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.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is derived from weathered volcanic ash. It is named after the largest deposit at Fort Benton, Wyoming, US. Depending on the source, Bentonite clay can have over 67 minerals, including magnesium, silica, calcium, and potassium.
It has no odor and does not stain. Its consistency is fine and soft.
Bentonite clay has been known to assist in releasing heavy metals, free radicals, and pesticides when taken internally. When water is added, the clay has a strong negative charge which attracts the positive charge of many toxins. Its minerals are also used by the body.
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:
- Add one tablespoon of bentonite clay to 8 ounces of water. Mix and keep within an airtight non-metal container for storage. Metal reduces its effectiveness.
- 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 bath or a foot bath can also be done with bentonite clay. You can add essential oils along with 1/4 cup of clay to the bath.
- For many cultures, like the those in the Andes, clay is a traditional remedy taken at meal times to prevent food poisoning. For internal use, 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.
- Pets can also benefit. Add some to their water when they are feeling unwell.
This method is not advised for those who are on medication, pregnant or are immune-compromised. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
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. Be sure to do your research on the quality of the brand. Clays naturally contain lead so it’s important to find one that is low in lead. A food-grade bentonite clay that you can also use as a poultice and face/body detox is Redmond Clay.