Bentonite: What is it?

Bentonite is often called “healing clay,” and is made of volcanic ash. It’s used to rid the body of toxins, and can be taken orally or used as a skin mask. Many animals have been seen to eat such clay during illness in an attempt to remove harmful toxins from their bodies.

The name ‘Bentonite’ originates from its largest known source: Fort Benton, Wyoming. However, Bentonite was originally discovered in the Montmorillon region of France. It’s from here that the main mineral present in Bentonite, montmorillonite, gets its name.

How does Bentonite work?
Bentonite is great for absorption, binding, clarifying, purifying, and as a laxative.
Bentonite produces an electrical charge when it comes into contact with water i.e. when it’s hydrated. Bentonite becomes very sticky and It’s this electrical charge that enables it to attract and absorb toxins.

Is Bentonite safe to use?
Bentonite is safe to use with no known side effects, regardless of the method in which it’s taken.
Bentonite can be ingested through directly eating the clay, or taking it in drink form. In addition to ridding the body of toxins, the vitamins and minerals present in Bentonite may be absorbed into the bodily system. For this reason, Bentonite may be used as a nutritional supplement. Bentonite has also been used as a laxative.

Bentonite is also safe to apply to the skin. When mixed with water to form a clay-like paste, Bentonite can be directly applied to the skin as a mask. It’s through this application that the skin can be deeply cleansed, removing toxins and replenishing the skin’s natural nourishment. It can also be used as a base while mixed with other ingredients to improve skin.

However, it is recommended that you do not allow Bentonite clay to come into contact with metal, as this will reduce its overall effectiveness. When mixing the clay, using glass or plastic utensils is the best option.

Are there any other uses for Bentonite?
Removal of toxins from the body is often seen as the primary purpose of Bentonite, but it does have many other beneficial functions:
•    Reduces inflammation
•    Relieves problems associated with the digestive system (IBS, constipation, etc.)
•    Improves the function of the immune system
•    Improves oral health by binding to unhealthy substances
•    Boosts the ‘good bacteria’ (probiotics) in the wall of the gut
•    Contributes to the healing of eczema and psoriasis

Whether it is ingested or applied to the skin, Bentonite has been found to produce great results both physically and internally.

Bentonite is also used to absorb oil, grease, and excessive moisture, and to purify white wine.
Harmful toxins and pollution are routinely common within our society, but the use of a mineral such as Bentonite is sure to reduce their effects.  To reap all these benefits you should try Bentonite yourself.


  1. This is great to add to a shaving soap!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Sandy! Hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


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