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I’m a big fan of healing clays. I put them in my own bath and in my children’s bath water. I use them on my face as a face mask and my armpits to help detox and avoid odor.
Another way I love to use them that is much easier than a full bath is a foot detox. This provides many of the benefits as a clay or salt bath without the mess and extra work.
Pamper your Feet…
Our feet are a hard working part of our body. Whether we are walking, chasing kids, working at a standing desk, wearing high heels, cooking, or any other daily activity, our feet take a beating.
This is the reason a foot massage or pedicure is so relaxing. Our feet often hold more stress that we realize and relaxing our feet is a great way to help relax the whole body. Even just a regular foot soak in hot water with epsom salt is relaxing, but I’ve found that adding a few additional ingredients can increase the relaxation and health benefits.
I love to add Bentonite Clay which is beneficial to the body in several ways:
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.
“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.
I’ve found that my favorite combination for a soothing detox foot soak is bentonite and epsom salts, but I have an unusual way of making the foot soak…
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Epsom Salts
- Bentonite Clay
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hot water (almost boiling)
- Essential oils for scent (optional)
- A Natural Bristle Brush for exfoliating skin
- A bucket or tub to soak feet
A DIY Detox Foot Soak
To get the most benefits from the clay and the epsom salts, I found an unusual way to start this bath. I began by mixing 1/2 cup of epsom salt into the water for a foot soak. I use a tub like this one, but even a three- dollar dishpan or a bucket will work just fine.
I dissolve the epsom salt in hot (but not boiling) water and set it on a towel.
Then, I mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Then, I add a little water to thin, if needed. I coat my feet in this mixture and let it dry for 10 minutes.
By this time, the water has cooled enough to put my feet in and the bentonite has dried. I add 10 drops of essential oils to the water at this point if I want to. When I put my feet in the tub, the hardened clay dissolves slowly and the benefits of the epsom salts take effect.
I continue to soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing my feet with a natural brush.
I rinse my feet and pat them dry. Typically, I do this before bed since it is really relaxing, but it could be done anytime.
Foot Soak Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
water to thin mixture (if needed)
- 1/2 cup epsom salt
- 6 quarts of hot water (or enough to fill your container)
- A few drops of essential oils (optional)
How to Make a Detox Foot Soak
- Dissolve the epsom salt in really hot, but not boiling water in a large bowl or foot tub.
- Set on a towel to let cool.
- Mix the bentonite clay and the apple cider vinegar to make a paste and add water if needed to make smooth (sour cream consistency).
- Smooth over feet and ankles and let sit for 10 minutes until starting to dry and crack.
- Place in foot soak for 15 minutes. The clay will slowly dissolve and fall off.
- At the end, use a natural bristle brush to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
- Rinse and pat dry.
Love Healing Clays? Here are some other ideas to try:
- Three Natural Detox Foot Bath Recipes
- Magnesium Foot Soak
- Detox Your Armpits
- DIY Hair Detox
- Benefits of Healing Clays
Do you pamper your feet? What is your favorite way?
Discussion (71 Comments)
Where do you buy the clay?
Katie - Wellness Mama
Katie, I’ve read several of your posts about bentonite clay with interest; however, when I examined the pictures of the Redmond Clay from your links to Amazon, it says it has traces of lead in it. I haven’t seen any explainations on your site as to how this can be safe to use on our skin or to swallow it. Can you please explain this? It seems odd to me to use something that contains a toxin to draw toxins out of our bodies. I guess I’ve always thought that there was no level of lead that was safe and that it would build up over time in our bodies. If you’ve already explained this somewhere on your site, then please direct me there. Thanks! –Rachel
Good point, could we get more on this please>?
I would like to know as well!
another mama researched this topic here:
This recipe looks great! Thank you for sharing! Is this also safe for pregnancy?
I was wondering if you could use magnesium flakes instead of Epsom salts or would the detox cancel out the magnesium? I frequently do a magnesium foot soak to add more magnesium to my body.
