Bentonite Clay Uses
Uses for bentonite clay range from skin cleanser, detox baths and internal cleansing, although internal use is not recommended by the FDA. We will focus on bentonite's for external use, particularly as one of the best clay masks and as a detox clay bath. Many find that their skin improves dramatically by using this natural product. Others believe it's drawing power makes it one of the most useful clays for detoxing.
What is bentonite clay used for? There are so many uses for bentonite clay including skin cleanser, face mask, insect bites, burns, blemishes, acne, a detox bath, as a type of tooth cleanser and a mouthwash.
Bentonite Clay Bath
When most people think of bentonite clay for detoxing, they are usually talking about a mud bath. A clay detox bath can be invigorating, but initially exhausting. So, grab your clay powder and let's get to it! The important thing to remember is that you don't want the clay to wash down your drain. It's important to plug your tub and be ready to scoop out excess clay when you are done.
1. Fill your tub with about 4 inches of very warm water. You don't want to burn yourself, but you don't want to get cold either when you mix the clay with the water to create the mud.
2. Use the recipes below to add a little something extra to your bath.
3. When you are done, stand on a plastic bag and scoop the mud off of yourself and into another bag. Then scoop out all the mud from the tub. Lastly, use paper towels to remove as much mud from the tub as you can. Then, shower to remove the last bits from yourself and your tub.
It's a messy process, but worth it if you need to detox.
Bentonite Clay Detox Bath Recipe
1/2 cup bentonite clay
1/4 cup Epsom salt
Essential Oils if desired. Any of the following are relaxing: lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, neroli, jasmine, sandalwood, or patchouli.
Directions: Put about 4 inches of water in the tub. Add in Epsom salt and mix. Add in oils (following instructions on oil bottle - don't overdo it!), mix in clay then rub on yourself and relax in your bentonite bath for 20 minutes. It's a good idea to make the bathroom warm ahead of time so you don't get cold. You can also just make a bentonite clay foot bath by reducing the recipe.
Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe
1 tsp of bentonite clay
1 tsp water
Mix in a bowl and then spread onto your face. Let dry for 15 minutes then rinse off. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to leave it on for a shorter time at first. Don't mix it in a metal bowl or with metal utensils as it will leach metals into the clay.
Bentonite Clay Face Mask Benefits
Helps prevent blackheads
Reduces appearance of scars
Draws toxins out
Shrinks and unclogs pores
Health Benefits of Bentonite Clay
It should be obvious by now that bentonite is a healing clay. It has been used by humans since ancient times, not only for healing themselves, but also to heal sick animals. Mainly, bentonite draws out toxins and heals by removing them. It is an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic.