A Mud Drink or a Mud Pack? All Part of Bentonite Healing Claytweet
Healing clay may be a new concept to you and me but it has been used for treating a host of different conditions for thousands of years. In ancient times, tribes such as those of the high Andes in South America or in central Africa, and the Aborigines in Australia, used healing clays both externally and internally to cure illnesses, sustain life as a dietary staple and a supplement, while promoting general health.
Modern man has also begun to use and appreciate the almost miraculous healing properties of Bentonite clay
In Russia, it was the material chosen to dump into the Chernobyl reactors after the nuclear meltdown there some 25 years ago while their scientists used clay to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material. Bentonite clay is able to absorb radiation particularly well and this is why it has become a substance of great interest to anyone who is concerned about radiation – particularly with the horror stories and media reports that continue to be written about the nuclear power station at Fujiyama, following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.
Many osteopaths and other health professionals today are recommending Bentonite clay to their patients for the detoxification of mercury and other substances as well as before and after chemotherapy, but also as a way of addressing other illnesses and injuries. Bentonite clay can be helpful in treating such conditions as arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, warts and varicose veins.
How Bentonite clay works is complicated but in layman’s terms, Bentonite clay is an inert volcanic ash
The reason why it is so effective is because of this very inert property – it cannot be absorbed by the body. It is a substance that naturally absorbs toxins, yet does not get absorbed itself. When Bentonite clay passes through your colon, it absorbs any toxins it finds and then simply passes through and is released in your feces. Bentonite is literally like a massive sponge that adsorbs anything it comes in contact with into itself and allows it to be discharged from the body.
Bentonite clay must be processed into a fine powder and then mixed in distilled water. Because it does not mix easily with water, for internal use the mixing must be done outside the body. For your mud drink, start with a teaspoon mixed thoroughly in at least 8 oz of water. Bentonite in a powder or tablet form will be much less effective.
The clay is also very popular for external detoxing and deep cleansing, often used by Spas for clay detoxing baths, facials, full body wraps or the famous mud packs. You can of course order your own supplies online and derive the same benefits at home. A Bentonite clay mask draws excess oils and debris to the surface of your skin, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow while taking away dead skin cells that can clog pores. Ideal in cases of acne. It can even be combined with certain essential oils to make a muscle rub for a deep-penetrating soothing rub for sore muscles.
Just one word of warning to consult your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or have a serious illness before taking any Bentonite clay. It should not be taken within 2 hours of other medications or supplements.