10 Ways To Use Bentonite Clay For Your DIY Projects
Let’s start today by admitting that not all clays are created equal. They are found in the basement of the garden. And, it’s a little different from what we use in mud baths, which is different from what we make pottery from. For our purposes, we will discuss a particular and particularly useful type of clay called bentonite clay.
Now, not all bentonite clays are the same. In general, these clays are formed by volcanic ash, typically when this ash is weathered in seawater, and they are mainly composed of a mineral called montmorillonite. Bentonite beds that have been freshly exposed have a greenish-blue tint, but the color turns to a creamy yellowish brown with age. It is known to be incredibly absorbent.
- Interesting information: Bentonite clay takes its name from its largest source: Benton, Wyoming. Montmorillonite owes its name to the place where it was first discovered: Montmorillon, France.
In the future, we need to know that there is a more expensive food grade bentonite and a cheaper inedible kind. For anything used in or on the body, getting edible bentonite is important, but for home and garden projects the cheaper version will suffice. Food grade bentonite is cleaned more carefully and handled with more care.
Now, what is the point of all this? How can you use bentonite clay for DIY life? So glad someone asked rhetorically.
- Bentonite clay is used to treat stomach problems. Because clay is so absorbent, it is taken internally (a teaspoon of clay dissolved in a cup of water) to extract toxins from the gut. It can help with diarrhea, constipation, and leaky gut. Likewise, eliminating bad bacteria also helps with digestion, viruses and food poisoning.
- Bentonite clay is used to soothe skin irritations. Whether it’s burns, bites, poison ivy, or inflamed acne, a paste of bentonite (one tablespoon in one cup of water) can be applied topically to soothe the pain. It absorbs oil from the skin, or it can withdraw
- Bentonite clay can be drunk for internal detoxification. Food grade bentonite can be mixed with water to detoxify our organs and the inner workings of our bodies. It absorbs both bad bacteria and heavy metals. Because clay contains negative ions, it attracts substances containing positive ions and removes them from the body when they are expelled.
- Bentonite clay can be applied topically for external detoxification. This can be done by making a little paste to treat specific areas, or clay (about a cup) can be added to your bath water for a nice soak in it. Or make a face mask. It will extract toxins from the skin, the largest organ in the body.
- Bentonite clay helps balance our pH level. Modern diets, with excess oil and sugar, cause our bodies to lean abnormally (and unhealthily) on the acidic side of things. This makes us more susceptible to illnesses and other problems, such as bad breath. Bentonite clay is alkaline and will help balance the system.
- Bentonite clay is a great ingredient in homemade shampoos. It removes buildup in hair follicles, fights dandruff and conditions dry hair. It is also believed to promote hair growth by removing skin blockages.
- Bentonite clay can be a steadfast component of DIY deodorants. While baking soda makes a homemade deodorant, it can irritate some people’s armpits. Bentonite has the same absorbency but often without bad reactions.
- Bentonite clay is a valuable component of toothpaste. Because it eliminates toxins and bad bacteria, bentonite clay helps relieve respiratory problems, as well as gum problems. It also helps provide good minerals for your teeth. It can even restore decayed teeth. It’s a good thing for homemade toothpaste or toothpaste.
Home & Garden
- Bentonite is a natural sealer / sealer. It is used as a natural sealant for leaking ponds and dams. It can be used for patch cracks in basement walls, concrete floors and so on. When it absorbs a little water, it expands and fills holes and cracks, thereby eliminating leaks. And, of course, we don’t need food grade bentonite for that.
- Bentonite is a mineral rich soil additive that retains water. For those whose sandy soils drain too quickly, bentonite can be of help. Added to sandy soil, it can dramatically increase moisture retention.
So in about 750 words, bentonite clay is a pretty useful thing to have. High-quality, food-grade products can be purchased at health-focused stores including everything from CVS to Trader Joe’s to Walmart, or it’s very easy to find online. Industrial equipment is available at farm supply stores.
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