“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”Vincent Van Gogh
Clay is an elemental substance which people today use for multi-purposes such as construction products, pottery making, and in cosmetic. However, the therapeutic value of clay should not be overlooked.
Clay minerals typically form over long periods of time from the gradual chemical weathering rocks, usually silicate-bearing by low concentrations of carbonic acid and other diluted solvent.
What is Bentonite Clay and How it Form
Bentonite clay is actually composed of ass made from volcanos. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, where numerous volcanos are present. The name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested.
The other name of Bentonite clay is Montmorillonite clay, stems from the region of France called Montmorillon, where the clay was first discovered. Today the clay is harvested mostly in U.S, France, and Italy. Most Bentonites are formed by the alternation of volcanic ash in marine environments and occur as a layer sandwiched between other types of rocks.
HOW BENTONITES CLAY WORKS
Bentonite clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electric charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid its electrical components change, carrying a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release its minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells to pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Civilizations have been using Bentonite clay for thousands of years. Today, this unique clay has become one of the hottest trends in health, beauty, and wellness. As modern research catches up with ancient wisdom, it’s becoming more apparent just how useful this clay could be in our modern life. The ability to attract dangerous toxins and absorb them in a safe way, is the basis of Bentonite clay’s various health benefits.
The Benefits of Bentonite Clay
It has been reported that several traditional cultures living in regions of the Andes, Central Africa and Australia have applied and consumes clay in numerous ways for centuries. Because the clay is readily available and required no modern processing, it has been popular and cost effective way of “detoxing” the body for quite sometimes.
Bentonite clay is also popular ingredients in skincare products. Applying a lotion or cream with bentonite clay in it create a barrier between your skin and possible irritants. And NOW, Bentonite clay it’s the one hottest trends in health.
Here are some of the most impressive benefits that Bentonite clay produces:
- Improves Digestion
Bentonite clay help neutralize harmful bacteria, which can create digestive problem if left unchecked. Antacid compounds from clays are commons ingredients in anti-nausea medicines (e.g., Rolaids and Maalox)
2. Clears Up Skin Problems
Use Bentonite clay to treat eczema, dermatitis, skin infections, and other topical issues. Applying the clay to your skin draws out the toxins in your pores, it heal the skin and provides a nice exfoliating skin.
3. Strengthens The Immune System
One study concluded that Bentonite clay can provide inexpensive treatment for numerous bacterial infections : Salmonella, E.coli, MRSA infections (i.e., antibiotic resistant staph infections) and many others.
4. Removes Harmful Toxins
Bentonite clay’s have the ability to absorb VOCs ( Volatile Organics Compounds) an assortment of chemicals that are emitted from paint, office equipment, cleaning supplies, building materials, and tons of other everyday items you can’t really avoid. The clay also can remove toxic metals (e.g., mercury, cadmium, and lead) from our systems. Over time, these metals can accumulate from processes foods, low quality drinking water and your environment.
5. Provides a Good Source of Nutrients
Bentonite clay’s composition make it a useful supplement in its own right. The regularly consumption of Bentonite clay can help you get nutrients that so may people lacks. It’s a rich source of minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sodium, copper, iron, silica, and potassium.
Uses of Bentonite Clay
Here’s a rundown of some of the different ways to use Bentonite clay that you could try it:
SPOT TREAT SKIN CONDITION,
What you need to do is take a dab of clay, mix it with an equal amount of water, and apply it to your problem spot. Let the clay dry ( around 20 minutes) before rinsing it of with water. People have used this treatment on things like : Blemishes, Bug bites or Stings, Cuts, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Minor burns.
BENTONITE CLAY MASK, Face mask made of Bentonite clay are very popular at high-end and is quite pricey. Save the expensive Bentonite clay spa treatment and make your own mask at home ( I will show you my homemade recipe with bentonite clay in my next post ). But, the basic process of making bentonite clay mask is simple. Just use one part Bentonite clay and one part water to create your own paste, one tablespoon each will usually do. Then rub onto your face ( leave it about 20 minutes ) and rinse it with warm water and a wash cloth. To exfoliate your skin, minimize blemishes, and maintain a youthful glow, you can apply the mask once a week.
BENTONITE CLAY BATH, All you need to do is draw a bath, and add around 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay. Soak for 20-30 minutes. And enjoy the luxury worth indulging! Don’t worry if few pieces of clay sticks to your skin during your bath. You can rub them off with wash cloth afterward.
BENTONITE CLAY DETOX, The easiest way to ingest Bentonite clay is to simply mix half a teaspoon of it into a glass of water and drink it down.
Potential Side Effects of Bentonite Clay
Because Bentonite clay comes from the earth and is made from all-natural ingredients, the risk of any adverse effects is low. While Bentonite clay is completely safe for the vast majority of the population, children and pregnant woman should avoid ingesting it. If you have any doubts, check with your doctor before you get started.
Where to Buy Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is inexpensive and easy to find. It’s widely available online and in health food stores. The key thing to think about is how you intend to use your clay. Some clay is only designed for topical use, and if you plan to ingest Bentonite clay, confirm with the manufacturer that is food grade- and has gone through all the necessary safeguards.
Here are a few excellent brands, which have been selling quality bentonite clay for a while:
- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay ( external use only )
- Mountain Rose Herbal
- Redmond Clay
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