As a child I used to love getting dirty in mud; it was my favorite past time and my mother’s nightmare. I cannot recall how many times I was grounded or got a nice slap on my butt for getting dirty, especially in new dresses. In all fairness I was a “Tom Boy” so I think my parents are totally to blame for me messing up the dresses; they knew what I was like… right?
Little did I know then; water and clay are the best combination for detoxification ever! I am not entirely sure what sort of clay I was playing around with but I was onto something.
I can imagine you reading this paragraph and being slightly perplexed at one thing: “What the heck is clay? “.
Bentonite clays (the kinds used for detox) are formed from the coarsening of volcanic ash. The two best-known Bentonite clays are sodium-based, known for high absorption rate (swelling ability), and calcium-based, known for strong absorption rate (when negative ions are exchanged for positive ions).
The Bentonite clay I used the most is the latter: Calcium based because toxins , especially heavy metals are attracted to their negative charge and really help our body stay clear of things like aluminium.
Bentonite has also been found to be excellent for ridding the body of parasites; mostly worms that lodge in our intestinal tract when they should not be there (eg. Hookworms, Fluke etc.. )- not pretty!
Clays can be used internally as well as externally, providing amazing benefits to the skin too. The grades sold in health stores and online will confirm how the clay can be used and it is important not to ingest anything but food grades clays. Trust me; I made that mistake and it was painful, literally, in my tummy. Perhaps the clay I had was too thick but I had problems eliminating and that is sort of the opposite effect we want when doing cleanses.
So, let’s start with how we can use clay externally:
You might have seen this done in SPAs as “mud baths” and in fact, clay baths are awesome for skin detoxification. The skin is our biggest detoxification organ, so it is important that we pay attention to its needs and keep it toxins free. The clay easily allows toxins to be drawn out of the skin and heal the body. I like pairing a clay detox with Silica, which has a great function if pushing out impurities too.
For your bath you can use: 2 cups of clay in a bath full of warm water. You can add lavender and tea tree oil and I like adding Thyme Linalol, which is wonderful as an intimate wash. Soak in the water for 15 minutes then rinse off. Your skin will feel pretty soft. Another alternative is to make a mask and apply on the body; keep it for 10 minutes and then rinse. The mask becomes dry relatively quickly, making the skin tingly and tight.
During my most “hormonal” periods I love to use Bentonite clay to cleanse my skin, as I am more prone to breakouts. I noticed that the clay not only purifies the skin but also dries out any spot I may have. That is great as I always feel very subconscious about my skin. I usually cleanse my skin first with a natural face wash and hot towel. I take out any black head I can access easily (I am a trained facial therapist, so I do the whole thing but you can skip this step) and then I apply the mask. My favourite is 2 spoons of Bentonite clay, 10 drops tea tree oil and water. Make the mix quite creamy and then apply and keep for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry. The ticker the mix, the longer it will take to dry. As it starts to dry it might feel itchy as it pulls on the skin; nothing to worry about. As you rinse it off and cleanse the skin again, you may find your skin slightly red. Mine becomes red but after applying some Aloe Vera gel and my moisturizing oils I am good to go. I would do this in the evening before bed so the skin is not exposed to any other products/make up etc. keep it free for as long as you can.
Mouthwash and Toothpaste
I never thought I would use Clay as mouthwash but one day I ran out of my usual and I experimented. Clay is not only a toxins remover but also antibacterial. By Mixing ½ teaspoon clay with ½ cup of water you have your mouthwash and you can add 2 drops of peppermint oil to make it smell nice too! Take small sips, swish in your mouth and repeating until the mixture is finished. Rinse your mouth with water only after to get rid of any residue and you shall love the feeling.
If this can be a mouthwash, what about a toothpaste, since it can be mixed into a paste? Yes you can do and here a way to make the paste: 4 Tablespoons of Bentonite Clay, 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda , 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of Cloves (amazing for gums; can use powder or oil) 1 Tablespoon of Xylitol and Peppermint or Spearmint essential oils (count the cloves as essential oil if you use the oil instead of powder), mix well with some water till you have a paste and voila!
As mentioned at the beginning, clay can be used internally too and I found this to be very beneficial for me, especially when I had IBS and now, as I cleanse monthly against parasites, since having a beautiful dog who loves to dig in soil and then hug me and lick my face.
I do Bentonite Clay cleanses in conjunction with coffee enemas, inspired by the Gerson Therapy. The reason why I like combining the two is that I feel the enemas help me cleanse my colon better. If you have the time, patience and will to do a fast when taking the clay, you will feel unbelievable in less than three days. I did a juice cleanse with The Healthy Juice Company last month as I was detoxing with clay and doing enemas and in less than a week I expelled a little worm too. I felt awesome overall. I chose THJC because they avoid plastic and any chemical, and I didn’t want to defeat the purpose of my cleanse by using anything that could compromise my health.
For internal cleanses you can drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in a cup of water. I also add Psyllium husk to keep my bowel movements smooth as clay can become a little hard within. Drinking at least 2 liters of water is a must of course, as it keeps it going.
I started drinking Bentonite to help my digestion at first but having the knowledge that this powerful clay also removes heavy metals and other toxins has made me so happy. Just to give you some more awesome news :
Bye Bye Fluoride
One of the most upsetting toxins in water, especially in countries like the US and I recently found out it is in bottled water in South Africa, is Fluoride! This poison is cumulative and affects the brain heavily, shrinking the pineal gland. As a side, but fascinating note, whether you believe in conspiracies or not, historically it is said that fluoride was given to people to make them more subdued and obedient. Hitler was said to give fluoride water to people in concentration camps. I am not sure how much is proven, since the media can swing either way, but it is a fascinating read.
However, just scientifically, we can see that fluoride affects the brain and so getting rid of it is a must! By mixing Bentonite with magnesium chloride, some studies have shown a decrease in fluoride accumulation.
Mould, Fungi and Immunity
Aflatoxin is a mould like toxin found on some foods like Peanuts. This mould can affect the liver and it has been a controversial topic with studies not being as conclusive. However, better safe than sorry, I say; so why not use Bentonite to remove Aflatoxin from the body? Since it does not harm, I am happy to use it knowing this is another bonus point! Also, as health is always a direct relative of how strong our immune system is, we can connect the dots and see that if our body is not impaired by fungi or mould like Aflatoxin , then our immune system is stronger. Also if Bentonite clay helps digestion then we also absorb nutrients more, which again boost our immunity!
Overall it seems that Bentonite clay is a must have at home and I am happy to chat to anyone who wants to try it but is not sure how!