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For soft, voluminous hair, mix 2-3 tablespoons of clay powder with an equal amount of filtered water or apple cider vinegar. Apply the clay mixture to damp hair, leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly. If you mix the clay with water, I recommend following the washing with an apple cider vinegar rinse to avoid drying.
2. Blemish reducing facial mask
Bentonite clay tightens and tones the skin, and its absorbing properties can draw out impurities from deep within. To make a facial mask, mix 2-3 tablespoons of clay powder with equal amounts water or apple cider vinegar. Follow up with this DIY anti-aging facial serum and homemade facial oil moisturizer.
Apply the mixture in a thick but even layer to the face, and allow it to dry for about 10-15 minutes. It should feel tight and slightly tingly. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. For best results, use once or twice a week.
3. Pamper yourself with a detox bath
Add 1-2 cups of clay powder to your bath water, and soak for about 20 minutes. This will draw toxins out of your skin. Because of its electromagnetic properties, clumps of clay may stick to a particular area of the body where toxins have surfaced. If any spots of clay are left on your skin after rinsing, rub gently with a wash cloth.
4. Deodorant for sensitive skin
Bentonite helps to absorb moisture from your underarms and eliminate body odor without causing irritation. Try this DIY natural deodorant solid that’s incredibly easy to make.
5. Remineralize your teeth
After bentonite clay does its work drawing toxins out of the mouth, it leaves behind minerals that are nourishing for the teeth. Try this homemade squeezable toothpaste by Homemade Mommy to remineralize your teeth.
6. Heal burns and cuts
Mix clay and water until it has a paste-like consistency, and apply it to the burn or cut. Wrap it in plastic wrap or wet gauze after applying to keep the paste from drying. Change the bandages and paste every two hours as needed.
7. Reverse digestive distress
Mix 1-2 teaspoons of clay into a full glass of water, let it soak for at least 30 minutes, and then drink.
Caution: Don’t use more than the recommended amount of clay, as a thick, muddy mixture can cause constipation. It’s recommended to follow your clay water with a glass of plain water to keep the clay from settling.
8. Combat illness and poisoning
Clay is said to draw out pathogenic viruses, herbicides and pesticides, heavy metals and radioactive substances. To draw out these toxins, drink a small amount of bentonite clay powder mixed with water as stated above.
9. Make an anti-itch cream
Bentonite clay can be used on skin ailments such as insect bites or chicken pox. Mix a small amount of clay powder and water into a paste, and apply to the affected area. Let dry, and leave it on skin until it flakes off. Rinse off any residue with water.
10. Add to your favorite recipe for a cleanse
Headaches, allergic reactions, fatigue, sinus infection and many other health ailments are the result of toxin buildup in the body’s organs. To cleanse your internal organs, you can add a couple teaspoons of clay powder to a smoothie or your favorite food. Be sure to stay hydrated or take it with fiber to help it pass through your digestive system quickly.