I recently purchased some bentonite clay to use in various ways as suggested by some of the things on your website and in your newsletter (cleansing, toothpaste, etc.). I am finding it difficult to get the clay to dissolve and mix well. I was wondering if you had some tips on the best ways to use clay and to get it to mix up in the desired consistencies?
I, personally, was introduced to bentonite clay a few years back and this is stuff is absolutely marvelous! It works on bee and wasp stings better than anything else I’ve ever tried. I did a cleanse very similar to Bulk Herb Store’s own Detox+ which contains bentonite clay and was cured of an “incurable disease.” (You can read more about the details here.) As amazed as I was at it’s effectiveness, I was really having a hard time mixing the clay to a good consistency for spreading on the skin and/or drinking or dissolving in the bath and it seemed that no matter what I did, the stuff just wouldn’t mix well. I had several inquiries from customers about the same thing, and I was at a loss to give them a viable answer. I tried a mixer, a blender, a whisk, and a shaker jar and I wound up with a lot of messy dishes but no slurries or pastes. I cruised around on YouTube looking for videos which might give me some insight to what I was doing wrong but came up empty. Later, I happened to be chatting it up with a friend of mine and he gave me some pointers that he had dug up on a couple of websites, I had apparently missed. After this enlightening and encouraging conversation, I ran home and started mixing according to his instructions and low and behold it was working! Imagine my delight when I discovered how many more ways I could use this lovely raw ingredient now that I knew how. And now, I would also be able to answer your question with confidence. Bulk Herb Store sells Redmond brand sodium bentonite clay. Not all clays are created equal and they all require different amounts of water for the best mixtures and texture. And the most important ingredient to a good mix is time. Below I have listed the three most basic ways to mix and use bentonite clay. These methods should carry forward into most methods and recipes.
Make a Bentonite Paste
To get a nice pasty consistency–something comparable to sculptors’ clay–recommendations for Redmond’s Sodium Bentonite Clay suggest 1 part clay to 2 parts water. If you find yourself in possession of a different type of clay, I recommend you check directly with the manufacturer for their recommendations on water to clay ratios. Add the clay powder to a jar that will hold at least 3 times the measurement of clay. Carefully pour the water into the clay and allow it to sit (covered or uncovered–doesn’t matter) for several hours for smaller amounts to several days for larger amounts. If you’re mixing pounds and gallons, it is recommended that you layer the clay and water for the most efficient results. For our household, I wanted a small but plentiful jar of clay made up, ready for the various bites, stings, allergic reactions, etc. that will come. I used a 12 oz jar that I got from some food or other I had purchased previously. It took about 2 days for the water to absorb completely. As this point, I stirred to check consistency. If you find that the water hasn’t yet fully absorbed, allow it sit longer. If your mix is too dry, add more water and allow it to sit. If your paste is too runny, add more clay. Cover and store and keep handy for those pesky bites and stings that the spring and summer so often bring.
To use this paste, simply dab a bit out on your finger and rub it on the affected area. You can leave it until it falls off, or you can allow to dry and then wash or brush off depending on how thick it is applied. You can also spread this paste on a paper towel or some other cloth (instead of directly on the skin) and use as a poultice. This causes the majority of the clay to stick to the cloth when you are finished, which reduces cleanup.
Make a Bentonite Slurry
If you want to mix the clay for drinking, use the same technique, but use about 8 oz of water to 1 Tablespoon of clay. Allow it to sit on the counter for several hours to a couple of days. Shake vigorously and drink up. I tried this myself and it worked like a charm. If you’re in a hurry, mixing clay to drink can be a tedious (chunky) experience. Adding powdered herbs and/or activated charcoal to the clay (much like Detox+) before adding the water can help the clay to suspend in the water instead of clumping, allowing you to drink it without gagging down (or attempting to chew) mud. Keep in mind, if you choose to do it this way, you are not allowing the clay to fully absorb water to capacity. This will cause it to steal water from the intestines as it expands. This is OK AS LONG AS YOU DRINK ENOUGH WATER TO COMPENSATE–16 oz of water with each heaping teaspoon of clay consumed. NOTE: When taking bentonite clay internally, it is also wise to increase fiber intake to keep the bowels moving and prevent potentially toxic constipation.
Make a Bentonite Bath
Mixing sodium bentonite clay for baths can just as easy. Take 2 to 4 cups of clay and put in a 2 gallon container and fill with water. Allow this to sit for a couple of days and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon. Pour this mixture into the tub and add enough water for soaking in the tub. You could also mix the clay in the bathwater ahead of time. Fill the tub about half way to the desired amount and pour in the clay. Allow to sit for several minutes to a few hours. Mix with your hand. When you are ready to soak, add hot water as needed to warm your bath. Sodium bentonite clay can be added directly to the bath water if you’re in a hurry, but it will most likely be clumpy and hard to disperse throughout the water. If you choose to do it this way, grab the clumps of clay while bathing and squeeze them between the fingers and on rub on various parts of the body to allow maximum coverage of the exposed skin. When the bath is finished, get out and allow the water to sit still for 30 minutes to an hour. Any undissolved bits of clay will sink to the bottom and stick to the tub when you drain it. Wipe up any residue with a paper towel and throw it away.
Regarding Body Metal
I have received several emails about using bentonite clay metal skeletal pins, metal fillings, braces and other various metal in the body. After some inquiries to some good websites and some customer service reps at various clay distributors, I have come to believe that using bentonite clay in or on the body will not damage or ruin your bridgework, your fillings or your braces. It may, however, reduce your risk of heavy metal poisoning that can result from having too much metal in your mouth. I have also been assured that using bentonite clay internally will not damage or hurt any metal skeletal inserts. Again, if anything, it should reduce the risk of reaction or infection from such appliances. This is not meant to replace or correct any advice you would or have received from your licensed medical practitioner. If you have further concerns, I would recommend that you speak with your physician or dentist before using bentonite clay in conjunction with your metal body appliances.