Bentonite clay is super-absorbent, antimicrobial and easy-to-use clay that is fast becoming one of the biggest health trends today. But did you know that the clay can also be used for a variety of purposes other than treating and soothing skin conditions like acne, eczema and dermatitis? Here are 9 best ways in which you can use this amazing therapeutic clay.
As a face pack: This is probably one of the commonest use of bentonite clay. Mix it with some apple cider vinegar, add a dash of activated charcoal and you have one of the most efficient pore cleansing systems ever! But don’t mix this highly charged clay in a metal bowl and use a plastic container instead. It might pull the toxins from the metal and infuse it into your skin.
As a bath: Those lucky ones who have a bathtub at home can add a couple of spoonfuls to the bath water. Soak yourself in the liquid and let the clay do its job drawing the toxins out of your skin. Otherwise, just adding it to your bucket of bath water can be equally good.
As a clay detox drink: Food-grade bentonite clay can be mixed in a glassful of water and consumed. The gut-loving properties of the clay promote gut-friendly bacteria and detoxify your system
To treat bug bites: Apply a paste of bentonite clay on painful and itchy insect bites and watch the welts disappear in no time.
As a tooth cleanser: If you don’t mind the taste, add a bit of bentonite clay to your toothpaste and apply it to your teeth. Or better still, make a fluoride and SLS-free DIY toothpaste with it. It will take care of the stains and control tooth decay.
As a dry shampoo: No time to shampoo? Dust some powder on your hair roots. This super-absorbent clay will draw out the oil from your scalp and leave your hair feeling fresh!
As a spot treatment: You have a big day coming up, but a pimple on your forehead is throwing a spanner in your plans? Spot treat it with a generous dollop of the clay overnight. By the next morning, the spot would have shrunken and dried up.
As a baby powder: Chemical-laden baby powders tend to do more harm than good to babies’ sensitive skin. If you care for your little one, ditch the powder and dust him with bentonite clay instead. It is great for soothing diaper rashes and other skin problems that babies face.
As a mascara: Rustle up a paraben-free, homemade mascara with some activated charcoal and bentonite clay. It can be put together in a jiffy! It's chemical free and cheap.