If you discovered a product with miraculous healing powers that not only detoxifies your body and defends against illnesses, but also plays an important role in your everyday beauty and skin care health, would you be intrigued? Join the millions of people around the world who have become interested in the many advantages that bentonite clay can have on their overall health and the quality of daily life.
There are countless amazing ways to use bentonite clay. If you go through this guide you will make sure that you are not missing out of any benefits bentonite clay offers. At first we have to start with an overview about what bentonite clay actually is.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay, sometimes referred to as “healing clay” consists of aged volcanic ash called ‘Montmorillonite”. Bentonite is from the family of clay called smectite. The name Montmorillonite comes from the largest known bentonite clay deposit located in Ford Benton, Montana. A good quality bentonite clay is cream or grey in color, though there are also different clays like pink clay or green clay. It is a very fine powder with a velvety touch, is non-staining and odorless. Unlike other clays, bentonite clay doesn’t stain and is easy to work within natural and beauty remedy recipes.
Bentonite clay is a very famous healing clay that cleanses the body. It has high concentration of minerals like sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and silica. The clay has the ability to absorb impurities like toxins, chemicals, contaminants and heavy metals either when applied topically or ingested. Bentonite is a special type of clay due to its ability to produce electromagnetic charge when mixed with water. The negative electrical charge produced acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling positively charged toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and contaminants towards it.
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Different Types of Bentonite Clay
There are two main types of bentonite clay; Sodium bentonite and Calcium bentonite.
Sodium bentonite contains a higher amount of sodium and swells up to 15 times its original volume when mixed with water. Though it is widely used in various industries, it is still sold in the market as edible clays. Sodium bentonite should always be consumed with apple cider vinegar to neutralize its high sodium content. Sodium bentonite absorbs toxins and impurities from the body leaving behind sodium in its place. The mineral sodium is an electrolyte, which means it helps the body to hydrate. Sodium bentonite clay can be used safely for external purposes, and when used internally, it is advisable to take in small quantities as it can swell abnormally and make you constipated. You should always drink enough water after you consume sodium bentonite.
Calcium bentonite, the rarest of smectites, contains more calcium than sodium. Calcium bentonite is often referred to as ‘Living clay’. It is a green clay well known for its healing properties due to its high adsorption and absorption power. Though, it can be used externally, calcium bentonite is extremely good for internal consumption in the treatment of GI disease and detoxification.
Calcium bentonite, when taken internally exchange calcium ions for toxins and impurities in the body. Calcium is great for remineralizing the body and balancing gut bacteria due to its alkaline nature.
Now that you got enough general informations about bentonite clay we go one step further…
20 Ways to Use Bentonite Healing Clay
Bentonite clay is great for skin care, hair care and general body health. With seemingly endless number of ways to put bentonite clay to good use, we shall discuss how useful it could be in our modern lives. You can either use the clay internally or externally.
Ways to Use Bentonite Clay Externally
Our bodies are exposed to harmful chemicals and radiations everyday. Though we cannot control most of that, we sure can minimize the ill effects by following a good skin care regimen. Below are the different ways you can include bentonite clay in your beauty and self care regimen in a safe way.
Face Masks with Clay
There’s nothing better than a relaxing face mask which can minimize breakouts, hydrates skin, regenerates new healthy skin cells, reduces black spots and blemishes, treats acne, and simply leave you feeling refreshed for the week ahead. Bentonite clay has been steadily growing in popularity and it is the best way to add it to your homemade face mask recipe.
Bentonite facial masks are highly effective in the treatment of acne, scars, blackheads, blemishes, and wrinkles. It helps unclog skin pores and draws out toxins, exfoliates, softens and brightens skin, tones and tightens the skin, and heals and regenerates the skin tissues.
You can apply bentonite face mask on your face and neck, and leave it for drying around 20 to 25 minutes. Clean your face with cold water and finish it with a moisturizer. You can use bentonite face mask as often as you can; weekly, monthly, every 2 to 3 months, do it as per your preference as it is all natural and only pampers your skin leaving it super soft and smooth, and blemish free. If you need a detailed guide about frequency check this article.
