I finally got my hands on some clay! Between my love/hate relationship with online shopping and my local natural health food store slacking, I never got around to trying it out until now. Well finally my health food store came through. I noticed they stocked up on European Clay by Now Foods for $5.99 for a 6 oz jar which I found to be a great price so of course I got it.
Clay has been in use for a variety of purposes since ancient times. Not only have clays been in use for beauty, skin, hair and therapeutic purposes but suprisingly enough as medicine too, treating a variety of health ailments.
What is Clay?
“Clay is basically inert super charged minerals, and it gets its negative electromagnetic energy charge from the thermo dynamic heat and volcanic action that created it. When activated by water the clay awakens with a strength that radiates throughout the body, stimulating energy for the rebuilding and revitalization of latent cells, and starts a healing process. The body needs this energy to restore harmonic balance essential to healthy maintenance. In addition, this super power has the ability to absorb harmful, toxic substances from within the body, tightly bind them within the molecule, and carry them out of the body.” -SOURCE
In a nutshell clay is volcanic ash packed with a variety of minerals and nutrients beneficial for beautiful skin and internal health. Clays can be highly absorbent making it an efficient detoxifier and cleanser when taken internally (as a drink). It’s able to attach itself onto harmful toxins and eliminate them from the body while at the same time provide essential nutrients. Clays that can be taken internally have been known to treat many ailments such as parasites, ulcers, diabetes, digestive disorders, immune support and also help balance acidity among many other health uses.
Clay can also do wonders for the skin. Thanks to Clay’s absorbent nature it can be an ideal addition for many skin types especially oily skin types like myself. Not only are clays able to absorb toxins internally, but it’s also able to attach itself onto dirt and oil on the skin’s surface. Clays are also antibacterial and antiseptic treating acne, wounds and skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Clay gently exfoliates removing dead skin cells and also promotes circulation.
There are a variety of colors and types of clays, check out which is more suitable for your skin type here.
The clay I got is montmorillonite also known as french green clay. Clays come in a variety of colors and are sourced from a variety of places throughout the world.
What I like about this clay (or any for that matter) is that you can add virtually anything to it. I first started off with water since I have oily skin. But if you deal with dry skin adding oils (or coconut milk like I did this past weekend) or basically anything that will provide moisture would be a great addition.
For this mask I simply added a little water and grapeseed oil.
And this is what it looked like…. I like how soft, refreshed and clean my face feels after trying this mask. Recently I added coconut milk and Ylang Ylang essential oil and loved how silky my skin felt. I don’t deal with as much oiliness after the mask which is a huge plus. My skin has been rather sensitive lately so I was pleased to see I did not break out after using it.
I want to soon give myself a full clay body wrap, to help with circulation as well as detox. Until then check out the following sources and links for more interesting facts about clay.