Bentonite clay is fast becoming a favourite among detoxification programs. It can be used to absorb toxins in the gut, as well as a topical mask to help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, improve wound healing or to simply tone up the skin.
So What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is sourced in Wyoming, and is derived from weathered volcanic ash. Over 67 minerals, including magnesium, have been counted in bentonite clay; though the actual mineral count depends on the location of origin.
Bentonite has been known to assist in releasing heavy metals, free radicals, and pesticides when taken internally.
Regular use can help improve digestion, liver detoxification, and blood circulation and also with issues such as food sensitivities and candida.
How to Make a Clay For the Face or For Internal Consumption:
1 Add one tablespoon of bentonite clay to 8 ounces of water. Mix and keep within an airtight non-metal container for storage.
2 If using as a skin mask or compress, spread over the skin and wait for 20 minutes. Wash off, and ensure no old clay is retained as it will contain impurities drawn from the skin. A foot bath can also be done with bentonite clay.
3 If taken internally, take four tablespoons of the clay mixture, and follow with a glass of water, on an empty stomach first thing in the morning to support detoxification for a day or a week.
This method is not advised for those who are on medication, pregnant or are immune-compromised. Please consult with a Naturopath.
Bentonite clay can be found in health food stores and is available in forms such as powder, capsule, and sometimes in a liquid form. Look for it in Singapore at health food shops. Supernature retails a 450g pack of powder for $15.
Tip: Look for a grey colour, rather than a pure white Bentonite.