Bentonite clay is one of those magical ingredients that seems to be having a moment. For me, clay is the new coconut oil. I want to put clay in just about everything I make, whether it’s a bath, cleanser or face mask. This healing ingredient can reduce inflammation and increase immunity overall.
That’s because Bentonite clay, composed of volcanic ash, is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins. It works by acting like a magnet to draw out impurities—toxins, viruses, parasites, fungi, bacteria—and binding with them to remove them from your body.
7 Bentonite Clay Uses
If you’ve been wondering how to benefit from clay (I use Aztec Secret), here are 7 ways to harness its detoxing power, both inside and out.
1. Internal cleanser
You can ingest bentonite clay, which is great for cleaning out the GI system of pathogens. Add 1 teaspoon to 8 ounces of water and drink 45 minutes away from any supplements. If you consume clay, you must drink a lot of water afterwards.
2. Homemade itch cream
Bentonite clay added to sea salt, baking soda and essential oils makes a homemade calamine lotion that gives easy, natural relief for bug bites. You can also combine clay with activated charcoal for a super healing black salve that works on stings, bites and splinters.
3. Detox bath
You can get clay’s benefits just by spending time in the tub. Dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salt in warm water. Mix 1/2 cup bentonite clay in 1/2 cup of warm water and stir until the clay is dissolved. Add the clay to the bath and then soak for 20 minutes.
4. Facial cleanser
Make this DIY cleansing balm the first step in your beauty regimen. The oil breaks down makeup and pulls out gunk from your pores, with a bit of an assist from Bentonite clay. You’ll soon be addicted to how soft and smooth your skin feels.
5. Oily skin face mask
Put Bentonite clay to work on your pores. It can be as simple as clay and enough water to make a paste. Or combine it with activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar to fight acne or include witch hazel to battle oily skin.
6. Athlete’s foot treatment
Treat athlete’s foot with a natural antifungal powder made with Bentonite and essential oils. Add 5 drops tea tree oil, 5 drops rosemary oil, and 2 drops oregano oil into eight ounces of bentonite clay. Apply powder to feet and sprinkle inside shoes to absorb moisture.
7. Detox hair mask
Apply the same power of a clay face mask to your hair. A hair mud mask can detox chemicals, heavy metals and buildup from synthetic hair products from follicles, roots and scalp. Mix 1/2 cup of clay with 1 cup distilled water or tea and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Add more water if needed to create a smooth consistency. Apply all over hair and scalp and let it work for at least 30 minutes (this is a great combo with a detox bath) and rinse. If you don’t want to DIY, try this Zen Detox mask.
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