Bentonite clay acts like a magnet, pulling heavy metals and toxins to it, and in exchange release minerals into the body. When bentonite clay comes in contact with water, the molecules dissolve and ions of negative charges develop, which then draw and bond to the positive charge in many toxins. Bentonite clay can be used externally as a clay poultice, body soak or in skin care recipes.
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Bentonite clay is a clay that is mined from the earth, formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. Also known as Montmorillonite, it is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays.
It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.
Bentonite clay comes in different varieties depending upon which elements are most concentrated in it, eg.potassium, sodium, calcium, and aluminum, but the two most commonly available types are sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite.
Sodium based bentonite clay can absorb nearly 5-6 times its dry weight in water. At full saturation it can swell up to 16 times its own dry volume. This makes it the superior clay where absorption (for example, of toxins, metals or dead tissue) is required. Sodium bentonite clay tends to be less drying to the skin than calcium bentonite clay, and because it has a higher absorption ability it tends to be a better “sink” for toxins.
Do not let healing clays like bentonite clay come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness.
Ways to use:
1) Face pack: Add 1/4 teaspoon for every 3-4 tablespoon of water and mix together in ceramic/glass container. Expect the clay to be clumpy to start. Leave the mixture to swell for half an hour and blend out any lumps using a spatula. Blend in more water if the clay is too thick. Unused clay will store in the fridge for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
2) Foot soak: Sprinkle 4 teaspoon of clay over warm water and hand whisk until dissolves. It may take 5-10 minutes of whisking to disperse into the water and it will be clumpy to start. Soak for 20 minutes.
3) Body bath: Sprinkle 10 teaspoon of clay over warm water and hand whisk until dissolves. It may take 5-10 minutes of whisking to disperse into the water and it will be clumpy to start. Soak for 30-60 minutes.
Particle size: 44 microns
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