The Benefits of Bentonite Clay

The benefits of healing clays and how to use them to boost health-fascinating- read this

Though they have been largely forgotten in recent times, Bentonite Clay and other healing clays have been used by cultures throughout history for their nutrients and to help rid the body of toxins. Many animals will instinctively turn to eating dirt and clay to help remove poisons from their systems or during times of illness or distress.

In recent times, healing clays like bentonite clay have once again gained popularity for internal and external detoxification, and with good reason.

What is Bentonite Clay?

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. The type of bentonite offered by Mountain Rose herbs is a Sodium Bentonite.

Bentonite Clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.

What Does it Do?

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

As Mountain Rose Herbs explains:

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

Bentonite clay is a common ingredient in detox and cleansing products. It has an alkalizing effect on the body and when taken correctly, it can help balance gut bacteria.

Personally, I’ve seen people benefit from taking Bentonite Clay to help with:

  • Digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. (Kaolin clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years)
  • Helping with skin and allergy issues
  • To help provide minerals for the body
  • To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
  • Detoxification
  • In oral health preparations
  • Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing

Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.

Even Dr. Weston A Price, in his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” reported that several native cultures including those in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia consumed clays in various ways, most often my carrying balls of dried clay in their bags and dissolving a small amount of the clay in water with meals to prevent poisoning from any toxins present.

In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and others.What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the MRSA or other bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics.

How to Use Bentonite Clay

Bentonite (and other clays) are staples in my homemade herbal cabinet and medicine chest. I’ve used them internally and externally for various issues on myself, my husband my kids. I order from here and it is an inexpensive natural remedy.

Important Notes: Do not let healing clays like Bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness. I mix with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid by shaking well or using a plastic whisk. If you take it internally, do not take within an hour of food for best results and do not take within 2 hours of medications or supplements as it might reduce their effectiveness. Check with your doctor before using if you have any medical condition.

  • On the Skin: Externally, I apply a paste of bentonite clay and water on any skin irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching, or burns. I leave it on until it dries and wash off. This is said to be especially calming to skin itching from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
  • Skin Poultice for Bites/Burns/Cuts/Stings: For more severe issues, I create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. I wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
  • Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, I make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to my face as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). I leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. I typically do this once or twice a week.
  • Detox Bath: I sometimes add about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
  • For Oral Health: Because of it’s excellent ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals, I use Bentonite Clay in my Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe. It can even be used alone for brushing and is tasteless and relatively textureless.
  • Oral Rinse to whiten and remineralize teeth: Besides the use in my tooth powder, I use Bentonite mixed with water as an alkalizing and toxin removing mouth rinse. I mix 1/2 teaspoon of clay in 1/4 cup water in a small jar with a plastic lid and shake well. Then, I rinse with the water for 1-2 minutes and repeat until I’ve used it all.
  • For Mastitis: I’ve created a poultice or mask of Bentonite Clay and water and applied externally to the area. I repeat as needed every hour until the infection is gone. I also take internally during infection along with Vitamin C and fermented cod liver oil.
  • For Baby Powder: Plain Bentonite Clay makes a very soothing baby powder for use when there is infection or redness. It can also be made into a clay “mask” to help speed recovery in this area.
  • For Morning Sickness: I took 1/2 tsp of Bentonite Clay in water during early pregnancy to ward off morning sickness. It helped with the nausea and helped me feel better. I checked with my doc/midwife first and was told this was fine. Check with your doctor or medical professional before using during pregnancy.
  • For Internal Cleansing: I drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon most days in a cup of water. I combine in a glass jar with a plastic lid and shake until well incorporated. This has helped improve my digestion and also seems to give me more energy. Since adding this and getting gelatin in my diet or through Gelatin powder daily I also notice that my nails and hair grow more quickly. Make sure that any clay taken internally is labeled safe for internal use. Redmond Clay is one good option.
  • For Pets: For pets that are sick, vomiting or showing signs of illness, you can add Bentonite to their water or mix and give orally with a dropper or syringe without the needle. I have seen several cases where this helped pets recover quickly from what could otherwise have been serious illnesses.
  • Though I have not needed to use for these reasons personally, I have read cases of Bentonite and other healing clays being used internally to help reduce radiation exposure, in alternative cancer treatments, and in MRSA infections. It is also said to greatly help in Parasite removal, though I have not tried this personally.

Have you ever used Bentonite Clay or other healing clays? What did you use it for? Did it work? Share below!

Bentonite Clay and other healing clays have many health and cosmetic uses. Find out how this age old substance can help you.

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  1. I had bedbugs a few years ago, and those bites were definitely the itchiest bug bites I’ve ever had. I used a bentonite clay paste on them and the itching stopped immediately and the welts were gone within a couple of days.

    • Is it safe to use BC internally for someone who has metal implants such as hip or knee joint replacements, metal appliances on teeth.

      • I have read through all the questions/comments and I didn’t see my questions asked or answered. Story short, had a death in the family due to cancer and it really almost killed me (extremely close). As a result only eating carbs, sugar, fried fish, french fries, ice cream pizza offer any relief!

        I need help with the following:

        1. Need to lose 70 pounds (over eater). I read somewhere it helps to reduce sugar cravings. But what about weight loss? I do not drink soda, only eat fish (no meat), only drink Kangen water. But of course I eat too much cheese pizza, carbs, candy bars, chips sugar etc (see above).

        1A Does it help to eliminate food cravings? Hungry all the time. And with the depression and death just don’t seem to have a great desire to get back healthy.

        2. Does it help to end depression and bipolar 2? With this you are always tired, worn out, depressed and antsy. Basically feeling hopeless. (Looking for therapist btw).

        3. Stretch marks? Will it help to remove them. Im talking about horrible old (white) stretch marks that has been on the body for years.

        If you can help with all three questions with including the amounts, when to take/how to take and how long to take it would be a blessing!

        PS-I know I have to great right and exercise but with this mental illness…its hard to even get out of the bed! I have also used diet pills in the past which had wonderful results in the past but after so long, body gets use to them and they stop working.

        I really need help and direction. Thank you so much!

        • My doctor has just written a book called “The Adrenal Reset Diet” and it would be really helpful for all of those struggles…. I’m going to see if I can interview him on my podcast and blog soon to get some of his great information out before then though.

          • what is your doctor’s name? And has the book been released yet?

          • Dr. Christianson and it releases this month- I’ll send details next week 🙂

          • “Adrenal Reset Diet” GAMECHANGER!!!!!!!!!!! Everything I have suffered and learned over the past four years for myself IN ONE BOOK!!! It is like Dr. Christensen read my mind and wrote this just for me. I CANNOT wait to do my next labs/saliva cortisol test and see the results. My adrenals cannot regulate, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, heavy metal toxicity and estrogen dominance. Super fun right?! Thanks four kids!! I began taking Redmond bentonite clay tablets this past Thursday and I’m glad I have a day at home today. The cleansing factor kicked in today. I am feeling light and clear headed. I had a headache (to be expected during cleansing) Friday and yesterday and was VERY fatigued but able to get things done and take care of my family. I definitely recommend trying it! The tablets are available at Whole Foods and on their website. P.S. Katie, I am a huge fan of your site and have found so many helpful hints…so THANK YOU!!!

          • are there ant alternatives to bentonite clay?

          • Adding to the mix of healing, liquid aloe vera: inexpensive by the big jug available at Wal-Mart. Personal experience and this is the truth, is that after 3 days of drinking about 1/3 cup in the morning (mix with water or whatever you like, or drink as is), away forever went the use of big doses of arthritis medicine. Years have gone by, still drinking it, and no prescribed medication and no daily pain from arthritis.

          • Hi Katie,
            The type of clay you are talking about, I went to their website and it states it is only for external use. Is this the same clay you use to detox your body? And is it safe? Also would it be safe to use on pets?

          • Hi Katie. Has the Adrenal Reset book come out yet and were able to have an interview w/the Author? Thanks.

        • My personal experience is that wheat and dairy can make you feel like you are starving when really all you are is craving more wheat and dairy. They can work like opioids, casein and gluten not completely broken down become literally a form of morphine. I am no expert on this, but there is plenty of info out there on the web. My own experience has been this.

          I first went without wheat or dairy for 2 weeks. When I reintroduced them, I was really surprised to find I got a “buzz” from eating them and then 2 hours later, I was so extremely hungry again, something I hadn’t felt for nearly 2 weeks. I also realized the stomach cramps I got sometimes were also linked to wheat, but that’s another story…Every overweight person I have ever known eats these 2 items as staple foods. It is more along the lines of a drug addiction, and the worst part is it is very hard not to eat when you actually feel hungry. Just try to avoid these two foods. Learn to load up on vegetables. Use low glycemic sweeteners like coconut sugar(yum!). My mood too, is much more stable without these two. I recently went off the wagon after nearly a year being off and I felt really gross, low energy, grouchy and hungry.

          • You are 100% right about the wheat. I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for over 30 years and also have Hashimoto’s hypothyroid. For several years I’d been unable to drop much of the weight I’d gained after moving to the suburbs. I had skin problems and LOVED my snacks. I did work out 6 days a week but that wasn’t really helping me to lose the weight. It did help me get toned but I was over 30 lbs overweight and for a short, diabetic chick that’s really not good!

            2 years ago I went to a free nutrition workshop where I work. She did that “parlor trick” of making a few volunteers hold certain items of foods that commonly cause allergies & illness in people. You hold out both arms and she’d put a piece of something in each of your hands. The arm with the item you weren’t sensitive to was strong enough to resist the pressure she put on it. The arm with the item that you had sensitivities to caved like a noodle. She said this was around 85% effective in diagnosing people with celiac or wheat allergies, etc.

            I bought Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly Cookbook and gave it all up, cold turkey. I lost around 35 lbs and dropped 2 sizes. Clothes that I had from BEFORE our move to the ‘burbs was even too big on me. My skin problems (acne & rashes) are much better; almost nonexistent. If I slip up or happen to cave (which is extremely rare) I get really bloated with a stomach ache and my face will break out. The last time I was tempted to take a small bite of something cakey I spit it out because it did not taste as good as I remembered (opioid effect?). Better off without for the duration! I’m so much happier without it. 🙂

            I just got a bottle of the BC to try.

          • Ny daughter is alergic to casian. She has severe neurological reaction to it. Stems from gut problems and an over production of yeast. After a mri drs said it had an almost identical affect as opium.

        • Hi Renee,
          It sounds like you are low thyroid and exhausted adrenals.
          Check your basal temperature before rising and if you are below 97.5 then you are more than likely low. Eat a diet rich in iodine and take a thyroid supplement. Avoid using synthetics like thyroxine as they will eventually destroy the thyroid. Take from 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily with or without food. Its a thyroid booster and will take hunger pain and cravings away.
          For the adrenals take a therapeutic dose of St. John Wart tincture. This is a powerful herb that can really boost the adrenals.
          Therapeutic doses of no flush Niacin is essential for the brain to fight depression.
          Begin to wean your body gradually from all sugars and grains especially wheat. These are some of the worst toxins that will destroy your health quicker than anything.
          Begin to introduce more and more fresh vegetables and fruits into your diet and go for daily walks increasing the walk to 1 hour a day.
          If you have any dental amalgam then the clays are a great way to metal detox. Loose the amalgam. Its one of the leading causes of breast cancer.
          You can’t help but feel better about yourself as you implement these items.
          And lastly you are spirit soul and body. Working on the whole person is paramount to perfect health. If you have ought against anyone, get it resolved or it will just eat away at you and destroy your body with disease.
          If you aren’t connected with a good church for moral and spiritual support then your fighting these battles by yourself and that’s just not cool. The Bible says a three fold cord is not easily broken and in another passage it states; One will put a hundred to flight and two will put 10,000 to flight. Even not Christians say that “United we stand divided we fall. Join yourself with people that will encourage you and will pray for you.
          I know you can do it. To your health.

          • That was wonderful, thank you Steve. Definitely interested in learning more, you have a website?

          • I’m interested in what the Bible says about taking Iodine, cutting out sugar and grains. What if I’m atheist?

          • I imagine what the Bible has to say about anything means very little to an atheist 😉

          • Thanks for that thoughtful and informative post, Steve!

          • Ya. Jesus didn’t use yeast in his bread!

        • Bentonite clay will not help with stretch marks of any kind. Nothing does. Stretch marks are deep tears under the epidermis of the skin & despite all the creams, pills & potions spruked by cosmetic companies the only way to remove them is to have areas of excess skin removed surgically (tummy tuck etc) but you will still have stretch marks on other areas of the body that aren’t affected by loose skin that can be surgically removed. Almost everyone has them, don’t let it get you down.

          • A Dermatologist told me once that my deep surgical scars from an accident would never go away and to just learn to live with them. I have been a raw vegan for 4 months now and the scars are slowly vanishing and lightening without a trace. All I changed was my diet. Imagine that!

          • Seen pics of before and after images of using skin cleansers that act like derma peels with dramatic results.. So what you said isn’t exactly true. You can most certainly improve stretch marks.

          • I have no idea whether clay would help stretch marks or not. However, in one of her YouTube videos, Nancy Koncilja Garish said that black salve eliminated her “C-Section Line that never healed” after having had it for 20 years. You can search for it with her name and the words I’ve included in quotes above:

          • My stretch marks started going away when my moms grapefruit tree ripened this past year. I eat 10 or so worth (mostly juiced) in a day plus raw fermented cod liver oil butter oil and 1/4 cup coconut oil a day in high caffeine coffee (the caffeine aids the effectiveness). The grapefruits have a natural soluble form of vitamin c plus high amounts of special flavonoids that aren’t found in other fruit- both of those things are known to get rid of scarring. I had HORRIBLE stretch marks bc I am/was very toxic due to chronic bone infections that I had for 10 plus years plus overweight and blood sugar spikes made me gain 8 plus lbs in a day sometimes while preggers! I’m gonna fix all that (mostly fixed) before next baby.
            Mine were horrible

        • Try beyond tangie tangiren its packed full of feel better vitamins has lots of heath benefits as will you would lose weigh due to not craving junk we get ours from amazon

        • I found that if I take a magnesium supplement, I don’t crave chocolate & sweets nearly as much. Take it with vitamin C at night. Bentonite, I have found, doesn’t help with cravings, though it does wonders for sickness – flu, ear infections, tummy ailments. I am pretty sure it won’t help with stretch marks – I thought maybe coconut oil would help more with that kind of thing.

          But hey, I’m no expert! Best of luck. It’s hard to get rid of the comfort foods craving but good luck! You can do it!

          And please accept my condolences on your recent loss.

          • If you can find some good kamut or spelt bread to replace the refined wheat you will cut the cravings and build healthier habits without feeling deprived. I agree with cutting dairy as essential. Make homemade cookies with kamut and spelt flour and honey, maple sugar or rice syrup as sweeteners for sweets and try to eat fruit instead. Avoid juice and drink water and herbal teas and use soy milk to replace dairy. Soy is a better substitute but it is DNA modified and causes weight gain and mucous build up.Having an alternative to junk food plan and lots of healthier choices on hand is essential. The fat must be reduced of course. Have avocado and homemade vinaigrette for oil as much as possible. Avoid meat and eat fish or Dahl soup and brown rice or grains. The weight will drop off. Also drink clay and have a person you respect to check in with weekly which is essential. Finally, find the best homeopath, even by Skype appointment and your mental and emotional state will find balance and help you stay on your healthy new lifestyle which is far better than going on any diet.

          • How much Mag. and Vit. C?
            Great info.

        • I have been using Bentonite Clay for about 6 months. I mix about 8 table spoons with about 64 ounces of purified water. Then store that in mason jars. It’s ok to just leave on the counter. I drink 32 ounces thru out the day. (Yes it can be gagging). I also take high quality probiotics three times a day.
          You HAVE to drink a lot of water with clay to keep everything moving. It can be difficult at first, so maybe start with 6-8 ounces a day and work your way up. If you take RX medications, you have to wait two hour before or after the clay.
          My starting chlorestoral was 350, my C reactive protein was 9. (Heart inflammation). As of 11/29/2014 my chlorestoral is 200 and protein level is 2….
          Clay IS NOT a cure all…..I wanted to clean my body of acids. I did tons of research for MYSELF…..I was addicted to sugar…..and junk food…gradually my cravings stopped….I’ve lost about 12 lbs. I also am off ALL rx medication. I’m NOT saying this is what YOU should do. I did it for myself because of all the side effects of those medications. I love how I feel….I sleep better, have no longer have body fatigue (was told I have fibromyalgia) no I didn’t have fibromyalgia, I had excess acid in my body from junk food…..anyway, this is just a note saying what bentonite clay has done for me….

          • Congrats Sheila! Those numbers are impressive! Keep up the good work.

          • Hi Shelia,
            Just wanted to check in and see if you are still noticing such positive results and keeping up with the same dose of clay. I hope all is well!

          • So basically you’re taking 4 tablespoons of clay a day, isn’t that quite a bit, from what I’ve read 1 teaspoon a day is what is recommended, it seems that 4 tablespoons is quite excessive, I’ve taken great plains which is a premixed liquid blend, and with that one tablespoon a day is what is recommended, I could understand maybe 2 tablespoons when first starting out to do a good detox, but many of these may or may not have some heavy metals, like aluminum and lead that may or may not be bound by the clay, since I believe in small doses if they aren’t I’ll be ok, but in such large doses over that period of time I think that could be dangerous, and besides that if you have switched to a healthy lifestyle, I would think it would not be necessary. Especially for those of you who might be thinking of doing this.

          • Yes, I’m still taking 6-8 tablespoons mixed with purified water daily. I feel great, lost 4 more pounds. I went to a Naturopathic (natural healer) and she did blood work. She told me she has not seen healthier blood. No candida, no inflammation, no cancer. Nothing. I take NO prescription meds. My doctor recommended a heart scan since I have heart disease in my family. My mom dad and grandmother all had heart disease. I am 63. I have NO blockage. None!!! My score was zero…. Two years ago I was on 8 medications. I’m just saying the clay worked for me.. A great book to read is Unique Healing by Donna Pessin. I think she has a great program.

