Bentonite is one of the most effective clays. This gray type of clay was discovered only 300 years ago, in France, under the Monte Merillon mountain. The main component of bentonite is fine volcanic ash, which we characteristically call montemerilloni. Bentonite is also called Aztec clay because the Aztec Indians in America used clay with the same composition as bentonite. And if you're wondering why we call it mainly bentonite, it's because its largest deposit is located in the city of Fort Benton.
Bentonite is generally used externally as a clay healing poultice, mud face mask, healing bath, or added to skin care products.
Bentonite and all other healing clays contain minerals in high concentration, mainly silicon, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium.
A unique property of bentonite is its ability to create what we might call "electricity" when mixed with water. As soon as it is mixed with a liquid, its negatively charged molecules immediately increase in size many times, like a porous sponge, which uses electrical attraction to pull all the toxins into itself (because they carry a positive charge) and will not let them go. In addition, it supplies the body with the necessary minerals. Using bentonite, you get rid of toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and impurities.
Bentonite also helps to oxygenate the cells by drawing on excess hydrogen, which the cell replaces with oxygen. It acidifies and neutralizes the body and, if used correctly, balances the intestinal microflora.
Bentonite, and healing clays in general, are a versatile natural helper, if you try them once, you will definitely fall in love with them. You can use them internally or externally, they are extremely easy to use and are safe for adults, children and animals.
Face mask: You may have already visited a spa or beauty salon, where a pleasant mud mask was applied to your face. You can easily make this at home from bentonite mixed with water. Apply the paste to your face, leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off. For best results, apply the mask once or twice a week.
Detox bath: Enhance your evening bath by adding ¼ cup of bentonite to the water. Such a bath relaxes the body, softens the skin, and also has a detoxifying effect.
On the skin: A paste of bentonite and water soothes skin irritation, acne, chapped skin, small wounds, rashes or burns. Allow the paste to dry on the skin and then wash off. Bentonite can also help with itchy skin, especially in the case of eczema, psoriasis or chicken pox.
Dental hygiene: Bentonite's ability to bind metals together and provide minerals from it make it an ideal toothpaste ingredient. Because bentonite is tasteless and very gentle, it can also be used by itself. You can also make a mouthwash out of it. In a small glass with a plastic lid, mix ¼ cup of water and ½ teaspoon of clay and shake well, then rinse the mouth with the liquid for at least 2 minutes.
Baby Powder: Pure Bentonite is an excellent soothing baby powder that is great for infection or redness.
Internal cleansing: Bentonite is also suitable for long-term use, so mix half or a whole teaspoon into tea or water every day. It will support digestion and provide energy. Clay will also have a positive effect on nails and hair, which will grow faster.
For animals: For sick (and vomiting) animals, add clay to a bowl of water. If they don't want to drink, you can also give the mixture orally with a syringe. With this procedure, you will relieve the animal, it will recover faster.
Rhassoul or Moroccan clay is a high quality healing, nurturing clay that will last forever if kept dry. It works wonders, especially when it comes to skin and hair. It comes from Morocco, from the Atlas Mountains, and you won't find clay of the same composition anywhere else in the world. You often come across Moroccan clay in spas and similar wellness centers, where it is mainly used for skin and hair care. You can also find this clay under the names Ghassoul, Red Clay or Red Moroccan Clay. Rhassoul is formed by volcanic activity combined with geothermal processes.
Moroccan women have known the great yet gentle cleansing effects of Rhassoul since the sixth century and use it as a natural conditioner, soap and shampoo. Moroccan clay is proud of its exceptional ability to nourish the skin and at the same time rid it of imperfections, it can smooth the skin and unify the skin tone. Clinical studies have even proven that Rhassoul increases the elasticity of the skin, reduces the dryness of the skin, suppresses the manifestations of acne, the appearance of black dots and clogged pores.
Like bentonite, Moroccan clay, when mixed with water, enlarges its particles and absorbs harmful substances and toxins into them. But what differentiates bentonite and Rhassoul is the mineral content. In Moroccan clay, we find much more silicon and magnesium, which our skin needs. You can use this clay every day as a gentle soap that does not strip the skin of the necessary oils, does not cause allergic reactions and benefits children's and problematic skin. It also works great as a make-up remover or all-round skin cleanser.
Rhassoul can be used in the same way as other healing clays. Our proven practices include:
Face Mask: The easiest way to use Rhassoul. Mix clay with water (if you want to treat yourself to more luxury, reach for rose or cornflower water). Apply the created paste on your face and wash after drying.
Hair mask: Make a thin paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of Moroccan clay with ¼ cup of water and massage into hair. Leave on for less than a minute and rinse immediately. But never let the clay dry in your hair. It would draw the necessary moisture from the hair, and since the clay hardens after drying, it could break the hair.
Body mask: To nourish the skin of the whole body, simply apply the clay mask to the body before getting into the bath or shower.
Moroccan clay, like other healing clays, can be used in many other recipes and practices, for hair detox, mud mask, detox foot bath or armpit detox.
Internal Use: Unlike other healing clays, Rhassoul should not be taken internally.
Zeolite consists of crystalline hydrated aluminosilicates of alkali metals and alkaline earth metals. It is formed by the natural mixing of lava and water. The uniqueness of zeolite lies in its spatial arrangement of atoms. These create honeycomb-like structures in which substances of all states are trapped. Zeolite is therefore excellent at binding all kinds of harmful substances, heavy metals and toxins.
The name zeolite was given in the 18th century by the Swedish mineralogist Axel Fredrik Cronstedt. He noticed that if he quickly heated natural minerals, the stones would begin to move. He then named the stones with the Greek word zeolite, which translates as "stones that boil".
Zeolite has a great effect especially on the skin, use it similarly to other clays.
Face mask: You can make a wonderful detoxifying face mask from zeolite. Mix a tablespoon of zeolite with 2 tablespoons of water. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for an hour (with zeolite, the longer the better, if you are not in a hurry, leave the mask on your face for much longer). Then wash off. Zeolite cleans the skin in depth and rids the skin of imperfections.
Daily cleanser: Make the same mixture as for the face mask, but massage the face with the paste and wash off after about a minute. It does not dry out the skin, so it is safe to do this procedure every day. If you want to pamper yourself and desire even more nutrition and moisturizing of the skin, use your favorite skin oil instead of water, our favorite is cranberry . Then remove your eye make-up and apply a cream to your skin (for example, this luxurious rice cream with shea butter and coenzyme Q10 ).
Peeling: Zeolite is perfect for peeling. Pour 1 teaspoon of zeolite into the bowl and use a fine brush to work the zeolite into the skin with small circular movements. Be careful in the area with delicate skin, especially around the eyes, and do not inhale the powder. After the procedure, simply wash your face with a cloth moistened with warm water. To close the pores and reduce possible mild irritation, rinse the skin with cold water at the end.
Important Note: No clay should come into contact with anything metal, metal reduces their effectiveness. It is best to mix them with water by shaking in a glass with a plastic lid , always mix the paste with a plastic spoon or whisk. If you take clay internally, consume it at least one hour before or one hour after a meal. Keep in mind that clays bind to other substances, so if you are taking medication or dietary supplements, wait at least 2 hours with the clay so that the effectiveness of the medication is not affected. If you have a medical condition, always consult your doctor first before using clay internally.
Do you know healing clays? How did you find out about them and which one is your favorite?