Healing Power of Clay
Bentonite Clay is an effective tool in detoxing and in topical treatment of lesions on the skin. It has the effect of drying lesions and keeping them from spreading while they diminish and disappear. It is an excellent toxin binder in part because it has a negative charge and most toxins and pathogens in the body have a positive charge. The clay or poultice works by extracting/removing all the toxins and pathogens into the drying clay. Bentonite has been used to treat skin problems and has also been used for detox baths. The drawing action also serves to tone the skin and remove oils. Bentonite clay is also used for intestinal cleanses though that type is a liquid suspension. Look for powered bentonite clay for these recipes.
The addition of ingredients such as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Honey, Botanical ingredients (including base oils, essential oils, decoctions like teas) to the clay create a synergistic effect by combining the different healing qualities into one treatment.
- One part Bentonite Clay
- One part Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
Mix Bentonite Clay with Apple Cider Vinegar. Do not use metal containers or utensils. Stir the mixture until it is a smooth paste – add more clay or liquid as needed. Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay to the face or other areas such as lesions and let it dry. Drying times vary, but times are generally 5 minutes for delicate skin and 15 – 20 minutes for normal skin. A pulling and tightening sensation will be felt.
Warning: Do not pull/peel dried clay from skin or lesions. Remove clay by washing with warm water. A slight redness may appear after removing the clay. This is normal and will disappear in approximately 30 minutes.
Botanical Mask Mix
- One parts of Bentonite Clay
- One part brewed Green Tea
- 500 mg. of Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (open up a capsule)
Apply to skin, allow to dry and rinse. Green Tea is currently being studied for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and cancer killing properties.
Antiseptic Mask Mix
- One part of Bentonite Clay
- One part brewed Pau d’Arco Tea
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil.
Apply to problem areas, take care in applying to open wounds or lesions. Tea tree oil may burn if too much is used. I suggest adding only a couple of drops then testing the mixture on the inside of your wrist. Add more E.O. if desired. Let dry 30 minutes and rinse well in warm water.
Honey Mask Mix
- One part Bentonite Clay
- One part apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (Manuka honey if available)
Apply to skin, allow to dry 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Whole Body Pack
- 8 oz Bentonite Clay
- 4 oz of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 oz of Water or Pau d’Arco tea
- 3 – 5 drops Essential Oil (optional)
(Do trials on wrist before applying to face. Apple Cider Vinegar may cause a reaction. This can be diluted 1:1 with water or substituted completely with water if necessary.).
Apply a thin coat of the mixture to the body and allow to dry 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse well in the shower.
The following variations on the above recipes have been trialed and have yielded some success and relief especially with Morgellons skin issues. Be aware that essential oils used in large quantities may burn or irritate the skin, especially troublesome lesions. Do not mix E.O.s into topical treatments of a quantity less than 8 oz of clay. Even then be aware that E.O.s such as Oregano or Tea Tree are incredibly powerful and only add a drop or two at a time to avoid “hot” clay treatments. These oils may be added in greater amounts carefully after the mixture is finished. I suggest testing these treatments with added oil on a wrist or ankle to check for reactions BEFORE applying to face/body. For those with extremely sensitive skin, Apple Cider Vinegar may also cause a reaction. This can be diluted 1:1 with water or substituted completely with water if necessary.
Bentonite and Diatomaceous Earth Poultice
- One part Bentonite Clay
- One part Diatomaceous Earth
- Two parts Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix and apply as in recipes above. I have also used a D.E. recipe that contains only D.E. and Apple Cider Vinegar and I’ve had great results. Yet some more variations on poultice/Clay/D.E. packs or masks (do trials on wrist before applying to face).
Caprol and Bentonite
- One part Raw Coconut oil & One part organic Olive oil. This is Caprol.
- Two parts Bentonite clay or D.E. or a blend of Bentonite clay and D.E.
- Optional If making more than an 8 oz quantity add a few drops (2 – 3) of E.O. like tea tree or oregano. Once product is finished one may add more E.O. carefully if not pleased with the ratio.
- Optional a touch of Raw Honey (Manuka honey if available).
- Optional 1 – 2 tablespoons of Vitamin E oil will retard spoilage if making a large quantity.
Use immediately. If making a larger quantity than one use, keep in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate. Warm to room temperature before use. May add more liquid ( A.C.V.) to mix to correct consistency.
Coconut oil and Olive oil are used synergestically to create a powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial blend called Caprol. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid which interacts with the olive oil containing the oleic acid. Caprol contains a wide variety of fatty acids, that have antifungal effects. It is not only effective against Candida Albicans and other fungi, it is also effective against some parasites. It also has been trialed topically to aid in itching skin conditions.
An excellent supplier of Essential Oils, Organic Herbs and Bentonite Clay http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/clay/clay.php
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Using these poultice of clay and other ingredients really helped me to treat new lesions before they grew larger and began spreading. They also helped in healing larger lesions and relieved the itching and biting sensations. I sometimes applied these treatments 3 or more times a day. Remember if treating open sores to hold back on using the essential oils or use them in exceedingly small amounts. Also gently wash the dried clay from the skin. Avoid peeling or pulling the dried clay from lesions. This is a potentially relaxing treatment once it becomes a part of one’s routine. Think spa treatment and enjoy especially when used as a facial mask.