          • HI, was wondering what type of bentonite clay did you use for internal cleansing as I am finding it super difficult to find a pure one which states its good for internal use. (I’m from europe by the way). Thanks

          • I was eating a lot of candy around Halloween one year and I got where I couldn’t lift my arm and it hurt soo bad. You could just feel the inflammation in my shoulder. My chiro knew what it was the minute I walked in the door. He adjusted it a couple of times and I got off the sugar and has never hurt again

          • Love this post!! I also use food and other homeopathic remedies to stay healthy. I’ve been vegan for 3 years now and have never felt better. My next goal is to get better fillings in my teeth than I have now. I definately have to try the clay internally, sounds awesome!

          • Good info. Which probiotics do you take, if I may ask??

          • Can you please send me the link of bentonite clay that you are using ? Thanks !

          • Wonderful. Great job! I’m experiencing a similar path! Stopped all gluten, sugar, dairy(accept for butter), caffeine & even alcohol.
            Lots of veggies, little bit of meat, nuts & seeds.
            MS SYMPTOMS I’ve had for many yrs are disappearing… It’s amazing incentive to keep it up!!!

        • Hi,

          Hopefully by now you’ve found something that works for you, but just in case my best advice would be to read The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Body Transformation and completely overhaul your lifestyle. Honestly, diet pills are not the way go, they’re probably not healthy in the long term and therefore not sustainable as part of a healthy lifestyle – which is what you need.

          When it comes to weight and health in general there is no magic bullet! That doesn’t mean it has to be hard.

          Once you’re rid of grains, particularly wheat (and other gluten grains), anything with sugar and all forms of PUFAs (poly-unsaturated oils i.e vegetable oil). If you eat any animal produce at all start eating lots of healthy fats, they include olive oil, grass-fed butter, lard, tallow, goose fat, duck fat, chicken fat, never cut fat away from a meal, always choose fatty cuts (fish in your case) and loads and loads of eggs, once the weight is down go wild with cheese and anything you like just NO grains, NO vegetable oil and NO added Sugar, which basically means you can never buy anything in a packet ever again!

          Literally fill up on fat (yes FAT!!!) instead of carbs, once your body adapts you’ll be a new person! The weight will melt away, you’ll probably find your bipolar problems recede and if anything’s going to cure your stretch marks it’ll have to come from within (although don’t get your hopes up for this one.)

          In my experience, I could not be bothered to exercise until about 4 weeks after changing my diet and turning my body from being a sugar burner to a fat burning machine. Initially I was going to try for 3 weeks but since starting I’ve never looked back.

          Best of luck!


          • Oh, almost forgot, lots of coconut oil!!!

        • Hi I am not sure how old your post is but I was having gall bladder problems and pains in my feet and I found some temporary fixes. But did have to change many things. But of course it is hard to stick to diets. So I actually invested in the Nutribullet. And I am not relying on no vitamins now and have prevented a gall bladder surgery. I paid 90 dollars and I drink one or two a day. Eat what I normally eat. But it is fairly healthy. And feel great again. I’m young and find want to feel that way. I recommend this product and does help with a variety of conditions not listed.

          • Hi, I wondere if you drank green clay?
            I am interested to use it post anaesthesia. And for gall bladder problems like you.

        • What’s fish made of in your world?

        • Look into Candida overgrowth in the body. It causes a huge range of health issues but sugar cravings are a huge indication. Most americans have some candida overgrowth, but when it gets out of hand it can be a viscious little pathogen!

          I am currently treating my candida with bentonite clay and a sugar/starch free diet.

          Look into what happens when you cut out sugar. It feeds the little devils and when you stop eating it you crave it so hard, its like youre possessed.

        • You must get off of carbs!!! Start doing raw green and sprout juicing (drink immediately, don’t store). Eat RAW / SOAKED nuts and seeds. No starchy vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, no fruits of any kind (sugars are VERY BAD for people with your condition and really for ALL conditions as sugar feeds bacteria either in the brain, liver, anywhere)! Take CELTIC SALT everyday (allow to dissolve in water, 1/2 teaspoon to about 1 teaspoon (don’t take more than 1 teaspoon a day) a day. The Celtic Salt comes doctor approved, no other does. Celtic salt is cleansing and has over 60 minerals (trace minerals but still VERY powerful). Exercise how much you can everyday and find a way to start enjoying life more than you ever had before. Take life and the new change a day at a time. Become spiritual and read your Bible.

          • No carbs = death. I tried doing a ketogenic WHILE running like mad each day a year ago and i nearly killed myself as i used up all my energy stock!

            Instead of thinking in terms of macros, think in terms of LIFE : eat as much raw, fresh ,organic fruit and veggies. The more vital force there is the more healing there will be : i don’t see much vital chi in the deadly no carb keto diet. Simple sugars (as in GAPS diet) will be better than starch for the start : they’ll be easily digestible so they won’t cause bacteria overgrowth.

        • Use vitamin B3 (Niacin). This removes depression. Google Andrew Saul and Niacin.

        • I have had a child pass away 2 yrs ago and have had a similar experience that you describe…stuck in my grief, depression, no motivation, weight gain, etc. I recently tried essential oils and they have helped tremendously! A blend called Hope seems to have helped the most! If you explore this option be sure that the essential oils are 100% Theraputic grade…many are not and will not be as effective. I am going to also explore the BC options and continue with weight loss and getting my health back! Best wishes!

          • Hi there, try passion flowe tincture for depression. It’s helped me a lot. I have multiple sclerosis and depression is very common, I’m at a point doctors get tired of me asking them to look into this for me, they want you to do it, like they don’t make enough money. I made just over $10000 last year and they have suspended my disability cheques in Ontario, how am I supposed to eat? My gofundme site isn’t helping at all.

          • I also lost my daughter at 11 months old after a long battle with complications from extreme prematurity in April. We have 5 other kids including her twin, so I keep going for them, but I am painfully overwhelmed with grief at times. I will certainly try the Hope EO blend. Thank you so much!

        • I know I’m late, but I want encourage you to try bentonite the hydrated kindo with psyllium husk. Combine them as directed and I guarantee if you do this twice a day for 3-5 days you will experience a wonderful change.

        • Check your thyroid. You sound hypothyroid

          • To the lady eating her grief away. You need a good nutrionalist. My guess is you are waiting until you are hungry and have nothing nutritional fixed and go to the quick fix foods. Prepare ahead with good foods to fill you up. It will take some planning and effort on your part. Would also highly suggest grief counseling. There are may free service available. You need a trained listening ear to release onto.

        • Hi there

          If you are hungry all the time, you need to assume that you might have yeast infection(candidiasis).or parasites.
          The best thing for that is to take MMS. There is a lot of warning about it as it is the biggest threat to the big pharma. All my friends and family is taking it for a long time. MMS is not bleach as they want you to believe as they do not want any natural cure. Get a book by Jim Humble and read it . That is the only way you will understand how it works. It can eliminate 95% of diseases as almost all diseases are caused by parasites, fungus, bacteria, virus and MMS kill them but it does not harm your body cells.

        • Renee, a lot of people have offered amazing advice. All I want to offer is that you find a way to ‘listen’ to your body and soul. For example, you might sit and light a candle and say out loud ‘please help me eat one really healthy meal today’ and whether you are directing that to your higher self or whatever you believe in that helps you, it will assist you in setting your intentions. Also write down why it is worth living and imagine you are talking with the person you have lost. What would they say to you? My mother never recovered from the loss of her youngest brother – and it meant I had a mum who was very depressed and turned to drink. As much as it’s good to grieve and honour the loss, there comes a time to honour Life itself. Ask Life what it wants of you.Ask your loved one what they want for you. I bet they want you to Live and be joyful. Small steps and then you will be leaping … and it will be for your life and also for theirs. I am wishing you love. I am wishing you some energy! Candice, New Zealand.

        • One thing you could try is turmeric golden paste. Google for recipe. Also, join Turmeric User Group on FB for recipe and read all the posts of success stories. It’s good for many, many things. Cheap & easy. Best wishes to you!

        • I have bipolar 2 depression as well and take bentonite clay and am an over eater. Well, I used to be. The clay is amazing! It does reduce sugar cravings and it actually reduced my nicotine cravings by half. I have gone from 260 pounds down to 234 pounds currently. You do need to change what you are eating too my friend. But you don’t need to do it overnight. Start out by reducing the amount of food you are eating and then slowly replace the junk win healthier options. For example, instead of he fries with the cheeseburger, order cottage cheese. At first it will take some getting used to but as you see the weight come off, you will be glad to order substitutions and eventually you will be ordering yourself a salad altogether instead of that burger if you stick to your regimen over a period of time. Good luck man. PS. Topomax helps well for the bipolar 2 as well without any side effects of any weight gain if anyone was wondering. It is hard for us bipolars to actually be able to stay on medications that don’t make us fat! Topi max was the only one I found after trying literally about a dozen others and after starting the bentonite clay regimen.

      • I have a titanium plate in my neck. Can I still use bentonite clay?

      • Have you found an answer to this yet? I have metal implants in my leg and ankle and this is what i was wondering.

        • I have screws in both of my feet and I use it, I’m sure as long as the clay is not touching the metal, such as braces or something you should be fine, I’ve had no problems, if your worried maybe try activated charcoal, that’s just my thoughts which I usually go by since so many of these posts and comments go without answers.

      • I have a hip replacement and am curious if that will affect the clay if used internally.

        • Joint replacements and Bentonite Clay (for all those that asked).

          I have 3 joint replacements: 2 knee, 1 hip
          I use Living Clay from Amazon
          I use it every day: about 1 oz probably could use more but that’s what I use
          Container I Mix In: Repurposed glass spice jar/plastic top thoroughly cleaned, I know that container is kinda small but holds about 1-1/2 oz. So I mix it in that. Have used a 1 pint Mason jar with their new (purchased separately) plastic lids. That works as well. Depends on how much you want to make. It will keep over many days. Just shake the container thoroughly and I mean thoroughly before using and you’re good to go.

          The ingestion of Living Clay CAN BE used internally and does not bind to any titanium joints you may have because it never absorbs to the outside tissues of the body. It works on the INTERNAL ORGANS (like stomach, kidneys, liver, adrenals, blood vessels). Google: Living Clay or Montmorillonite clay to learn how to use it and why to use it. You have to understand how this stuff works and then you will not have the question you posed. It pays to Google and learn. I’m looking into Montmorillonite clay because I understand it has anti-inflammatory properties/effects and since I have latent Rheumatoid Arthritis (joint inflammation), I’m interested in this aspect of Montmorillonite clay.

          FOOD grade diatomaceouos earth is also a good product to research about.

          Hope I’ve helped and/or informed and/or answered your concerns.

      • I, like Dale, have prosthetic implants (total hip replacements, ceramic in my case), and am wondering whether it will be problematic for me to ingest bentonite clay mixtures… And where do we find the clay for INTERNAL use purposes, as your other blogger, Crystal, commented that the aztec healing clay says “for external use only” on its product??

      • Is it safe to use if you have surgical screws in your jaw?

      • Yes it is safe to use with metal implants for two reasons. Clay does not enter the bloodstream so will never come in direct contact with the metals. Secondly metals used in implants and dental appliances do not deteriorate or break down.

    • The label on front of aztec healing clay says FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY

      so is it safe tot take internally? Or are you using a different clay????

    • Hi, I’m getting ready to make your powder and I just had a couple of questions. What kind of cinnamon powder do you use? When your done brushing or doing your oral mouthwash, do you swallow it or spit it out? Thanks for the info!

  2. i love bentonite clay. i use the pascalite clay from Wyoming. I have their soap and have used it for a lot of the reasons you mentioned. i had burned my hand and put it on there, without knowing if it would help or not and it did!

  3. Any tips on using it for acid reflux? or articles where I can read? Thanks

    • The standard I’ve seen is 1/2 teaspoon per day or more in water, preferably in the morning before eating. You can also drink it again when you have symptoms. It supposedly works on contact but also cumulatively in actually healing the problem.

      • Thank you:)!

      • I ordered the Aztec Secret healing clay that you recommended. On it’s arrival I see it says FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Is this the clay you use for internal use?

        • I have used that and several others for internal use, but definitely do your own research and make sure you are comfortable with it before using clay (or any substance) internally…

        • I have found Northport Naturals through social media and they have a Detoxifying Clay Mask that has a unique mixture of 6 different clays, including Calcium Bentonite Clay as well as magnesium sulfate. Works great for the face and the body when mixed in a bath.

    • My daughter’s acid reflux got to the point where she had the excruciatingly painful rock type feeling in her chest and crying. Ironically, I had just found out about and ordered bentonite clay for the detox I’m doing. She was at her end as the baking soda and vinegar solutions weren’t helping get the “rock” out of her chest. She ended up taking Gas x but a few days later when the clay arrived and she was still having significant irritation, she took one tsp with water and experienced prompt relief. After a few days of this she actually went through the day with no discomfort. Then she had an extremely stressful day and stress causes acid and she was having flare ups. She actually called me last night upset because the tsp she took didn’t take it all away so I told the silly girl that she’s having a bad day she must need a higher dose. So she took a 2nd tsp and had more relief. So, yes… it seems to help significantly. And from what I understand, over time, if you keep taking the clay even if you don’t have relux symptoms that day, over time I guess it will heal the bowel and the stomach will do what it is supposed to so that problems like reflux won’t happen.

    • for acid reflux- Bentonite clay one teaspoon in a glass of water,drink entire cup,gone acid reflux within minutes. STOP all acid PH causing foods/drink ,here is the list;
      Stop all sugar,coffee,alcohol,meat,dairy,breads,soda,do more research of balancing your over all PH

      • After several years of trial and error – I have found that bread products cause my acid reflux. I can eat small amounts but eating bread a couple of times a day for a couple of days causes my acid reflux. Just a thought for those with reflux – cut out your bread products for a few days (bread, noodles, etc.) and see if it helps.

  4. My hesitation when it comes to buying clays is the high aluminum content in them. What are your thoughts on that?

    • I researched this a lot too when we first started using it. The consensus seems to be that the aluminum is bound as part of the molecule and not in a form that can be released in the body…

      • Thanks for this question and response. I was reading about DE the other day and was also a bit nervous about the alumina in it.

        • I got my whole family taking food grade DE. it’s amazing!! Scary but true story I guess I had parasites and the DE got rid of them. I’m going to add the bentonite also but the DE has really saved my life!

          • How did you know you had parasites? I’ve had concerns about that myself. ]

          • I’ve heard that DE is not safe for human consumption. Could any of you elaborate on your use/why people are weary? Thanks!

          • there are 2 types of DE, food grade and non food grade. The non food grade is often used in pest (as in bugs) control, but not safe for family pets or people. Please make sure you purchase food grade DE for your own consumption.

        • Pardon me but what is DE?

      • Hi , I love your blog amazing has helped me so much but I don’t know if you’ve heard about the buzz lately about shailene woodley who is a famous celebrity who ingests her clay toothpaste once she is done brushing her teeth is this totally safe to do? I’ve seen lots of recipes on how to make amazing healthy clay toothpaste but never really seen people say they ingest it once they brush, can I do this ? is it safe?

        • Well, it sous a little odd to me… The paste contains all the grit that was on your teeth before brushing. Gross and possibly toxic? Yes.

      • Hi I was wondering if you can eat the toothpaste mixture instead of spitting it out obviously made with food grade bentonite clay is it safe? I personally dont have any texture issues can I do that? I’ve heard alot of buzz about this certain topic.

        • Considering the point of using it is to pull toxins out of your mouth, I would not recommend swallowing it.

          • what if I do oil pulling before hand , would it still be okay?

          • I agree…do NOT swallow it! The toothpaste is designed to pull toxins and germs out of your teeth and mouth. If you swallow them, you are adding those back into your body.

          • I like the idea of using the clay as a toothpaste or rinse but I have mercury fillings .. and I know how bad they are for you but I do not have the money to remove them…how is that going to affect the clay or my teeth???

  5. My husband was bit by a Bark Scorpion ~ the only truly poisonous scorpion in America ~. It was late at night (he was taking out the garbage cans- barefoot). I went to the health food store the next day and got some Bentonite Clay . He mixed it with Apple Cider Vinegar (it mixes much more smoothly than water) and made poultices. It brought down the swelling really well. (The Dr. couldn’t give him anything.) He continued using it for at least a week and made a good recovery. I use it with the apple cider vinegar for a ‘facial’ ~ works wonderfully.

    • We also use for any bug/ant bites- works quickly!

  6. I take mine internally with some psyllium husk in water. I am using it for detoxification reasons. I love it so far.

    I also mix it with apple cider vinegar (Braggs) for use as a mask, I have noticed some huge changes in my skin since doing it. I have a few keloid scars, some are tiny and one is a little bigger, and my tiny ones have almost completely disappeared and I feel like it is having an effect on my biggest one, as well.

    • I am interested in purchasing some clay for internal/detox purposes. However the link to purchase the Bentonite clay takes us to an Amazon listing for “Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing” —- and from everything I am reading about this product on Amazon’s site, it is intended for external purposes only. Is this product safe for internal/digestive uses and is it the ‘safer’ aluminum version? Thank you!

      • I use purely earth clay and I really recommend it! I looked at Aztec healing clay before I found this, but I also wasn’t happy with the quality. I researched some more and finally found Purely earth clay- its food grade, very high quality and very low nasties (they also stock DE).

        • Where can you find this in Canada? I just did a search and only ebay came up. I’m really wary of ordering this kind of stuff from America because I have had sillier things searched and I am sure big amounts would get customs. Any ideas? Aztec secret seems to be the easiest to find and I can get Living Clay near me but it’s twice the price and I can’t really afford it…but i have an infection and need to get as much as I can.