I think Epsom Salts are magnesium sulphate, same thing. I put a cupful in a bowl of hot water for foot soak of at least 20 mins. for maximum absorption through the skin.
Most magnesium flakes are MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE. Epsom salts are MAGNESIUM SULFATE. MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE is the better choice from my understanding.
Should you do this apart from taking supplements? Just wondering since it absorbs
Thank you for this post! The house I live in has no bathtub and I have seriously missed taking baths since living here. This foot soak sounds like a great alternative.
Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!
I’m wondering which toxins are drawn out by the clay. Also, don’t we need heavy metals in our body? How much do we need and how much is drawn out? How often is too often to soak?
Most heavy metals are not good for us, and animals have been known to instinctively eat bentonite clay for health reasons.
If you’re worried about losing the good along with the bad you can replace minerals using the following I have found to be useful: black strap molasses (esp. useful for heavy periods since it is high in iron), brewers yeast, goat mineral whey, diatomaceous earth(high in silica, food grade only), Concentrace mineral drops made from sea water and bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly. (NEVER give infants bee products) and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Robert Graham jr
Positively charged toxins metals and bacteria and plastics. You can Google all positive charged toxins that bentonite clay will grab and drag out of your system out the colon. The lead has no bioavailability so it will pass through your system right with the clay. We get plenty of lead through paint fumes and water pipes carpet glue that’s 30 years old turns into ok a moldy dust of toxins. The small amount in bentonite (if using the clay at proper dosing) shouldn’t effect you but if your worried you can detox heavy metals with zeolite powder instead. You can’t use anything but wood or ceramic to scoop out the zeolite because metal and plastics are attracted and will lower quality of this for detox from metals.
I am going to try this tonight! Do you, or anyone, know if this would be helpful in getting rid of toenail fungus?
Marie, Don’t know if it gets rid of toenail fungus, but I got rid of mine with garlic purée mixed with raw honey, and then a soak with Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil in hot water 🙂 takes a while, but do it every day and it works like a miracle!
Robert Graham jr
Best and quickest way to cure nail fungus is to soak in warm water, baking powder, and borax mix this well and add equal portion of white distilled vinegar. Yes apple cider is good for antifungal but only if your buying the raw organic brand With The Mother, and The Mother refers to the enzymes that give it the medicinal benefits you are looking for. I use a spray bottle with white distilled vinny in it and spray any mold in my home I did it once a week for 4 weeks and all mold is gone. You can soak your feet in 4 cups white Vinny 6 cups almost hot water 1/2 cup borax powder, 1/2 cup baking powder added to the warm water mix last while feet are already submerged. The reaction the warm water and baking powder causes will draw mold straight out of the wood inside your homes if you have a mold infestation.i add a little hydrogen peroxide too because it helps the skin soak up more of that antifungal soak. Try to keep feet submerged for 30 min every night until your nails fall off and grow back normal. Also think about using an internal antifungal because most of the time the problem starts internally.
Robert Graham Jr
I should mention I’m not a doctor I’m just a chef that’s been denied hospital Services emergency or not and had to learn to drain abscesses, clear blood poisoning before sepsis killed me, toxin dumps from coffee enemas are the best detox and infection prevention mold/fungi killer and parasites will also not survive 30 days of proper coffee enemas your gall bladder will squirt out all the toxins inside,you can feel it, then the liver dumps all those toxins it’s been harboring forever and suddenly your clearing everything from your body with super speed always research and be sure your safe. Do not take my word for it. But you should Google my suggestions.. I am a member on a committee that helps people suffering from Morgellons disease which is a parasite, slime mold, agrobacterium, and all the toxins they leave behind and the secretions mycelium or the slime mold itself. We’ve helped many many people get their lives back but unfortunately doctors won’t help and the regimen is not easy and expensive and you can’t stop not even for a day. It is real. I don’t have Morgellons disease but my friend does and I pulled black long worms out of her ears clear ones from her scalp slime molds fall off all over the spores get inhaled and it will tear u apart it destroys the fascia holding your skin tight and all the nerves from the pockets they form just beneath the skin and secrete a thick clear substance of enzymes or chemicals or toxins depending on how many infections you managed to accumulate. We’ve seen complete recovery in people who were too sick to leave their dark rooms for 14 years. As long as they don’t stop taking healthy supplements and eating properly boost the immune system and clear toxins from the liver to speed recovery which took us 6 months to see changes after 6 YEARS of near death illness and a scary pregnancy and newborn baby exposed to the worst and most secretive parasitic fungal disease I’ve ever seen.
