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Bentonite Clay – What Is It and How Is It Helpful?

What is it??

  • Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water. For industrial purposes, two main classes of bentonite exist: sodium and calcium bentonite.
  • Sodium bentonite expands when wet, absorbing as much as several times its dry mass in water. It is often used in drilling mud for oil and gas wells the property of swelling, used in most cat litter, and also makes it useful as a sealant and groundwater barrier.  It is used in landfills and retention ponds for this purpose as well.
  • Calcium bentonite is a useful adsorbent of fats and oils as well as ions.  Calcium Bentonite can also be converted into Sodium bentonite if desired
  • The clay has a strong negative electromagnetic charge and when activated by water it acts like a magnet around our bodies and pulls metals and toxins to it
  • So when used as a detoxer, it will draw out and exchange the toxins in your body and replace them with sodium or calcium depending on the type of clay, however sodium is the best since it has a stronger negative charge.

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Uses:

  • Removes proteins from wines and clarifies them
  • Mix 1/4 cup with water and soak fruits and vegetables to get real good and clean
  • Helps reverse the degrading of soil
  • Used in Homemade toothpastes
  • Use to make homemade Calamine Lotion
  • Apply with water for burns, scratches and bites
  • Can be used to help bleach tattoos
  • Used for detox your body of heavy metals that have been built up
  • Used to help soothe eczema
  • Can be used in soaps and shaving creams
  • Can be used to relieve constipation bloating and gas, can help ease IBS, and helps cleanse colon

Where to buy:

Personally I buy Redmond Clay, They are a very reputable company and have a great website with tons of information on their product.  Redmond Clay is also a mix of Sodium and Calcium Clays, so you get the best of both worlds in this one.  I purchased it on Amazon Prime for $11.68 for 10oz by weight, also its available as an add-on item for $9.01 if your total purchase is $25 with Amazon Prime.  A little goes a long way with this stuff, but you can buy it in a 6-lbs bucket for $63 as well.  I will list all the links below.

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Also I have heard Mountain Rose Herbs is reputable site and their prices are reasonable, but be aware that they only sell Sodium Bentonite Clay.   And it does note that this should only be used externally. While Redmond Clay can be used internally.  It may just be a disclaimer to protect them, but wanted to bring it to your attention.

For Calcium Bentonite Clay I would recommend the brand, Living Clay, it is more expensive, but it is pure Calcium Bentonite Clay and not a mix like Redmond Clay, the link is also provided below.

How To: Homemade Toothpaste – Why Make It and How much Money Can it Save You?

I make my homemade toothpaste to ditch the ingredients I do not like in commercial brand toothpaste.  Not to mention it helps remineralize your teeth to rebuild cavities and soft spots, fights plaque, naturally whitens, and is great for treating sensitive teeth.

The ingredients I look out for and that are found in almost every store bought brand of toothpaste are:

Sodium fluoride

o   Listed as a toxic ingredient for ingestion and inhalation.  It can affect the heart and              circulatory systems in high doses.  I know there is a lot of debate on the subject and            whether or not it is beneficial for your oral health but I stay away from it if I can.

o   Yes it is said to aid in the mineralization of your teeth, but I can do that with my                  toothpaste with natural, not chemical ingredients.

Glycerin

o   There are many different types of glycerin.  You may not know what kind is in your            toothpaste, because the type is never stated, and some may be natural and same may        be chemically created.

o   I do use vegetable glycerin all the time in shampoos and soaps, but I don’t recommend      for toothpaste.

o   The debate on glycerin is that it prevents minerals from coming in contact with your            teeth.  Glycerin actually coats them with a thin layer that prevents minerals you put in        your mouth throughout the day to interact with your teeth.  It is extremely hard to              rinse off.

o   So if you want glycerin on your teeth or in your toothpaste, use it after you use this            toothpaste

Also, I use coconut oil, xylitol, and bentonite clay in my homemade toothpaste recipe, so check out those blogs on why these are beneficial products that all help with certain areas of your oral health.

Recipe:

  • Baking Soda                                        1.5 cups
  • Coconut Oil                                         1 cup
  • Distilled or Boiled Water                    1/2 cup
  • Xylitol                                                   1/2 – 1 cup
  • Salt – Sea Salt                                       3/4 tsp
  • Essential Oils                                       25-40 drops
  • Bentonite Clay                                    4 T.

Mix first six ingredients up until incorporated, then add in your bentonite clay at 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency you may end up using more or less depending on your preference.  Store in a glass container for up to 6 months, DO NOT use metal containers they can corrode from the baking soda.  To brush your teeth, just scoop out of container and brush as normal, use same amount you are accustomed to.  Makes about 32 oz by volume of toothpaste.

If you are used to normal, commercial brand toothpastes, the taste and texture can be a little displeasing at first, but it is a taste that can be aquired after about a week or so.

Cost Savings:

Below is a MS  Excel spreadsheet I created to show the cost savings of making your own toothpaste.  I compared making the 32 oz batch recipe above to purchasing Colgate brand bulk pack I found cheapest at Sam’s Club.  This shows that you can save minimally $1.17 per 8oz tube if you make your own. If you purchase a more expensive brand for sensitive teeth and whitening, this will save you a lot more per tube, upwards of $8.70 over Sensodyne.

Excel Sheet I created to show cost savings8