          • I ordered it from and it shipped within 3 days and it was fairly cheap rather than ordering it from the States because the shipping was outrageous.

          • I got my from my local health food store. It is called Redmond Clay, but it is bentonite clay and it can be taken both internally and externally

  7. A few years ago I had really bad diabetic ulcers on each of my heals, they were huge and badly infected. I was away from my home so my medical card wasn’t any good in the state I was in and my father was to sick for me to leave. A very dear friend of the family had come to see my dad and he seen how bad my feet were so he came back the next day or two and brought me this clay to put on. Well my sister was cleaning my heals and wrapping them twice a day and he told her for me to swallow a little everyday and for her to keep cleaning my feet twice a day and putting the clay on them and wrap them in plastic wrap. So we did and oh my gosh they smelled so bad when we unwrapped them to clean and redo them. Our friend said it was pulling the poision from my body. Sadly my feet had been infected for most of several years I was in and the hospital all the time anywhere from 1-3 weeks at a time and I guess I had to much poision in my body from all that time and I had to have emergency surgrey on both feet to keep me from losing them. But I do know this if I ever get another foot infection the first thing I will do is get this clay because I know it does work.

    • Check out Manuka honey 16+. I had an antibiotic resistant bacteria (MRSA) and after 6 weeks of 3 different antibiotic creams and 3 different antibiotic pills, nothing worked. I had read about the healing properties of this honey so as a last resort I put some Manuka honey on it 24/7 with a gauze bandage. The very next day as I changed the dressing it was 50% better, and completely gone in 3 days. It stung a bit as the bacteria were dying off. They release a gas when they die is what I understand.
      The articles that I read also state that this wonderful honey is good for all kinds of ailments including bed sores which are pretty bad. I won’t be without it now.
      Take care and good luck !

      • Could you please give the brand of the manuka honey? I read it has to be sterile, so I wanted to know if there was a special type. Thanks

      • I agree on Manuka honey. Fell on concrete attempting to keep my neighbor’s two dogs from mine. Really bad sore on knee. Had read about Manuka, so used it during the day and cayenne pepper at night (kept uncovered). Still healing, but none of the usual tightness, bleeding, pussing or itching. The cayenne pepper promises a return to my natural skin color. I’m waiting…

      • If any of you encounter staph or MRSA, raw garlic is the cure.

        To explain it simply, the compounds found in garlic (after proper preparation) infiltrate the bacterial cells and essentially cause them to explode. The benefit of this is that the bacteria is unable to evolve to become resistant to the garlic compounds.

        Simply take as much garlic cloves as you need, and either pulverize or chop finely, then let sit for 10-15 min to allow the beneficial compounds to form. This is the most important step of all, because if you do not give the compounds time to form, it will not have the same effect.

        After this point, you can apply directly or make a tincture, as I do. Be aware, however, that the tincture doesn’t last very long, but it is a more efficient way of storing vs buying garlic every single time you need it (quite expensive in Hawaii)

  8. Katie
    I’m a recent convert to healing clay, we are using an Australian ‘french’ green clay. We are currently using it on our son’s acne, to not only draw out the toxins but hoping to heal scarring. early days yet but still we’re hoping. Son 3 recently jumped off a ladder onto a besa block tearing out a huge hunk of skin and flesh and bruising badly. After two days of clay his foot had healed! new skin and bruising gone!!!

    • Hi, how did you use it for acne?

        • Hi! Is it safe to use as a face mask while nursing full time?

          Karissa W.

  9. While I’m happy to learn this info, I’m also kinda sad because we just bought several pounds of D.E., and I had been planning to take that internally daily (or as often as I remember). Now I feel like I should have held off and gotten this instead.
    Did you already do a similar post on D.E.? Maybe I can feel better by reading that. 🙂

    • De is great too and they do different things but are both useful. You can actually take either one or both on alternating days…

      • There are soooo many other uses for DE from keeping bugs from bulk foods to using as a dust bath for chicken to keep the bird lice off them. You didn’t waste any money buying it at all!

        • Please, What is DE? .


          • diatomaceous earth

    • I have been using Diatomaceous Earth (DE) since 2009 and think it’s a godsend of a health product. I drink 2 TB in a glass of juice every day. I have stronger nails, shinier hair and have used it as an anti-parasitic as well. It’s wonderful – just be sure you get ‘food grade’ because the other stuff is for cleaning pools and killing pests and is NOT for internal consumption. I get mine from and for those who have been asking how to use it – they have a very extensive list & testimonials from people who use this. I ordered my first Bentonite clay this week (found a source for sodium Bentonite with no calcium added because it’s stronger as a detox- and it’s wayyyyy cheaper than Redmond (which has calcium added) and many others I researched) the guy answers all your questions. Of course, his site says “Not for internal use” but he takes it and so do his customers. I think it’s a legal issue is why people don’t or can’t post that you can take it internally because they are not doctors or naturopaths and could get in trouble. I can’t wait to start taking it – it should be here this week. Thanks for all the wonderful info here Wellness Mama – it’s appreciated!!

      • Hi Donna,
        Could you please post the source of the clay without calcium. I would like to find out more about the product. Thank you.

      • It is an insurance issue. Insurance companies won’t provide an insurance policy if they advertize it for internal use. If they do find a company willing to insure them for internal use then they have to pay an extremelly high annual premium.

  10. Does anyone have any suggestions for taking Bentonite clay internally? I’ve taken it a few times, once in water and once in applesauce, and could barely stomach it! How long are you mixing it for in the water? Would it be better to do a “shot” of it and then follow with a big glass of water? I think I’ll get gel caps in a few weeks, but for now I’ve got to find a way to get it down daily! 🙂

    • Try leaving it in the water over night and just drinking the water on top, as the clay will have settled to the bottom. This helps the taste and texture a lot, and you’ll still get the benefits.

      • Hello, Does it have the same power when you only drink the water on top?

      • I just read that exact same thing along with, “with bentonite clay, more is NOT better”. Mixing 1 teaspoonful in a full glass of water and letting it sit overnight to drink in the morning should do. I also read that you can do this for three weeks with one week off.

        • It mixes smoothly with raw Apple cider vinegar. I shake vigorously in a glass jar with a plastic lid. Open right away because it swells. Much better than water. One part clay to two parts vinegar.

  11. Do you think that Bentonite clay would also help with rosacea? Internally and externally?

    • It has recently been found that Rosacia is caused by high acid levels in your blood. So anything that brings that down will help, and I am sure that Bentonite will help.

    • Just wanted to forward some info that I had come across about Rosacea. I used Cold Sore Relief with Allantoin made by Lomapham Emmerthal (1-800-783-2286) that has Melissa Cream (lemon balm) in it for viruses. Can be bought at any Health food/ vitamin store. Doctors will treat Rosacea for bacteria under the skin which does nothing but make it worse. My discovery was because the Cold Sore Relief for viruses WORKED then it must be a Virus under the skin. I washed my face before going to bed then applied the cream and the next morning I noticed a HUGE difference. I used it for 3 nights in a row. The Rosacea has not returned and that was over a year ago. I know it will work for you too.

  12. I have seen amazing results with clay for my son and puberty induced acne. His face went from pimples all over to clear in a matter of just a few weeks. We had him take it both internally and topically. We started with daily masks for the first week and then every-other-day, then once weekly. We were all pretty impressed with how well it worked. Now, trying to keep a teen age boy consistent with using it over the long haul is a whole different challenge.

    • When my sons were going through that age I found that drinking kefir on a regular basis (make into a smoothie) did wonders as well as taking burdock (blood purifier) which I made into capsules.

  13. I didnt know clay could be used in so many ways. I love our clay for baby use…especially with all the drool and hot weather! At the beginning of summer i made up a “bug bite paste” with ACV and kept it in the fridge. The relief was almost instant when applied to a mosiquito or a bee sting. Like someone said before, i use it as a mask too.

  14. “Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals.” Should that have been “heavy metals”?

      • So is it safe to use bentonite if I have metal fillings??? Thanks!!

    • yes heavy metals like radiation too from ct scan

  15. I have taken it internally as a cleanse. The recipe was 1 Tbsp. of Nature’s 3 fiber, 1 tsp. hydrated bentonite clay, 2 capsules of Cascara Sagrada, 2 tbsp. of liquid chlorophyll and 4 oz. organic apple juice. You drink this twice a day for 90 days to rid the body of toxins. I had great success with it, maybe too much, I couldn’t go past 30 days as the cleansing effect was pretty intense. I ended up having to reduce the cleanse to once a day and then stop altogether because of the intense cleansing action. It did manage to get rid of a quarter sized raised red rash on my skin that the dermatologist told me was permanent. The red rash was a result of a mosquito bite. I did speak to the author of the recipe and being I am an A+ blood type she recommended me to change the recipe by doing 1 Tbsp. of slippery elm in 2 Tbsp. of aloe vera juice, 2 tbsp. pure apple juice and no cascara sagrada along with the other ingredients. I have not tried them yet.

  16. I am very interested in this – I used to take this for candida issues but a practitioner told me that she thinks it leads to Aluminum poisoning. Do you have any info on this? I looked around the web and can’t find anything conclusive. I have bad Al toxicity and was wondering about this but I of course may have other sources as well. Thanks!!

    • I researched this a lot and everything conclusive I found said that the aluminum was in a form that is not released in the body because of how it is bound in the clay…

      • Did you see real studies? I haven’t found anything very conclusive. Thanks in advance!

        • Hi Adrienne,

          The following is from the website where I bought my bentonite clay from Australia, hope this may help:

          Aluminium in Clay?



          Scientific testing by CSIRO using Borate Fusion XRF Method mineral analysis verifies our clay does not contain any aluminium.

          However there is some discussion with regard to Alumina and Aluminium in clay. This probably stems from the interchange of the description of “Alumina oxide” with “Aluminium oxide”.

          Hopefully the following article will clarify a few things.

          BENTONITE CLAY is classified as an Alumino-silicate. This means its major elements are Alumina oxide (Al2O3) and Silica (SiO2). Hence all Bentonite clay contains these as major elements. Bentonite would be an entirely different substance without alumina oxide.

          It is also made up of a number of other minerals some of which have exchangeable ions.

          Typically they are – sodium ions, calcium ions, potassium ions, magnesium ions.

          In the USA “Aluminium” is used to refer to alumina. Unfortunately this is misleading because alumina oxide (Al2O3) is not the dangerous “Aluminium” (Al) which is used in manufacturing.

          The term “aluminium oxide” is actually referring to “alumina oxide” which is perfectly safe.

          Different symbols represent different substances:

          Alumina oxide: Al2O3 (safe)

          Aluminium : Al (unsafe)

          The alumina oxide that goes to make up part of the clay molecule is completely inert*. It has a very high bond with silica and is NOT BIO AVAILABLE. It CANNOT be absorbed into the body.

          *In chemistry the term inert is used to describe something that is not chemically active.

          The following paragraph is from an article on Pelotherapy in the Options Magazine October 2007

          “Clay is composed of various mineral compounds rich in silica and aluminium (meaning Alumina oxide – Al2O3)*; sometimes including iron, copper, zinc and magnesium and other trace minerals. The aluminium (meaning Alumina oxide – Al 2O3)*, found in clay is quite different from the toxic inorganic substance used in commercial deodorants and so isn’t associated with the same risks. The two key compounds form flat layers of minute particles as rocks such as shale and mud stone are weathered by the elements.

          The clay layers create a large surface area which is highly reactive and due to the bond between silica and aluminium (meaning Alumina oxide – Al2O3)*, the clay particles contain negatively charged ions.”

          written by Ananda Mahony ND, a naturopath and holistic skin care specialist.

          Ananda lectures nutrition and Food As Medicine at the Australian College of Natural Medicine.

          *comment by M Mason

          Article complied by M Mason 2010

          • Very helpful info., thank you. I was just given a jar of Pure Earth calcium bentonite clay and am going to begin taking it daily. I think I will add a half tsp. to a glass of juice and try it that way. I am open to any recommendations and helpful tips. Much love everyone.

    • Have you been able to find anything more about taking clay and aluminum toxicity? How long did you take the clay before finding out you had aluminum toxicity? What are the symptoms? I’m trying to find anything I can about this as I’ve been taking clay for a few weeks and am worried about aluminum. Have you been able to clear up the toxicity and, if so, what did you use? I’m kind of surprised no one else here seems much concerned. I’ve also read quite a bit that clay is not released in the body, but it’s all from suppliers or parroted by others – no clinical studies or real evidence. Thank you.

      • No, I haven’t. I have always been puzzled about this.

        • Thank you. Wish I could find something conclusive on this – not just what the companies selling it tell us.

        • May I ask how things are going on your detox and what you’ve been using? Could you also tell me what brand of clay you were using? Thank you

        • I asked a hair analysis expert and he said in his 30 years of doing and interpreting hair analysis, he has seen a lot of people with high aluminum, but has never seen an association between aluminum and bentonite clays. He said aluminum toxicity comes from aluminum cans, deodorants, aluminum cookware, etc. That said, I’m still a little wary and will give more thought to this before resuming my clay consumption. Maybe I’ll find a clay with less aluminum in it than the clay I have now.

          • Very interesting. That’s good to know. Who was it, if you can share?

          • Richard Malter, PhD I’ve also come across some more reading/studies that have further convinced me, but I have the pages saved on my other computer. I’m actually entertaining the idea of having a little more clay in water today.

          • Thanks. I know who Rick is. That’s is helpful. It was 2 practitioners in the same line of work that he is in who told me their concerns about the aluminum. Dr. Wilson and Theresa Vernon.

          • Hmm….that’s strange. Now I don’t know what to think again.

          • Maybe you can talk to Rick again and tell him what I told you. Apparently it was based on anecdotal evidence of those who worked w/ potting clays as artists, I believe. I tested high for Al and had been taking a lot of bentonite but of course I could easily have had other exposures as well.

          • I took you up on your suggestion and wrote to Rick Malter. Maybe he’ll watch for a connection. I’m going to refrain from using clay in any way until I see something much more conclusive and convincing, but that could be a very long time.

          • I Googled Theresa Vernon and aluminum. In one article she mentioned seeing regional differences in metal toxicity. She saw more aluminum in California and believes it could be in the dust and air. CA is where my clay comes from and it has 18 pct aluminum content. As a side note, she saw more mercury on the West Coast – possibly from seafood consumption.

      • I’m new at this but I believe my son has aluminum toxicity and read that vitamin c will help. When his symptoms flared up (which I presumed were due to aluminum toxicity), I gave him a couple thousand mg of Vit C plus he drank loads of orange juice all day and the symptoms would dramatically reduce.

        As a result of my research, I also found out cilantro oil and then chlorella (3000-10,000mg) an hour later helps detox metals. I’m doing it for myself but haven’t figured out how to get my teenage son to cooperate with such a protocol 🙁

        • I’m also taking bentonite clay but not worried about the aluminum because I figure if the clay attracts metals, why would it kick out the metal it carries within itself?

      • If you’re worried about metal toxicity, try algin. It comes from seaweed and safely absorbs heavy metals in the gut. Cillantro also helps draw them out. Could anyone refer to me some high quality food grade bentonite brands? I’m having some trouble. Thanks!

        • Good health food stores have it in bulk. You can buy it by the scoop.

    • Adrienne,
      Keep in mind that most doctors only go on anecdotal evidence and that Big Pharma..oops the AMA, oops I mean the FDA..doesn’t want people to have knowledge or access to supps that help any diseases ( unless of course its a prescription). I personally believe that much of what the traditional establishment preaches about the dangers of folk remedies such as DE or Bentonite Clay is to keep ppl from realizing what amazing remedies are out there.

      • I totally agree with greg, I have seen over 25 “Medical Professionals” including “Specialists”…AND “UNIVERSITY TEAM SPECIALISTS” regarding a major visible skin problem I have had for many years. They all gave me different generic Diagnosises with no solutions and told me I was dilusional. I have so many pictures and videos of my ‘disease’ that not one Medical Doctor was interested in seeing. Bentonite Clay, Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, and Echinacea have been a Godsend for me just to name a few. PLEASE be proactive in your own healthcare and do your own research…if I wouldn’t have, I wouldn’t be sending you this message. Much Love to you all and God Bless!

      • I certainly agree with you, Stacey on that!!!

        • I agree with Stacey and Greg! The FDA is always trying to discredit natural therapies!

  17. I use it to wash hair- both my son and mine. It leaves the hair soft and decreases the over-oiliness. It also helps with the scalp crusties! Usually for that I will do an oil treatment first with coconut, castor and jojoba oils and then wash with the clay. We use kaolin, rhassoul, and French green clays the most.

  18. I don’t like ‘drinking’ BC. What I do is make a thick paste and then form it into balls, small enough to swallow like pills. I’ve never let the balls, or now, ‘capsules’, dry, and I guess that could be done. I do use it in my tooth cleaner mixture along with baking soda and Diatomaeceous (sp?) Earth. My son had a very badly infected Pilonidal Cyst that needed an operation. But the Surgeon would not operate until it was fully clear of infection. After soaking in a bathtub for two weeks with bentonite clay in the water, his cyst was ready for surgery. It’s good stuff! I went to a garage sale about a month ago and found about a pound of BC in a container with a $1 price tag on it. I grabbed it! I don’t think the seller had any idea what it was.

  19. I use bc with ground flax seed and ground psyllium powder in equal parts and add 2Tbsp to some juice in the am to detox also wit h2o as a face mask and as a conditioner for my hair. I wash my hair with baking soda and h2o, rinse with acv and h2o and apply a bc creamy past to hair and face, air dry and scare the children or sit under a bonnet dryer to save time. You can feel it working!!!! Hey cheap and healthy face mask for H’ween LOL

  20. never orange juice makes most flatuenty.

  21. You guys are sharp thank you for your tips!!!

  22. mountain rose herbs says the clay is for external use only, is that the same clay you take internally?

    • Yes, from my understanding, their certification just allows them to sell it for cosmetic use on certain products, though it is the same product one could get elsewhere for taking internally.

