Bentonite Clay for Healing and Beauty

There is evidence that the earliest humans used the earth’s clay for healing.  Aristotle (384-322 BC) referenced eating the earth’s clay for medicinal purposes. Clay, made from volcanic ash,  is an extremely rich source of minerals known to heal the body both internally and externally and remove toxins including heavy metals.

When mixed with fluids, Bentonite clay produces a negative electrical charge that draws toxins. When ingested, it binds them and eliminates them from the body. When used topically, it draws the toxins into itself and they are washed away when the clay is removed.

Bentonite clay gets its name from Fort Benton Wyoming, where it is mined. There are several brands of Bentonite clay. Aztec Secret is a very popular brand and the one I use.

To use the powdered clay, mix it sparingly with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It will form a paste. A little goes a long way so start out with a very small amount of each. You can add more of the ingredients little by little as you need to.


Here is a list of well known external uses for Bentonite clay:

  • Face Mask. Cover face avoiding delicate eye area. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Wash away with very warm water. Once, twice or three times a week will pull toxins and clean out pores. It’s antibacterial properties will cure acne blemishes as well as a wide variety of other facial skin conditions.


  • Skin Conditions. Again, it’s antibacterial properties will treat Dermatitis, Psoriasis, eczema and acne. Use it like a mask anywhere on the body two to three times a week or as needed. It draws out infection and impurities and soothes redness.


  •  Insect Bites and Rashes (such as Poison Ivy). Apply to affected area. Cover with a bandaid or gauze patch if necessary or wear it like you would calamine lotion. It will soothe the itch and expedite healing.


  •  Minor Cuts and Burns. Stops infection and promotes faster healing.


  • Natural Deoderant. Apply dry powdered healing clay (no vinegar) under arms. It deoderizes as well as soaks up perspiration.


  • Bath Soak. Add one or two cups powdered clay to your bath water. It will create a negative charge which will both relax you and draw toxins from your body. It rehydrates and soothes skin.


Internally Bentonite clay has been used as a heavy detox as well as a laxative. Before ingesting the clay, seek the advice of a naturopath. This is not something you want to do regularly.

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