The #1 item in my natural first aid kit is one that I had never even heard of a few years ago–bentonite clay.
In a nutshell, bentonite clay heals by pulling out toxins. I’ve been using the Redmond Clay brand for going on two years now, and it’s always my first line of defense for a variety of skin conditions and digestive ailments as well.
According to the Redmond company website:
“Redmond Clay is a completely natural bentonite clay, extracted from the earth and brought to you in its pure, natural state….At a molecular level, Redmond has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged toxins. The formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes, with negatively charged wide surfaces and positively charged edges, providing a surprisingly high surface area and powerful drawing effect. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally rids the body of toxins as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.“
Redmond likes to call their bentonite clay the “clay of 1,000 uses.” But today, I’m just addressing 10. 🙂
Check out these ways to use bentonite clay:
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My children play outside a lot during the spring and summer, and, inevitably, one of them will end up with a skinned knee at least once per week. To activate quick healing, we usually wash off the knee with soap and water and then apply a thick layer of Redmond Clay. We then apply a bandage on top.
We knew it from the time she started crawling: My firstborn is a climber! With all her climbing comes lots of bruises–especially on her legs. We usually ignore the small, painless ones, but we soothe the bigger ones with bentonite clay.
3. Diaper Rashes
The warmer months are the perfect breeding time for diaper rashes. Even during the winter months I will often use clay instead of a diaper cream. It is also cloth diaper safe. I usually apply a thin layer that does not bleed onto the diapers.
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When I started my natural living journey I was horrified to read the ingredients on the bottle of aloe vera gel I had been using to relieve sunburns. Thankfully, bentonite clay works just as well and removes toxins–instead of adding to them.
5. Plantar/Palmer Warts
The warmer months are also when many people are prone to painful and unsightly plantar (on the soles of feet) or palmer (on the palms of hands) warts. There is an easy and super quick remedy for this: simply apply a thick paste of Redmond Clay to the warts and cover them with a bandage.
6. Bee Stings
Bentonite clay can both remove the toxins from the bee stings and relieve the pain associated with them.
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7. Bug Bites
Oh how I hate mosquitoes–but oh how they love me! Bentonite clay removes the toxins from insect bites, AND it can help remove the itch! When the clay dries, it reminds me of how the calamine lotion my mom used to rub on me as a kid looked. But I definitely prefer the clay.
8. Poison Ivy or Poison Oak
Thankfully, I’ve yet to be inflicted with either, but my father is highly allergic to both poison ivy and poison oak. Bentonite clay can remove the poison!
Just like babies are more prone to diaper rashes during the warmer months, adults are more likely to get heat rashes and the like. Bentonite clay can bring both healing and soothing to all kinds of rashes.
Whether it be working in the garden or going on a summer hike, blisters come more easily during the warmer months. Not only can the clay help in the healing process, but Redmond also suggests giving your feet a detox bath! (Now doesn’t that sound good?!)
Where to get Bentonite Clay
The only bentonite I use is Redmond Clay.
I love that I do not have to purchase a separate product for each of these ailments. A little clay will go a long way, so one tube will usually last me a very long time! On top of all of these uses, you can also use the hydrated clay as a facial mask!
You can get the powdered or hydrated Redmond Clay directly from the company website or from Amazon.com.