Bentonite Clay is a humble warrior in anyone’s bathroom cabinet. This natural remedy has more versatility than a Swiss Army Knife – it can moonlight in your beauty routine or as a first-aid tool.
Mined from the earth, Bentonite Clay is formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. You can purchase as a powder in the store but when mixed with water it becomes a spongy, absorbent paste. (Hello, DIY facial masks!)
The versatility of Bentonite Clay is owed to its natural electromagnetic charge. When activated with water, this charge turns into a magnet on your body pulling out unwanted toxins. But it isn’t just a one way magnet. The clay can also affect the body’s PH and provide vital minerals at the same time.
If you’re looking to detox choose Sodium Bentonite Clay which has a stronger negative charge. Calcium Bentonite Clay is the best option for remineralizing, because of the calcium and silica it contains. A 1 lb. jar of Bentonite Clay goes a long way! There are so many uses but we’ll start you off with our Top 7. (Because of the negative ions, always remember to use non-metal bowls, containers and stirring utensils when working with Bentonite Clay.)
Unwind in a detox bath.
Add ¼ to 1 cup of Bentonite Clay into bath water and soak for as long as you can (30-40 minutes is recommended). You can customize with essential oils for a spa-like experience and be sure to keep cool water nearby to rehydrate your body.
Make your own toothpaste.
There are lots of toothpaste recipes out there but we prefer the ones that use coconut oil. Here’s a simple version:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5-10 drops peppermint oil
- 1 easy to seal non-metal container, like a mason jar
Mix water and clay to form a paste, then add all of the other ingredients together. Spread on a toothbrush and clean away.
See roses with this face mask.
Mix 1/3 cup of Bentonite Clay with 3 tablespoons of rosewater and 2 tablespoons of honey. Take care to mix in the clay until the mixture is smooth and apply in a thin layer on your face (always avoiding the delicate eye area). Leave on until fully dry and rinse with cool water.
Calm down a bug bite or recent exposure to poison ivy.
Mix 1 part Bentonite Clay and 1 part apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon each is typically enough) and spread a thick layer on the affected area. Allow to dry and rinse or wipe off with cool water.
Detox your fruit and veggies.
In a large bowl mix 1 part Bentonite Clay to 8 parts distilled water. Toss fruits or vegetables in the clay water, making sure they are completely covered and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry produce and store as normal.
Create a cleansing homemade deodorant.
The clay acts as a natural detoxifier and also helps absorb the pesky sweat.
- 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 10 drops of essential oil of choice (optional)
- 1 pint-sized easy to seal non-metal container, like a mason jar
Pour the Bentonite Clay, arrowroot powder and baking soda into the container and mix. Add the coconut oil and essential oils in two batches and stir until completely mixed. Let cool to room temperature before using.
Make your own natural mascara.
If you’ve ever used a natural mascara you might worry about the raccoon eyes that often follow. But not when you add Bentonite Clay to the mix!
- 2 teaspoons pure aloe vera gel
- 10 capsules activated charcoal tablets, opened and emptied
- 1/4 teaspoon Bentonite Clay (you might want to start with slightly less)
- 1 empty (and clean) mascara tube
- 1 oral syringe
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Use the oral syringe to fill the mascara tube with the mixture and wipe off any excess. (This formula is fantastic but you may need to comb through minor clumps after applying.)