Do you keep Bentonite Clay in your medicine cabinet?
Bentonite clay’s scientific name is “montmorillonite,” because it was coined in a region in France called Montmorillon and it is derived from volcanic ash. Throughout history, bentonite clay has been used by healthcare practitioners because of its many healing properties … it can be used internally and externally. But…
Not all Bentonite Clay is Created Equal
Bentonite clay comes from the earth, a wonderfully natural thing but also where it may collect heavy metals, pesticides, or other substances. In 2016, the FDA warned consumers not to use certain types of bentonite clay due to it having high lead levels.
Healers, aestheticians, herbalists, and nutritionists use Bentonite clay appreciating its detoxifying and healing properties. Used both topically (on your skin, face included) and orally, (consumed in drinks), Bentonite Clay is said to be able to draw out impurities and bind with toxins. Like with anything, buyer beware. If you are considering purchasing a jar, use your Empathy Economics questions to find a brand that is safe and serves you well.
When you have Bentonite Clay in your home, try it on bug bites, inflamed areas, sore joints (before using a Castor Oil Pack), for digestive issues (consult your healthcare practitioner first to determine if it’s something for you), or in a face mask, here is the recipe we have shared with glowing results!