Have you ever noticed how animals eat clay? Have you ever wondered why that is? The truth is that animals know and recognize the healing powers of nature, so in times of illness or poisoning, they eat plants, clay or dirt that can help them reduce or completely remove the pain. This does not come as a surprise because clay is actually a combination of one or more minerals.
On the other side, clay is one of the oldest building materials in the world and first writing medium. The first form of ceramic is in fact clay sintered in fire. Clay has been used for different pottery objects, art objects, musical instruments, bricks, even pipes for smoking tobacco. As for the medical use, clay as a medicine was used in the prehistoric time. For instance, a remedy for upset stomach was Armenian bole, while kaolin clay was used as anti-diarrheal medicine.
Clay differs according to these groups of minerals: montmorillonite – smectite, chlorite, illite and kaolinite, but natural clay is actually a mixture of these and other weathered minerals. Bentonite clay in particular is formed primarily of montmorillonite that is a phyllosilicate group of minerals named after the city Montmorillon, in France, where this mineral was discovered and indentified. On the other hand, Wilbur Knight in the late 1800s first identified bentonite clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming. The largest concentration of this clay can be found in the areas of North America, although you can also find it in other countries. There are several types of bentonite clay, all named after the dominant element in it: calcium (Ca), potassium (K), aluminium (Al), and sodium (Na). The natural and good bentonite clay has no odour and stain, and its color is usually gray to cream.
Ingredients of Bentonite Clay
Silica or silicon
– Up to 61 percent of bentonite clay is silica. Silica is found in your skin, eyes, teeth, bones, connective tissue, and organs.
– The second important mineral is present in bentonite clay up to 18 percent. This fairy strong metal is prevalent in earth’s crust.
– Bentonite clay has 3 percent of this metallic element. Human body needs iron, and when one’s body is lacking it, the risk of infection is considerably high. Our body is actually about 0.006 percent iron that exists in our blood.
- Bentonite clay has about 2 percent each of sodium and magnesium. Calcium, potassium and titanium are present in less than 1 percent, while approximately 7 percent of bentonite clay is moisture.
Medical Usage of Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is healing clay that can be used both internally and externally. For centuries, bentonite clay was famous for detoxifying the body. When mixed with water, bentonite creates an electrical charge that allows it to absorb toxins, heavy metals, and impurities. On the other hand, bentonite clay was, and still is, famous for treating skin infections. It is believed that Cleopatra’s beauty was due to the treatment with bentonite clay.
Antifungal usage – Medical researches shows that bentonite clay is effective for treating internal, genital and many oral infections, as well as fungal infections such as Candida albicans.
Antibacterial usage – Bentonite clay has a certain mineral that is effective at killing salmonella, E. coli, and penicillin-resistant MRSA bacteria.
Skin Conditions – Science confirmed the powerful healing characteristic of bentonite clay in treating severe itching, hand dermatitis, different allergies, burns, insect bites, and acne.
Gastrointestinal usage – Folk medicine was particularly familiar with the usage of bentonite clay to treat constipation and diarrhea.
Bentonite Clay and Cellulitis
Bentonite clay is favored as detoxifying remedy; its efficiency in treating various skin infections has been known for years. The internal use of bentonite clay is a simple way to reduce skin blemishes and damages thus this clay is a powerful immune system booster.
There are several ways to treat cellulitis with bentonite clay. First, bentonite clay can be applied directly on the infected area as a poultice; to make a poultice one needs one part of clay and three parts of water. After the clay is ready, you should smear it on the part of the body where the infection is, that is, in this case, usually lower parts of the legs. The clay will work the best as long as it is wet, so wet gauze on the wound would be an additional help. Second, one can also drink bentonite clay to treat cellulitis. Bentonite should be taken on an empty stomach but at least four hours after other antibiotics are taken, and for better flavor, one can mix it with juice. Another possibility to treat cellulitis is to use bentonite clay in the massage therapy, that way clay can regulate the capillaries of the skin.
One must remember to consult with a medical supervisor before using any type of treatment internally, because there are different types of clays and not all of them are created equally.
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