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.