Mother Earth’s Medicine Cabinet: The Truth About Aztec Clay (Part 1)

Did you know that the use of medicinal clay dates back to prehistoric times? The use of clay is making a comeback when it comes to cosmetics and medicine, and for good reason!

The Science Behind The Clay

Aztec clay is formed when volcanic ash gets weathered and aged in the waters. This clay produces a negative electromagnetic charge. The clay usually comes in a powdered form and is activated with water, allowing it to act as a magnet inside and outside of our bodies, pulling any heavy metals or toxins out. It is the Montmorillonite (a flat crystal flake) that carries a strong negative ionic charge.

Aztec clay affects the body’s pH levels and also provides minerals our body needs. Sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite are both commonly used medicinally. What actually happens in the body when these minerals are consumed is sodium bentonite will remove toxins and provide sodium to the body in exchange, and calcium bentonite will pull toxins and provide calcium to the body.

3 Ways To Externally Use Aztec Clay

Sodium bentonite is used externally and calcium bentonite is used both internally and externally. The reason that sodium bentonite is typically used externally is because we ingest sodium when we eat so we don’t want to bring those levels up too high.

1: Skin CareAztec clay can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis. The clay binds to the bacteria on the skin and in the pores and draws them out. When you remove the clay from the skin the bacteria and toxins go with it. It can reduce outbreaks, alleviate redness, and ease irritation.

2: Full Body SoakAdding some clay to your bath water will hydrate and smooth your skin, reduce inflammation, and remove toxins. It is literally a full body detox bath.

3:  Rash PowderUse Aztec clay to replace baby powder for diaper rashes and prickly heat rashes. All you have to do is add a little water to the clay, spread on the affected area, and rinse it off after about 3-5 minutes.

Aztec/Bentonite clay is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are highly beneficial to our body. There are over 50 various trace minerals! These are just a few of the benefits and ways to use Aztec clay.  Look out for Part 2 of The Truth About Medicinal Clay to learn more about using it internally.

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