Hey girls, boys…
I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.
The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.
I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.
What is bentonine clay?
“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. 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.” – Mountain Rose Herbs
What Is a clay bath?
A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!
What can a bentonite clay bath do?
- Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body
- Removes impurities from the skin
- Boosts immune system
- Deep cleanses the skin
- Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders
- Helps clear acne and pimples
- Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…
- Helps to cool and soothe insect bites
- Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Calms skin allergies
- Stimulates the lymph system
- Soothes sunburn and sun rash
- Gentle detoxification with no side effects
- Relieves headaches
- Relieves body aches
- Great for fatigue
I could go on all day… I’m sure you get the drift!
How to make a clay bath?
I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.
For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.
Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.
Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.
All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!
Do’s & Don’ts:
Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.
Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.
Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.
Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!
Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.
Where to buy bentonite clay?
The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.
It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.
I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.
So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!