Around here, we talk a lot about the benefits of bentonite clay masks on your skin. Bentonite Secret Clay Mask is great for clearing acne, improving texture, and brightening tone on your face, but did you know that bentonite clay has lots of other uses too?
Bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years for health and beauty purposes. It’s the main ingredient in a number of home remedies and first aid treatments, and it can work wonders for your hair and teeth as well!
Here are some of the lesser-known uses of bentonite clay:
Soothes rashes and insect bites
Stumbled into a patch of poison ivy? Got eaten alive by mosquitos? Or maybe you have an itchy rash that’s driving you crazy?
Our premixed Bentonite Secret Clay Mask is an excellent way to soothe these ailments because it binds to bacteria and draws it out of the skin. Wet clay also has a cooling effect, which is great for calming the itch and burn of bug bites, stings, and rashes.
Treats minor burns
If you burned your finger on the stove or played in the sun for just a little too long, bentonite clay can draw a lot of heat out of the burn.
Start by applying a generous layer of hydrated clay to the area and put a cool, wet washcloth on top. Don’t let the clay dry out! When the washcloth gets warm, wet it with cool water again and reapply. Once the sting subsides, rinse off the clay. You’ll be surprised at how much the pain and redness have reduced!
Promotes healthy teeth and gums
Bacteria is the enemy to healthy gums, and clay has been an ingredient in natural toothpaste for years! You can mix a little clay with water and swish in your mouth, or even get a little on your toothbrush before you brush.
If you want something a bit fancier, there are lots of clay-based toothpaste recipes online!
Detoxes your entire body
Bentonite clay carries a slight negative electric charge and binds to impurities and toxins in your skin, which is what makes it so effective as a mask. Did you know you can also use it for detoxifying your entire body?
Try adding ¼ to a ½ cup of clay in a warm bath and soaking for 15-20 minutes for a detoxifying experience.
Clay baths are also great for reducing cramps and muscle soreness.
Tip: Rising this much clay straight down the drain could cause some clogging in the pipes, so consider putting a sieve over the drain to catch the excess clay solids. Some of the clay will settle to the bottom of the tub, so simply wipe it out rather than washing it down the drain.
Using clay as a face mask definitely promotes clear skin, but hydrated clay is also a wonderful spot treatment. Put a dab of clay on a pimple and let the clay dry before rinsing off. The pimple will not only shrink, but you’ll see a reduction in redness as well.
People have ingested clay for thousands of years to help with constipation, calm acid reflux, and ease stomach discomfort. Even animals have been observed licking or nibbling clay deposits!
***Please consult a doctor before consuming bentonite clay. Eating clay is not for everyone!
Promotes healthy hair
Bentonite clay is also used in hair treatments like masks and shampoos. It’s great for reducing dandruff by soaking up the extra sebum produced by your scalp and clearing away buildup from products or dead skin cells. Clay also contains plenty of minerals required for hair growth like calcium and potassium. Try it if your hair is thinning or if you want to grow up an iffy haircut!
There are so many reasons to love bentonite clay!