“I have been eating dirt every day for the past six years. On purpose. It’s a part of my diet. I never skip a day without eating clay. I may skip my vitamins and I may go without eating my vegetables, but I will never forget to take my clay.”
This is the opening paragraph to the book, The Clay Cure: Natural Healing from the Earth by Ran Knishinsky and is a great introduction to the uses and benefits of clay.
A little weird perhaps, but natural clay has been used throughout history by people all over the world for its nutrients and natural ability to remove toxins from the body. And it is still widely used today as one of the most effective, natural internal and external detoxifying agents.
According to The Clay Cure, “Many of the minerals needed by the body are, essentially, dirt or rock — and eating clay may be history’s earliest example of using the earth’s resources to solve medical problems. With recent evidence revealing clay’s common use in lowering food toxicity and promoting digestive health.”
You’ll find different types of healing clays, but my favorite is Bentonite, which I get here. And I like this one too. There are a lot of good clay companies around, and if you look for a different one, do your research to make sure they don’t use metal when they collect the clay. If you don’t want to take the clay in powder form, you can take the clay in capsule form like this one.
Of the different types of healing clays, Bentonite is known for its high concentrations of minerals and electrolytes, including: calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium, and is one of the most detoxifying clays. And when the clay is ingested, its vitamins and minerals are absorbed the same way a supplement would.
Beneficial Properties of Clay
One of the greatest properties is its extraordinary power of adsorption. Bentonite Clay produces an electrical charge when hydrated. This gives the clay the most unique power to attract toxins and impurities out of the body for the very simple reason that it is electronegative and toxins and impurities are electropositive. So clay is perfectly safe to use as it can never be absorbed by the body.
When taken internally, Bentonite helps support the removal of toxins in the intestinal system. And Bentonite remains inert in the body, which means it passes though the body undigested. (Note: Because of this, it’s best not to take prescriptions, vitamins, minerals etc. within two hours of taking the clay.)
And here’s The Scoop on Eating Dirt which details why people have historically eaten dirt.
Plus according to this study from Arizona State University, Bentonite Clay was found to be highly effective at killing E.Coli, Salmonella, and even MRSA.
When mixing clay, always use a container and a utensil made of glass, porcelain, or wood, but never metal. Don’t let your clay come in contact with metal. Metal will bind with with the clay and you don’t want to ingest metal.
How to use Bentonite Clay:
For internal detoxification, mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clay in a glass of water with a lid. Shake the clay until it dissolves in the water and drink it right away. You can do this once a day, every day or for as many days per week as you like.
Mix Bentonite Clay with water to make a paste and apply it to the affected area.
Leave on until the clay has dried completely (about 20 minutes).
Then rinse off with warm water.
This method is simple, inexpensive, and effective for a range of skin complaints such as: acne, large pores, rashes, stings, and bug bites, and to name a few.
Add 1/4 cup of the clay to your bath and massage into your skin, or just soak in it for as long as you like and rinse off with clean water.
For more specific uses, here are 12 of some of the best ways to use Bentonite and other healing clays from around the Web:
- Face Mask # 1 — Clarifying Face Mask
- Face Mask # 2 — The Dynamic Duo — Partner Bentonite Clay with activated charcoal for this fabulous face mask.
- Hair Detox — Put mud in your hair!
- Mouth Rinse — To alkalinize and remove toxins from the mouth, mix some clay with water and gargle as you would mouth wash (30-60 seconds). Spit out and rinse your mouth with fresh water.
- Fruit and Veggie Wash — To remove radiation from your produce, mix 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a large non-metallic bowl. Toss your fruits or veggies in the clay water, making sure they’re completely covered and let him sit for about 10 minutes. Then rinse and dry them, and use as your normally would, as recommended here.
- Morning Sickness — Check with your doctor or midwife, but many cultures have traditionally treated morning sickness during pregnancy with Bentonite Clay. Mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in a cup of water, shake well to dissolve, and drink.
- Baby Powder – Plain Bentonite Clay Powder is an effective, soothing baby powder for areas of infection or redness.
“I have been eating dirt every day for the past year. On purpose. It’s a part of my diet now too. My clay of choice has been Bentonite Clay or this herbal combination. And I too never skip a day without eating clay.“
Let Them Eat Dirt!
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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!