Are you familiar with the many uses of Bentonite clay? This natural mineral clay has the ability to clean out toxins, bacteria, viruses, and heavy metals from water, soil, and our bodies. In a disaster situation, its use can protect your health, or even save your life.
How Bentonite Clay Works
Bentonite clay works in a variety of ways to provide beneficial health benefits to the body. Its main benefits stem from three of its properties: it is absorbent, it has a negative charge when wet, and it contains nutrients and passes through the body without any harm. We will discuss each of these properties in a little more detail within this article, but it is important to know that these properties give bentonite clay its healthful properties.
Bentonite clay ionizes when wet to form a negatively charged ion. Since most heavy metal toxins and many other poisonous substances are positively charged, it attracts the toxin and binds to it. As the Bentonite clay passes through the body, it binds up toxins and flushes them out of the body.
Bentonite Clay for Health Benefits
#1.Bentonite Clay Helps Detox the Body
We are exposed to a wide variety of toxins on a daily basis, no matter how clean we eat. Common household products like cleaning supplies, markers, pesticides, gas fumes, and even the materials used to build our homes, give off toxins such as mercury, cadmium, lead, benzene, petroleum-based products, and other harmful substances. Exposure to these substances will likely be even more pronounced during a disaster situation, as we have seen in recent hurricane and flooding events.
Harmful toxins get into the water supply, into our foods, into the air we breathe and become concentrated in our bodies. However, Bentonite clay, taken internally, binds to the toxins in our digestive system and removes them from the body.
To take Bentonite clay by mouth, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clay dry with food, or mix it into a few ounces of water, shake it well, and drink it quickly. The clay won’t dissolve, so you may need to shake again as you drink. Do this once a day.
Taking Bentonite clay is a good detox practice now to get your body healthy, but will be even more useful in a disaster situation where toxins may be released into the environment through neglect.
#2. Take Bentonite Clay as a Supplement
In addition to its benefit for detoxing, Bentonite also contains nutrients that your body needs including, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, silica, and sulfur. When you eat or drink the clay, your body absorbs these valuable minerals and many other trace minerals and uses them to build and repair body tissue.
#3. Use Bentonite Clay in Your Bath to Remove Toxins from the Skin
Add a half cup or more of Bentonite clay to your bath water and soak in it. The clay quickly binds up with toxins released through the skin and prevents them from being reabsorbed. Your skin will feel soft and smooth. As a bonus it helps reduce inflammation in skin irritations.
This tip will become very important if you are bathing in a questionable water source. Add the clay to your sponge bath water, even if you don’t have the opportunity to soak. It will bind up toxins in the water and from your skin.
#4. Use as a Mask or Poultice to Reduce Skin Irritations and Speed Healing
Combine the clay with enough water to make a thick paste and spread it onto areas of skin irritations such as poison ivy, allergic reactions, and red or inflamed skin. The clay binds to bacteria, viruses, and toxin in the skin pores and draws them from the pore. It acts as a mild antibiotic and helps reduce infections and speed up healing of wounds or irritations.
#5. Take Bentonite as a Treatment for Digestive Problems
Studies show that bentonite clay is good at absorbing and neutralizing the bacteria, viruses, and toxins that cause many of our digestive problems. These problems are likely to become more pronounced during a survival situation, so having a stockpile on hand could prove life-saving. Use it for any digestive issue including constipation, nausea, IBS, morning sickness, and food poisoning. Mix ¼ cup or less into your water and drink. You should begin to feel better quickly.
#6. Use as a Toothpaste or Mouthwash to Protect Teeth and Gums
When you use the last of that tube of toothpaste, remember the Bentonite clay you have stockpiles and break it out. Bentonite clay binds to bacteria, toxins, and other unhealthy substances on the teeth and gums and removes them from the mouth. Use the clay on your toothbrush or mix it in water as a mouth rinse.
#7. Use Bentonite Clay to Purify Water
Since bentonite removes toxins from the water and neutralizes bacteria and viruses, it makes an excellent ingredient in your water purification kit. Use it to remove toxins and heavy metals before the final trip through your survival filter or before boiling.
#8. Use Bentonite Clay to Prevent Chaffing
In the heat of summer, with no air conditioning, prickly heat and chaffing quickly become a big problem for some people. Bentonite clay, applied in the folds of the skin, absorbs the moisture and reduces inflammation. Apply a fine dusting to the skin and wipe or rinse it away when it becomes damp.
#9.Use Bentonite Clay to Treat Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Small Wounds
Make a paste by adding a little water to the clay and apply it directly to bug bites, scratches, and other small wounds. The clay will draw out the sting and calm the inflammation. Leave it on the wound or bite for a few hours, then wash away. You can reapply if needed.
Household Uses of Bentonite Clay
#10.Use as an Absorbent
Bentonite’s absorbent properties make it an excellent choice to absorb liquids and odors. It is currently used in kitty litter, and can perform the same benefits for humans in an emergency situation. It is also useful for absorbing oil and grease.
Use Bentonite in your emergency toilet kit as an absorbent and odor reducer. Add a layer of clay after each use.
#11. Clean Contaminated Soils
Bentonite binds organic chemical compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins found in contaminated soils. By mixing Bentonite into contaminated soil, it may be helpful to bind up soil contaminates. Keep in mind, however, that in a survival situation, there is no way to know what contaminates exist in the soil. Plant your garden on soil that is believed to be uncontaminated and mix Bentonite into the soil as a precaution.
#12. Use as a Desiccant
Because Bentonite absorbs water well, it acts as a desiccant to draw moisture out of humid air or even to keep your stored food dry. Make a packet of dry Bentonite clay with a coffee filter, much like a tea bag, and place it into your dry food stores. The clay is food safe and absorbs moisture well. In humid areas, bake the clay packs in a low oven or place them in a dehydrator for a few hours to draw out all moisture and refresh them for future use.
#13. Use Bentonite Clay as an Emergency Dry Hair Cleanser
During survival situations, a hot shower or even a quick shampoo may be impossible. Use the clay to absorb oils from the hair and give you a little more time before your next shampoo. Rub it into dry hair, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then comb brush it thoroughly to remove the clay and oil.
#14.Use Bentonite Clay as a Deodorant
Mix Bentonite clay with coconut oil to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you like, but it is not necessary. Apply the paste with your fingertips and store the remainder in a small jar for future use. The clay will absorb moisture and odor.
#15.Use Bentonite Clay to Clean Your Fruits and Veggies
In a disaster situation, you may not be able to trust the cleanliness of your food supply. Adding a little Bentonite clay to the wash water for your fruits and vegetables will help neutralize viruses and bacteria and bind up potential toxins on the surface of the skin to be washed away.
Stockpiling Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay stores easily, without the need for any treatment. Simply place it in a food safe bucket and it will keep indefinitely. One caution, however, is to take care to select a high-quality Bentonite clay that is safe for consumption. Do your research and make sure the brand you choose is safe.
Now that you see how useful the stuff is, you’ll want to stock up for a potential survival situation. The amounts you need will depend on how you intend to use it. But it is impossible to predict how useful this clay might be in a toxic environment in the future.
Do You know other uses for Bentonite Clay? If so, please let us know in the comments. I’ve tried to be complete, but I’m sure some of you probably know a few that I’ve missed.
You may also like: