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Monday, September 9, 2013

Bentonite Clay ~ The many Healing uses

What is Bentonite clay and what does it do?

Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals. Bentonite Clay is composed of aged volcanic ash, it is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins.  Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. Sounds pretty amazing huh! But wait there is more ~ In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and others. What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the MRSA or other bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics.

Bentonite clays can be used internally and externally. If you are using a clay internally be sure that the product states that it is safe for internal use. Due to metals and other impurities that may be found in the clays, not all of them can be taken internally. If you are unsure of the purity of the clay contact the manufacturer.  IMPORTANT NOTES: Do not let healing clays like Bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness. Mix with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid by shaking well or using a plastic whisk. If you take it internally, do not take within an hour of food for best results and do not take within 2 hours of medications or supplements as it might reduce their effectiveness. Check with your doctor before using if you have any medical condition.
  • Translucent Face PowderIn a small bowl combine 1 part cornstarch, 1 part Bentonite clay and a bit of cocoa to add color.

  • Facial Mask - In a small bowl mix 4 Tbs Bentonite Clay with about 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar, Just enough to make a smooth paste. Apply to face and allow to sit until dry, moisten with a warm cloth and rinse well. Enjoy glowing skin. 

  • Bug Bites, burns or irritations - make a paste of water and clay, apply to the affected area and it will stop the pain / itching!

  • Tooth powder ~ The main ingredient in many re-mineralizing tooth powders. Check out Katie at wellnessmama.com for a great recipe

  • For Baby Powder: Plain Bentonite Clay makes a very soothing baby powder for use when there is infection or redness. It can also be made into a clay “mask” to help speed recovery in this area.

  • For Pets: For pets that are sick, vomiting or showing signs of illness, you can add Bentonite to their water or mix and give orally with a dropper or syringe without the needle. I have seen several cases where this helped pets recover quickly from what could otherwise have been serious illnesses.

  • A foot bath is also useful for detoxing by adding 3 to 4 tablespoons to a tub of hot water and soaking your feet in it for at least 30 minutes.

  • DetoxificationClay baths draw toxins from the skin and through the pores. To enjoy a full-body detox, add 1 to 2 cups of bentonite clay to your bath once a week and soak for 20 minutes. The remaining clay sediment can be safely washed down the drain.
  • What is the Mineral Content? According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
  • Mineral Content 
    Silica- 61.4%
    Aluminum- 18.1%Iron- 3.5%
    Sodium- 2.3%
    Magnesium- 1.7%
    Calcium- 0.04%
    Titanium- 0.02%Potassium- 0.01%Moisture- 7.8%
    pH - 8.3 - 9.1
  • For more tips on using bentonite powder visit:
  •  http://wellnessmama.com/5915/the-benefits-of-healing-clays/
  •  http://www.naturalnews.com/028014_bentonite_clay_healing.html#ixzz2eGaeCtcx
  • http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/bentonite.php

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*This information shall not be interpreted as specific prescription or usage advice and is published as a general guideline only.

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