Bentonite clay is an absorbent clay that typically forms after volcanic ash ages. The name comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay located in Fort Benton, Montana. People have been using bentonite clay for centuries as a way to detoxify the body, improve digestion, improve skin tone, and more. This clay has a unique composition and can absorb “negatively charged” toxins that can accumulate in the body and keep it from functioning correctly. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release its minerals for the body to use.
How Does Bentonite Clay Work?
“Clay minerals are included in several health care formulations. In particular, they are presented in many semisolid preparations with different functions, including stabilization of suspensions and emulsions, viscosizing and other special rheological tasks, protection against environmental agents, adhesion to the skin, adsorption of greases, control of heat release, etc. These functions are possible because of the special disposition of clay mineral particles when dispersed in polar solvents, due to their high surface areas and colloidal dimensions…Finally, clays are frequently used concomitantly with other rheological modifiers to obtain synergic effects, influencing the stability and/or other technical properties of the health care products.”
For more information: Uses of clay minerals in semisolid health care and therapeutic products
How To Use Bentonite Clay:
- On the Skin: Bentonite clay is also a popular ingredient in skincare products.When a person uses it on the skin, bentonite clay may have the power to adsorb oils and bacteria. Combine purified water and bentonite clay to make a paste and apply on to your skin as a mask to calm any itching, burning, cuts, blemishes, or insect bites. Also applying a lotion or cream with bentonite clay in it creates a barrier between your skin and possible irritants.
- Internally: When Bentonite Clay is consumed, it may absorb toxins or other unwanted substances from the digestive tract. Bentonite clay contains natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, which may provide additional benefits.
For more information on the benefits of Bentonite Clay: What Is Calcium Bentonite Clay?
“Bentonite clay has been shown to act as a detoxifying agent. This property is referred to its poly-cationic nature, which leads to absorption of negative charge toxins.” Bentonite Clay as a Natural Remedy