      • From what I’ve read, Sodium Bentonite Clay is only good for external use, and Calcium Bentonite Clay is safe for internal use.
        I emailed the kind folks at Mountain Rose and they informed me their BC is Sodium Bentonite.

  23. Can you take 1/2 tsp in water daily while you’re pregnant/nursing?

  24. Is this safe to take internally daily while pregnant/nursing?

    • Consult a doctor but why would pulling toxins out of your body hurt your baby? When i take it internally my armpits start stinking big time!! One time i took too much and had to drink more water. I am now just taking a tablespoon ,2, or 3 in some water every morning. Also take a tablespoon of chia seeds EVERY morning it creates a muconoid coating on your intestine wall that makes disposal of even the worst foods a breeze. The magnetic electric pull of this stuff is incredible. I like to do a full body wrap at the beach and then go swimming in the magnesium salts (ocean). Then put coconut oil on skin because it can leave the skin a little dry.

  25. Hi,

    Quick question, you mention taking the clay internally but on the mountain rose website that you link to it says that the bentonite clay is only for external use. Is it OK for internal use?

    • I’ve taken it internally for a long time. When I talked to them, they explained that due to laws in some places where different products are sourced, they can only list some things as for external use…

  26. Hi there! I was wondering if you have a trick to avoid the clay clumping? I shook it in water, but still has little clumps 😀

    • Natures Sunshine makes a Shaker that has a whisk-like ball in it…works almost like the little ball in nail polish would.Mixes clays beautifly!

      • Thank you!!

        • Is it ok to use the whisk ball mixer cups if the whisk is metal???

    • I mix mine in a bottle of water, if you close the lid and shake it up it mixes much better. if you let it sit for a little bit and shake it up again most of the clumps should break up. some will settle on the bottom again if you let it sit and dont drink it all at once, but just shake it again before you drink.

    • I add about ten medium size stones give it a good shake in my covered Tupperware and have no clumps of clay. I discovered this by trial and error:)

  27. I’ve tried the liquid bentonite clay, but not the powder one, I did a cleanse but didnt see much effect from it, could it be because it was liquid? I have a stomach virus called H Pilori and that sucker is hard to get rid off! The doctor has given me antibiotics and other medicines but it only calms it for bit but after a while it comes back.. Could this work to remove this virus as well?

    • The Mayo clinic suggests this (and it closely matches the published study from U of Cal done perhaps 20 years ago that showed Bismuth and Tetracycline to cure H. Pylori and ulcers.)

      Bismuth Subsalicylate, Metronidazole, and Tetracycline (Oral Route)

    • The best cure for H Pilori is fresh ginger! It’s natural abilities kill off the virus, and help balance the flora in the intestinal tract. It has worked wonders for us!

      The antiviral and antibiotic medications deplete the good “critters” in your digestive tract, and with time unbalance the system to the point of chronic constipation and or diarrhea. Ginger only kills off the excess and bad flora. It takes a few days, and you will fart and belch, but that’s only showing its working!

      I make some fresh ginger candies, and keep it in the freezer. At the first sign of indigestion, suck on a pice or two, and it almost always calms and releases the pressure and discomfort.

      • Hi, could you please share your recipe for making the candy? I would really like to try this for my chronic nausea, thank you.

  28. Thank you for posting this. I use bentonite clay on my face for blemishes and other skin irritations. My boyfriend buys empty capsules from the health store and will fill them with clay to be taken internally to cleanse the digestive system.

  29. I love Bentonite clay….it is so good for any skin ailment – bug bites, pimples, even poison oak. I wouldn’t want to be without it.

  30. Two questions…
    1. is this safe to take internally while nursing?
    2. Does this interfere with good beneficial bacterial and flora in the gut? If not, how does it distinguish between good and bad bacteria?

    • i’m also curious about the nursing issue. I’d love to see a source that talks about if the body ends up detoxing any of this out via milk or not.

    • Did you ever find out the answer to your Bentonite to Good Flora question? That is something I am also curious about. Donna Schwenk said she thinks its fine but that didn’t make me think she knew for sure….TIA

  31. Noticed that you referred us to Mountain Rose Herbs to buy the clay, but on their website in the description of the clay, it says “For External Use Only.” I have emailed the company to ask why. I’ve been using calcium bentonite clay for a couple things and was interested in buying in bulk as we’re using it more and more. Their website also shows that what they stock is sodium bentonite clay. Anyone have any reliable resources regarding the difference between the two?

  32. For how long can you take it internally ??

  33. Has anyone used it on kids after vaccines? And for what ages is it appropriate to use? Just wondering if it would help eliminate any of the aluminum or any bad reactions

    • These folks should know: Please do comment on what you find out. I’m planning to do the same thing, but I’m not due until the fall.

  34. I am having the hardest time doing anything with this clay besides making a mess. I can’t get a paste that isn’t clumpy. I tried making a mask but it wouldn’t smooth out well at all and I tried a bath as well and it also wouldn’t smooth enough to add anything other than spots on my tub. It sounds so benefitial but I’m kind of hating it right now. Any tips? Thanks!

    • For mask- get hand wet and dip it into the clay and rub on the face. Repeat until you get enough to cover your face in a mask. For the tub I always dissolve it in a little bit of water first and then add to the tub…

      • Thank you! I have also been having a hard time with using this as a facial mask. It just ends up turning into big clumps, no matter how much I mix it and add water. Is there any other liquid that I can use instead of water for a facial mask?

        • Apple Cider Vinegar – that’s what I use to smooth it out – makes a huge difference!

        • It mixes smoothly with raw Apple cider vinegar. I shake vigorously in a glass jar with a plastic lid. Open right away because it swells. Much better than water. One part clay to two parts vinegar.

        • I read that you can powder your face with the bentonite clay and then spray your face with water.

    • Mix the calcium bentonite clay with organic apple cider vinegar and keep adding till it’s the consistency you want. That should do the trick for the face mask (:

  35. I put some clay on my hands for my eczema. I have done this twice now and each time they have gotten much worse. Is this normal for the rash to get worse before it gets better or have I maybe had a reaction to the clay?

    • It can if it is pulling toxins, but I’d maybe try in another area to see if you react…

  36. can you sprinkle some of the BC on diaper rashes?

      • My daughter currently has a yeast rash and I just bought that aztec secret bentonite clay because a friend recommended it. Do you think it is better to use as a paste or just sprinkle it on? I got a prescription ointment from the doctor but it isn’t helping much and I would prefer using something natural anyway. I had also planned to use coconut oil on her. Should I just mix the clay with the coconut oil? Would love to know your thoughts!

  37. shouldn’t you differenciate between calcium & sodium kinds of bentonite clay? I heard calcium is internal & sodium is external & it’s recommended to take psyllium husks for constipation & not with food or medications

  38. Will i be able to use it to get rid off candida? and if so how will i be able to use it and for how long. Also will i have to change my diet in order for it to work very well?

  39. I am amazed with bentonite clay. I bought some originally to make my own toothpaste and as I was researching it more I came across this site. My son is 6 months old and has had a couple of eczema patches on his head. They were raised, red, and very dry and he has had them for about 4 months. I tried all sorts of stuff including cutting out common food allergens and using coconut oil and hydrocortisone. I put some bentonite clay on them and after only 20 mins it was almost completely healed! I used it the next day and can barely see what used to be there. This is something I will always keep on hand.

  40. Hi, love your site! Is there a reason why you use sodium bentonite over calcium bentonite internally? I initially read that the calcium would be safer because it doesn’t swell as much, and less likely to cause internal distress. I plan on using both…sodium bentonite for the bath, and calcium bentonite internally, but I’m curious about your perspective.

    • I would be comfortable using either one, I just order everything from MRH so it is easier to order all together 🙂

      • Something to consider. If the calcium bentonite actually contains calcium in it (and I assume it does), the calcium will bind with all metals, and remove them from the body. There are a lot of people on this thread concerned about the possibility of aluminum poisoning and/or exposure with the bentonite clays internally. If you are not sure, and you really want to try this clay internally, I would gamble with the calcium one (which is said to be for internal use), as the most acceptable risk (if any) to take. Calcium is a natural chelating agent, and binds with metals to remove them from the body. I suppose, you could also take calcium and apple pectin along with the sodium bentonite as a precaution if you want to take both, or just in case. Both calcium and apple pectin bind with, and help the body excrete heavy metals.

  41. You’ve posted here that you purchase your Bentonite clay from Mtn Rose Herbs, and on their website it states that their product is for internal use only, do you specifically use their clay to mix with water for consumption or is there a different product that you use for that purpose?
    By the way, your post about mineral deficiencies relating to dental health was truly enlightening and I will be trying not only your toothpaste recipe, also the recommendations for diet change, thank you for the great information!

  42. i bought some bentonite clay from whole foods. It says that it should only be used externally. I was planning to use it in homemade toothpaste. I won’t be ingesting it, but wondered if using that way is ok?

    • It should be fine… I’ve also used that brand.

  43. I have bentonite clay it says for external use, can I use this product internally? It says 100% natural calcium bentonite clay? So why not?

    • I have used calcium bentonite inter ally without a problem… I just made sure to drink a lot of water…

  44. Hi there, I love you blog 🙂 I ordered bentonite clay from Mountain Rose (and the French Green Clay too) and there is a scary “this product is known to cause birth defects by the state of California” sticker on the back. Should I be worried?

    • I have never worried about it as most supplements are known to cause cancer in California…

      • “…most supplements are known to cause cancer in California.” Your response made me chuckle! The first time I saw this warning on a bottle of multi-vitamins, I freaked out. You’ve put it into perspective for me, thanks.

  45. Hi, where do you get your Bentonite Clay? Thanks

  46. My son, husband and myself have all had lymes disease for a long time. I am wondering about its uses for detoxing internally and bath. Do you happen to know if its okay to use with Lymes?

    • I have chronic Lyme. My health provider has me adding 1 tsp clay and 1 psyllium to my fresh squeezed juice every morning…

  47. Hi, glad to find this piece. Thank you! I wonder if you know the dosage
    of Bentonite for a 10LB cat? Also, can Bentonite be taken with
    digestive enzymes, mixed with a little food. I don’t want to stress her
    by using a syringe. Thanks for any suggestions!

  48. You mentioned it might interfere with some medications. Do you think Bentonite clay taken internally would interfere with birth control?

  49. Have you ever heard of using it for Gout?

  50. I took 1tablespoon one time with juice (i think it was grape juice) and felt xtreme heaviness for a few days after is this normal? Whats the best way to take it and does it help with weight loss?

  51. I have Crohn’s Disease and have run the gamut of all available medications, so am currently not on any medication to treat it. I was on Methotrexate, which stopped working for me, then Humira, which gave me drug-induced Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as a persistent, chronic yeat infection. I read about Calcium Bentonite Clay and gave it a try and it has worked wonders for me! I take 1 teaspoon in a glass of water a day, which I mix up in batches in a large jar. The benefits have been amazing. And, it’s a lot less expensive ($3 per 100/g at the health food store) then the Humira (which was running $3400/mo for 2 shots and keeping me bed ridden!!). My skin has never looked better, I have energy again and I’m happy to know that the bc is also helping to detoxify my liver, which has taken a beating for 7 years because of the medication. Best of all, the horrible yeat infection seems to be gone and I’ve had no re-occurances. After doing more reading, I’m going to get my husband to start using it! 🙂

  52. Thanks so much for this information – I live in Perth, Australia and we have a Bentonite mine here, however the clay comes in 20KG bags. Are you able to tell me if using this product in this form is ok, I’m thinking its in its natural state so that should be a plus, but any additional insight you have would be greatly appreciated!!

  53. My friend has been bitten by a brown recluse spider and I’m finding all over the internet on natural healing sites that bentonite clay will draw the venom out and heal the bite. (Activated charcoal can be a first line of defense if applied in first 48 hrs. apparently) but bentonite clay is the best to use if you have it. She is getting some first thing tomorrow….after one week, a trip to the ER where they gave her an antibiotic which, it is NOT healing and getting pretty scary looking. So let’s hope this stuff works!!! (Also supposed to take echinacea and Vit C in large amounts for a few weeks, too.)

  54. I have a question. You talk about using bentonite clay internally, but the link you have is to a product that is for external use only. Even Mountain Rose Herbs’ bentonite is for external use only. Do you have a source (that you’re willing to share) for the kind to use internally?

    • Look it up on amazon, I just ordered some its for internal and external use and ordered by the ounce. Calcium betonite clay is what I searched for. I looked at reviews for other users who used it internally just to be safe!

  55. Something to consider. If the calcium bentonite actually contains calcium in it (and I assume it does), the calcium will bind with all metals, and remove them from the body. There are a lot of people on this thread concerned about the possibility of aluminum poisoning and/or exposure with the bentonite clays internally. If you are not sure, and you really want to try this clay internally, I would gamble with the calcium one (which is said to be for internal use), as the most acceptable risk (if any) to take. Calcium is a natural chelating agent, and binds with metals to remove them from the body. I suppose, you could also take calcium and apple pectin along with the sodium bentonite as a precaution if you want to take both, or just in case. Both calcium and apple pectin bind with, and help the body excrete heavy metals. Be sure to drink a lot of water if you decide to use either on a regular basis.

  56. Question: I just got my clay in the mail. It says it strips me not only toxins but nutrients as well inside my body and to only take it every 2 days. I can’t take multivitamins though because they all contain copper (I’m very sensitive to copper), I eat tons of vegetables (usually boiled), a little bit of fruit (always raw), and organic chicken breast. Is this okay? Or do I really need to take a multivitamin?

  57. Hi, I was just wondering: bentonite clay contains aluminum, so does it have any negative health effects? I started making my own body care products, including deodorant because of the chemicals in these products nowadays. My main reason for switching to homemade deodorant was to avoid the potentially hazardous exposure to aluminum from store-bought deodorants. So, is there a certain form of aluminum…maybe aluminum bonded with something else…that is harmful? Or is it just aluminum in general that is harmful?

    • It does, but it is molecularly bound in the clay and won’t release in to the body…

      • Oh okay. Thanks 🙂 What a relief. 🙂

  58. I recently start

  59. I bought the same bentonite clay that was linked on here, but the back says for “external use only” but would it still be safe to take internally? Do you?

  60. I ordered this from your link, thinking I could us it internally like you stated, but once I got it it says external use only on the package. Is it the kind you use internally? The only other one I have found for internal cleanse is tye great plains brand, which comes already mixed…

  61. Is this okay to consume internally while breastfeeding?

    • Yes. I was prescribed it by my doctor and am exclusively breastfeeding. I use Redmond Clay; it’s safe to ingest.

  62. This was a very useful and informative article, thank you!

  63. Thanks for all the wonderful information! I just had my mom buy some and she was asking how exactly to take and use it. I did a quick search, found your site, and sent her a link. You made it really easy ; >)

  64. I mixed the bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar and have some extra left over from my mask tonight. Is it safe to store it in the fridge until my next use?

  65. I just like to correct a grammatical error: “… its minerals for the body…” is the correct way, and there is no need for apostrophe like you have written “… it’s minerals for the body…”. Thanks for your attention.

  66. I am trying to get copper out of my body – I’m pretty sure I have copper toxicity from an IUD (that’s now removed). I haven’t found very many ways to get the copper out – could the clay help? Any other suggestions or experiences??

    • You need to take a zinc supplement and cut out high copper food like chocolate and avocado

  67. Do you or anyone take the Calcium Aztec Secrets brand internally? That is what I already have at home…

    • I have the Aztec Secret brand, and just called them to ask why there product says for external use only. She told me that it is just because they have not pursued FDA approval, so they cannot label it for internal use. But it is 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay, just like any other brand.

      • I kinda figured this, reading the label, that is the only ingredient listed. I used this to make homemade toothpaste and didn’t have a problem with it. Followed the instructions on the label to make a face mask and it worked wonderfully

  68. Has anyone ever heard about using bentonite clay for plantars warts? Just wondering if I could use it for that and how. thanks!

  69. I have been bleaching my hair (on scalp) recently since cutting it very short (3/8″ all over) and I also recently discovered I have Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune. I know the bleach is toxic but I was wondering if I were to use the bentonite clay baths and drink the mixture after bleaching my hair could I help release the toxic load from it? I have been so diligent in cleaning up my diet, lifestyle and all the other things that one does when discovering you have an autoimmune disease….changed my shampoos, lotions, soaps, laundry detergent etc. to homemade natural products but this new hair thing is something I absolutely love and I am hoping it is not just one more thing I will have to give up due to this thing called Hashimoto’s disease!

  70. I have the Aztec Secret Calcium Bentonite Clay and it says “NOT FOR EXTERNAL USE” on the back label. Do you ingest this clay? Or would you suggest drinking the bentonite from Mountain Rose Herbs?
    Thanks so much!

  71. Diatomaceous earth food grade will take pin worms out of your system and can be sprinkled for othe bugs. Do not breath. Good for you because of high silica and calcium. Aggro green in ontario supplies. Do your research!

  72. I use this clay to brush my teeth with using my oral B electric toothbrush. Do you know if that’s not a good idea since there are metal parts INSIDE the toothbrush head?

  73. what is the difference between the internal and the external? I have some aztec clay…and it says for external only….and says it’s calcium bentonite green clay…I just wanted to try drinking it…but is there really a difference?

  74. Hey Wellness Mama! I love this article. I just wanted to point out that the bentonite you are linking to when referencing internal usage is not safe for internal use. I own it and use it as a face mask (and it’s awesome) but there’s a warning on the label not to ingest it.

  75. Why does it say for external use only? Yet you use it in your toothpaste? I wanted to start using it but am wondering if its safe internally.

  76. Just out of curiosity, how would this work with mercury tooth fillings? My husband has one from years ago, unfortunately, and since this binds to metal, just curious to know if that would cause major issues?? Thoughts?

