I live a simple, frugal life. I tend to find many uses for one thing; this can save money and prevent wastefulness. One thing I use in a few ways is bentonite clay, which is a swelling clay with a strong negative charge. I use calcium and sodium bentonite for various purposes. This ‘living’ clay attracts positively charged particles that could be harmful in abundance. You might use bentonite and other clays for detoxification. 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 the 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, shake it up, 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 (my mid-stream pee, 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, 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.
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 being near a computer, T.V., or under false light 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 mineral that are causing an imbalance.
To make the cleansing mix, add 1-2 teaspoons of the earth in a glass of water. Leave it for an hour or so, and come back and shake or stir the mixture, making a vortex. Then, just put the safe crystal (s) in this solution for an hour or so. You should rinse it off after that. Of course, crystals 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 consider it. For one, it has been used for digestive ailments like food poisoning or a virus as it attracts toxins in the gut. People usually do this by mixing 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glass of water, shake, and then drink. A glass of water follows that. This solution may need to be drunk a few times to facilitate healing. The amount would need to be customized though. For example, a child may need ½ tsp or less.
I use it for minor cuts as well, which helps them heal quickly. I clean the area and put a thick layer of clay on the cut. Then, a linen bandage is placed on top. Dried clay can be sprinkled on a cut to stop mild bleeding. A clay poultice can be used for bites or stings. It can assist in absorbing toxins or venom from a bite and may help relieve the itch most people experience. If you don’t know what bit you or it is serious, please go to the doctor immediately. The clay has also been used for a poison ivy rash and other rashes, which should be gone in a few days.
Add to Meals & Drinks
You may want to try adding the earth to some meals and drinks as well; it may boost nutrient absorption and neutralize toxins. The clay can be added to many recipes. You can figure out the right measurement by following your intuition.
Now, some people say to avoid clay with meals because the clay is highly alkaline, and this is not a hospitable environment when trying to digest food. Though it can be helpful in many cases as it depends on what you’re eating. For one, clay can assist in breaking down and extracting more nutrients from foods like grains or vegetables. In the link above, you see people ate it with potatoes that would have been harmful. After soaking or sprouting in a clay vessel, many cultures cook in clay to retain nutrients and to further decrease the natural toxins (condition of the fall of man) found in foods like vegetables, grains, and nuts. Healthy meat does not contain anti-nutrients as they are processed by the animal, but some people ate clay with meat while traveling to prevent sickness from certain strains of bacteria. And when cooking meat over a high flame, covering it with clay can protect against compounds that could be harmful, and it helps retain nutrients as well. It could also be helpful when eating certain fish (because of the increase of mercury, PCBs and other toxins). You could detox the fish before cooking, or the clay could be fused in a sauce.
Sometimes, I eat clay with various plant food to detox anti-nutrients. I thrive with an animal-based diet that includes some seasonal wild & domesticated plants. The clay has been quite helpful when eating certain foods (though as mentioned above, we know that fermenting, sprouting, boiling, proper food pairing, limited consumption, and using multiple processing methods helps decrease some of the negative effects of natural toxins).
Here are a few recipes you can check out if you want to see a few examples.
The clay has been used 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. Then, gently rinse it off with warm water. This may assist in pulling out any toxins.
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. This can be splashed in the eyes a few times per day. The rinse 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 to promote 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,