You might wonder if someone was crazy if you saw them drinking mud. But this light gray powder is actually just natural clay with a pH of 8.3 to 9.1 which means it is alkaline. Bentonite is composed of 61% silica, but it also contains 18% aluminum and magnesium, sodium and iron can also be found in it. Bentonite is known to be one of the best natural colon cleansers. It’s made from a combination of water and volcanic ash.
Bentonite clay can be found throughout Wyoming and Montana. The clay's ability to detox the body has been known for a long time by Indians and natives. They were the ones who first started to experiment with the use of Bentonite clay to treat many health problems.
Its highest power lies in its ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay's structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly draws them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository. To state it another way, Bentonite is swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound. This happens because the Bentonite has a negative charge while the toxins have a positive charge. Opposite charges attract thus the poisons are bonded to the clay and both are eliminated from the body.
For internal use, start with a teaspoon mixed thoroughly in at least 8 oz. of water. After a few days or so, you may want to increase the amount of clay by a tiny bit (a little goes a long way).
The outside of the body can also be cleansed and healed by Bentonite. A Bentonite clay mask draws excess oils and debris to the surface of your skin, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores. You can add herbs and essential oils to soothe inflamed, painful skin and fight bacteria that inflame clogged pores into blemishes.
It has also been used to treat various skin problems and as an ingredient in detox baths. A poultice of Bentonite clay can be prepared to treat eruptions such as acne as well as various skin rashes.
The recommended procedure to prepare a Bentonite clay bath is as follows: fill the tub to the desired depth. Add two to three ounces of Bentonite clay, mix, then soak in it for as long as you can. A poultice can be made by adding half a cup of clay to one and a half cups of water or until the desired consistency is reached. Mix it thoroughly and apply to the skin where needed.
Note these cautions when using Bentonite Clay:
1) Bentonite should only be ingested with a high-fiber food like Psyllium Husk. This allows Bentonite to flow freely through the colon.
2) Drink plenty of water when taking Bentonite internally. This is crucial.
3) Don't take in vitamins or supplements and Bentonite clay at the same time.
4) Bentonite Clay might also absorbs some nutrients. To avoid this, take it at least one hour before or after a meal.
To control itching – A simple "mud pack" made with Bentonite clay and enough water to create a thick goo can help control the itch and dry up blisters, herbalists say. Spread the clay over the affected area and let air-dry. Keep it on until the clay wears off or gets itchy. Wash off the residue.
For First Aid – To make a healing pack, mix Bentonite clay or baking soda and oatmeal with water and an anti-infection herb (such as Calendula) or an herbal tincture. Apply to pimples, boils, or wounds.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Apr 2013
I have used it mainly when I have a sore or tender spot in my mouth. I wet a soft toothbrush, touch it in some of the powder, and gently massage the tender area. Almost immediately it eases the pain. In a short time, a day or so usually, the sore or tender area is no longer a problem.