We are familiar with the topical use of clay in beauty products. Some beauty chemists recommend taking Bentonite clay, or charcoal, internally, to help with digestive and detoxification issues. Both have traditionally been used for medicinal purposes related to our involuntary absorption of toxins, pesticides and heavy metals, and to help expel these from the body. But they have recently become popular in juices and elixirs as part of the daily regime of the healthy person. Here our beauty experts offer some tips on how to use them to detox your skin and your inner organs with the natural earth of our planet.
How to Cleanse With Mother Earth
1. MAKE A BENTONITE CLAY FACE MASK
Measure half a tsp of Bentonite clay into a cup, add three drops of almond oil or jojoba oil, a bit of water, and stir into a smooth paste. Apply to a clean face, leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse, and moisturize. Living Clay is a pure product we recommend.
2. FILTER YOUR WATER
Add activated charcoal sticks to water to fi lter it. Gorgeous to look at and beautiful for the body. A line we love is Kishu.
3. ELIXIR OR PICK-UP JUICE INFUSED WITH CHARCOAL
Hydrante, by Toronto based Belmonte Raw, is delicious. Or order on-line products from Raw Press or Botanical Lab.
4. AS A MOUTH RINSE
To whiten your pearlies, mix half a teaspoon of Bentonite clay in warm water and gargle for 2-3 minutes, then discharge and rinse again with warm water. Check out Living Clay.