Clay for Facial Scrubs
Exfoliation is very important as it boosts collagen production. Collagen is what helps firm and tighten our skin, as well keeping wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Exfoliation also helps unclog the pores and make our moisturizers to absorb better, speeds up cell turnover and keeps us looking young and glowing. You remove old dead cells from your skin and make room for new, healthy cells that look way better.
Bentonite facial scrub works for almost all skin types- all you need to do is, customize the preparation according to your skin’s requirements. Bentonite scrubs benefits you by unclogging the pores, gently exfoliates the skin, and calms acne, redness and inflammation. It is very gentle, that you can use it everyday. After the very first use itself, you can expect a healthy, blemish free, radiant glow on your skin.
Do a Body Wrap with Bentonite Clay
Do you want to lose a couple of inches fast? Then try body wraps. Body wraps can really help you lose a few inches fast and gives you a slim and toned look. They work by making you sweat more thereby eliminating excess unwanted fluids that contain toxins and wastes trapped under the skin’s surface. The weight loss is not durable though, because it’s only water you loose. Nevertheless, body wraps have huge benefits for your skin and your overall health. If you wonder what you need for a body wrap check this article.
Bentonite clay is considered one of the most beneficial clay for body wrap treatment. Bentonite clay wraps benefits you in the following way:
- Removes toxins and heavy metals
- Reduce cellulite, bloating and fluid retention
- Promotes smooth, soft, firm and toned skin,
How to use body wraps? Prepare bentonite body wrap as directed. Take a warm shower and exfoliate your skin prior to the wrap. This will help the wrap to penetrate deeper into your skin. Apply the body wrap clay mixture on to your body and wrap it with a plastic or some other material to promote sweating, skin regeneration, and circulation. Leave the mixture 1 to 4 hours (depends on your choice), and remove it by taking a warm shower. Bentonite body wraps can be used once a week for 6 weeks and then once a month, for maintenance purpose. If you want to read our full guide about body wraps click here.
Detoxing your body is not just a trend or buzzword, but a necessity. With all the chemicals in the foods that many of us are still eating and the unavoidable toxins and radiations in our environment, we need to protect our body from the harmful intrusions that are creating diseases among many.
Bentonite detox bath is a great option if you’re suffering from any of these toxic overloads such as fatigue, headaches, low energy, irritability, mood swings, gastrointestinal problems, belly fat and so on. It is a natural way to get rid of toxins from the body. Adding bentonite clay to bath water and soaking yourself for around 20 minutes can soften your skin and make you feel relaxing. You can do a relaxing detox bath once a week to reap the maximum benefits.
Clay Bath with Bath Bombs
Bentonite clay is a versatile ingredient for a wide variety of bath and beauty products. Did you know you can prepare bath bombs using bentonite clay? Yes, they are perfect bath bombs for detoxification and relaxation. They are insanely easy to make it at home; you may even get a small helping hand for this project.
Add bentonite clay bath to a tub of warm water, allow it to fizz, and immerse yourself into the tub for a good 20 to 40 minutes to feel nice and rejuvenated.
Use Bentonite Clay as Baby Powder
With so many controversy regarding the safety of talcum powder, why don’t you make your own natural baby powder using Bentonite clay? Bentonite clay on its own makes a soothing baby powder when there is redness or infection. The result is, you get silky smooth, highly absorbent as well as non-irritating product that soothes your baby’s skin. This powder isn’t just for babies, but can be used as body powder or dry shampoo by adults. The advantage is that you know 100% whats inside your powder and you can avoid chemicals.
Create Clay Packs
Bentonite clay packs are topically applied in the treatment of certain inflammatory diseases like arthritis. You can make a thick paste of bentonite clay with water, spread the clay mixture onto the wrap, and keep in on the skin a few hours later. This wrap is often called poultice, mud pack or clay pack to help provide relief from arthritis and varicose veins. It can even help in the treatment of poison ivy.
Bentonite clay paste, prepared with water can be applied on to any skin irritation like insect bites, burns, itching, cuts, skin itching, or blemishes. Leave it to dry and wash off with warm water. This treatment is especially soothing for skin itching caused by psoriasis and eczema, and can be great for treating mastitis.
