15 Survival Uses for Bentonite Clay

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Do you know the various uses of Bentonite clay? This natural mineral clay has the potential to filter out water, soil and our bodies from toxins, bacteria, viruses, and heavy metals. Its use can protect your health, or even save your life in a disaster situation.

How Bentonite Clay Works

Bentonite clay acts to provide positive health benefits for the body in a number of ways. Its main advantages derive from three of its properties: it is absorbent, it carries a negative charge when wet, it contains nutrients and moves through the body without damage. Within this article, we will address each of these properties in a little more detail, but it is important to know that these properties give bentonite clay its healthful properties.

Bentonite clay ionizes to form a negatively charged ion in wet environments. Since most heavy metal toxins and many other toxic compounds are charged positively it absorbs the toxin and binds to it. It binds toxins and flushes them out of the body as the Bentonite clay moves through the body.

Bentonite Clay for Health Benefits

1.Bentonite Clay Helps Detox the Body

Every day, no matter how clean we eat, we are exposed to a wide range of toxins. Popular household products such as supplies for washing, markers, chemicals, gas fumes and even the materials used to create our homes give off contaminants such as mercury, cadmium, lead, benzene, petroleum-based products and other hazardous substances. As we have seen in recent hurricanes and flooding cases, exposure to these contaminants would likely be much more pronounced during a disaster scenario.

Harmful toxins get into the supply of water, into our food, into the air that we breathe and accumulate in our bodies. However internally taken, Bentonite clay binds to the toxins in our digestive system and extracts them from the body.

Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clay dry with food, or mix it in a few ounces of water to take Bentonite clay by mouth, shake it well and drink it quick. The clay will not dissolve, so you may need to shake when you drink again. Just do that once a day.

Taking Bentonite clay is now a good detox technique to keep your body safer, but it would be much more useful in a disaster situation where contaminants can be released by negligence into the atmosphere.

2. Take Bentonite Clay as a Supplement

Besides its detoxification value, Bentonite also contains nutrients your body requires including calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, silica, and sulfur. Your body consumes these important minerals and many other trace minerals when you consume or drink the clay, and uses them to create and repair body tissues.

3. Use Bentonite Clay in Your Bath to Remove Toxins from the Skin

Apply a half cup of Bentonite clay or more to your bath water and soak in. The clay binds easily to toxins released through the skin and prevents reabsorption of them. Your skin feels smooth and gentle. As a bonus it helps in skin irritations to reduce inflammation.

If you bathe in a dubious source of water, the tip will become very useful. Add the clay to the water in your sponge bath, even though you do not have the chance to relax. It will pull toxins out of your skin and in the water.

4. Use as a Mask or Poultice to Reduce Skin Irritations and Speed Healing

Combine the clay with enough water to create a thick paste and spread it over areas of skin irritations such as poison ivy, allergic reactions and red or inflamed skin. The clay in the pores of the skin binds to bacteria, viruses, and toxins and pulls them from the pore. It serves as a mild antibiotic and helps to minimize infections and improve wound healing or irritations.

5. Take Bentonite as a Treatment for Digestive Problems

Studies show that bentonite clay is excellent for bacteria, viruses, and toxins that cause many of our digestive issues to absorb and neutralize. During a survival scenario, these issues are likely to become more pronounced, so keeping a supply on hand may prove life-saving. Use it to treat any digestive disorder like constipation, nausea, IBS, morning sickness and food poisoning. Mix in your water 1⁄4 cup or less, and drink. You should fast start feeling better.

homemade_toothpaste_bentonite6. Use as a Toothpaste or Mouthwash to Protect Teeth and Gums

When using the last of the toothpaste tube, note that you have stockpiles of Bentonite clay and throw it out. Bentonite clay attaches the teeth and gums to bacteria, contaminants and other toxic substances and removes them from the mouth. Using the clay on the toothbrush, or mix it as a mouth rinse in water.

7. Use Bentonite Clay to Purify Water

Since bentonite extracts toxins from the water and neutralizes bacteria and viruses, it makes your water purification kit an excellent product. Use this to extract toxins and heavy metals through your survival filter or until boiling before the final ride.

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8. Use Bentonite Clay to Prevent Chaffing

With no air conditioning, prickly heat and chaffing soon become a major issue for some people in the heat of summer. Bentonite clay, which is added to the skin folds, retains moisture and decreases inflammation. Apply a fine dusting to the skin and when it becomes wet, rub or rinse it away.

9. Use Bentonite Clay to Treat Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Small Wounds

Create a paste by adding a little water to the clay and directly apply it to bug bites, scratches and other tiny wounds. The clay will squeeze the sting out and ease the inflammation. Leave on for a few hours on the wound or cut, then wash away. You will reapply if necessary.

Household Uses of Bentonite Clay

10. Use as an Absorbent

The absorbent properties of bentonite make it an outstanding alternative for removing liquids and odors. It is commonly used in kitty litter, and in an emergency situation, it may provide the same benefits to humans. It is also useful for absorbing grease and oil.

Using Bentonite as an absorbent and odor reducer in your emergency toilet kit. Upon each use, add a layer of clay.

11. Clean Contaminated Soils

Bentonite binds in polluted soil organic chemical compounds, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins. Binding contaminated soil by mixing Bentonite into polluted soil can be helpful. Nevertheless, bear in mind that there is no way to tell what contaminates remain in the soil in a situation of survival. Plant your garden on uncontaminated soil, and add Bentonite as a measure in the soil.

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12. Use as a Desiccant

Since bentonite absorbs water well, it serves as a desiccant to remove moisture from wet air, or even to keep your food stored dry. Create a dry bentonite clay packet with a coffee filter, just like a tea bag, and put it in your dry food stores. The clay is good for food, and well absorbs moisture. Bake the clay packs in a low oven in humid areas or put them in a dehydrator for a few hours to remove all the moisture and refresh it for future use.

13. Use Bentonite Clay as an Emergency Dry Hair Cleanser

A hot shower, or even a simple shampoo, can be impossible during survival situations. Use the clay to absorb oils from your hair, and give you a little more time before your next shampoo. Rub it into dry hair, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then clean the comb vigorously to extract the clay and oil.

bentonite-clay14.Use Bentonite Clay as a Deodorant

To make a thick paste blend Bentonite clay with coconut oil. If you like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil but you don’t need it. Use your fingertips to apply the paste, and store the rest in a small jar for future use. The clay retains humidity and odor.

15. Use Bentonite Clay to Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

You may not be able to count on the cleanliness of your food supply in a disaster situation. Adding a bit of Bentonite clay for your fruits and vegetables to the wash water will help neutralize viruses and bacteria and bind potential toxins on the skin surface to be washed off.

Stockpiling Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay stores easily, without any treatment required. Just place it in a food-safe bucket and it will stay there indefinitely. However, one caution is to be careful to select a high-quality Bentonite clay which is safe for consumption. Do your research, and make sure your choice of brand is safe.

Now that you see how useful the stuff is, you are going to want to stock up for a possible situation of survival. The amounts you will need depend on how you intend to use them. But in the future, it’s impossible to predict how useful this clay could be in a toxic environment.

Do you know of any other uses for Clay Bentonite? Please let us know in the comments. I tried to be complete, but I’m sure some of you probably knew a couple I missed.

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