Clay is essentially volcanic ash.
There are about 7 types of clay, but only the smectite types absorb internally significantly.
There are three major categories of smectitie clay: Calcium Bentonite, Sodium Bentonite, and Magnesium Bentonite.
Sodium is not as healthful if ingested, and Calcium Bentonite seems to absorb and adsorb the best with no negative effects. Sodium Bentonite Clays usually have to be mixed with an acid like apple cider vinegar to mitigate the negative effects of the sodium. Sodium clays are typically used for industrial use.
Calcium Bentonite is the superior clay in all ways, and is the subject of our article.
There are many Calcium Bentonites available on the market today, which vary according to purity.
The names Bentonite, Montmorillonite, and Pascalite are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to edible Calcium Bentonite Clays belonging to the smectite family of clays.
Many Calcium Bentonite clays are referred to as
“living clays” as they are loaded with minerals that help organisms
producte enzymes. These living calcium clays are the
best clays for ingestion by humans, animals, and plants and to
add to soil. Check your product labels. We
recommend a pure, Calcium Bentonite Clay with a fine mesh (325 is
Clay have been used for healing for thousands of years. Even before recorded history, humans have used clays to heal externally and
internally to cure illnesses and to foster health.
Native tribes in the high Andes, central Africa and the Aborigines of
Australia used clay as a staple in their diet, and as a supplement for healing
In the second century A.D., Galen, a
famous Greek philosopher and physician, recorded the
use of clay by sick or injured animals. He recorded many
cases of internal and external uses of clay in his treatise on
clay therapy. In ancient Arabia, Avicena, the “Prince of Doctors”,
taught his students about clay therapy.
Dioscorides, a Greek considered to be the engineer of medicine for the Roman Empire, claimed “God-like Intelligence” for clay used for
The Essenes (authors of the dead Sea
Scrolls) used clay for natural healing of many illnesses and injuries, and there are Biblical references to
the healing powers of clay.
Clay was used by the Amargosian Indians (who preceded the Aztecs) and the natives of Mexico, and Central and South America. North American Indians used clay
for food, body purification, healing, in ceremonial events and for
trading with other tribes.
Early French culture used clay for
nutrition and medicine, and for trading. They used clay because of its healing effect on gum diseases, ulcers, rashes, dysentery, hemorrhoids, infected wounds and bites.
The 19th century German
naturopath, Sebastian Kneipp, and naturalist Adolph Just,
used clay therapy as holistic medicine, and spoke highly of it because of the fantastic results they got with it.
Early in the 20th century,
Julius Stump, a famous Berlin Physician, used clay therapy to treat Asiatic cholera, with great results. In the same time period, Dr. Meyer Camberg,
used green clay to neutralize arsenic poisoning. In the 1st
World War, German physicians used clay therapy to counter
food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, and wound infections on troops for both sides, reducing deaths greatly.
War 1, Russian soldiers were given 200 grams of clay with their
rations. The French added clay to mustard in several regiments, and those regiments
didn't undergo the dysentery which ravaged other regiments.
Modern man is just now beginning to
learn of the miraculous healing properties of Calcium Bentonite
Clay. Russian scientists used clay to protect from
radiation when working with nuclear material. Because clay adsorbs
radiation so well, Bentonite Clay was dumped into
the Chernobyl reactors after the nuclear meltdown. Today,
osteopaths, naturopaths, and other health professionals using alternative
medicine, are recommending Bentonite clay to their patients for detoxification and for illnesses and injuries.