Bentonite clay is mined from deposits of volcanic ash – in the U.S., to the tune of 5 million tons annually, which represents 70% of the world’s supply. Soaking up to 10 times its weight in water, it is highly absorbent. Because bentonite has a strong negative electromagnetic charge, it binds to heavy metals and toxins, making it an excellent ingredient in facial masks and in other cosmetics.
Bentonite is named in honor of Fort Benton, Wyoming, the site of the largest supply of this clay in the U.S. Although bentonite is also produced in Canada, India, Turkey, Japan and several other countries, bentonite clay from Wyoming is considered the most absorbent and of the best quality.
A Myriad of Uses
Bentonite clay is used in several industries. It is used as a bonding agent in metal casting, for example, and as a sealant for building foundations, garden water features and other structures. It is also used in the spa, construction, ceramic and pharmaceutical industries. It is also widely used in the cosmetic industry, where it is used in numerous personal care products such as shampoo, lotions, lipstick and deodorant. Bentonite clay also has several uses at home…
Bentonite clay binds to bacteria and toxins, pulling them from pores as it dries on the skin. It helps to relive redness and irritation associated with inflammatory conditions like acne, poison ivy and bug bites.
Mixed with warm water and applied to the skin as a paste, bentonite clay eases irritation and promotes healing. Apply to skin, then cover with gauze for 1-2 hours before rinsing off.
Use in natural toothpaste formulas. Bentonite clay provides antibacterial action on teeth and gums.
Mix bentonite clay with orris root and lavender to make natural baby powder or adult body powder.
Add ¼ cup bentonite clay to warm bath water to soften and hydrate skin.
Combine 1 cup herbal tea of choice with ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ¾ cup bentonite clay and 10 drops rosemary essential oil. Apply to hair with a paint brush and let rest for 20-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Note: Do not use metal tools when working with bentonite clay.