Benonite Clay & The Healing Poultice
The incredible, multi-faceted, easy, amazing, cool and multi-faceted abilities of Clay!
This is one item that you do not want to be without. Clay is able to transform many health issues to a positive state of health. Let's not forget it is a ton of fun experimenting with, and the results are undeniable. It is also an inexpensive option for DIY natural remedy solutions.
Let's begin by going over the external use of clay, by creating poultices.
Choosing Your Clay:
Not all clays are created equal. Here are some criteria you might want to consider before choosing a quality clay.
Use Pharmaceutical Grade Clays
Use PURE 100% Clay. Living clay. Natural & organic are loosely defined and vary in quality.
Certified by a testing agency - using gas mass spectrometer
FDA, G.R.A.S. certification -food grade clay
High pH level (above 7)
Beware of clays that require being ingested with an acid beverage to offset high sodium content.
Types of Clay:
Bentonite Clays have a strong 'negative ionic charge'
Sodium Bentonite Clay -contains more sodium. Sodium (not salt) is crucial to a body's health.
Calcium Bentonite Clay -sodium & calcium bentonite clay are both detoxifying clays
Green (desert) Calcium Bentonite -found in California Mojave desert
Redmond clay -rich in sodium & calcium bentonite, a clay supplement
Pascalite -from Wyoming with a history of safe & effective internal clay
Terramin Bentonite Clay -a mineral researched by NASA
Green Illite -commonly used and very safe for internal use
Sacred Clay by Pyroclay (Michael King) -an amazing mineral clay that is metaphysically and esoterically inclined and fun to experiment with
Zeolite Clay - many amazing characteristics that make it a great therapeutic mineral. However, it is said that it is inert in the body and very few manufacturers produce zeolite properly. It should be handled with care prior to being used internally.
There is also Zeolite clay that is a liquid. (coming soon)
Benefits of Clay For Horses, Pets & People:
Rejuvenates & cleanses the skin: beneficial for scratches (equine dermatitis), wounds, bee stings, bug bites, thrush
Reduces inflammation, irritation, itching, swelling, and hot spots
Detoxifies -pull's metal toxins, impurities, and chemicals out of the body
Improves cellular respiration
Reduction of free radical damage
Assist in providing oxygen to cells
Has 'drawing' abilities
Many Uses of Bentonite Clay (calcium) Poultices:
Wounds, leg injuries (poultice sweat wrap), reduce inflammation, skin tumors, place over areas that are unable to be bandaged (provides a liquid type bandage), bruises, sprains, bites, ulceration, boil, abscesses, tick bites, facials, bee stings
Ok, now you have a crash course on clay, now let’s create some clay poultices!
Poultice Recipes & Ingredients
There are a number of items you can choose from to add to your clay poultice. This allows you to customize your poultice to address specific conditions. Each recipe becoming a healing energy of your own participation in the process.
They can be used on Horses, dogs, cats, chickens, cows, kids, adults, etc. Anything that moves or breathes.
Added Ingredient Choices:
Apple Cider Vinegar -use raw, organic (recommend Braggs ACV)
Green Tea -no caffeine
Pau d'Arco Tea
Carrier Oils: Almond, Olive Oil (light), Coconut, Avocado, Castor, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Rosehip Oil, etc.
-You can also create your own infused oils and add that to your recipe
Raw, Organic Honey -love to use this for helping hair grow back on old scars. Also great for burns.
Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids)
Infused herbal waters
Arnica (dissolved in distilled water) -for pain
Apis -for bee stings and bug bites
Black Activated Charcoal
Colloidal Silver (a natural antibiotic)
One part Bentonite Clay
One part of added ingredients (see above)
One part added ingredient, 3 parts of clay
Choose 2 added ingredients (ex: ACV & witch hazel), add to your clay.
See graphic for a more specific recipe
Mix until you reach the desired consistency. Add more clay or liquid as needed.
It is best to mix your poultice in a wood container and mix with wood utensils. Store in a glass jar with an airtight seal. Mason Jars are one suggestion.
Then add you're Essential Oils to your recipe and mix again.
Below are some essential oils that you can use; the possibilities are endless.
How much do you add? That depends on the container, the condition, and your personal preference. In the graphic at the end of this article, you will see how much essential oils I used for an 8 oz. (1/2 cup) container. I like the poultice strong, even when using therapeutic grade essential oils. Here are some of the oils you can use:
Melrose -Wounds, bug bites, bee stings
Lavender -Inflammation, infection and just about any issue you have. The 'Swiss Army Knife' of oils
Balsam Fir -Inflammation, muscle, pain, bone & joint conditions
Copaiba -The king/queen of inflammation conditions. Combine with Balsam Fir and it has a magnifying effect
Lemongrass -Joints, tumors, cancerous cells, ligaments, insects
Wintergreen -Joint inflammation conditions, muscle aches & pains, cramps, bone conditions.
Peppermint -Aches, pain, cooling effect, driving oil, bug deterrent, colic, fevers
Lemongrass & Wintergreen (could make this a trio and add Peppermint)
Melrose & Lavender
Balsam Fir & Copaiba
Lemongrass & Peppermint
That should get you started. Don't be afraid to experiment with different recipes or using for different conditions.
I have used poultices for anything from melanoma's, sarcoids, infected bug bites, heat wraps on the legs, any kind of scrape-nick-cut, deter ear mites in my horse's ear, any wounded area that can't be wrapped, to keep bugs off wounds, etc.
Utensils You Will Need:
Measuring cups (non metallic)
Measuring cup (glass)
Wooden Spoon or stirer
DIY Clay Poultice Basic Recipe
1. 1/4 C. Witch Hazel or Distilled Water
2. 1/4 C. Bentonite Clay
Mix together till it forms a mixture like mud. Add more water or clay as needed.
This will more than fill a 8 oz. jar.
*Add your essential oils
*Can also use Green tea, herbal infusions, tinctures, CBD oil, carrier oil in place of the Witch Hazel.