  77. I’ve been using your remineralizing tooth powder recipe for a week now, just a week, and I see and feel a huge difference! I have wicked bad alergies, and dinky little teeth. I have a visible difference in the color of my smile. The half closest to the gums has always been darker. And I was told that I don’t have enough enamel to bleach them. I was told it’s just from sleeping with my mouth open, because of my allergies. But after a week, they’re almost uniform! Thanks for that!!! 🙂 I wonder what my dentist will say when I see him 🙂
    Next up, I have recurring nipple infections. So much so I’m about to stop nursing. But seeing that I can make a poultice, I brewed some chamomile tea, on the hot tea bag I threw a dash of tea tree oil, coconut oil, and topped it off with a good layer of clay. I’m going to sleep with it. Hopefully I’ll be cured overnight 😛

    • Very interesting! I’d love to know if it worked!

  78. I want to start taking clay internally but I am not sure how to take it. I have read about mixing it with water and then letting it settle and then drinking the water but not the sediment on the bottom of the glass. Is that the best way? Or is it important to get all of the clay into you? Thanks!

  79. The Aztec Secret one says that it is for external use only. Is this the one that you take internally?

  80. My 19month old son suffers from terrible eczema. We’ve done food elimination trials, natural skin products, EFAs, probiotics etc etc. Is it safe for him to ingest this? What dose would you use? Can I ingest it as I’m still breastfeeding him?

  81. Hi
    I have Melasma all over my face, especially on my forehead, the spots are dark. Will the clay help. I also have acid reflux and eczema. My son has SLE and he was curious about the clay also. He’s 25.

  82. Does this clay or any clay help get rid of dark marks and scars on face and body?

  83. Is clay safe in homemade toothpaste if you have metal fillings?

  84. I want to create a natural bentonite pool for a healing pool at my resort. Does anyone know how I can go about this? Replicating hot spring volcanic clay pools.

  85. Hi, my brother has been diagnosed with psoriasis for more than 2 years. I read about the effects of Bentonite clay on psoriasis & eczema etc, and purchased the clay powder from Living clay to give it a try. He was applying the clay mask on his psoriasis plaques and ulcers for a week but he complained that his plaques got worsen. He is going to give up on the clay. Would you give him any suggestion to give up or continue receiving clay treatment? Thank you.

    • I’d have him check in to an autoimmune protocol like the one suggested in “The Paleo Approach” book as psoriasis is an autoimmune condition and often needs an internal fix.

  86. I used 1/2 tsp bentonite in water for my daughter years ago. She had horrible sinus infections and nothing helped. I was tired of giving her antibiotics. She was 4-5 yr old and always sick. I took her to an iridologist. Who read her pupils and told me she was full of infection. She told me to use bentonite. I have never seen so much junk come out of such a small nose. But it worked. She did not have a sinus infection for years. Be careful because it has a drawing effect. It pulled out chickenpox on her arm only. I think it was residual, dormant chicken pox. My Neice caught them from her.

  87. Could you please give me a little more information about using bentonite clay for mastitis. I would really like to avoid using an antibiotic but I am going to have to do something.

    • Cabbage leaves applied externally are a good cure for mastitis

  88. I too am concerned about using the clay to bruch teeth as i have metal in my mouth.
    Also, if i take a clay bath , do i have to worry about then i take my meds?
    Can i take a clay bath and drink the mixture in the same day?
    I’m taking the clay becuz i have lots of metal in my mouth and i think i’m suffering metal toxicity. I”m starting to have holistic dentist take out the fillings.
    I have very bad twitching and i’ve done everything to get them to stop. I did a gut repair, canidda repair, i take copious amount of magnesium and nothing helped.
    I’m paleo and super healthy and these twitches will not go away and i’m starting to think it’s the metal in my mouth…
    I”m anxious to take a bath to start feeling the effects of it’s magic!

  89. Hello, I buy the exact same bottle/tub as you though it says on the back, that it is only for external use. use. Do you buy a different kind to use internally/digest??

  90. How many times does she have to answer your questions about external only labels can be taken internally?? Why don’t you read the other questions and answers??

    • And why do you not know by now that aluminum is not released in the body? Read, read, read, for pete’s sake, the other questions and answers!

  91. Hello, since this has such a healing affect for sores, burns, etc I am wondering if I could use it for internal mouth sores-canker sores? I get them all the time and have changed my toothpaste and limit my chocolate intake (which seems to bring them on), but still suffer from them.

    • I had good luck getting rid of cancer sores by squeezing out the contents of a vitamin e capsule and mixing goldenseal powder into the gel until it was a very thick paste. Insert the thick paste into your mouth, laying it against the sore between your lip and gum. I would do it just before bed and sleep with it in. It is a bit bitter flavored you might want to put a towel over your pillow in case you drool. It usually cured mine overnight or two, three nights to clear up a bad one.

  92. Read Upon a Clay Tablet, The Definitive Guide to Healing with Homeostatic Clay by Jason R Eaton (Author). Clay is very, very safe internally and externally. Try it and then listen to your body. Jason is an expert in the use of healing clays. I am learning so much about clay and how to use it to treat my various medical issues. Love the stuff!!!

  93. I have twice healed infected teeth with a calcium bentonite clay that our local acupuncturist recommends. I made a thick paste and packed it onto my gums where the infected tooth was. The tooth pain went away and I never did get a filling or root canal. I’ve since made positive changes to my diet and kept up with at least occassionally taking the calcium bentonite clay internally, and the tooth problems haven’t returned. I have a question. Is it acceptable to take internally as dry clay balls? The only way I can get my daughter to swallow clay is to add water to the powder to make a thick paste, roll it into tiny balls, and let the balls dry. She swallows them with water, like pills.

  94. Is it okay to use the clay internally/externally if I have metal screws in my hand from a broken bone? I know it is a magnetic clay…

  95. im 24 and have been having GI problems since i can remember. im not as regular as i should be and its causing inflammation in my digestion. im looking for overall health concerning my bowels , colon, GI tract. would this clay help/ what is the good and bad benefits? where can i purchase it ? how long do i have to use it ?

  96. Are there any other way to avoid the clumping when making a paste for a mask, besides purchasing the special ball whisk gadget? Every website just says “mix with water until smooth”, or until it’s a paste. But my “paste” will not stick to my face. It’s a sticky mess! Green clay is easy to mix into a paste that sticks easily to the face, but I want to try CB as a more powerful detoxifier for acne, but it won’t spread onto my face, it stays in clumps & sticks to my fingers. No one else has mentioned this on other sites/blogs. Am I the only one having this problem? I did try mixing it with ACV which took care of the problem instantly – the acid changes the texture. But then my face broke out in a rash from the ACV. Not good. Sigh. Very challenged.

    • Mis the clay with apple cider vinigar…..makes a smooth mask….

  97. hi, i have a couple of amalgam fillings and I’ve been drinking calcium bentonite to detox and also aid in alkalizing my system .
    Will my fillings reduce the efficacy of the clay as it comes into contact with them in my mouth?

  98. Hello,

    I’ve just started using mine yesterday – internally and for brushing and rinsing. I’m wondering though, is there a need to SHAKE IT? I don’t have a shaker and so have been stirring thoroughly. Will it have the same effect? Or does it need the shaking action to become effective?

    Many thanks 🙂

      • Good Day!

        I just want to say! You are so beautiful.

        Best Wishes!

  99. WellnessMama- so sorry so many people have asked the same questions over and over when you’ve answered those questions multiple times in this thread:-/ I read through and got all my questions answered! I can’t wait to order this stuff!!!!

  100. Hey Mama,
    I take the mini pill birth control nightly. Do you think it would be safe to drink clay while on the pill?

  101. I can only eat the BC powder; I am not able to swallow it mixed in water. I do try to drink water afterwards. Is that ok? The company name is Living Clay, and it says on the container that the clay can be used internally; however, Living Clay only provides instructions for mixing with water. What do you think?

    I also do the same with Activated Charcoal. What is your thought on that? Thank you in advance.

    • Marjorie, It is not good to eat dry clay. Mixed correctly the clay you are taking should have no taste. There will be a chalkiness afterwards.
      A sip of water and it is gone.

  102. Can Bentonite Clay be used as a thinking agent like Kaolin clay? Can you use both of them together?

      • Katie; You have the patients of a saint, Answering these same ? over n over,Thanks

        • Amen to that!

          One question that has been asked that I haven’t seen answered as of yet (if so, I’m sorry) is, is this safe to drink if you have metal fillings?

          Thank you.

    • What is a thinking agent?

  103. I used it for Internal Cleansing: I drank 1 tablespoon and the first two days I was fine. Today I;m somewhat bloated and get at frequent intervals very painful stabs of pain in my back, more so on the right side – perhaps in the kidneys.
    Any suggestions?

  104. Hi I Purchased the Clay you listed here but it says it not for internal use which brand do you use to do your internal detox

    • I use that brand. They are all labeled that way. Definitely do your own research, but I am comfortable using it

  105. I would love to try this clay to detox. I am concerned as I have the Bentonite clay from Moutain Rose Herbs. It does not say on the bag whether it is calcium or sodium but does say Not for internal use. I really am trying to understand why it says that and can one ever use the sodium clay internally, if not what can you do with it? Also you mention, as well as other sites, an article of MRSA being cured with clay, from a study done at Arizona State University. Now I have clicked on that link and I am wondering how you know what clay they are referring too, and i did not see the claim of MRSA cured/ killed. I guess I need some help interpreting all the technical lingo. I really would love to hear from you. Thank you for any help you may have.

  106. Thanks for your very informative article about Pascalite and its uses.
    My 2 year old son burnt his arm accidentally the other day and my dad gave me some Pascalite to use on it and it really does look remarkably better already. I had forgotten about it, we’ve always had it in the house growing up and it really does work for burns and insect bites. I was not aware that it had so many other uses so I will be ordering some for myself soon. I also made a face mask last night and wow did my skin look and feel amazing after that! I’m hoping that with regular use it might help with some old acne scars that I have.

    • HI I was wondering where did you purchase your pascalite?

  107. My daughter suffers from a sun allergy (Poly Morphous Light Eruption) which gives her eczema patches on her face and extremely itchy bumps on her arms, legs, or any exposed skin. We have tried many prescriptions with limited success. I am looking forward to trying the clay, but am wondering if she should start with the external treatment first, then add the internal treatment? I also read the blog discussion about coconut oil and oil cleansing, and would really be interested in some advice on how to combine these treatments for her. She is 15 and extremely self conscious about this condition. I would love to find her a “miracle cure”!

    • Both my sister and I both have Poly Morphus Light Eruptions. I take 10,000IU vitamin A and most of the time I am fine. Of course, I should say that I cover most of body as much as possible when going out. I don’t take Beta Carotene because my body doesn’t convert it.

  108. I just purchased my first jar of clay and the instructions are rather vague. I was curious how most people make it into a mask for skin health.

    Can you make up a batch of clay and store it for a week or does it have to be made fresh for each use? I was hoping to mix a batch up and use it over the course of a week to save time.

    Any advice would be great.

  109. Welness Mama, I love your blog. I have a question. What is the difference between bentonite clay and beige Australian clay? I want to make the deodorant, but I only have the beige Australian clay?

  110. I’m looking to detox my 3 year old from his first year immunizations. Will this work for that? How would I go about using it and, if take internally, how much should I give him?

    • Hello did anyone answer you yet?

  111. I’m just wondering if anyone know if this Aztec Secrets, Bentonite Clay is actually ok to drink/eat? Just read a few articles that certain types might be bad for you. Do you know if this one is safe?

  112. Highly informative and much appreciated. I’ve just ordered a kilo of Calcium Bentonite from a UK source and will be taking it internally in due course. Thanks everybody.

    • Hi there, would you be so kind to mention the source? in live in UK too!
      thank you!

      • I bought mine from – it costs about £8 incl postage for 1 kilogram.
        Regards, CG

  113. No citations for the claims – how surprising. As a student of science, I can’t help but laugh at this.

    • There are links in the post to references. If you don’t like my site or laugh at it, do us both a favor and find one you do agree with to read.

    • ahh. i cant help but laugh at “student”. i notice you didnt say graduate or professor. she links very well in her articles and i havent seen one yet with false information. unlike the lie-laced ” facts” they cram down peoples throats via textbooks and biased studies. it appears a better career would be big pharma for you. youve already got the mindframe down.

  114. Hello Katie, I was after some advice. My 1yr old daughter has broken out in a nasty eczema episode. Tonight I’m going to give her an epsom salt bath with some lavender and tea tree oil and after make a mask with bentonite clay, vitamin e, almond oil, aloe vera and let her sleep with it. Is that a good plan… :/ ??? Have any suggestions to fight an aggressive eczema attack? I read your other posts on eczema and I’m also looking at her diet and have a doctors appointment…. my Mama’s intuition says it’s something to do with dairy products that’s causing this and also baby is teething at the moment and has been unwell for the last few days. Any advice from you or anyone else would be great. Thank you in advance.

    • The dairy products you ingest, commercial products, pasteurized, may be the cause of the skin issue. Look on to see if there are dairys local to you where you can obtain fresh raw milk. I drink raw milk exclusively, My granddaughters are drinking it now and the one baby who had tummy issues with milk based formula is thriving on the raw milk. Bentonite Clay is a detoxifier and may also help. Good luck in your search!

  115. Katie – love your column. I started using bentonite in my own toothpaste and mix it with coconut oil, salt and tea tree oil (with boiling water) so it is thick. A couple of questions… Does mixing it with the coconut oil reduce it’s effectiveness in absorbing toxins? And, I feel a little strange about this – I am also compelled to eat it. I take maybe a teaspoon or more on my finger several (okay many) times a day. I love it but it is almost like a compulsion. Does that mean I am missing something and I need it? Can it hurt me? I’d love to hear what you have to say about my strange new obsession. What if I was cosuming like maybe up to a 1/3 cup a day?

    • The coconut oil should not reduce the effectiveness and except for high doses of the essential oil it should be ok to eat, but you might want to up your dietary fats and minerals in case your body is craving one of those.

    • I craved this clay like the plague until my midwife had me take floridex iron supplement, so It could be some kind of deficiency. Our bodies crave things it needs. There must be something in dirt your body wants. 🙂

  116. Just a question about the link for where you buy your clay, is that one edible (Aztec Secrets, Bentonite Clay)? I’m in Australia and I’ve found one that says it’s edible and safe for internal and external use and I know some places that sell it it’s for external use only.

    Thanks for the great info 😉

  117. So, it is safe to use bentonite clay for your kids (age 3 and up) toothpaste too?

  118. I have super bad eczema often on my face. I have been to the doctors and tried a bunch of stuff to help it go away. Nothing works and some even make it worse. Today I tried the Bentonite clay face mask and wow! The eczema is GONE!!!!!!! My skin feels great. 🙂

    • Hey Kayla:
      i have psoriasis on elbows and knees. do u think this clay will help me?

  119. I take apple cider vinegar daily mixed in juice and have recently started taking calcium bentonite clay daily as well. Can I take the vinegar and clay together mixed in water or juice? I looked through every question and answer on here and did not see this addressed.. Thanks!!

    • Hi there! Did you ever find an answer to your question about mixing ACV with clay and water or juice to drink? I too am trying to find an answer to the same question. I’ve done it before, but I’m wondering if the clay actually sucks up all the good stuff the ACV provides and defeats the purpose of taking it.

  120. Hello, great post. Question for you though, the bentonite clay you link to at Amazon is labeled for skin care and does not say food grade. Is it still safe to use as toothpaste / tooth powder?
    Thank you,

    • I’ve researched it and feel comfortable using it but definitely do your own research.

  121. Hi can I use Bentonite Clay on my old raised Keloids ? Will this shrink/flatten my keloids ? And has anyone on here used Bentonite Clay for that purpose ? Thnka

  122. hi ,
    I’m a little late on this bentonite craze lol but can I do the clay mask if I’m nursing ? thanks 🙂

  123. Hi,
    I’m just wondering if anyone who uses the bentonite clay as a face mask for the first time found that it stung a little and they had a bit of red blotchy marks on their face or neck after they washed it off? My face felt nice and smooth/soft after and it’s nice today but was wondering if that’s normal, I know I would feel some tightness as the clay dries. I’m a bit hesitant to try it internally now.

  124. I see it has been questioned above. I bought the Clay that you link to in this post and it says “For external use only.” I bought it at the Vitamin Shoppe and the girl uses it and said she would not use it internally. Do you use it internally often? Thanks

    • I have used it internally. I’ve found that all clays are labeled this way but I’ve used them internally without a problem. Definitely do your own research though!

      • I love it as a face mask and in my detox bath’s. Since I have a chronic illness and take many meds. I am afraid to take it internally. I do plan to try for teeth though. Thanks.

  125. I have read all comments, am convinced to try this! I would like to mix clay with HONEY as a paste.. to ingest. I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work! (The honey alone, on a recent burn, immediately stopped the pain and NO signs of burn after!) The antibacterial properties of honey should aid in enhancing clays effects?

    Instinctively I think it would help deliver to the system immediately! I love the comment about any ALUMINUM would be drawn and NOT released!

    I thought of suggesting it to a friend for help with arthritis. Any thoughts? ¹/2 tsp a day?
    Thank you for this insight and I WILL download your app for my phone! Love?

  126. Hello! I’ve seen it mentioned that this can be used to help with radiation treatments for cancer. I was wondering if anyone has tried this and had success? What did they experience? My dad has malignant melanoma and is starting to have a rough time with his radiation treatments and I’m looking for natural ways to help him. Thanks so much for the help!!

  127. I am currently taking tremadol/Ulltram for cronic pain. Will taking the clay internally as a daily cleanse have any interactions and will it reduce the effectiveness of my meds?

  128. Can you tell me if BC can be used externally to fade a tattoo? I have been told it can be used to remove/fade tattoos.

