To save money, most clay users buy clay is in its dry powder form. Many websites sell hydrated clay, but buying dry clay is less expensive and it's easy to learn to mix it yourself.
Hydrating dry powder
Calcium Bentonite clay for application to the skin is easy, but
may tak a little patience to get used to each step.
The amount of water needed to hydrate clay varies according to the type of clay.
Some of the most popular green Calcium Bentonite clays, often called Living Clay are mixed in a ratio of 1 part dry clay to 3 parts water. For these clays, to every cup of powdered bentonite clay add three cups of water to hydrate the clay until it achieves a creamy consistency.
One method is:
Small Batch (for 2 cups or less):
In a small plastic or glass container with a
non-metal lid, mix 1 part clay to 3 parts purified or filtered water
(not distilled water). Cover and shake for about a minute (most lumps should disappear). Open and let it breathe about 15 minutes. When it seem well hydrated, cover it and store it in a cool dry place.
A Large batch (2
cups or more):
In a large plastic or glass bowl mix 1
part clay to 3 parts
purified or filtered water.
Turn on an electric mixer with stainless
steel beaters to thoroughly mix the clay and water. Allow the clay to set for 1 hour
lightly covered to let the clay breathe. Beat again until the clay is smooth and creamy. Let the clay to sit for at least 10 more minutes uncovered before closing it off. Do not leave the beaters in the clay when the mixer is not in use.
If you do it righ, you will get a smooth texture, similar to pudding. The clay should have a bounce to it when tapped. If the clay seems too liquid, more clay can be added. If it seems too thick, add more water.
How to preparing powdered clay for a liquid consistency:
The ratio for green Calcium Bentonites, like Living Clay, is 1 part dry clay to 8 parts water. For example, ¼
cup of powdered TLC clay to 2 cups of water.
In a plastic or glass
bottle with a plastic cap mix 1 part clay to 8 parts purified or
filtered water. Shake for about a minute. Take off the lid off to allow the clay to expand and breathe for about 15 minutes.
Shake it again and then again allow it to breathe. Always
shake it again just before you use it. If it's too liquid, add more powdered clay. If it's too thick, add more water until you get the consistency you want.
To detox, add 4 cups of liquid clay or 2
cups of powdered TLC to a hot bath and soak for about 20 minutes.
Clay Masques and Body Wraps can help increase circulation,
exfoliate, cleanse, and remove impurities and oil from the
skin. Clay Baths can detoxify and stimulate the lymphatic system.