If you’re on the hunt for an inexpensive and natural way to cleanse and boost your body’s well-being, Saffire Blue offers the best Bentonite Clay you can buy. This clay’s age-old healing effects provide benefits from head to toe.
Bentonite Clay – The Healing Clay
Clays have been used in different African and Asian cultures for centuries because of their amazing restorative and healing properties. In the past few years, however, bentonite clay has rapidly been gaining mainstream popularity, and for great reason.
Bentonite clay also referred to as Montmorillonite clay, is a very fine, grey-cream clay that is composed of volcanic ash. Its name derives from Fort Benton in Wyoming, which is the location of the largest known natural source of this clay. It is cost-effective, costing far less than many modern-day medicines while reaping the same results. Due to this as well as to bentonite’s clay abundance and the fact that it does not have to go through major processing to be harvested and used, it has now become one of the most popular natural ways of healing and detoxification.
Bentonite clay includes a high concentration of minerals such as silica, magnesium, sodium, iron, calcium and potassium. These micronutrients are important to the body’s health and may be hard to come by in one’s everyday diet, hence bentonite clay is often taken orally as a type of mineral supplement, as it is absorbed similarly to how supplements are absorbed by the body.
How Bentonite Clay Does Its Job
Bentonite clay’s most amazing ability rests in its power to draw out toxins due to its negative charge. When the clay meets water, these negative electrons begin to react and attract positively charged ions in the impurities, chemicals, heavy metals such as lead and mercury and other toxins that may be present, removing them from the body.
As healthy as we may think we are, we all have toxins within our bodies. Toxins can come from the most unlikely of sources including unfiltered water, air and even the foods we eat. Over time these toxins build up inside of us and if left there, they can cause serious illness to the body’s systems. Similar to how a sponge works, the clay soaks up all of these toxins and holds them within itself. Once the toxins have been drawn into the bentonite clay whether it is inside the body, on the skin or the hair, they are bound there until they are removed by rinsing off the clay. As this clay can be taken internally, it provides healing only to the skin, but to the gut, blood and other systems.
Simply put, bentonite clay’s health benefits are marvellous whether it is taken internally (by drinking or eating it) or applied externally on skin or hair, due to its cleansing and healing nature. It is used in commercially prepared face masks, mud washes and even poultices, but when used in its natural form, this clay works just as well or even better for a myriad of health-related issues. Here are some of the absolute best benefits of using bentonite clay in/on your body.
- To heal skin conditions
When it is mixed with water to create a clay mask for the face or other parts of the body, bentonite clay draws out the toxins living on or beneath the skin’s surface. This helps to alleviate many skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and even psoriasis. It helps with redness, irritation and break-outs, and can even assist in soothing any irritating reactions from the use of a lotion, face wash or soap that one may be allergic to.
Because of its antibiotic properties as well, bentonite clay can be used to aid in the healing of wounds or skin infections even where modern medicines may have failed.
- To create a detoxifying bath
To create a soothing bath that detoxifies your skin and body at the same time, you can add some bentonite clay to your bath water and soak in the liquid. Just as with face masks, the clay draws out the impurities and toxins from your skin, leaving you looking and feeling healthier, smoother and refreshed.
- To allow the body to receive more oxygen
Bentonite clay can remove excess hydrogen from the body’s cells, leaving them with more room to take in oxygen, which they need to function well.
With more oxygen entering the cells, energy levels increase and your body’s ability to repair itself (whether from illness or strenuous exercise) can be improved.
- To alkalize the body
Many of the foods that we all eat today are acidic and disrupt our body’s natural internal pH. A good pH balance is essential to good digestion. When the body’s internal environment is too acidic, it is much more difficult for the stomach to break down and begin to digest food. Alkaline foods are necessary to make the digestion process go smoothly.
For this reason, the body needs the alkalizing minerals which are found in bentonite clay. These minerals, when ingested via the clay, can help to establish a balance between the body’s alkalinity and acidity by increasing the alkalinity of our blood, saliva and urine.
- To boost probiotics
Probiotics refer to the ‘good bacteria’ which reside in the gut. A healthy gut is not only integral to good digestion but overall body health as it can affect various other health aspects. A healthy gut also helps us to absorb nutrients well, increases our disease immunity and can improve brain function and mental alertness. Because of bentonite clay’s ability to draw out toxins from our body, it helps to decrease the amount of ‘bad bacteria’ in our gut that may be causing our health issues or digestion problems, and increases the amount of ‘good bacteria.’
Bentonite clay can also draw out a particular type of toxins called ‘aflatoxins,’ which can cause liver damage and even some cancers. Aflatoxins are found in some very common foods in the everyday diet, such as peanuts and various grains. Due to bentonite clay’s negative charge, it can survive amongst the gut’s acidic environment long enough to draw out these toxins and remove them.
- To alleviate digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, nausea and IBS
Because of the aforementioned ability to destroy toxins and bad bacteria in the gut, bentonite clay can play a major part in alleviating various digestive problems. Pregnant women often use it to help to relieve their morning sickness and nausea.
Research has shown that bentonite clay can draw out and remove rotavirus and coronavirus toxins from the gut of young mammals. Rotavirus toxins are a major cause of various gastrointestinal and digestive issues in babies and toddlers, such as diarrhea and nausea.
Bentonite clay can even be used to alleviate these types of issues in your pets. It is safe as well as effective for them in cases of vomiting, diarrhea or nausea. Just like with humans, bentonite clay can be mixed in with your pet’s water until it dissolves. ¼ cup of clay is enough – your pet shouldn’t fuss about drinking it, as bentonite clay does not have any flavour or odour, and their vomiting or diarrhea should be relieved in a short period of time. period body’s ability to fight diseases
Research shows that bentonite clay’s minerals possess antibacterial properties that could be a cost-effective alternative treatment and protection against many bacterial and viral infections.