  129. I am 71 with multiple health problems, type 2 diabetes, acid reflux, uric acid, thyroid problems, afib, insomnia, etc. My Dr. put me on Cipro for 6 weeks a few years ago& when I went to the dermatologist was told the Dr had made a wrong diagnosis, common for this problem. I have lots of joint pain (knee replacement couple years ago), arthritis. I was set to order some calcium betonite from Abe’s Market–Earth’s Living Clay Anyone know anything about this product in particular? Then I read on e-how that seniors should not ingest Calcium Betonite Clay as it messes with your blood pressure. I don’t have a tub anymore so baths are not an option. Can I safely use this stuff—what are my options? I am really amazed at all the great results people are having with this product. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Rose

    • Rose I have been doing a lot of resesrch because my daughter had MS. I am starting slow with it. I use the bentenit e clay with montmorollinite . There is a lot of clays on market so take time to study. Edgar Cacey used clays to use on his paitents. Edgar s known as the sleeping prophet. Look it up. Interesting articles.

  130. Will it affect one’s vital minerals in any way? Also, how much sodium does a tablespoon of bentonite clay have? Is it okay to use if one has diverticulitis?


  131. The link takes you to Amazon to purchase Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Is this right?

  132. How often can I give a clay detox bath to my toddler and then elementary aged kids? How long should they sit in the bath? thanks

  133. Hi. I would like to start taking bentonite clay orally, but I’m unsure which brand to buy. You link the Aztec secrets brand and I have that one but it says it’s only intended for external use. Can I still take it orally? Or which one can I take? Thanks.

  134. You said it is not as effective if it comes in contact with metal. Does that include dental fillings?

  135. I had a very similar experience: a traumatic death caused me to fall into clinical depression. I’ll comment my experience, but bare in mind, I began seeing a psychiatrist and ended up on Zoloft and in therapy. Thank goodness for both of those things. My trauma and loss was 11 months ago. I’ve been diligent in pulling myself out of it at every chance. And an now in a state of coming down off of the antidepressants (slowly), and making sure I’m conscious of my feelings/thoughts. I also gained about 30 lbs during my depression. Being cautious NOT to take it anytime near when you take depression medication(s), bentonite has been helpful to me. Anything to help clean off/out the brain and your bodies filters, will help you go toward taking control at a proper pace. I do it 1-2x a week (small amount internally) and I do the face mask. * note: I’ve read on other sites the bentonite takes 24 hours to activate into electrical charge in water. So don’t swallow it/slather it until it’s been moist for 24 hours** I use it on my face almost DAILY and can’t believe the results. It draws out impurities and I have little to no outbreaks. I was having a ton because of my depression-diet (pizza.) Also, just the act of putting it onto your skin…. There is something to be said for this as well. It’s the “motions” of doing something FOR YOURSELF, which also has assisted in my recovery from depression. Because, as you probably know as well, while clinically depressed, there were many days I couldn’t even shower or brush my teeth. I just didn’t move. Let alone take care of myself by nurturing myself in a mud mask.
    Every little bit helps. Bentonite isn’t the cure to depression. That’s a war fought with strategy, thought and many weapons. 🙂 but I do recommend having bentonite in your tool-box.
    I hope you’re doing well, and much support to you in your recovery. <3

  136. Hi Katie,
    I’ve just bought some Frontier bentonite, turns out it is calcium bentonite and white. I had been planning to use it as a facial cleanser. Now realising it is not quality bentonite, is there anything safe I can do with it? Thank you (:

  137. I have a question about a skin problem. In 2006 I was hospitalized after a car wreck. I think either in the hospital or in the rehab facility, I picked up a scalp infection of some kind. I had my hair extremely short at the time for ease of care (I’m male.). Since that time, I have never got rid of the infection. I went to a dermatologist at the university medical center and he tried a few things, but to no avail. The most common things I use to try to alleviate the itching are apple cider vinegar and sometimes an astringent, applied with cotton ball. The person who once cut my hair said the appearance was sort of like acne. Any suggestions out there? I wondered about the Bentonite in some form or other. Thanks in advance.

  138. Sorry if I am asking this twice, I’m not sure if my previous comment didn’t get posted or it just hasn’t been moderated yet. My question was; I have discovered that the Frontiers bentonite I have bought is the white variety. Is there anything that this is safe/good for? I had wanted to use it as a cleanser. Thank you for your thoughts!

      • great thank you!

  139. Have you given this to toddlers orally? My 1 year old has been having nasty diapers ever since he has been getting any milk other than breast milk (he is currently getting mostly breast milk with a little goat milk) and I was wondering if it is safe to give it to him.

  140. Hi!

    So I was going to start using a bentonite clay face mask for blackheads when I came across a bunch of blogs saying that you should NOT let clay dry on your face. I already tried the mask with honey and it was OK but didnt really do much for blackheads. Do you know anything about this? Letting it dry seems to work for me..


    • i have never seen that anywhere, that i can recall. so im not sure on that aspect but every mask recipe ive seen calls for it to dry on your skin. i assume it is neccessary for it to draw toxins out. perhaps while wet it imparts minerals, and the drying pulls out the toxins. just a guess 🙂 i wouldnt imagine it would be harmful though in any way. if you have sensitive skin however: wash it off gently(perhaps rewetting it abit) and i wouldnt let one of the more strong/ harsh clays dry fully though. some are stronger than others..i believe kaolin and bentonite are fairly weak though.

  141. I recently bought Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which is 100% bentonite clay, but it only says it’s for a mask. Could I also use this internally?

    • I would follow the makers instructions.

      • Thank you!

  142. Hi. I am trying this out as a facial for my horrible skin allergies, rashes, and acne. The problem is – after putting the “paste” of clay and water on my face as a facial, it really sticks to my face tightly and trying to wash this stuff off is very hard! By the time I have scrubbed it off with a washcloth, I have irritated my face even worse from all the scrubbing it takes to get it off. My question is – how do you guys get it off of your face easily without tearing up the skin with scrubbing? It doesn’t come off easily and leaves my face red and bleeding by the time I get it all off. Help!?

    • I get warm/hot water on a washcloth and pat my face down with it until the mask is all wet and no longer tight, and then I start gently wiping off small areas of the mask with the washcloth. I hope this helps!!

  143. Hi Wellness Mama, there seems to be a bit of controversy over whether or not the Bentonite Clay can lead to aluminum poisoning, but my big question is what’s the difference between activated charcoal and bentonite clay in terms of what it can do for you? From what it looks like they have similar effects from ingestion. Why take bentonite over activated charcoal? Right now I’d probably use BC externally and AC internally from what I’ve seen here but I’m wondering about your opinion.

    • There is some debate on that. They bind to different things but activated charcoal is a great choice too. Definitely just research and make sure you are comfortable with anything you use. I also would not take either one for an extended period of time without a specific reason…

  144. Hi, I have some dental fillings still in place, is it ok to still use bentonite clay? Should I drink with a straw so it doesnt touch the fillings?

  145. I have had a recurring urinary/kidney infection of E Coli…I have been on Levaquin & Cipro..and still have it….I wanted to try the clay to kill the E Coli anyone have any experience with it?

    • use d-mannose for uti

  146. When I clicked on the link that showed where you get your bentonite clay from it brought me to Amazon, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound page. Is this the one you use? If so it says for external use only. Is this the one you drink? I am looking for one to use on skin topically, in toothpaste and to drink daily. What do you recommend?

  147. My son has a dermoid cyst on his eye, would bentonite help if I used it as a mud eye patch. Just thinking it might bring oxygen threw and in the process absorb some of the bad tissue.

  148. I have scalp psoriasis and wondered if this would help it? Using as a paste on my scalp then washing it off? Also if taking internally, would this help C-Diff?

  149. I used this clay to speed the detox when I quit smoking. It seemed to really help speed up the removal of the chemicals ingested through tobacco! Also, a big fan of Aloe Vera Juice. Trader Joe’s organic A.V. is about $9.00 afor a gallon. It really helps with IBS/Diverticulitus flare up’s.

  150. Hi Katie
    You must check out Donna Pessins work for ‘Healing the bowel, healing the body’ at unique She has amazing success over 30 years and uses large doses of sodium Bentonite.

  151. Hi- I have enjoyed reading about your insights on BC. Question- you said you used the face mask while nursing, but did you take internally? I am nursing, but am battling thrush (as is my little one) and I also have severe digestive issues, that I am beginning to think is yeast related. Do you think BC is safe while nursing?


  152. I bought some small glass jars to mix the clay in, but I didn’t realize you said it can’t come in contact with any metal. The lids on the jars are metal. Will it still be ok if the clay doesn’t come in direct contact with the lid? Or is having a metal lid still an issue even if it doesn’t touch the clay?


  153. Do you take DE and clay on a daily basis or do you need to take breaks? I’ve read conflicting info so I’d like to know what you’re comfortable with. Thank you for all the great info you provide.

  154. Hi, i have seen some questions regarding the clay and it’s efficacy if you have metal in the body (such as a metal plate for broken bones)
    What is your opinion on this, can it still be taken and do you think it will work if i have steel in my leg?

      • Can you add gelatin to this clay recipe and get the same hair strengthening results as you recommended for shampoo?

  155. I have Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Do you know if that can be taken internally?
    Thank you

  156. Hello,

    If you want to see a healing with clay. My son burned his hand. With clay, beautiful healing :

  157. Even Better Now is a website retailer that sells the most powerful and healing bentonite clay,
    I have found it to be far superior to the Aztec brand on Amazon. The stuff is miraculous.
    We need to detox the heavy metals dumped on us with the chemtrails.

  158. Hey, I am planning on buying this clay for my bed ridden mom, she got severe bed sores.. Can bentonite clay be used on that? Would it be safe?

    • I have just begun using calcium bentonite clay for my father’s bed sores. I spoke to Perry A, the author of Living Clay Nature’s Own Miracle Cure, and she said we should begin to see results in 4 days. He has tunneling bed sores that have been troubling him for years. I believe this might be the thing that cures him! The clay improves circulation to the area, as well as removing toxins, the two things that cause bed sores.

      Every morning and night, we pack a thick layer of hydrated calcium bentonite clay (3:1 water to clay mixture mixed to the point that it has no clumps), and cover it with glad press n seal (this is what Perry recommended). Then, we wash it off when we change the poultice (every 12 hours).

      Good luck!

  159. I have purchased bentonite clay for internal detox. I also purchased psyllium husk to prevent constipation but am not reading psyllium husk is a no no on SCD or paleo diets.

    My question is – do I really NEED the psyllium? Any suggestions for alternatives?

    thank you!

  160. Thanks for the great post 🙂 I got a bag of bentonite clay from rose mountain herbs quite some years back and was quite surprised to find that the clay powder wasn’t water soluble. It just lay on top of the water or sunk in air-spheres (much like pure cacao in cold water). Therefor it was always a quite nasty drink (tried to shake i up, which only resolved in smaller clay-filled spheres). Has this ever happened for you?

    • Angelie, I did the same thing (ordered from MRH) only to discover it was not the bentonite type to be used internally. It says “for external use” on the package. Yeah, when you mix it, it become VERY pastey, which is probably great for a face/body mask. From the little research I’ve been doing, I think it’s the CALCIUM bentonite that can be used internally AND externally. The one NOT to be used internally is SODIUM bentonite.

  161. When I was younger, I had chronic ear infections. No medicines seemed to help. My mother heard a radio program one day where she heard about bentonite. She went out & found some and started giving me some. Lo and behold, the infections went away! Now I give it to my kids when needed (just 1/2 tsp /day mixed with juice/water) and myself. It’s been a boon to us. I definitely recommend it, but don’t overdo it – it does cause constipation.

  162. I’m new to all this and starting to research making my own, healthy alternatives to store bought health and beauty products, and my husband and I have recently been working on detoxing. I’m very interested in the healing properties of Bentonite Clay. I’m curious about the California lead warning on the container for the Redmond Clay brand. Is that not a problem? Is it considered a safe amount? Thanks!

  163. Hi,

    I am wondering if it is safe to use one your face (lower half) if you have dental implants.

    Great site, thanks for your info and help.

  164. A friend of mine used bentonite clay in her bath and the next day her eyes were swollen and she became constipated for a few days with hard ball like stool, which I know is a liver issue. Just curious to hear your take on why that would’ve happened? What should she do the next time to prevent that from happening again? Anything prior to the bath?

    Thank you

  165. Hello,

    I recently purchased the bentonite clay from Mountain Rose Herbs. Once I received the bag, it said it was only recommended for external use only. Did I somehow order the wrong product? I wanted to use it for toothpaste. Also the Clay is a greenish/gray color, is that okay?

    • Hello,

      I recently purchased the bentonite clay from Mountain Rose Herbs. Once I received the bag, it said it was only recommended for external use only. Did I somehow order the wrong product? I wanted to use it for toothpaste for my two year old. He has some early signs of mineral deficiencies and some browning on his teeth that we are working in healing with clays and diet. Also the Clay is a greenish/gray color, is that okay?

      I also order Living Clay. Is this a good brand. It says for internal use.

      I read on another site that pascalite Clay was used to heal teeth. Any info on pascal its?

  166. I apologize if you’ve already covered this but I was wondering if you take the clay you recommend internally. I have been using it as a mask but the container says not to take internally. I heard there is a liquid form you can buy. I would like to take take it if it is safe.

  167. Very strangely I had a bentonite bath for detox. Washed my hair in it. Since then my silver grey hair has gone a golden blonde and won’t was out!
    Any suggestions on cause?

    • Golden blonde hair??? I don’t see a problem here!

    • I wash with clay frequently and I pure white hair, no yellowing. What brand of clay did you use?

  168. Katie: do you know if bentonite is safe to take internally while breastfeeding?

    • I took it a couple times, but always check with your OB/Midwife before deciding.

  169. What is the difference between the Bentonite Clay and the Redmond Clay? Some of the links for Bentonite Clay take me to Redmond Clay on Amazon.

  170. Redmonds seem to have a warning about lead. Why does it have lead?

  171. So I recently came across your website and am loving all the resources. Lately been having several health problems with my gut. So to my great horror I decided to do a parasite cleanse/colon detox. I was wondering if anyone here has done one with the NOW Black walnut hull w/ wormwood and cloves tincture. I’m also going to combine this with Psyllium husks and bentonite clay. First question, since I have metal fillings in my teeth, would the capsules work for the clay since I can just swallow them? Also, what brands of both the husks and clay would you recommend as the safest and highest quality? Thanks so much!

  172. When I started making toothpaste from your recipe you recommended Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It says on it for external use only. I want to use this product up before buying the Redmond one you now recommend. Do you consider the Aztec Secret safe to use as the tough rinse and to take internally to cleanse the colon?

  173. Hi. Sorry but were you aware that this clay has trace amounts of lead in it? How safe is it to actually use, do you think?

    • From my understanding, the lead is in an extremely trace amount and bound into the molecule in a way that isn’t released into the body, but definitely do your own research on it!

  174. Last year I had a staph infection on my leg from a small motorbike exhaust burn, it was awful to try and get rid of, I live in a tropical environment and it kept popping back up. The sore was so deep and had to be packed with gauze and betodine. Do you think that a clay poultice would be a good idea if I ever had this experience again?

  175. Please let me know if I can give this to my husband. We have Redmond Clay here. I have not used it yet. Husband has fever of. 101 and maybe stomach flu. He hasn’t vomited yet. We have 4 small children too. 6,4 2 and 3 minths old. I’m kind of worried. Kids just got over throwing up mucous and fever from colds. Baby has rsv. We are a mess!

  176. Hi, I would love to know …. I have just been diagnosed with coeliac disease.
    Does the bentonite clay have any benefits re using it to control this.
    I would love to hear your thoughts as am very much into natural remedies and getting to the source of the problem.
    Many thanks!

  177. I’m glad I came upon this post, I was just reading a new post from the coconut mama about bentonite clay, I’ve been using Great Plains Liquid clay, but have ran out of it, but I also have The Aztec Secret Brand too, and after reading her post I was wondering if I could use it internally, and after reading through the numerous comments asking this question over and over I want to say you have a lot of patience for the same question over and over and am going to start saving money and just using the powder, but I do have a question that wasn’t asked, if I use this internally for a detox, and I have no real reason like an infection or acne does using it externally add any bonus, like some kind of a skin detox or anything, or may pollutants that just go through the skin? And then I would assume that using it in a weekly bath would be good, I take epsom salt baths several times a week, I could add some with that.

  178. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for all the great info! I know you mentioned not letting the clay come into contact with anything metal. I am eager to try clay detoxification, but I have metal dental implants in my mouth. Do you have any idea how this would react with the clay when drinking it?

    Thanks for your time and input!

  179. It has an alkalizing effect on the body and when taken correctly, it can help balance gut bacteria.

  180. I started drinking bentonite clay mixed with water as soon as I get out of bed. I understand I have to wait an hour before eating but how long do I have to wait for my first cup of coffee? Thank you.

  181. Is bentonite clay the only clay that you use? Or are there other clays that you benefit from as well?

    Sorry if this questions was already asked. My computer is freezing up and I’m not able to read all the comments. Thanks! 🙂

  182. I recently decided to stop ingesting aspartame and Splenda. I have been consuming these products for 33 years or so.

    I want to get these toxins out of my body quickly as possible. I have ordered the Redmond’s Clay Capsules and some activated charcoal.

    I was wondering if I can take both of these products or do I need to rotate taking them?

    • I’ve taken them both in the same day before but I don’t take them in the same dose.

  183. Great article on clay. Just wondering what your thoughts are regarding lead naturally occurring in clay. I am currently looking at adding toothpastes to our shop that contain clay, and am looking for thoughts on this.

  184. My D.E. is food grade but is grey in color from Bentonite Clay. Would that be the same? I worry a bit about the D.E. since I got it at the feed store.

