Bentonite, also known as montmorillonite, is a type of clay formed from volcanic ash and has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. Indigenous tribes around the world have been observed dipping their food into small amounts of bentonite dissolved in water, and many animals are drawn to bentonite reserves, where they can be seen licking the clay, or wallowing in it to relieve external injuries.
Some of the external benefits of bentonite clay include:
• As a mask, bentonite stimulates blood flow and draws away dead skin cells and pore-clogging dirt and oils.
• Mixed with enough water to form a thick paste, bentonite can help dry blisters and control itching.
• Mixed as a healing poultice, bentonite can aid in the healing of wounds, pimples, and boils.
Internal benefits of bentonite clay include:
• Due to its tendency to swell, bentonite is effective as a bulk laxative.
• Once it swells, bentonite has the properties of a sponge, and effectively soaks up toxins. It has even been shown to help rid the body of snake venom, pathogens, pesticides, and herbicides. Because bentonite is inert, it passes through the digestive system (with the toxins) and out of the body.
• When taken internally, bentonite can aid digestion, reduce body odor, and eliminate skin blemishes.