The Many Uses of Bentonite Clay

Clear acne, clear itching on bug bites and detoxify – the many uses of Bentonite Clay

I am very much interested in therapies that positively influence the body in simple and profound ways, especially ones that work by detoxifying the body. Currently one such therapy is bentonite clay.


It has become very clear to me that the vast majority of chronic illness is associated with an overload of toxicity in the system. These toxins are not only from outside sources but also toxins that we generate internally from dietary, stress and emotional toxins that can overwhelm our internal detox systems, such as the liver, from being able to clear effectively.

Bentonite clay is very effective at attracting toxins to it and releasing the toxins safely out of the body. Here is how it works: Bentonite clay carries a negative electrical charge while the vast majority of toxins, bacteria, viruses and parasites carry a positive charge. When the clay is taken into the human body, the positively charged toxins are attracted to the negatively charged surfaces of the clay molecule. The clay molecule acts like a magnet, attracting and holding the toxins and impurities to its surface, and removing them when the clay is expelled.
There are so many uses for Bentonite Clay. Here are a few that I have recommended for my patients:

Internal Use for General Detoxification

For internal use, I recommend Calcium Bentonite clay rather than Sodium Bentonite clay as prolonged use of the latter may lead to higher than optimal sodium levels in the body over time. To make the dry powdered clay into a liquid form, the ratio of powdered clay to water is 1:8. Simply fill a glass or plastic jar with a non-metal lid (the clay molecule will react with metal) with 8 ounces of water and 4 tablespoons of powdered clay. Shake vigorously until all lumps are gone. Then add another 8 ounces of water to satisfy the proper ratio. Then leave the bottle uncapped for about an hour allowing the clay to expand and breathe. Consume 1-2 ounces a day. Consuming clay in this manner is very safe and can be continued indefinitely. Liquid clay has a lovely creamy texture with next to no taste at all. (please note there is a wee chalky texture but it is manageable)

Treatment of Acne

The amazing drawing power of Calcium Bentonite clay will help to open and clean out the pores.  It removes excess sebum and is an excellent exfoliant.  Calcium Bentonite Clay has natural antibacterial properties as well, and will dramatically speed the healing of the pimples. In addition to the following protocol, consume 1-2 ounces of liquid clay per day (as stated above).

For the treatment of acne, make a clay mask using 1 teaspoon of powdered clay to 1 tsp of water (a little more if necessary). Mix in a bowl with your fingers, apply to the face for about 20 minutes then rinse well with water. For a few days, there may be slight aggravation as infection/excess oil is being pulled out of the skin. Results should occur within the first week.

Insect bites and stings

The following protocol can be used for any insect bites and stings. As opposed to the 1:8 ratio of clay to water to prepare liquefied clay, to prepare hydrated clay, the ration of clay to water would be 1:3. So mix ½ to 1 tsp of powdered clay to 2 tsp to 3 tsp water and mix thoroughly. To relieve a painful or itchy bite apply some hydrated clay to the lesion and wrap with plastic wrap or leave to dry. Repeat process if necessary 3 to 5 times over a few hours. The same protocol can be effectively used for eczema/psorasis lesions and worked very well to relieve itching as well.

Above are just a few uses for this amazing, age-old healing substance. I look forward to hearing from you about any other uses you have discovered!

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