  185. The doctors have not been able to figure out what is wrong with me. My tongue tingles daily, but gets worse as the day progresses. I get cyst like bumps along my jaw/neck at times. I was getting clear blisters all over my stomach and chest after sweating, but since I have been applying alcohol to my body daily it has gone away. I think it is a yeast overgrowth. I eat clean about 90% of the time now and started that about 5 months ago. I was told I have thrush which I have been working on with herbs after meds didn’t work. All allergy test came back negative. Grrr, so frustrating. I am on Levothyroxine for my thyroid. The tongue thing is really bothersome though. Have you heard of clay helping with that at all? Okay, that is probably very random…sorry!

    • I haven’t heard of anything about that specifically but I hope you find answers and relief soon!

    • I had sores in my mouth, I’m not sure from what could be my dentures, along with a continual sore throat, not scratchy but like there was a lump on the side, and nothing I tried seemed to help so what I did was make a thick paste and did similar to oil pulling after 2 days I was ok, can’t say it would help you but you might want to give it a try.

    • Get yourself onto Turmeric Golden Paste. Also, try organic cold pressed coconut oil.

    • I know you said your allergy test came back negative but keep in mind they are very unreliable and often inaccurate. I won’t go into the details here but there is a tonne of info on the internet about the limitations of allergy tests. I had allergy tests (scratch test and blood test) a few years ago and according to those I am NOT allergic to cow’s milk or gluten. But, I know for a FACT that I have a sensitivity to both because if I drink milk I get an itchy face, a runny nose and phlegmy throat within an hour. With gluten I also get a bunch of horrible symptoms but those take 1-2 days to manifest. Both gluten and dairy will sometimes give me a skin rash of small pimply/blisters on my lower legs and arms. It’s definitely worth at least trying to eliminate the common problematic foods for a while to see if it makes any difference. It might not be from a food allergy but no harm in trying.

      • …although the cysts also make me wonder how your lymph system is going…hmmm. Either way, finding the right diet for YOU will positively affect every part of your body including your lymph system and your thyroid. Best of luck.

    • For your thrush, get some plain greek yogurt and plaster in all over and just inside. Do this before you go to bed and keep applying fresh lot after you have doused yourself every 12 hours

  186. Doesn’t the lead disclaimer on the clay you buy alarm you? Not sure I could buy something “healthy” with a disclaimer like that.

    • From what I’ve read, this is standard on all of these types of clays but the lead is bound within the molecule and not released into the body. It is also an extremely small amount (if it contains any- it can vary depending on where it was collected).

  187. Hello! I enjoyed reading your post about clay. I have been using it internally and externally for a few months and really like it. I have a question. I have been putting it all over my body, letting it dry, and then soaking in an epsom salt bath. I just read on another sight how magnesium absorbs while clay pulls, so do you think that may not be the best result?

  188. Hi,
    This information has all been really interesting but I havent seen much about the effectiveness of the clay and weight loss. How would I go about using the clay If I did want to detox/ lose weight? Thanks

  189. Hi! I read some comments asking about how to apply because it clumps up… I have found that if I use a makeup brush, and dip it in water, and mix up the powder that way it works amazing.

  190. I have a metal retainer in my mouth, will this affect taking it internally?

    • Just use a straw and avoid contact with the retainer. And I’m not sure why people keep using this awful powdered and/or sodium form. Just buy the Great Plains liquid, $9.00 for 16 oz. No clumping, explicitly safe for internal use, tasteless, don’t have to mix it with stinky vinegar to use as a mask etc.

  191. Any informatio on using the oral prep with mercury fillings? Good idea/bad idea? Thanks

    • I’d suggest the same: a straw. Additionally, you can buy cheap rubber trays for the upper and lower teeth (similar to what you get with a home whitening kit or for teeth grinding at night) at any drug store. Pop them in before you suck it down, you should be a-okay. Enjoy; it has been about a week for me, and I feel fantastic!

  192. Katie, you mention that you have taken bentonite clay internally but the link to the bentonite clay says external use only. I was wondering what bentonite clay you can take internally? Thank you!

  193. I had an outbreak of spreading itchy bumps on my ankles. Tried 2 weeks each of clotrimazole, benedryl and a prescription steroid. Kept getting worse. So I applied some clay from the creek for a couple more weeks. The bumps dried up and healed.

  194. Hi! I am a living testimonial of the healing power of this clay! I was given a jar of it about 10 years ago by a friend. I used it here and there for bug bites, which works very well. Recently I got a staph infection that started between my index and middle fingers. Antibiotics are always a last resort for me. The infection rapidly spread to my entire hand. I was beginning to worry about the possibility of blood poisoning. I was taking oregano oil internally but my hand kept getting bigger. I had planned to go to the hospital emergency first thing in the morning. Getting ready for bed, I remembered the clay. I had only a couple tablespoons left so I took about half, mixed it with ACV and applied the paste over where the infection started and covered with a bandage.
    I woke up the next morning and noticed the swelling and redness throughout my whole hand had gone away. I removed the bandage and I was shocked that the clay drew the infection to where I applied it. I was left with a huge puss filled boil but it was contained to where I applied the clay. I continued to use the clay and nothing else. I ONLY used natural soap to cleanse my hand and bentonite clay (which was mixed with ACV the first night then just water). I would love to share the photos I took of healing my hand with bentonite clay. I will always make sure I have it in stock from now on! I truly believe you can save ones life with this stuff! I would’ve been admired to the hospital and possibly lost my finger if I didn’t use the clay. I will preach clay from now on. Thank you for reading my story 🙂

    • That’s an impressive story/review. Thank you!
      Wish I could see the photo’s. . I’ve been doing quite a bit of research in this clay. Definitely going to get some. I’m always looking at alternative medicine. All my dogs are fed and treated all naturally and to have this on hand would be great, I think they will benefit from it and us too 🙂

  195. Great article Katie, I was wondering if any bentonite is good for cosmetic purposes. I found one that just says bentonite clay and another one that specifies that it is cosmetic grade. Any thoughts on that?
    Thanks 🙂

  196. Katie, I’m interested in clay, but I have to admit I’m still a little too concerned about the trace minerals like lead and arsenic to take the plunge. You always say do your own research, but I’m no expert here and I don’t trust myself (or pretty much anyone else who is not a PhD/MD/expert) to do research on these types of things. I was wondering if you knew of any scientific peer-reviewed studies on clays detailing exactly how much of these and other concerning metals are in there, and if there is any bioaccumulation when ingested for extended periods of time. I have looked, but I haven’t found anything like this. I’m not really interested in actually ingesting clay, really just in tooth paste (which involves some ingestion i suppose) and in your DIY makeup recipes (so excited to try those, with or without clay :), my bf has lots of allergies and I haven’t found any makeup i like that wouldn’t result in me smearing poison on my face, so I’m really excited about the makeup. Thanks for all your posts, you have definitely turned me on to some cool things, like Branch Basics.

    • Thanks for reading. I’m working on a post specifically about metals in bentonite clay and will definitely include all my sources in that. In the meantime, you could consider using other types of clays that don’t have that concern, like rassoul and green clay.

      • I find that Redmond clay is addicting!

      • Try this article. Bentontie Clays are a complicated study yet so very safe.

        Article: Why Bentonite Clays are Safe to Ingest
        by Perry A~ Arledge
        It is a known fact that because of Bentonites’ volcanic origins, they will have small trace amounts of metal oxide trace elements, primarily aluminum but also lead, mercury and even arsenic. On the average, clays contain 70-90 trace minerals in parts per million (ppm). These heavy metal trace minerals in Bentonite clays are safe because they are not bioavailable to the body. They serve another purpose. Their purpose is in the structure of the clay particle, contributing to the clay’s negative ionic charge. In addition, the clay particle is too large to pass through the colon into the bloodstream. Bentonites are from the Smectite family of clays having a dioctahedral 2:1 structure.

        Smectite clays are a super stable compound, and the minerals are tightly bound by covalent O and OH (hydroxide) bonds. OH is an oxygen atom covalently bonded to a hydrogen atom, each providing an electron to form the covalent bond. Like a chain link fence these bonds hold the atoms tightly together, forming the structure of the clay particle.

        The only minerals bio-available in Bentonites are small amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. These are in the adsorption layer and are the variable charge which is located on the edges of clay particles. Only these minerals can be released and absorbed by body.

        The other minerals in clays are fused together by covalent bonding and fixed as a permanent part of the clay particle. They form the large surface area of negative charges that are found between these microscopically thin layers of clay. They act as a strong magnetic pole for capturing and removing, viruses, yeasts, molds, toxins and heavy metals found in the body. [1]

        The charge distribution of positive edges and negative faces is as shown below.

        Below see the clay mineral structure of a dioctahedral 2:1 structured clay; it has two tetrahedral sheets, with the unshared vertexes of each sheet pointing toward each other and forming each side of the octahedral sheet in between them.

        Toxins and heavy metals accumulated and stored in the body carry a positive ionic charge. The strong negative ionic charge on the large surface area of clays magnetizes these elements and removes them from the body in two ways: internally, by grabbing any toxins present in the alimentary canal from the mouth south and eliminating them from the body; and externally, removing toxins stored in the body by pulling the toxins out through the pores of the skin through the actions of clay detox baths. They become tightly bound to the clay particles.

        For a chemical analysis to be performed to break these individual trace heavy metal elements out takes 600-1000 degrees Celsius or a very strong acid, much stronger than the body can produce. [2]

        The clay removes toxins while staying intact and exits the body without being broken down into its trace elements. This miraculous ability is possible because clays are catalysts. A catalyst provides activation energy to the body. A catalyst is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action. Unlike other reagents, substances that produce a chemical reaction, catalysts, are not consumed by the reaction itself.

        As a catalyst, enzymes in the body attach to the clay particles and together they become co-creators. These pairings are capable of making amino acids (building blocks of protein), proteins, peptide chains and minerals the body may be deficient in that the clay does not even contain. They are magnificent co-creators. The clay molecule itself is not changed by this process. [3]

        A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue are made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions, such as giving cells their structure. They also play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients. Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism.

        Smectite clays should not be evaluated like other foods and supplements because of the body’s inability to metabolize and otherwise break down the individual trace minerals in the clay. As you will come to understand, clays are a horse of a different color and because of their unique abilities, they do not fit the normal standards for FDA testing and regulations.

        It is important to know your clays. Some clays are acidic, some gritty, some high sodium content, and some not mined with care. Each clay deposit is different in its mineral composition.

        A company who chooses to provide a Quality Control Report, is assuring that their clay meets the specifications set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


        [1] Bergaya, F. and Lagaly, G., Origin of Cation Exchange Capacity, Handbook of Clay Science, 2nd Edition, Volumes 1 & 2, 2013 Part B, P. 334

        [2] Bergaya, F. and Lagaly, G., Origin of Cation Exchange Capacity, Handbook of Clay Science, 2nd Edition, Volumes 1 & 2, 2013 Part B, P. 366

        [3] Szostak, Jack W. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), “Clays as Catalysts,” Science. Vol. 302, Oct. 24, 2003

        Perry A~ Arledge is the author of Calcium Bentonite Clay Nature’s Pathway to Healing ( and numerous clay articles ( She is a frequent guest on health talk radio shows. She is dedicated to spreading the word about clay’s healing potential and putting attention on safe healing with Bentonite Clay. She is available for lectures, radio interviews, and answering questions on clay therapy. © 2015 Perry A~

  197. Thanks for the article! I have a question.. I am a breastfeeding mama to a toddler, would it be ok to use the clay in small amounts internally? I eat really, excersize ect. But I’ve always read any kind of detox is bad while breastfeeding. What do you think?

    • I generally avoid doing any kind of detox while breastfeeding just because there is the risk of toxins getting into your milk 🙁

    • Why WOULD you want to detox while breastfeeding anyway? Eat healthy etc and wait till you have finished

  198. I’ve recently found that a product I really love and trust has been banned in Canada and Europe because it was discovered to have toxic levels of heavy metals. What bentonite clay do you currently trust and use for internal application? The brand you list in the link, available at my local Whole Foods, says that it is NOT for internal consumption. Thanks:)

  199. Will the clay interfere with fillings, if used in a toothpaste or rinse? Also, is clay safe/beneficial for toddlers?? Thanks!

  200. I want to use some type of clay to heal my chronic diarrhea. I believe its caused by a bacterial imbalance. I need help doing this right. Please suggest a good source for in depth information on Bentonite, Azumite, etc. thank you!

    • Bacterial Imbalance? I’m no doctor, but I would also be doing my research in probiotics, prebiotics and Enzymes before, or after the clay. These will help with your gut bacteria.

      • Clay helps with gut bacteria as well it absorbs toxins & is a soil based probiotic try it & you’ll see how it’s fabulous for your digestion it pulls the toxins then comes out through your digestive tract

  201. Please help! I’m new here. My teeth are very sensitive and have become very yellow over the last 1-2 years. They aren’t stained, I’m pretty certain that I have just weakened and thinned my enamel through an extremely poor diet high in sugar. Is it safe for me to brush with a calcium bentonite clay? Could it somehow ruin my teeth more by pulling more calcium out of my teeth or anything like that? Thanks in advance.

    • Symone, google “oil pulling” and research using it to,help your teeth. It will strngthen the enamel and lighten the teeth. It cleans then beautifully and helps prevent cavities. It also kills the bacteria and it is easy to do. I use coconut oil, about 1-2 tablespoons every morning. Put the oil in your mouth and swich it around for about 10 minutes (i do it while drying my hair). Don’t swallow it since it has all the dirty gook from the teeth. Don’t spit it in your sink or toilet either since it will dlug the drains whenit hardens. Spit it in the trash can, rinse your mouth with water and now just smile. Wish you well!

  202. Hi,

    I was just wondering how to go about not getting it in contact with metal. Since my water comes out of a tap, which is metal there is no way that you can avoid contact with metal. Do you have any advice please?

    Thanks 🙂

  203. Hi Wellness Mama, I have been searching Hi and low for a Clay that you can take internally (UK). I have Bentonite clay but it says that you cannot take internelly. And I have not been able to find any here. Can you tell me where yours is sourced from

  204. I make a homemade “HYDROCORTISONE” using bentonite clay, tea tree oil, himilayan pink salt, zinc oxide, witch hazel, peppermint ( cooling ) and shea butter. Recently I contracted ‘shingles’ ( from an excessive stress causing event ) and used the Hydrocortisone on the blisters, within hours all the blisters were dried up and scabs formed in a fast healing process, my Dr. did precribe valtrex for fighting the internal virus so I had to discontinue hydrocortisone use during the 10 days of prescribed medicine. I know the “bentonite clay” was a defining factor in the quick topical healing and will forever use it as my main topical medicinal cream.

  205. My boyfriend is from Somalia, and he says that (sometimes) the pregnant women will eat a bit of clay for the iron.

  206. When you say not to let the clay interact with metal, what about the tub drain? Mine is chrome.

    • Get a rubber one. The metal makes the clay magnetic pull less effective.

  207. Hi! Do you think the Oral Rinse could be something you could bring with you and use during the day after eating? Or is it just as good just doing it all at once like you explained?
    Thank you!

  208. My naturopath recommended a liquid Bentonite product from Whole Foods – it is the Great Plains brand. I am just reading all the posts, and went to buy some today. She recommended starting with 1 tbsp a day for the first week mixed with juice or applesauce, and then possibly going to 2 tbsp after we see how the first week goes. I have IBS -D chronic symptoms and have not found relief with a lot of other things. I am also wondering about any fillings in the teeth or implants (dental) with titanium – I have one from a permanent tooth that never came in. The bottle I bought does not say anything about not using metal to mix with, so I wonder if that goes for the liquid type or not? Here’s hoping this works!

    • I have similar issues with The IBS-D with food intolerances. Tried SO many things…would really like to to know if the clay would help or make it worse!

  209. I have multiple sclerosis and arthritis in my lower back what is the best way to use the bentonite clay?

  210. Hi, Katie!

    I’ve been browsing around online this evening, and came across a post on bentonite clay on the Majestic Pure essential oils website. As I read I realized it was familiar, and I immediately found your post on the uses of bentonite clay. They’re identical. It’s this post on their site. I didn’t know if you knew this, but wanted to let you know if not. There’s no link back to your blog post or mention of you that I could find. It was just posted to their site a few days ago. Hopefully all is well!

    • Thanks for the heads up, Mandy! Unfortunately, people copy my posts all the time, without permission. Just the nature of writing. But I’ll reach out and ask them to remove it.

  211. I’m interested in what people have to say about the different uses of Sodium bentonite vs calcium bentonite. The following statement came off a product description.

    •? MADE IN WYOMING: This clay is extracted from the Indian Mountain area right here in the USA. The product is mined without the use of metal tools that can decrease the effectiveness of the clay. OUR Sodium bentonite is stronger than traditional calcium bentonite and has a stronger magnetic charge than the competition allowing it to attract more toxins for better detoxification.

    OUR Sodium bentonite is stronger than traditional calcium bentonite and has a stronger magnetic

    • There is no such thing as “magnetic charge” :O

  212. Hi Wellness Mama, I regularly take bentonite clay- 1 tsp a day in water for reflux- I was wondering if you have done any research on the possible side effects of clay such as the risk of slowly “plastering” the lining of our colon which could lead to decreased nutrient absorption-Thank you-

    • Personally, I wouldn’t take it every day. Like any food we consume. Within moderation. Over do it and you will do damage

  213. I wouldn’t advise cleaning teeth with it! Especially if you have fillings!!

  214. Has anyone when they first start taking clay have gray to light colored stools?

    • You know that’s natural, right?

  215. Betonite Warning Flag ! Possible Health Hazard but, NOT necessarily probable.

    Sometimes, we can learn from our pets.

    We live in a tiny, top floor condo in a 50-yr-old 3-story walkup, adjacent to a large university campus in Busan, South Korea. My wife and I are foster parents to an often large feral cat colony, existing on bugs, rodents, food scraps from a row of hole-in-the-wall back alley snack shops nearby, and crumbs from a few kind and mindful students.

