisons from insect and spider bites
  • Infected tissue

In addition to absorbing toxins, Bentonite provides nutrition by releasing minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and silica into the body. It also helps to oxygenate the body by pulling excess hydrogen from cells, thus allowing cells to replace the hydrogen with oxygen.

Bentonite is often used in cleansing products; it alkalizes the body and can help balance bacteria in the gut. An Arizona State University study found that it is effective in killing MRSA, Salmonella, E. Coli and other bacteria.

Bentonite Clay Uses
Bentonite Clay Uses

How You Can Use Clay

Bentonite can be helpful in cleansing and detoxing both internally and externally. It is typically used for health and cosmetic purposes:

  • Internal cleansing: many people take Bentonite in water for internal cleansing.
  • Baby powder or clay mask for skin irritation
  • Oral rinse (to re-mineralize and whiten teeth)
  • Face mask (mixed with water and made into a paste)
  • As a tooth powder, alone or in tooth powder recipes
  • Detox bath
  • On the skin as a paste for minor irritations, or as a poultice for more serious issues 
  • Wet clay can also be used after a salve treatment, to speed healing.  


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