Healing Power of Clay Part 1



after first rain in months, mud is the best toy.

after first rain in months, mud is the best toy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Since the beginning of earth’s history we find the use of clay as a natural way to treat wounds. Perhaps clay was the first natural remedy used by man to solve many of his physical problems.  Even today when we look at the animal world, by observation, we can see that when they are wounded they search for muddy or dusty places.  The elephants in Africa take a mud bath to get rid of parasites and to get refreshed. The ancient Egyptians used clay to mummify the bodies and and to preserve animal origin food with. In America the natives used to bury their sick people in a hole with clay. Hippocrates (460-377 AC) taught his disciples how to use clay to treat the body with.

Since the beginning of the Christian age we can find references to a place called Lemnos where the ancient Greek doctors went to treat their patients and they classified this dust, the dust of Lemnos, as having great healing powers. Lemnian Earth a species of earth of a yellowish-gray color, found in the Island of Lemnos, has been said to cure bites of serpents and other wounds.   In the year AD 167, Galen traveled to Lemnos to establish on his own accord the medicinal usefulness of Lemnian Earth and returned to Rome with little pellets of the clay for his private patients.

In this modern age, many are becoming familiar with the healing properties of various foods, herbs, water, etc. but few know about the wonders of the earth itself.   We cannot always penetrate or understand “nature’s secrets”; we must simply use them. There is a place for faith in this.

One of the greatest clay properties is absorption power. Clay has a unique power to attract impurities and toxins from the human body. Simply because clay is electro negative and the impurities are electro positive.  Clay provides your body with trace minerals that penetrate your skin and enter your blood stream. This occurs with application of a poultice-externally.  When clay is taken internally it is directed immediately to the places that needs repaired.   The more we expose clay to sunshine, air and rainwater, the more powerful it becomes.

Clay Actions:   When used externally, clay may be applied in several different forms, such as: poultices, compresses, powder and in baths. Clay is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogen, and emollient and a cosmetic.    Taken internally clay is a powerful detoxifier. Especially the Bentonite Clay, it can absorb heavy metals such as: mercury, arsenic, lead and tin. Clay provides you with minerals and trace minerals. Clay has colloidal properties that eliminate toxins and harmful substances from your body.

Choosing the Right Clay:  There are many varieties depending on the type of soil or chemical composition.  Usually French Green Clay is recommended to apply externally and also to take internally.  White clay is Bentonite Clay for removing heavy metals from the body.  Real cheap cat litter with no filler is Bentonite Clay. You can grind up a cup of this clay and put in your bath water……..you will be surprised as to what comes out of your pores.

Different Types of Clay:   Green Clay—is due to the presence of ferrous and magnesium ions. This is the most widely used of the clays.       Blue Clay—is due to presence of ferrous and magnesium ions but ina different concentration ratio.  This is a very absorbing type.     Yellow Clay:  is due to ferric ions and ferric oxides. Ideal for cosmetics.        Red Clay:  ferrous and copper oxides, very good in cosmetics.   Pink Clay: a man made blend of red and white Kaolin clay….very good in cosmetics.   White Clay: due to extensive concentrations of aluminum. Probably should not use this.

How to Prepare the Clay   Prepare the clay in a deep bowl. Use a bowl made of glass, procelain or wood. Never ever use a metallic bowl. Fill the bowl with distilled water and sprinkle the clay powder until you get a homogeneous paste, Let the clay set for 2 hours. Handle it little as possible, and do not stir the clay.

External Application: With a wooden spoon, or your bare hand, spread an even layer of clay over the area to be treated. The thickness may vary. Do not smooth the surface; clay settles naturally when put in place. Wrap with a light cloth bandage. When placed on an inflamed organ, abscess, or other sore the clay must be covered with a cabbage/lettuce leaf to slow down its drying process. If the area to be treated is on either side of the body, like the kidneys, first the clay may be spread onto a cloth and then placed on the affected area. Let the clay work for 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove and clean with lukewarm water and repeat. Do at least 3 applications daily; never use the same clay twice. Always discard the clay where other humans or animals cannot get to it. For efficient action, it is necessary to place the clay directly onto the body. If you are treating an ulcer or an open sore, it must be placed directly on the flesh.

Precautions With Clay:  Leave clay on 2 hours before or two hours after meals. When treating abscess or ulcers change every hour.  Do not allow clay to dry on the body. You will cause reabsorption of toxins. Avoid abdominal applications when menstruating and all applications during pregnancy. Always use lettuce or cabbage leaves placed over the clay to keep clay moist.

External Uses of Healing Clay

  • Bone and Muscle Damage due to traumatic injury: Clay pack applied immediately after injury, applied 1/2 -1/2 inch thick and covered, change as needed every half hour or two hours.
  • Carpal Tunnel: Clay wrap around entire area if possible, 1/4-1/2 inch thick, covered, for 2 hours initially, increased to overnight application for 3 days to 3 weeks. Put a cabbage/lettuce leaf on top of the clay to keep it moist. Clean with lukewarm water in the morning.
  • Treatment of Internal Organs: Clay poultice applied to cover the organ for 2 hours, extend to 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Chronic Headaches: Clay pack applied to the nape of the neck for 2 hours, then applied to the forehead for 2 hours. Alternate as needed.
  • Skin Conditions (acne, eczema, rashes etc.): Depending on condition, clay compresses or poultices can be used 2 hours minimum daily over a period of 3 months.
  • Bruises, Sprains, Burns: Thick clay poultices applied or compresses applied.
  • Severe Bacterial Infections: Wound cleaned thoroughly with liquid Bentonite, clay packs applied at least 1/2 to 1 inch thick, dressings changed as often as required due to drainage.
  • Skin Rejuvenation-Deep Cleansing:  one to two cups of French Green Clay added to a hot bath. Clay masks applied to skin at least once a week—allow clay to stay in place for 35 minutes.
  • Radiation: Clay must be taken internally and immediately. Clay baths repeated tolerance with as much hydrated clay as the individual can tolerate for 30 minutes to one hour. Compresses or thick clay wraps, alternating treatment to key locations of the body target the lympathic system and primary organs.
  • Eye Strain: Thick clay poultice applied to both eyes. Cover closed eye with gauze and apply the clay on top of the gauze. Leave on for 20-90 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Next week we will go a bit further in our study.  I have had wonderful results from using clay and have seen it work wonders on others.  Each week we will study more of the benefits that clay gives. God has already given us his bounties in nature to heal our bodies with. We just need to learn how our bodies work and what nature has to provide. 
    English: Some medicinal clay from German manuf...

    English: Some medicinal clay from German manufacturer Luvos. Deutsch: Eine Schale mit Luvos Heilerde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This material is taken from Tony DeMorais’s  health classes.  As with any thing….this is not intended to take away or replace the care you are under from your physician. Living the Simple Life and any connection to Living the Simple Life is by no means responsible for anything associated. .



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 18:00:44

    Interesting information!
    Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre Hop


  2. Lea
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 20:10:42

    Found you on Wildcrafting Wednesday. I purchased some green clay and was needing ideas on how to use it, thanks for sharing.


    • dorothymc1956
      Sep 12, 2013 @ 22:55:13

      French Green Clay is a necessity in our home. When you take it internally….you do it for 3 months like the directions state. Then a year later for only one month in Spring and one month in Fall. This will keep your minerals and trace elements where they need to be. As stated…the clay will replace 87 known minerals. It has helped my health incredibly.


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