Preparing the clay
One of the simplest home remedies is the use of healing clay — internally and externally. Although the practice of using clay as a cleanser, detoxifier and remineralizing agent is coming back…I feel like it’s time to write some information about it to help get the word out on this great age-old healer.
First, there are different kinds of clays that vary in their effectiveness. Some are more gentle. The most potent form of clay seems to be calcium bentonite clay, Montmorillonite clay, or Azomite. These clays come from ancient deposits of volcanic ash (many were ancient seabeds).
I first read about these clays in “Secrets of the Soil” (which I highly recommend). Mainly, they spoke about its use (mostly Azomite) in remineralizing soils and creating beautiful, abundance plant-life and crops. They then shared some anecdotal information about its use internally.
Upon researching the topic, I discovered that the French green clay that I was using for a face mask (and which does amazing things for my skin) was a similar clay to these clays and could also be taken internally. These clays are very safe for consumption, so no need to worry. As long as you know that the source of your clay is reliable and selling you what they say it is, then you are fine! To this date, there are no reports of allergies to these clays.
Traditional External Uses
healing of wounds
Traditional Internal Uses
I’d like to add to this list some words about menstruation. I took about 3/4 of a teaspoon of my calcium bentonite clay in about 8 oz of water last night and feel that it greatly helped with the beginning of my menses this month. Sometimes, I have debilitating cramps — mainly if I am under a lot of stress. So, this happens a couple times a year — vomiting and diarrhea.
I feel that the start of my menses (the bleeding) came on stronger this time…just after one glassful before bed (as I started my cycle this morning). Normally, my menses comes on very gradually and, I feel, my uterus has to work up enough energy to slough off the uterine lining. To me, if she does not have enough energy, she grabs some from my liver (which may be dealing with too many toxins) and I begin the cycle of nausea, cramping and exhaustion. This was definitely not the case this morning and I am eager to use this clay (especially right before the onset of my menses) to see if there are any long-term changes.
Looking under a microscope, it is said that the particles of these clays look like rectangles. They magnify toxins and heavy metals to themselves and do not release them once they are bound. They then take these toxins out of the body through the excretory system. So, it is wise to drink a healthy amount of water when you are taking these clays internally. The great thing is that while they are ridding the body of toxicity, they are helping remineralize the body and boost it on a cellular level. At least, that’s what I have come to understand through some research.
There is abundant literature out there about these healing clays. I will link you to some now (many of them referred to me by other nutritionists and folks that people had met in person):
Here is a general link to purchase Azomite on Amazon.com
In pill form, US Rare Earth Minerals
Also, a fellow member of the Weston A Price community offered these words about the developer of this website called Eytons’ Earth (a very informative site about the use of these clays), “My chapter leader cohorts and I have been on another forum with Jason Eyton, who owns Eyton’s Earth. We’ve been impressed with his intelligence, integrity and knowledge. He’s a genuinely nice and caring person. He really does his research, and he’s been very generous about helping others and freely sharing his knowledge. He has reasonable prices on his clay products too.”
Lastly, another Weston A Price member shared her experience with these clays as well as her use of garlic and probiotics to rebuild the gut flora for a healthier, whole system.
That’s all for now! Enjoy your exploration of the benefits of including healing clays into your first aid cabinet and medicine chest! And, feel free to share any other information in the comments section. Thanks!