Natural clay, bentonite has a fine, soft texture. The clay becomes a paste when combined with water. Some people use this paste as a hair mask or to treat rashes and acne. Some people also add bentonite clay to foods or drinks in order to treat digestive issues or remove toxins. Bentonite clay is found in many skin care products. According to the theory, bentonite clay adsorbs material by sticking to its molecules or ions. Whenever clay leaves the body, the toxin or other molecules accompany it. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron are found in bentonite clay, which may provide additional benefits.
How does it work:
You can use bentonite clay as a sponge for your skin. Bentonite clay absorbs dirt and oil, like sebum, which can result in acne. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may aid in skin healing. It has a high cation-exchange capacity, which means negative-charged clay can attract positively charged ions. Magnesium, sodium, and potassium are just a few examples. Silica and aluminum are also present in bentonite. The bentonite may also attract toxins that are positively charged.
Applications Or where it is used:
The adsorbent properties of bentonite clay may be helpful in treating acne breakouts and oily skin. Sebum, or oil, can be removed from the surface of the skin with clay, which may also soothe inflamed breakouts. It can be used to treat acne and reduce the chances of pimples and skin infections by removing impurities from the skin.
In the production process, bentonite ore is mined, sodium activated - if necessary, dried, and milled. By exchanging calcium ions for sodium carbonate, calcium bentonite is converted into sodium bentonite by sodium activation. Natural moisture content of bentonite is reduced to about 25-35% by drying. Because bentonite is hygroscopic, it must be treated at a controlled temperature, otherwise the molecule structure could be damaged. At temperatures over 500C, crystallisation water is irreversibly removed from bentonite, causing it to lose all of its properties and turn into grog (aggregate).
How to use:
Drink one teaspoon (tsp) of bentonite clay mixed with 6 to 8 ounces (oz) of purified water every day. Taking bentonite clay two hours before or after taking any medication is recommended. Clays such as bentonite can adsorb other molecules, thereby reducing the effectiveness of some medications.
Dosage of usage:
Children: By Mouth
Rotavirus-induced diarrhea: Clay is given to infants and children daily for a period of up to 6 days. A typical dose is 1.5 grams for infants up to 12 months old and 3 grams for infants 12 months and older. The dose is given four times daily.
Short-term consumption of clay may be safe. It has been used safely for up to 3 months at a dose of 3 grams or for 6 weeks at a dose of 4 grams. There is a possibility of constipation, vomiting, or diarrhea as side effects. Long-term consumption of clay can decrease potassium and iron levels. Other complications include lead poisoning, muscle weakness, intestinal blockage, skin sores, and breathing difficulties. Applying clay to skin inside the mouth may be safe. Dioctahedral smectite clay, 12 grams per day, has been used successfully as a cream in the mouth for five days.
Warnings and precautions while using this product:
Pregnancy: Long-term use of clay by mouth may be dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause high blood pressure or swelling. Short-term use of clay when pregnant is not recommended because there is not enough reliable information available.
Children: Short-term oral consumption of clay might be safe. When taken in doses of up to 1.5 grams per day for two weeks, it may be safe for children ages 3-9. An alternative type of clay appears to be safe when consumed in doses of 6 grams daily by infants up to 12 months and 12 grams daily by children 12 months and older for a period of up to 6 days.
Anemia: This condition might be aggravated by clay, which interferes with iron absorption