I live a simple, frugal life. I tend to find many uses for one thing; this can save money and prevent wastefulness, which God convicted me about years ago. One thing I use in a few ways is bentonite clay, which is a swelling clay with a strong negative charge. This ‘living’ dirt attracts positively charged particles that could be harmful in abundance. You might use calcium bentonite and other clays for detoxification purposes. People usually do this with baths, masks, or by mixing some in a cup of water and drinking it. The following are a few uses for this earth material that you might not have considered.
I use this clay to make a general cleaning solution; I add about 2-3 ounces to a half gallon of filtered water, plus a few drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender oil. I pour some in a spray bottle and clean counters, walls, and others areas. (A study shows that a diluted clay solution removed more pathogens from a hospital wall than a leading commercial cleanser) It works well for most things and should last a while. You do not have to store it in the fridge, but you can.
A hair mask can be beneficial; it pulls out toxins and buildup out of the hair, leaving it clean, shiny, and healthy. But the diluted solution can be used as a scalp cleaner and hair enhancer. You can customize any additions to your particular needs. I throw in a little raw honey or aloe vera to some of the base solution above and may add some left over rosemary or lavender tea. You can pour the solution on your scalp, massage, and clean. Then, I rinse and spray a little diluted apple cider vinegar or quartz crystal-fused water afterward.
I usually use a natural sea sponge or smooth stone to clean my face and body; they work quite well. But I also use the general cleaning solution (diluted apple cider or a natural saponin) sometimes. This can leave the skin feeling soft and helps maintain the natural pH balance that can get out of whack because of pollution, certain soaps, or even the water we bathe or shower in.
Adding clay to soil can help in several ways. It can help increase the pH level in acidic soil. For sandy soil, calcium bentonite can improve water retention and reduce the need for watering. The idea here is that clay consists of small particles that prevent water from escaping–much different from sand that allows water to escape easily. You can use dry mixtures for new beds (9-11 lbs per square meter), but you should use a water solution for beds that are already in existence. Put about two pounds of clay in a bucket, and add two gallons of water. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Wet the desired areas with your natural wetting agent (maybe yucca root and aloe vera juice). Now, go back and stir the mixture vigorously. You can then apply to existing beds with your watering pot.
Healing clays can help boost the growth and nutrients of any food you might be growing. This is especially needed today because modern-day humans have created a lot of man-made chemicals. Just as toxins hurt us, they can hurt the earth, affecting the natural balance and rhythms.
Cleanse Quartz Crystals
I cleanse crystals with sound, the moon, sun, wind, etc. But sometimes I soak them in clay water. These creations become unbalanced when burdened down with electromagnetic smog, sickness, negative emotions, etc. This could happen for a number of reasons like during a healing session or just being near a person, computer, T.V., or under false light for too long. When you buy or receive a crystal or gemstone, you should cleanse it as who knows what it has been through. The clay’s negative charge will attract positive ions from the quartz crystal that are causing the imbalance.
To make the cleansing mix, add 1-2 teaspoons of dirt in a glass of water. Leave it for an hour or so, and come back and stir the mixture, making a vortex. Then, just put the stone(s) in this solution for a few hours. Of course, stones that cannot go in water should not be cleansed in this manner. This could be calcite, turquoise, halite, carnelian, just to name a few.
If you haven’t added bentonite clay to your first aid kit, you should. For one, you can use it for digestive ailments like food poisoning or a virus as it attracts the toxins in the gut. All you have to do is mix 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glass of water, and drink. Then follow that with a glass of water. You may need to drink this a few times, but you should get relief. The dosage will need to be customized though. For example, a child may need ½ tsp or less.
I also use it for minor cuts, which helps them heal quickly. Just clean the area, and put a thick layer of clay on the cut. Then, put a linen bandage on top. You can also sprinkle dry clay on a cut to stop the bleeding. You can use a clay poultice for bites or stings. It will absorb any toxins or venom from a bite and should help relieve the itch most people experience. The clay can also be helpful for poison ivy and other rashes, which should be gone in a few days.
Add to Your Meals & Drinks
You may want to try adding the dirt to certain meals and drinks as well; it may boost nutrient absorption, help with digestion, and neutralize toxins. The clay can be added to most recipes. Of course, the amount you need will depend on what you are cooking. You can figure out the right measurement by following your intuition.
You can start by adding it to your smoothies. That is an easy way to incorporate it into your meals. I add a few teaspoons to soups and drinks. You can put it in pancakes, cookies, veggie dishes, and the list goes on and on. Haha.
Here are a few recipes that you can check out if you want to see a few examples.
Treating Eye Issues
The clay can be helpful for eye issues like cataracts, a black eye, and even myopia (an eye focusing disorder that I have). It can also be used to promote overall eye health. You can make an eye poultice and let the clay sit on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes. Gently rinse it off with warm water. This should assist in pulling out any toxins that might be causing problems.
You can also use it as an eye rinse. All you need to do is mix a teaspoon (or two) of clay in a glass water. You can splash this in your eyes a few times per day. This has been used for eye infections and other issues.
Check out this link to read testimonials and tips about the many ways people have used this clay for health.
There are countless ways to use the gifts God left on the earth; all we have to do is break away from conditioning. This applies to many of the things I mentioned above. For example, raw honey can be diluted and used to clean your body, hair, etc. And, of course, honey can be used for first aid purposes. We don’t need to buy a billion different products.
God’s Peace & Love,