Whats the scoop on Bentonite Clay?
Updated: Nov 26, 2018
I have been wondering what all the hype is about regarding bentonite clay masks, so I decided to do some research and make my own to see how I like it!
Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, many people in the U.S. and Europe have only just begun to see its benefits. It is composed of the ash made from volcanos and the largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming where many volcanos are present.
Bentonite clay was first discovered in France, but now is mainly mined in the United States, and has been used for centuries as a way to cleanse and detoxify the body. Not only does the clay have the ability to draw toxins from the body, it is full of micro nutrients including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.
When combined with water or apple cider vinegar and left to dry on the skin as a clay mask, the clay binds to toxins, bacteria and dirt on the skin as well as pulling those impurities from the skin, thus reducing the appearance of blemishes, blackheads, and has even been shown to get rid of poison oak rash!
Bentonite clay has been researched as an effective way to remove some of the dangerous fluoride often found in drinking water, which is linked to serious diseases such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and brain damage, so if you can't afford a nice water filtration system, this would be a good option.
When combined with magnesium, the clay has been shown to benefit the purity of tap water, which leads to some promising possibilities for using it in the future as a widespread cost-effective water purification method.
The recommended amount for enjoying internally is 1/2- 1 tsp daily in water or juice. Simple, right?
I haven't yet started this regimen of taking it internally, but I plan to and will report back on any changes I experience!
I recently made clay mask sets to give as gifts and they turned out so cute and were super simple to make. Enjoy the recipe below!
Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (Mine are tea tree and lavender)
Slowly add apple cider vinegar until it is a thin paste and apply to the skin.
Allow to dry, and wash off with warm water.
*If you're making these as gifts, don't add the ACV- just pre package as above and make sure to give directions**
Enjoy and leave a comment below to let me know what you think!