Have you looked at MMS for this?
I use old toothbrush n apply coconut oil to toenail fungus. It was gone n a month.
I would try colloidal silver. I like Sovereign Silver and Natural Path Silver Wings. (I’m not affiliated with either) I’m also a big fan of Lugol’s iodine. You could just use the drops right where the problem is. Also,.baking soda is highly antifungal. Some alternative doctors use it for cancer believing some cancer is a fungus (I dissolve about 1 Tablespoon in warm distilled water and when cool put in a spray bottle. You can also make a paste with it by adding a little water. Hope this helps you. 🙂
I wonder about the plastic bowls and the pulling of chemicals from them. Any thoughts on that. I’ve noticed in Japan they use ceramic. I use a huge pyrex bowl right now.
Yes, I too am VERY concerned about using a plastic basin/bowl to detox my feet. I am wondering why your question wasn’t replied to, actually! I would love to purchase the recommended foot “tub” but it is clearly plastic and essential oils pull toxins from plastic. So confused about this!
Ceramic and glass are definitely great options. If you have a big enough glass bowl, that is an excellent idea to use.
My daughter and I visited a food pampering service called Soakology and they used, what looked like, copper vats.
Do you think a stainless steel bowl or pot is ok? Or would that leach, too?
With bentonite clay using any metal is not recommended. Only plastic or wooden bowls or utensils. Remember it will clash with metals.
The apple cider vinegar makes this smell HORRIBLE!!! The smell lingers long after cleanup, including on your hands – even after washing them multiple times. I washed mine SIX times, even used a stainless steel odor removing bar, and still they smelled of apple cider vinegar.
I will never, ever use apple cider vinegar again.
And no, I did not use essential oils because I am sensitive to fragrances and can only use fragrance-free preparations. No essential oil could ever cover up that smell.
Rob Graham Jr
I use zeolite powder which is another form of colloidal silver that attracts opposite charged pathogens bacteria fungi and metals. There are clear instructions never to use anything other than ceramic or wooden spoon to scoop the zeolite because a metal spoon will mess with the charges or something I can’t remember exact specifics but you should line it with rubber or something. And I do believe plastic foot baths should be fine as you need to ingest the plastic somehow which you can’t escape anywhere now anyway. But maybe Google some easy options for alternative to plastics and metals
I would love to make this up as a gift. Can I put the dry ingredients together and then it be dissolved in hot water at a later time?
I use bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar paste for facials. I have oily skin and this makes my skin feel great.
I was wondering how you dispose of the dirty water. I am concerned with the clay being a problem.
Katie - Wellness Mama
I dump it outside
Also, I like CALCIUM bentonite clay by Living Clay. I’ve used bentonite poltices on spots that looked suspicious, and painful areas on my colon. It can be also used in an enema(sorry to the squeamish types)coffee enemas are highly recommended by many alternative medicine docs, fyi. I use large bandaids and place the mudpack on that and then place on body and leave for a few hours or over night. Bentonite is great!!
Robert Graham Jr
Clay comes from ground. Pour outside around your garden perimeter to keep pests away or something. Letting borax and baking powder(powder does kill some fungi better than baking soda) drain right from the tub will help clean your drains also killing any built up nasty stuff