How to Improve your Digestion, Skin And Detox With Australian Clay's
While eating clay might sound like something you'd need to stop your child from doing during art and craft time, consuming Clay can actually help boost digestion and cleanse the gut! It is also one of the most ancient raw materials that man has ever used. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans understood the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of clay.
The ancients used clay to cure varying kinds of trauma, a dislocation, or to help broken limbs calcify at a faster rate. During the IV and V century B.C. Hippocrates cured many different sorts of ailments with clay. In 1920, the famous abbot Kneipp proposed clay as a great and powerful natural medicine. He said: “Clay recovers the inflammations, it attracts to itself the sick and ill subject”.
It will also change into the minerals and nutrition your body needs according to the need even if when tested, the clay is not high in the minerals it changed into! This is attested by a tribe of Indians who live along the Orinoco River in South America and subsist ENTIRELY on baked balls of clay for 2 months when fishing is impossible due to high waters EVERY YEAR – FASCINATING!
When digesting a good food-grade clay powder, it swells while absorbing and drawing toxic substances into its internal structure — similar to a sponge absorbing water. Substances stick to the outside surface of the clay molecule and are drawn into the clays internal structure. This then passes through the body and out through urinating. The body is unable to absorb clay, which is why its perfect for detoxification.
However, Clay benefits aren't limited to digestion. This multi-tasking natural clay is also an amazing ingredient in skin care, helping to draw out impurities and build-up and detoxify the skin.
In nature, many clay types exist: the difference between one and the other sometimes is evident based on the difference of colour. Among red clays (trivalent iron) and green clays (ambivalent iron), the green is the most active. Green clay is more active than red clay because it is not saturated, thanks to the ambivalent iron, while the red is saturated because of the trivalent iron.
Green clay is even better than bentonite clay as it comes from deeper within the earth, therefore, yielding less ash and a greater mineral content (and drawing capacity).
Clay is incredibly versatile and can also be used interchangeably with Fossil Shell Flour (aka diatomaceous earth), but the two powders are different. Clays typically come from volcanic ash deposits, while FSF is a powder made from fossilized phytoplankton. At POM, we have a range of Australian clays: green, red and charcoal along with the famous Fossil Shell Flour.
FIVE AMAZING CLAY USES:
1. GREEN CLAY AS AN INTERNAL SUPPLEMENT
Green Clay delivers a boost of nutrients including Calcium, Magnesium, Silica, Sodium, Copper, Iron and Potassium to the body, helping to replenish vitamin and mineral levels and alkalise the body. It has also been known to help relieve digestive problems and complaints such as constipation, IBS and nausea by cleansing the gut of toxins, chemicals, impurities and heavy metals. Add one teaspoon of the food-grade Clay direct into your mouth, followed by water or juice, or mix in with water or juice.
2. CLAY FOR TEETH
Clay makes an amazing ingredient in toothpaste and dental care! A very gentle, mild abrasive with a mild taste, Clay can help to improve the health of teeth and gums by removing plaque, remineralising teeth and thoroughly cleaning the mouth. Products specifically formulated with Clay for contains Bentonite Clay combined with food grade Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, Coconut Oil and Diatomaceous Earth to polish and whiten teeth without damaging the enamel.
3. CLAY AS A CLEANSING BATH SOAK
Run a full tub of warm water, add some Clay and it makes the ideal detoxifying bath soak to help draw out impurities and excess oil. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup to your nightly bath for a rejuvenating bath soak, along with some essential oils if desired for extra relaxation. All these products are in store at Pete’s Organic Market.
4. CLAY FACIAL MASKS
Clay is also ideal for applying directly to the skin to help heal mild forms of both eczema and dermatitis as well as other dry skin conditions. Just add one tablespoon of powder combined with a teaspoon of Manuka Honey and dash of water for a soothing and detoxifying face mask for sensitive or acne prone skin. Bentonite Clay is known for its detoxifying properties, helping to draw out excess oil, makeup, grime and build-up and lightly exfoliate the skin. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Add some Turmeric and Coconut Oil to this recipe for a moisturising and anti-inflammatory boost.
5. DEODORANTS WITH CLAY
Combined with naturally deodorising ingredients such as Fossil Shell Flour, Arrowroot Powder, Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel, Clay also makes an effective natural deodorant, helping to reduce bacteria and moisture. This vegan and gluten free formula can be fragranced with Lavender, Vanilla and Grapefruit essential oils to keep underarms fresh and dry all day long.