Misadventures with Bentonite Clay

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I saw on a forum somewhere that people use Bentonite Clay as a cleanser for hair.  Supposedly you mix it up and apply, let it sit for 10-20 minutes and then rinse out.  It’s also supposed to be good for the skin.  It works by drawing out impurities.

“How Aztec Secret Works Indian Healing Clay Clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. Cleopatra used clay from the Nile river and the Arabian desert over 1800 years ago, as part of her beauty ritual. German and Roman spas have been using clay packs and treatments in the spas they built 4,000 years ago. Many of these spas still exist and use clay even today. Pliney the Elder devoted an entire chapter of his Natural History” to the many uses of clay for pimples, black heads and skin tightening. Many famous naturopaths, such as Kuhn, Just and Kneipp have contributed to the revival of the uses of clay through their natural treatments for arthritus and skin ailgments. Aztec Indian Healing Clay A Brief History – The Worlds Most Powerful Facial The use of clay with apple cider vinegar can be dated back to the southern French priest of the16th century, Kneipp, and his natural treatments using clay packs and poultices. Throughout history the use of clay, specifically green clay or bentonite, is well documented. To learn more about clay, look for “Our Earth Our Cure” by Raymond Dexteit, translated by Michel Abehsera in your local health food store or book store. AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 d”  -taken from product description on Amazon.com

I used apple cider vinegar and coconut milk in my mixture.  I used a glass bowl and a wooden spoon to mix, because I had read that it would absorb the toxins in the plastics if I used a plastic bowl and spatula.  I think because I used the wooden spoon, I wasn’t able to mix as well.  It had a really grainy consistency.  It also did not spread very well on my face.  If I smooshed and rubbed, I was able to get it to smooth out a little bit on my face.  It was the worst mask I have ever done.  I let it sit on my face for about 15 minutes and then I rinsed it off.  My skin did feel tighter, but I still saw a couple of blackheads.  I think it was because I was not able to apply it properly and evenly because of the grainy consistency.

My hair was a different story.  I tried smooshing it into dry hair, but that didn’t work out too well.  I ended up hopping in the shower and running some water on it to get it thoroughly wet.  I tried the spray bottle first, but still was not getting any good results.  I smooshed it into wet hair and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  10 minutes was all I could stand, since I was sitting cold and wet on the side of the tub.  :)  I rinsed it out and…my hair was still not clean.  Again, this was probably due to the application process and the consistency of the clay.  I ended up shampooing like normal and following my normal routine.

I think I will revisit the clay for my hair another time.  I am going to play with it some more for my face first.  If I can get the consistency of the mixture right, I think I will see better results for both my face and hair.

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  • http://CleverlyChanging.com Cleverly Changing

    Hmmm…the picture of the product in the bowl doesn’t look too promising. I have locs in my hair now, so I use an apple cider rinse to get out impurities. If this works out for your skin, please let us know.

    • ceakins1908

      Lol! Yeah, it does look pretty terrible. I think it was the coconut milk. I’ve since done it again twice now as a facial mask. I wrote about it here: http://www.naturalartmaven.com/?p=67

      Using the clay and apple cider vinegar only, makes a much smoother mixture. My face feels really smooth and soft! Next time I will take a pic of the smooth mixture and append it to the second post.

  • dianna

    yes some things actually make the clay curdle! ACV or any acid really helps. Once I mixed fenugreek powder and clay and it curdled so bad and I like to never got it out of my hair. lol

    • http://www.naturalartmaven.com NaturalArtMaven

      Yes, I learned that the hard way. Lol, this was terrible. I now use the clay for my skin only by mixing it with apple cider vinegar. It does wonders for my skin, but is too drying on my hair. What is fenugreek? You are going to have to tell me more about that!