Bentonite clay has seen an emergence lately now that people have been turning more and more to traditional, or ‘natural’ products for a variety of reasons: skin care, bloating, and even minor cuts and wounds.
In fact, it was used hundreds of years ago by different cultures the way we do now, except that it was even consumed in small amounts diluted in water to counter toxicity, bloating, an upset stomach, and other digestive problems.
There’s even a study by Arizona State University that found clays like bentonite, also known as Montmorillonite, has antibacterial properties effective at killing Salmonella, E. Coli, and Staph, and it also seems to not be likely to develop a resistance against the clays like some bacteria can with Western medicine.
The research is pushing to be able to utilize mineral clays as an inexpensive option to treat bacterial infections in humans.
Wellness Mama recommends the following uses for your big ‘ol tub of bentonite healing clay:
On the Skin: Externally, apply a paste of bentonite clay and water on any skin irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching, or burns. Leave it on until it dries and wash off. This is said to be especially calming to skin itching from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
Skin Poultice for Bites/Burns/Cuts/Stings: For more severe issues, create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. Wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to face as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. This can be typically done once or twice a week.
Detox Bath: Occasionally add about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
For Oral Health: Because of its excellent ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals, you may use Bentonite Clay alone for brushing and is tasteless and relatively textureless.
Oral Rinse to whiten and remineralize teeth: Besides the use as tooth powder, Bentonite mixed with water can be an alkalizing and toxin-removing mouth rinse. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of clay in 1/4 cup water in a small jar with a plastic lid and shake well. Then, rinse with the water for 1-2 minutes and repeat until the mixture is fully used.
For Mastitis: Create a poultice or mask of Bentonite Clay and water and apply externally to the area. Repeat as needed every hour until the infection is gone. Bentonite can also be taken internally during infection along with Vitamin C and fermented cod liver oil.
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 Morning Sickness: 1/2 tsp of Bentonite Clay in water during early pregnancy is great at warding off morning sickness. Be sure to check with your doctor/midwife first.
For Internal Cleansing: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of food-grade clay and combine in a glass jar with a plastic lid and shake until well incorporated. This can help to improve with digestion and may increase energy. Make sure that any clay taken internally is labeled safe for internal use. Redmond Clay is one good option.
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.