Natural Make Up
I’m sure you will certainly fall in love with the all-natural bentonite clay make-up powder. It’s not only inexpensive but can be prepared using ingredients that are safe to eat and are available in your kitchen. Bentonite makeup powder can be used for all skin types, including sensitive skin. You can use natural make up instead of you normal or below your normal make up to protect your skin from the chemicals and harmful ingredients of the “classic” make up. This one is REALLY mind blowing in my opinion because it’s so easy but effective.
Natural Bentonite Clay Deodorant
With growing concern about toxic ingredients in commercial deodorants like aluminum, why not make your own deodorant using bentonite clay? Bentonite clay, with its powerful detoxifying properties sucks out toxins, impurities, and heavy metals from the underarms, absorbs sweat, prevents body odour, soothes inflammation, keeps your underarm soft. smooth and healthy, and prevents rashes, irritation and bumps.
The best part in using bentonite clay for making your homemade deodorant is that it is odourless and non-staining, and has fine velvety texture. So, definitely “NO STAIN” on your dresses. We wrote a complete guide about natural deodorants so please check it out.
Clay Used in Soaps
Next time when you walk down the soap isle at your favorite store, pay attention to the labels. You will find harsh chemicals and synthetic lathering agents that are not only bad for you, but to the environment too. There’s nothing wrong in making your own soap using bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a natural detoxifier, and also helps increase lather in soap bars. They are eco-friendly, and is the best solution to various skin conditions like acne, blemishes, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and so on.
Bentonite clay is a great product for your hair too. Bentonite clay hair mask can draw out toxins from your hair, aids in hair growth, gets rid of dandruff, adds shine to your hair, conditions your hair and protects your hair from infections. Sounds strange caring for your hair with clay? But trust me, the results would be amazing and you will never regret. Bentonite hair mask is intended to use only a few times per week. However, if you have extra oily or flaky hair, you can use it more frequently. How to apply? Mix all the ingredients and make a it into a smooth paste. Apply it evenly throughout your hair. Ensure you cover up your scalp and till the ends of your hair with the clay. Allow it to penetrate your hair and scalp to give maximum results, somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes and wash it off thoroughly. Maybe you already guessed, we also wrote a guide about bentonite clay hair masks.
While many of us turn to shampoo to clean our hair from oil and dirt, bentonite clay shampoo can bring more benefits to our hair. Because commercial shampoos are laden with harmful chemicals like silicons that can damage your hair, bentonite clay offers you a natural option to clean your hair while maintaining its health and beauty.
Bentonite clay shampoos can be made with apple cider vinegar or water, but when apple cider vinegar is used, it conditions your hair leaving it smooth and silky. Apply this healing shampoo on your wet hair, allow it to sit for 5 minutes before washing it off. A word of caution: Letting it to sit for too long, would make it more difficult to wash off.
Bentonite shampoo is not only natural and easy to make but also inexpensive compared to commercial products available in the market. Clay shampoo gets rid of toxins from your scalp and hair, making it clean and healthy with a shiny gloss. They reduce hair fall and are effective in the treatment of dandruff too.
Do-it-Yourself Toothpaste with Bentonite Clay
Did you know that bentonite toothpaste can clean your teeth much better than any toothpaste in the market? Yes, you heard it right, I am talking about bentonite toothpaste. Bentonite toothpaste can be used like any other toothpaste, brush twice a day with the required amount of clay.
The antibacterial ability of bentonite clay kills the odour causing bacteria leaving your mouth fresh and odour free. It not only keep your teeth clean, but also binds with the unhealthy substances found in gums and tongue and removes them effectively. In addition to killing oral pathogens, bentonite toothpaste has teeth whitening properties too. You have to check our oral health guide to get all the amazing information.
This is actually pretty similar to the point above but it’s still a different use case so we thought to mention it again. Are you still using conventional mouthwash that contains chemical additives and artificial sweeteners? Are you trying to steer clear of the unhealthy choices on the market? With plenty of natural products existing in the market, you might find them overly priced. The same thing can be made at home….easily.
Bentonite mouthwash can be used to rinse your mouth to remove toxins from your mouth. They are not only natural and effective, but also whitens and remineralizes your teeth.
