Top 5 Uses of Bentonite Clay
While eating clay might sound like something you'd need to stop your child from doing during craft time, consuming Bentonite Clay can actually help boost digestion and cleanse the gut! This amazing natural clay has so many uses, so I put together my Top 5 favourite ways to make the most of Bentonite Clay benefits.
Eating clay might sound like something a child in an arts and crafts class might do, but it's actually a really beneficial internal health supplement! While I wouldn't recommend taking a bite out of your child's moulding clay, a good food-grade Bentonite Clay powder can actually help to support your digestive system by flushing out bad bacteria, and restore your vitamin and mineral levels by delivering a boost of nutrients. However, Bentonite Clay benefits aren't limited to digestion. This multi-tasking natural clay is also an amazing ingredient in skin care, helping to draw out impurities and build-up and detoxify the skin.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay, derived from volcanic ash, is usually grey or cream in colour. Known to be rich in nutrients including Calcium, Magnesium, Silica, Sodium, Copper, Iron and Potassium, Bentonite Clay benefits include helping to deliver essential vitamins and minerals to the body, making a wonderfully detoxifying and powerfully absorbent ingredient in skin care as well as a cleansing internal supplement. When ingested, its nutrient rich properties can also help to cleanse the gut and relieve symptoms of indigestion. When using Bentonite Clay, it is actually recommended that you handle the powder with a wooden spoon rather than metal utensils, as the clay can potentially absorb the properties of the metal!
Bentonite Clay uses
1. Bentonite Clay as an internal supplement
Taken internally, Bentonite Clay delivers a boost of nutrients including Calcium, Magnesium, Silica, Sodium, Copper, Iron and Potassium to the body, helping to replenish vitamin and mineral levels and alkalise the body. It has also been known to help relieve digestive problems and complaints such as constipation, IBS and nausea by cleansing the gut of toxins, chemicals, impurities and heavy metals. Bentonite Clay powder makes a great daily addition to water, juice or smoothies. I add one teaspoon of the food-grade Earths Purities Drink, Body & Bath Bentonite Clay to my morning smoothie for an extra boost of nutrients.
2. Bentonite Clay for teeth
Bentonite Clay makes an amazing ingredient in toothpaste and dental care! A very gentle, mild abrasive with a mild taste, Bentonite Clay can help to improve the health of teeth and gums by removing plaque, remineralising teeth and thoroughly cleaning the mouth. Products specifically formulated with Bentonite Clay for teeth include the My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste Peppermint, which contains Bentonite Clay combined with food grade Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, Coconut Oil and Diatomaceous Earth to polish and whiten teeth without damaging the enamel.
3. Bentonite Clay as a cleansing bath soak
Added to a tub full of warm water, Bentonite Clay makes an ideal detoxifying bath soak to help draw out impurities and excess oil. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup to your nightly bath for a rejuvenating bath soak, along with some essential oils if desired for extra relaxation.
4. Bentonite Clay Facial masks
Bentonite is also ideal for applying directly to the skin for mild forms of both eczema and dermatitis as well as other dry skin conditions. One tablespoon of powder combined with a teaspoon of Honey and dash of water makes a wonderfully soothing and detoxifying Bentonite Clay face mask for sensitive or acne prone skin. Bentonite Clay is known for its detoxifying properties, helping to draw out excess oil, makeup, grime and build-up and lightly exfoliate the skin. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Add some Turmeric and Coconut Oil to this recipe for a moisturising and anti-inflammatory boost.
5. Deodorants with Bentonite Clay
Combined with naturally deodorising ingredients such as Diatomaceous Earth, Arrowroot Powder, Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel, Bentonite Clay also makes an effective natural deodorant, helping to reduce bacteria and moisture. The Earths Purities Pure for Her Bi-Carb Free Deodorant contains Bentonite Clay in a convenient roll-on, developed for those with sensitive skin. This vegan and gluten free formula is fragranced with Lavender, Vanilla and Grapefruit essential oils to keep underarms fresh and dry all day long.