Bentonite clay benefits include supple skin, healthy hair, and detox baths. Some even drink bentonite clay to detox the digestive tract.
We tested a few different clays to experience this firsthand and included suggestions how to safely enjoy bentonite clay benefits.
Bentonite clay properties
Bentonite clay belongs to a group of volcanic minerals with a negative electromagnetic charge. It looks like a fine grey, red or green powder. When combined with water, bentonite clay acquire unique properties—it gains the ability to absorb and adsorb large amounts of harmful substances.
How bentonite clay works
When hydrated, bentonite clay carries a negative electrical charge. On the other hand, toxins and bad bacteria mostly carry a positive charge. Therefore, bentonite clay works almost like a magnet, pulling and bonding with positively charged harmful substances that are absorbed by the clay and can be safely removed.
- Removes chemicals, metals, toxins
- Promotes growth of good gut bacteria
- Promotes supple, soft skin
- Reduce food sensitivities
- Detoxifies the gut, liver
- Reduces acid reflux
- Much more…
Best bentonite clays
There are many different healing clays and each has slightly different properties. All clays below are good for baths and face masks.
Calcium bentonite clay: Many favor the fine calcium bentonite clay from the California Mojave desert. And after trying it for a while, I must agree. It is easy to mix with water and does wonders for the skin. Also good to use internally. Earth’s Living Clay offers a nice selection of green calcium bentonite clays.
Sodium bentonite clay: This clay from Wyoming is an amazing absorbent. When mixed with water it swells many times it own weight. It works well in clay baths and on the skin, making it smooth and supple. To use it internally, be sure to use a food grade clay.
French Green clay: Closely related to bentonite. Also an effective mineral clay for face masks and baths.
Redmond Clay: A great sodium bentonite clay, richer that the one from Wyoming. Is used both internally and externally.
Bentonite clays bath
Used externally, any pure bentonite seems to make the skin really soft.
A great way is to take a muddy bath. Healing clay baths utilize the clay’s strong drawing powers to help pull debris out through the pores of the skin.
Clay baths is often recommended for dry, flaky skin and for me it worked great.
Suggestions for a bentonite clay soak:
- Start with 1-5 cups of clay powder mixed with hot water in the tub. The best clays dissolve easily in the water. But cheaper clays need more work to mix them in water. It might help to mix it in just a little a little hot water to begin with, or to use a mixer. Others use a whisk to dissolve it.
- Do not add oils as they seem to decrease the clay effect. However, you can can add sea salt.
- Do not scorch yourself; it should be comfortable.
- Stay in the bath for 20-40 minutes.
- After the bath, some feel a little fatigued fist, then relaxed or even energized.
Bentonite clay masks
The hydrated bentonite clay should be like a gel, without clumps and holding together. It should not be running. This is a great exfoliating mask which leaves the skin soft and clean.
Some have had great success with acne. by using clay masks daily for two weeks. After that twice weekly if enough.
Mixing bentonite clay masks
- Calcium bentonite: Mix 1 part clay powder with two parts water. Wait some minutes until the powder have absorbed the water.
- Sodium bentonite: Mix 1 part clay powder with 3 or 4 parts water. Sodium bentonite swells much more than calcium bentonite.
Single clay mask recipe
- One teaspoon of calcium bentonite clay powder
- 1-2 teaspoons water in a small cup
- Apply the clay to the face, avoid eyes
- Leave the clay until it becomes dry
- For sensitive skin, rinse sooner
- Rinse with warm water
- Finish with a natural moisturiser
Bentonite clay for hair
This was another nice treat! Though it looks a bit freaky with all that mud in the hair, the hair and scalp felt great after rinsing the mud out.
- Hydrate enough bentonite clay powder to completely cover the hair
- Apply generously, gently massage the clay to reach the scalp
- Let it sit for 5-20 minutes
- Rinse with warm water
Drinking bentonite clay takes the mud experience to a whole new level. Too far? Not really. It has some surprising benefits.
Used internally, bentonite clay is said to draw out impurities from the gut and help cleanse the colon.
Experienced clay users agree that the best bentonite for internal use is the green desert calcium bentonite found in the California Mojave desert in the Death Valley area. Others claim the gray/green sodium bentonite from Wyoming is also fine.
Preparing a clay drink
Use the 1:8 ratio. 1 part clay powder and 8 parts filtered water or spring water.
- 1-2 tablespoons clay powder
- Mix the drink in a glass or plastic bottle; avoid any metal as it can ruin the clay’s unique properties
- Drink bentonite clay water on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or after meals, taking medication or supplements
- You can take a bentonite clay drink mornings and evenings
Well, don’t compare it with a favorite drink. But drinking clay is not too bad, though my wife had more problems with it. The calcium bentonite we tried has an oily, almost creamy texture, but it still tastes mud. We just gulped it down during our 10 day trial.
Once in the stomach, the clay does not absorb nutrients from food or beneficial gut bacteria but only those harmful substances carrying a negative charge. And it did seem to quickly stabilize the gut, making it run smoothly. But it was harder to determine any detox effect.
In any case, after the test we agree that bentonite clay benefits are surprisingly many.