Diaper Rash Cream
I’m sure, as a parent it is your responsibility to look after your lil one’s health and well being. There are no doubts that diapers make your life easy. But, it also come with certain disadvantages like allergic reactions, rashes, skin infections, toxic chemicals. and so on. If you are looking for a natural diaper rash cream, then read further…
DIY Bentonite clay diaper rash cream is so easy to make and the results are amazing. Since your baby’s bottom is so delicate, take caution using any essential oil into this recipe. Apply the cream on your baby’s bottom with clean hands, and sprinkle little bentonite baby powder over it.
We all know that calamine lotion is great for treating anything from itchy bug bites to sunburn to poison ivy. It is a life-saver for kids who like to bushwhack through whatever they can or for someone who likes to explore outdoors.
However, making your own calamine lotion will save you a few bucks and give you a wholesome feeling and peace of mind. The difficult part here (although it is easy) is to get all the ingredients to make the calamine lotion, and once you get it, making calamine lotion is really fun. Bentonite clay calamine lotion is great for treating rashes, sunburn and itchy bug bites.
That was pretty much it for the external uses. Let’s take a look how you can benefit from ingesting bentonite clay.
Ways to Use Bentonite Clay Internally
We start with the most obvious way to drink bentonite clay.
Bentonite Clay Drink with Water
Along with using bentonite clay on your skin, you can eat or drink it too. I know what you’re thinking…’Why would I eat clay’? Because, look at the myriad of benefits you get by drinking bentonite clay. Bentonite clay drinks can improve gut health, remove toxins and chemicals, boosts immunity, balance body’s pH and boosts energy.
When using bentonite clay for internal purposes, ensure you get food grade bentonite from trusted suppliers. By this you know the product you ingest is safe and work as intended.
Bentonite clay drinks can be made with water and taken internally for treating a number of health conditions. Bentonite clay drinks absorbs all the toxins, heavy metals and contaminants from your body and are excreted from the body during bowel movement. Make sure to drink plenty of water after ingesting bentonite clay to prevent constipation. Bentonite clay drink can treat ulcers, insomnia, IBS, diarrhoea, insomnia, hypothyroid, constipation, and dietary toxins.
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Tired of your regular smoothies? Try bentonite smoothie. It is surprisingly delicious and a powerful detox agent that can help clear environmental toxins and heavy metals from your body.
Drinking bentonite smoothie is more palatable than drinking bentonite clay with water. You can incorporate all the foods known to detox your system, plus bentonite clay, blend and drink. By this way, you wont even know that you are drinking dirt 🙂
Drinking bentonite smoothie offers the same benefits of taking bentonite with water, except it is more palatable and tasty.
Bentonite clay is also available in capsule form. They are easy to swallow and allows you to reap all the benefits of bentonite clay while traveling, because it is convenient to carry and easy to take. Bentonite capsules should be taken with water which aids in weight loss, removes toxins from the body, kill pathogens in the gut and so on. Bentonite capsules might be preferred by people who have had dental challenges like a tooth filling.
Bentonite Clay Powder vs Capsule
Bentonite clay power is always an effective mode of consumption due to its efficiency in powder form. To get the maximum benefit from bentonite clay, in should be in a colloidal gel or liquid state. In this activated stage, you body readily responds to the clay as soon as it is consumed. This is one reason, why tablet or capsule form of clay consumption is not preferred.
By taking bentonite capsule or tablet orally, you mouth and oesophagus is missing the direct effects of clay. It takes time for the capsule or tablet to dissolve or disintegrate before your body can benefit from it. In addition, you need to drink plenty of water to activate the clay in your stomach or you will end up constipated and sick. I would almost always recommend the drink over the capsules!
Forget pharmaceutical preparations to clear your bowel, use bentonite enemas. Bentonite enemas are the best way to clear you bowels in case of constipation. They can be done at home without any medical assistance on adults as well as on children. Bentonite enemas are administered through rectum to clear out fecal matter from the bowel thus minimizing the amount of toxins. It is also a best way to introduce probiotics directly into your bowel. Above all, bentonite enemas are extremely safe to use as it has only natural ingredients in it. You can read more about bentonite clay enemas in this article.
Did we miss any other way to use bentonite clay? Please share your opinion or other ways in the comments and we can add them to the article to make is even more valuable. Feel free to try out a few ways and tell us if you recognized any positives changes of your body or your skin.