The clay not only succeeds in destroying these harmful bacteria and viruses, but it also gives our immune system a major boost by keeping the gut wall strong and uncompromised. A considerable amount of the immune system lives within the gut, and when the gut wall is weakened, the toxins that may be present in the gut are much more able to get into the bloodstream, from where they can cause serious health issues and diseases. By making sure that both the gut and the gut wall are strong and protected, bentonite clay makes sure that the body is safer against harmful chemicals, toxins and bacteria.
- To improve oral health (teeth and gums)
Our mouth is one of the first places that toxins have a chance to attack, as well as being the passageway to the rest of our internal system. Aside from alkalizing the saliva in the mouth, bentonite clay also removes harmful bacteria and toxins in the mouth, and around the teeth, tongue and gums. By removing these toxins, you are then less likely to swallow these toxins and possibly become ill.
Bentonite clay’s drawing out of impurities also makes it a great choice for natural toothpaste, as it is not only able to draw out toxins and bacteria from the mouth but abrasive enough to remove plaque. It also helps to whiten teeth, and many people worldwide use it as natural toothpaste along with activated charcoal or even mixed into their commercial toothpaste. Bentonite clay can also simply be mixed with water and used as a rinse daily or twice daily, to ensure that the mouth is as safe from impurities, bacteria and toxins as it can be.
- To assist in water purification
Bentonite clay has been proven to be effective in removing some of the fluorides that fluorides found in our everyday drinking water. When it is combined with magnesium, bentonite clay has been demonstrated to improve the purity of tap water. This makes it an extremely plausible possibility for being used in the future as a global, low-cost, effective water purifying method.
- To use as a natural alternative to baby powder
In place of commercial baby powder, bentonite clay is great for soothing babies’ skin. It can be applied like traditional powders to any red, irritated areas of skin, and is safe to use. It is just as gentle and healing on the skin of babies as it is on the skin of adults.
The clay can be applied directly to the skin, and after allowing it to sit for several minutes, it can be wiped or rinsed off. Unlike traditional powders, it isn’t recommended to be left on the skin.
- To naturally cleanse, soothe and define your hair and scalp
Bentonite clay has become extremely popular in the world of organic hair care. Many different hair types use this clay to clean their hair without the use of harsh shampoos or chemicals. Bentonite clay cleans well without stripping hair of its natural oils and detoxifies and soothes the scalp to destroy toxins, dandruff and dry scalp, providing an optimal environment for hair growth. It also conditions the hair to a certain extent, softening it and sometimes eliminating the need for commercial conditioners that may irritate the scalp. When used in textured hair, the clay also clumps and hydrates and defines waves, curls and kinks, making them respond better to styling, reducing frizz and promoting growth.
A guide to using Bentonite Clay
If you are thinking about beginning to drink or eat bentonite clay to receive all of its fantastic health benefits, here are a few tips and guidelines:
- You can mix ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay once a day for as many days as you want; even every day. Mix the clay well with water- it helps to add the clay and water to a jar or bottle and shake it vigorously to make sure that the clay dissolves well. Simple stirring may not do the trick. Drink the clay right after you’ve finished shaking it.
- For a mouth-only treatment that you don’t swallow, use the clay in a fashion similar to how you use mouthwash. Mixing it with water, gargle it in your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute, then spit it out and rinse your mouth with clean water.
If your only interest is using the clay externally, here are some recipes that you may want to try!
7 Recipes with Bentonite Clay
Detoxifying Clay & Epsom Salt Soak
1/2 Cup Bentonite Clay
1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients and add to hot bath water.
Soak for at least 20 minutes to allow the clay and salts to work their magic!
Homemade Deodorant with Bentonite Clay
1 cup Coconut Oil – 76 (RBD)
6 tablespoon Baking Soda
6 tablespoons Corn Starch
2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay
20 drops Orange Sweet Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Melt coconut oil in a double boiler. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into empty deodorant tubes and refrigerate until set.
Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
1 Cup Bentonite Clay
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBS Olive Oil – Grade A Refined – Organic
1 TBS Avocado Oil
Combine all ingredients and apply to hair. Allow penetrating the hair for 15-20 minutes. Rinse clean.
Pore Cleansing Bentonite Clay Facial Mask
1 TBS Bentonite Clay
1 TBS Aloe Vera Gel (Juice) 1X
1 TBS Witch Hazel Distillate
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Australia
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to face and allow to air dry. Rinse thoroughly.
Homemade Anti-Itch Cream with Calendula and Bentonite Clay
3 TB Shea Butter – Virgin
1 TB Coconut Oil – 76 (RBD)
1 TB Calendula Petal Powder
1 TB Beeswax Cosmetic Grade – Yellow Pastilles
2 TB Baking Soda
2 TBS Bentonite Clay
2 tsp Witch Hazel Distillate
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Australia
Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Add calendula petal powder. Place a lid over the top of the double boiler and, over low heat, allow the powder to steep in the oil for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add the shea butter and beeswax to the infused oil, and stir until melted.
Remove from the heat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined fully.
Pour into a 4-ounce jar and allow to solidify.
To use: Apply to bug bites or minor skin irritations. Not recommended for use on open wounds.
Homemade Bentonite Clay Toothpaste
3 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
4 Tbsp Distilled Water
6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Australia
8 drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Sweet Essential Oil – 5 Fold
Pinch of salt
Clear Cosmetic Jar – 4 oz
White Ribbed Lid 70-400
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until a paste is formed. Store in a cosmetic jar.
The information in this article is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, or recommend this mineral to treat or cure any condition. This product is not a drug and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We are not selling this product for the purpose of human consumption.