Bentonite Clay – An Essential DIY product for every Eco-Beauty Guru
Hello and welcome back to my DIY beauty and health ‘must-have’ product series. Last time we discussed Activated Charcoal so today we will be discussing Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal’s best friend!
They pair up really well together as both have very similar qualities but offer a few different perks. Bentonite clay is equally great for drawing out impurities and toxins but what it also does, is add minerals back into the body.
Bentonite Clay Powder is made of aged volcanic ash and has been used for centuries! Because the clay comes from volcanic ash, it is enriched with minerals. The great thing about the clay is that once it is combined with water it produces an electric charge which attracts negative ions found in toxins and impurities. This means science is literally happening in your bathroom and on your face!
It is important to note that you should never use a metal spoon to scoop Bentonite Clay as it could draw impurities from the metal. I would recommend using a porcelain spoon or a wooden spoon instead. The same must be said for the mixing bowl you use, try stick to glass or porcelain every time.
Bentonite Clay Uses:
Bentonite Clay is wonderful as a whitening and mineralising mouthwash. The clay helps improve gum health, strengthen teeth and whiten them too. It absorbs toxins in the mouth as well as neutralises bacteria. The clay wash helps break down plaque which in turn helps whiten teeth. If used in conjunction with other natural remedies, you have a higher chance of seeing great results. Stay tuned to this series because there are loads of benefits that come from other products we will be mentioning.
All you need is half a teaspoon of clay and a quarter cup of water. Mix the two together and rinse mouth out.
Bentonite Clay Powder is perfect to make DIY face masks. It is made up a variety of minerals ( silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium) and has been used for centuries as a cleanser and to extract toxins from the body. It helps draw out impurities, reduce redness and inflammation, and aids in healing broken skin.
You can make 1 mask application by taking 1 heaped teaspoon of powder and mixing it with lukewarm water. Add small amounts of water at a time until the consistency is thick and creamy. Once again, I would recommend using a porcelain or wooden spoon here as the clay can also be absorbent. The clay will help combat oily skin.
Once completed, moisturise well.
Another great use is to add it to your bath, it makes your skin so soft! Sprinkle a quarter cup of clay into your bath and soak for as long as you desire. When you get out the bath use a rich moisturiser and go relax with a good book and cup of tea.
If you have itchy and irritated skin, make a paste and spread over the affected area. It is also great for cuts, bruises and burns.
It is perfect for if you have eaten something that has made you sick. The clay absorbs the toxins from your stomach pretty quickly so your bout of food poisoning will be gone faster than you think. It helps settle the stomach and calms vomiting.
I have never used it for food poisoning, but I have read it is pretty effective.
Double check with your doctor before ingesting Bentonite Clay
Where to buy it in South Africa?
I use Nature’s Choice Bentonite Clay Powder. You will notice that I am a fan of Nature’s Choice products, this is because they are easily available and affordable.
You can find the powder at Dischem or online at Faithful-to-Nature. It is really affordable and lasts a long time! You pay R49.00 for a 200g tub and to be honest, you do not need more than that in a year. This stuff goes a long way!
So there you have it, everything you need to know about Bentonite Clay. If you have any questions, pop me an email or leave a comment below and I will answer it soonest.
With My Love,