It forms through a process of hydration and a loss of various other matter, while the textures of the original volcanic glass are preserved. It is a natural substance, with extraordinary medicinal properties, and it is inexpensive.
Bentonite clay can be used externally and internally.
Used internally for medicinal purposes, the clay has been proven to absorb toxic substances, in some cases even more effective than activated charcoal. It is effective for diarrhoea, and some studies showed that it is beneficial for gut-flora.
Like with any medicine, bentonite clay needs to be used in moderation and responsibility.
Despite sounding like a coarse and harsh substance, bentonite clay is very soft and gentle on the skin and can even be used on sensitive skin. It is a natural exfoliant, and because of the molecular structure of the clay, it is very absorbent.
Externally, the clay has been proven to help with various types of dermatitis, including diaper dermatitis. It has electric properties when hydrated that attracts toxins. Bentonite also have a high concentration of various minerals, that is absorbed through the skin.
It can be used as a powder on the skin to absorb toxins, or mixed with oils and water to make pastes, poultices and soaks. Apart from dermatitis, various other skin conditions can also be treated. Some of these include: eczema, chicken pox, minor wounds, cuts and abrasions. It is even suggested as a mouth wash!
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