Did you ever wonder about how the clay is formed and what effect it might have on the human body?
The healing powers of clay were cherished by ancient civilizations, hundreds of years ago. The clay was bought off with gold and it was used as currency for a while. The descendants of the Incas and Aborigines still use clay as a food supplement, while according to the old records, the medieval nobility regularly used clay for cleaning body after intemperate feasts.
As a raw material, clay is used in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for producing many cosmetic products. There are about two thousands of different products that essentially contain clay. In pharmacies, as well as in health food stores, various preparations of clay can be found. Among them is the medical alumina powder for oral administration (it can be used as a beverage).
Technically, clay absorbs heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides and radioactive substances, attracting them in a way as a sponge absorbs liquid that was spilled on the kitchen table.
There is also the electrical aspect: clay minerals have a negative charge, while toxins are predominantly positively charged and they cause clay to act as a magnet.
Drinking clay diluted in a glass of water, among many other things, can improve the supply of oxygen. By eliminating excess sodium, it equates their concentration in erythrocytes (red blood cells) and the plasma. In this way erythrocytes retain smaller volume compared to its surface, and therefore it is easier for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, and carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs. Namely, in the case of excess sodium, the erythrocytes collect globular appearance and have higher volume in relation to the surface (because of the binding of water), so it is difficult for them to pass through narrow capillaries, especially in the spleen. Excess sodium affects the rapid aging of red blood cells or a reduced respiration of oxygen and of carbon dioxide in the body.
Clay is prepared as follows: put the clay in the water, where it will increase its volume. In the acidic environment of the stomach it gets additionally enhanced. In the small intestine, clay gel binds heavy metals, absorbs harmful bacteria and waste products of food, dissolves fat and binds excess protein, which is, due to the permeability of the small intestine, most common causes of allergies.
Excess protein foods (meat, milk, eggs, soy) in the body produce excess uric acid – which affects the decline in immunity and is one of the causes of most rheumatic diseases. Clay affects the decomposition of protein foods, which establishes a normal intestinal flora, normalizes elevated blood pressure, excess cholesterol and triglycerides. Consuming clay helps to remove pathogens such as Candida albicans. Clay stimulates the pancreas, but also relieves the liver and thereby improves the overall condition of the body.
Clays differ not only in color, which depends on the minerals, but also by purpose. White kaolin or china clay, the French Green and marine clay, Rasul clay, Fuller’s earth clay, yellow and red kaolin clay, bentonite clay, each designed for a specific type of faces and certain problems from as enlarged pores, blackheads, acne, to the most troublesome – ulcers. In accordance with your skin whether it is extremely dry or greasy, choose what is best for your skin.
How bentonite clay is formed and for what can be used?
Bentonite clay arises from the skeleton of the unicellular algae diatoms. Sediment rocks are created from their limestone-silicon and aluminate skeleton at the bottom of seas and oceans.
Due to the origin of single-celled algae, deposits of bentonite have a layered construction which has a positive impact on increasing their active surface. Thus, 1 g of bentonite in the aqueous suspension develops a contact surface of about 5m2. Hydrated alumina belongs to nanoparticles, which makes it very effective in natural body cleansing. The main active ingredient of clay is hydrated aluminum silicate, known for its antiviral effects, and with it there are always more kinds of oxides in minor amounts. The organic content of clay is particularly important for the binding of active substances and their transfer into the deeper layers of the membrane of the intestinal flora, or the membrane of the blood capillaries. The organic components of clay are known as some of the first antibiotics. Clay is a well known emulsifier, so its activation in the acidic environment of the stomach influences on amplification of emulsifying capabilities in small and large intestine. Emulsifying properties of clay speed up the degradation of the lipid-fatty deposits in the intestine, thus preventing their transmission through the membrane into the blood. Clay elimination of toxins in the intestinal flora relieves the liver, kidneys and glands with internal secretion. Clay performs balancing of lipid-water partition coefficient. Toxic effects of clay are not recorded, so far.
Bentonite clay contains dozens of minerals derived from volcanic earth, or ashes. It is probably the most popular clay for the face, which is edible. It is rich in medicinal active substances, has tiny particles, and is successful in binding excess fat and toxic substances from the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for oily skin. It has the capacity to restore damaged skin, soften fine lines, sun damage and age spots.
In the beginning you should use it every day for two weeks and then twice a week.
Maybe some of you will notice after using this masks the situation has worsened, not only that acne are not disappearing, but they have become bigger and uglier. Do not panic! It is a normal reaction and this is how bentonite clay works. Its task is to remove toxins from the skin before it starts to repeat it. In some cases, however, a face can become red when you remove the mask, but it’s completely expected reaction.
Recommended recipes for clay masks
The recipe for a basic mask:
Mix two tablespoons of bentonite clay with two tablespoons of water until you get a creamy paste. If it is necessary, add more water or clay to get the desired consistency. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on until the clay is completely dry. Rinse with hot water. This treatment will minimize the itching of the skin.
The recipe for healing mask:
If you have pimples or boils then you must use this mask. It is made of one tablespoon of bentonite clay, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of water, one tablespoon of oat flour and a few drops of tea of calendula. Mix all ingredients and apply the mask to the affected area.
The recipe for a cleaning mask:
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (if you use vinegar instead of water, mask becomes more effective), apply the mixture to your face. Already after the first treatment your face will be clean and fresh.