Water and clay are two of the most healing remedies provided by Mother Earth herself. Humans and animals alike have used this magical combination for centuries for its internal and external healing benefits. Sure, we played around in mud as it squished between our toes in our youth, but did you ever think you'd wind up using it as a detoxifying super ingredient as an adult?
So, what is clay anyway? Bentonite clays are formed from the weathering of volcanic ash. The two best-known bentonite clays are sodium-based, known for high absorption rate (swelling ability), and calcium-based, known for strong absorption rate (when negative ions are exchanged for positive ions).
This is so important for the detox process because most heavy metals and toxins—the stuff you want to get out of your body and skin—are attracted to clay's negative charge. This attraction allows the clay to absorb toxins and leave behind trace minerals for your body to absorb in its place. Clay also happens to be antibacterial, further aiding in its detox properties.
Headaches, acne, rashes, eczema, and fatigue are just a few signs that our bodies are overloaded from environmental stresses and toxins, all of which are great reasons to reach for clay.
Here are three simple ways to detox using clay: