Bentonite clay is a natural detoxifying remedy that has been around for centuries due to its multipurpose healing properties for the hair, skin and digestive system.

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Bentonite is a natural ingredient formed after volcanic ash has weathered away; once it is activated by water, the effects are magical.

This clay has a strong negative electromagnetic charge that when activated by water it acts like a magnet in or on our bodies by pulling impurities, chemicals, metals and toxins out. Once toxins are absorbed, minerals are released—sodium, potassium, calcium, silica, magnesium and iron—thus, cleansing and healing the body both internally and externally. 

The two types of bentonite clay are:

  • sodium bentonite
  • calcium bentonite

For your skin

Sodium bentonite aids in the healing and detoxifying of the skin, and hair. Skin disorders like acne, eczema, psoriasis and chickenpox are continuously treated with this clay because it is hypoallergenic and acts as an antibiotic on the skin. It is especially useful for sufferers of acne. If your skin needs an extra kick during a bad a breakout, use apple cider vinegar instead of water.

The mixture can be left on the skin for as long as you desire, although it is best to use before bed because your skin will be a bit red once it’s washed off and your skin will renew overnight.

For your hair

Bentonite clay is recommended as a treatment for those who suffer from:

  • damaged ends
  • itchy scalp
  • breakage
  • dandruff
  • hair loss

It is known to remove excess build-up and impurities from the strands and scalp, replenishing hair by adding the necessary minerals to rebuild each strand’s strength. Combine bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice with your favorite essential oil for a deep conditioner treat like no other. 

For the body

Calcium bentonite works the same way in acting as a magnet when mixed with water by detoxifying your gut. By drinking the food grade clay, you pull the toxins while making its way through the digestive system and attaches to the clay to release it later. It aids in:

  • acid reflux
  • acidosis
  • arthritis
  • bacterial infections
  • candida
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • food poisoning
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • parasites
  • irritable bowel syndrome

Similarly to the sodium bentonite, the food grade calcium clay releases the same minerals–sodium, potassium, calcium, silica, magnesium, and iron–into your body making it more alkaline. Therefore, you are able to take the clay in the form of a multivitamin supplement.

Your food grade clay must be taken on an empty stomach an hour or two before your next meal in order to gain all of its effects. Before you begin trying this ancient remedy as a body detox, first check with your medical physician for clearance.

There are a few things you need to make sure your clay possesses before adding to your Vitamin Shoppe cart.

  1. Not all clays are created equal, so check to make sure it is not a cream or white in color.
  2. The clay should be odorless, soft and smooth.
  3. Before using the clay, do not let it come in contact with any metal as that can take away from its electromagnetic effects.
  4. Use a plastic or glass container when pouring the clay out (you can even use your finger to stir it with water”>.

Have you used Bentonite clay before? Would you try it as a facial cleanser, a body detox, or a hair masque?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Irma Garcia


Irma is a full-time Afro-Latina womanist and reproductive justice warrior with a passion for poppin’ curly hair. She steps on the pro-choice battlefield as a patient advocate at Austin Women’s Health Center and supports people of color during their birthing experiences with positive, healthy outcomes as a trained doula with Mama Sana Vibrant Woman.

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