    Strangely, many Korean grandmothers have taught their grandchildren to be fearful of, and to throw stones and rocks at cats, to discourage them from adopting humans. Too slowly, this Korean tradition is starting to die out, just like raising dogs for human food, and brutally beating them to death, in order to improve male fertility on the farms and in the backwater villages.

    Occasionally, you can still find, in the traditional open-air Korean market places, butcher shops with large dogs in homemade, undersized cages, offered for sale. Wisdom of the ages alongside modern high-tech consumer culture !

    Usually we have up to six at home, hoping for a permanent family home. Fortunately, we have a flat-roofed playground for them to explore, exercise and enjoy [ our building has 18 units, six of which have small dogs, no other cat lovers ].

    Some of the feral cats are tame, having been abandoned at a adjacent campus parking lot [ late at night, car door slammed shut, tires squealing as car races off ; a new frightened and bewildered cat or two in our neighbourhood ! ].

    One time, my wife brought in a beautiful white Persian, very pregnant, very tame. Soon, she had 3 kittens. She was an excellent mom, constantly cleaning her brood and keeping a watchful eye on the other five curious cats in our home, at the time. Grateful for a warm foster home and caring two-leggers.

    At the supermarket / department store I noticed a new brand of cat sand, imported from the States. It featured BETONITE, for added clumping power and easy cleanup of urine balls in cats’ sandboxes. I brought home two 10-lb. bags of that premium brand, figuring the extra 25% cost was well worth it.

    Within about two weeks, the mother cat died mysteriously. We took her to the local vet, hoping for answers. Rigour mortis had set in, and then phased out beforehand.

    We were shocked when the young Korean vet, in broken English, almost immediately noticed that her stomach had hardened. It felt as if lined with concrete.

    The lightbulb in my head lit up ! She had died from dehydration, yet she was drinking a lot of water in order to nurse her kittens. Why ? What had happened ?

    Her wee playful kittens, wrestling, doing somersaults and rolling around in their spacious, soft and clean sandbox [ plastic baby bathtub salvaged from a curbside trash heap ] entertained us no end.

    She was constantly licking clean her youngsters. The new Betonite sand, and the 3 kittens, were all white. We hadn’t noticed that the energetic kittens were picking up a coating of white dust as they played in their sandbox. Their Mom was always hard at work, licking them clean.

    The Betonite in that dust that she was constantly swallowing, lined her stomach, hardened, and thus prevented absorption of water and milk [ and food ] by her digestive system.

    Sadly, two of the three kittens eventually died as well, not too long after, before I had gotten rid of that blasted Betonite-type catsand. Killed by human kindness !

    The sole survivor of that cat family, has been with us for five years now. She’s finally full-grown, yet quite timid and lethargic, compared to the many others that have come, stayed a while, and eventually were adopted out. Regrettable childhood. Blasted BETONITE !!

    Could BETONITE be damaging human stomach walls as well but, not as quickly as her constant input of BETONITE dust ?

    Food for thought ! ‘Nuff said.

    • Could BETONITE be damaging human stomach walls as well?
      Yes, I reckon so. without a doubt! It makes sense doesn’t it? I mean, it’s a clay for goodness sake. This cat sand company needs dealing with, I mean that is just so typical of them.
      Those poor kitties 🙁

  216. Fort Benton is in Montana. There is no Fort Benton, Wyoming. I discovered a book called “More Precious than Gold”, which tells the story of Pascalite, a form of bentonite, which has remarkable healing properties. It drew out toxins from a bug bite my daughter had when nothing else worked and helped heal a small burn that my daughter had.

  217. Hey this may have been answered already but is it normal for skin to turn red from the paste my face is bright red. Just wondering.

    • I have never had that reaction with bentonite but I have with other face masks. If it doesn’t hurt, it may just be increased blood flow to your face but if it hurts in any way or continues to stay red, I wouldn’t use it again until you make sure you don’t react.

    • Hey. Yes it’s very common. I do a weekly face mask (a mix of clay and ACV) and my skin is always red afterwards. I usually do them before bed so I’m not exactly sure how long the redness lingers but my skin always looks great the next morning and all the redness is gone. I know a lot of other people experience this too (I read a lot of blog posts on clay face masks). As long there is no pain, stinging, sensitivity, rashes or anything like that you should be fine.

  218. A few years ago, while visiting in Arizona, I got bitten on my right calf (while sleeping) by what we found out later was a brown recluse. When red streaks started to travel up from the bite friends brought me some Bentonite powder that we made into a paste, liberally applied it to the area, placed gauze over that, then Saran wrap, then an Ace bandage. Left it in place til the next day. It was significantly reduced then, so we did that for 2 more days. By that time everything was gone. Now I have started to use a solution of Bentonite powder to swish in my mouth.

  219. Has anyone tried this for lichen sclerosis? My skin has become very thin from hydrocortisone use and nothing my doctors recommend help. It’s getting worse as I get older and affects my life on a daily basis. I was told it was autoimmune and no cure. I’m worried about chronic use from hydrocortisone and am desperate to try anything else, especially since dietary changes also don’t seem to be helping. I’m weary to buy this for external genitalia use.

  220. I use Dr. Schultze’s intestinal formulae which contains bentonite and charcoal among other things, and I feel it gives me the deepest cleaning I’ve tried so far.

  221. For years I’ve been suffering from severe itching under my arms any time I used a deodorant (only organic/no anti-antiperspirants). I tried just about every type of unscented/natural brand I could and nothing worked. It’s as if the oils clogged my pores so I couldn’t sweat properly. I also went to medical and dermatologist who had me try many scripts and nothing worked there either. Next, I tried washing with tea tree soap which helped with a rash under breast, but didn’t really help with underarm itch.

    So I had been reading about the benonite clay and decided to try. I bought the benonite clay because I thought maybe I needed to detox my underarms and lymph nodes. I used yesterday with organic apple cider vinegar. After rinsing my armpits were very itchy for hours into the evening, but this morning it has subsided. Something unusual but may not be related, my muscles around chest and underarms are semi-sore. I am unsure if I should continue using or look for an alternative. Any help or suggestions will be

  222. You said this helps with reflux. My 16 month old has gurd and his naturopath wants me to give him half a teaspoon acv with each meal to replace the loss of his stomach acid. The acv is cause him to have bowel movements that burn his bottom. Would the clay be a good substitute? Does the clay help the body make more stomach acid?

  223. Would this help with a urinary track infection for a dog?

  224. Hi, I have Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and I’m interested in ingesting it for digestive help. I notice the directions say “For External Use Only.” Should we not ingest this clay if it clearly says it’s only for external use? Please explain. Thank you!

  225. All Bentonite Clays are not safe for internal consumption. I would follow the manufacture’s advise and seek and edible. Some sources are Living Clay, Terramin Clay, Redmond Clay, or google for edible clays.

  226. We have a pure grey clay stratum in the creekbed on our farm. I’ve used the clay for skin problems with great success, I’ve had an infection above a tooth that has had a root canal; the dentist referred me to an expensive specialist. So I’ve been packing the tooth and gums with clay every night for 6 onths. No improvement, Any ideas?

    • If you’ve had a root canal then the tooth is dead. That means it can harbor an infection factory that your blood and immune system have no access to. If the infection is already in your jawbone then you need that treated immediately after getting the tooth pulled.
      Having a dead thing in your body is not worth it. I had the same issue, root canals are scams.
      Been over 7 years since I had the root canal, finally had the tooth pulled 4 years ago after years of mystery illness and facial swelling leading to brain infections.
      I still haven’t totally gotten rid of the infection at the site where it was pulled. Bc part of my jawbone had very limited blood circulation due to the infection and I’ve been battling so many other health problems since that I haven’t been able to focus on it.
      The longer you wait to get the tooth pulled and treat it the less blood circulation you have to treat the infection after the tooth is pulled. My brother had part of his jawbone die bc he was determined to keep a root canalled tooth. Normal dentist can’t even test for these jawbone issues much less treat it and the rate of brain infections leading to tumors….
      Ok, so root canals are a scam. You cannot fix an infection connected to or fed by a dead part of the body.

      • Thanks Brenna for your answer. I agree, and have been dreading the dentist visit. My dentist refered me to a endodontic dentist specializing in such. Or I can get it pulled, but it’s the last molar connected to another tooth via a bridge, so I lose 2 teeth without possiility of a bridge. Thinking about “what can go wrong” I am undecided. Don’t trust the endodontist, but I’ve had lots of root canals — prefer them to extraction. But you have stated my exact fears — so far health is fine, but….

        I have had many problems with teeth crowned without the root canal — after a few years they calcify — excruciating pain — and have to have a root canal. My Vietnamese dentist was an expert at root canals — no more trouble than a filling — for now. But I should be grateful that at 74 I am only missing 3 teeth.

        • Are you taking raw fermented cod liver/butter oil? My teeth were all going bad due to malnutrition as a child. I discovered the raw fermented cod liver oil gets nutrition to my teeth and I’ve had no new issues since. I do also eat a diet according to the needs of my teeth. Meaning no Undigested “easy” carbs. I soak my beans. Ferment my bread (really just a natural fresh yeast starter I use instead of manufactured yeast crap.). Eat lots of healthy oils, especially olive.
          If your tooth is not dead you may have a chance to save it. I had a doc repair a tooth that had a giant hole in the side -decay down to the nerve. The tooth has no pain and doing great now. I did have two sidewalks totally intact though. Just some thoughts.

    • For the person with a tooth ache that gets her clay from a creek bed. Are you packing the tooth with a quality dry powder clay. I would not use a creek bed clay this day in time for internal use.

      • Thanks for your reply! Still working on it….

        • You might also apply the clay mask to the outside of the jaw and down under the jaw in the affected area. At night put a thin coat on and sleep with it all night.

  227. Help! I just did a bentonite clay and Epsom salt bath. I thought it was safe while nursing, but now my stomach hurts and I have a really bad sore throat. Should I pump and dump and give the baby frozen Stach from the freezer or am I over reacting?

    • I always recommend checking with your doctor … but my rule of thumb is when in doubt, pump and dump and use what you have stored 🙂

  228. Hi, the clay that you have a link to, says it’s 100% Natural calcium bentonite clay.
    The clay I have at home, which I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs is made out of sodium bentonite clay.
    Do you know the difference? Does it matter which one I use if using your recipies?

  229. According to my information the sodium bentonite is NOT for internal use. The Calcium bentonite IS.

  230. Soium Bentonite and Calcium Bentonite are like cousins yet different. They are named after the dominate mineral and the one that is exchanged or released into the body. Most sodiums are for industrial use and have been cleaned or processed some what which interfers with mother nature. Sodium Bentonites tend to be thick and gooey- plastic like not smooh and emulsified like the natural calcium Bentonites.

  231. Thanks for all of the great info! I recently purchased some bentonite clay to make a toothpaste and am happy to learn more about all of the other ways I can use it. Although, I am wondering.. When I got home I read on the back that the clay said ‘For External Use Only.’ It happens to be the same brand (Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay) that you use. Is this an issue when using in a toothpaste recipe or for other internal methods like you mentioned? It seems to be completely natural with no additives, so I am confused as to why they would say this on their product label.

  232. i don’t use Aztec Secret. Brushing your teeth with it is not the same as swallowing it. It can be natural and no additives and not have been tested for purity. I don’t know why they label it that way other than they do not think it is safe to take internally. I personally use the Living Clay Brand. I find it is the most non-gritty clay on the market and is a triple swelling strong pulling effective clay.

  233. I’m not sure the question has been answered yet, but I’ve seen it posted many times and I am curious too as I have just order some Aztec Secret BC……is it safe to ingest despite the fact that it says “for external use only” on the jar?

    • IF they state not for internal use there is a reason. The Living Clay Brand is a tested safe Calcium Bentonite Clay.

  234. Hi Katie,
    I applied bentonite clay mixed with water on my face and on a few mosquito bites on my arms and legs. I left it dry for 20 min and my skin was red and sore in some areas when I rinsed. An hour later redness is gone. Have you or anyone you know experienced this? Any ideas of why Enid may have happened? Thanks!

  235. Clay draws tightly when it dries pulling blood flow and oxygen to the surface where healing can begin. If you are fair skinned it is likely you will feel warmth and see redness for a short while. You might try not letting it dry completely. In some cases wiht rashes it can be a detox reaction.

  236. How is the bentonite clay mined? Do they use plastic spoons to dig it out of the ground because you say not to let it touch the metal spoon. Can you respond to this as it is a question that I have been asked before and am curious myself.

    • That is a really good question, and I’m going to research it and see if I can find an answer.

  237. They line their trucks with rubber mats and use front end loaders that are lined with a rubber/plastic like coating. In any case it is prolong contact with metal you want to avoid.

    It is milled with grinding equipment. As soon as it is ground to a 325 mesh it is poured into 50 lb heavy paper bags with a safe plastic lining or one ton Super Sacks of woven heavy plastic, lined with a heavy safe plastic lining. You can mix clay in a blender, just wash the blades immediately afterward and do knot leave metal utensils in the clay for a prolong time.

  238. I used montollmonite (bentonite) clay to cure my valley fever. After being sick for over a month I drank a ton of it one day and was literally 95% better I still drink almost everyday good stuff!

  239. Does ingestion of bentonite Clay interfere with the absorption of herbs or vitamins and supplements? Does it interfere with the absorption of tinctures?

  240. No it does not interfere. . and only if tinctures are acidic.

  241. Is a detox bath with bentonite clay safe for an 8 month old?

  242. yes it is safe for an 8 month old to have a clay bath but they only need a 1/2 cup of clay dissolved in water added to the bath water.

  243. Hi!
    I recently started making my own earth paste. While researching it, I saw that many people used Aztec Secret healing clay as well as Redmond. My local natural foods store carries the Aztec Secret clay, so that it what I purchased and made my earth paste from. I have been trying to figure out if this was the right choice. I have found many recipes that use that brand for earth paste, but I’m concerned that I should be using the Redmond since the Aztec is primarily used for facials. Should I be concerned with ingesting the Aztec clay? Is one safer than the other?

    Thank you!

  244. Do you have any tips for cleaning your bathtub AFTER your bentonite clay bath? We have been using clay on my daughter’s eczema, and it’s really been helping, but it has made the dreaded chore of cleaning the bathtub even more daunting.

  245. If you mix it in a blender, 4 cups of water to 1 cup of clay it will blend in smoothly and leave no lumps. Just wash down the drain with water.

  246. My son had ringworm on his hand. We have no idea where it came from. Everyone and animals are clean and healthy. We tried tea tree essential oil, apple cider vinegar, and ring worm cream from cvs. The rash returned. The only thing that made it disappear for good was clay!

  247. I think she meant thickening agent.

  248. Can the Clay help detox your blood and urine from opiates? How would you recommend taking it for this purpose… I have come off some strong rx and want to detox my body.

    • Yes. Take detox clay baths and drink 3 oz 3 times a day of a liquid edible clay. I prefer the Living Clay Brand.

    • Because of your reference to “blood” and “urine,” I get the impression that you are asking this for a reason other than your health alone. Pardon me if I am incorrect, but bentonite will not detox your blood and urine for the purposes of test detection any more quickly than simply stopping. Within a few days – depending on how long you were taking opioids – the substance will no longer be in your blood or urine, as it is not (fortunately) going to bond to your fats.

      Now, as to the person who recommended clay baths for this purpose? No offense, but a clay bath is going to do absolutely nothing to detox you internally. And 3 oz. 3 times a day is a bit much to start off with, but you can maybe titrate up to that amount. Personally, I recommend Great Plains liquid bentonite, available at any Vitamin Shoppe.

  249. Hi all,
    I have been reading and doing my own research into bentonite clay as i am thinking of starting a regular detox… I did see that bentonite clay pull out heavy metals from the body. See, i have a tattoo on each wrist and one on my foot. And i love them!! I dont want to use the clay to remove them- just the junk and nastys in my body! Would a clay bath be safe if i kept my wrist and foot out the water or could i do like a foot mask and just avoid the part of my foot thats inked???? In that instanse too is it safe to use clay on my underarm or face or areas without ink? As i like the sound of the face mask and under arm detox. But would my tattoos still be safe even though the clay is not directly on them? I would also like to know if again a detox bath with epsom salts or magnesuim flakes are safe if your tattoo’d??? I have done an online search but its been unsuccessful. The whole idea of detoxing sounds great but im a little conserned about using clays,epsom salts or mag flakes (bath or spray) with tattoos and yes i am aware tattoo ink is toxic…. If any of your detoxs are safe for tattoo’d skin how often should/can they be done???

    • Hello Shell. I strongly recommend against clay baths if you want to keep your tattoos. I have heard myriad reports of the baths leeching tattoos out of skin. I believe you can get fantastic detox results from just taking it internally or, if you are compelled to use it on your skin, use a pre-mixed clay spread directly onto your body but completely avoiding the tattooed areas. Hope this helps. (BTW, the one I use is Great Plains.)

  250. 60 years ago tattoo inks were not as sophisticiated as they are today. It will not bother the newer inks. Yes pupping clay under your arms is an excellent idea. It will cleanse and detox the lymphatic glands. Facials will keep you looking young and wrinkle free as well as clearing up acne and deep cleaning pores. You can use it as often as you like in baths or topically. Perry A~

  251. I’d like to use bentonite clay speciifically to get rid of tattoos, in conjuction with laser removal, which i’m currently doing. The laser breaks up the ink particialls and then are ‘detoxed’ through lymph nodes… I’m no expert.

    What methods should i try to assist the proccess. Baths, skin application, internal??

  252. I make my own natural deodorant with bentonite clay and it’s the only one that works! Love it!

  253. Hi Katie, I’m wondering what you think about using in a detox bath after using traditional sunscreen. My son does soccer camp two weeks in the summer and they are always the hottest weeks, and often times he uses traditional sunscreen at some point in those two weeks. From what I know, it is the metal in sunscreen that’s the biggest concern, so I’m thinking maybe the clay would help draw that out? I would appreciate your thoughts, and thank you again for this awesome article!