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This is all well and good but the city of Paris has been using clay to purify its drinking water for quite some time. The lives of millions of people were placed into the hands of clay and the fact that clay would not allow detrimental organisms and bacteria to survive in it. For these reasons and a few others clay was confidently used on wounds because it would disinfect them. It was also applied onto broken bones after they had been set. When applied, the pain almost goes completely away temporarily. When the pain returns, it's time to remove the spent clay with another fresh application.
As hard as it may be to believe in a world obsessed with all things modern and antibiotic overuse, simple clay was also successfully applied to Mycobacterium ulcerans, a germ related to leprosy and tuberculosis, which causes the flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer - something that can only be cured by surgical excision or amputation. In lab tests, French clay also killed bacteria responsible for many human illnesses, including: Staphylococcus aureus, pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) and penicillin-resistant S. aureus (PRSA). These as well as other nasty viruses and bacteria that are well known from antibiotic overuse were treated successfully with simple clay. In tests clay even killed over 99% of a methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) virus colony - overnight. Clay as an anti-viral? It sure looks like it! Clay is an excellent example of a very low tech solution to yet another very expensive man-made problem. It gets very little publicity though, probably because it's literally "dirt" cheap.
1) Clay draws into itself, and
2) Clay replaces lost mineral ingredients
Given these two very basic properties of clay it is not at all unremarkable that clay is as effective as it is.
To some in our present times, it might seem counter intuitive to put "dirt" onto a wound, a broken bone, infection, or skin problem even though historically it was a very, very common practice. The common argument being that there are "germs" in the clay or, that being “dirt,” clay is not sterile and would make their problem worse. But, if clay is known to kill bacteria and even viruses how could it make anything worse. How easy it is to forget that all foods that end up in our mouths, come into being, either directly out of the soil of the earth or are fed from what the Earth produces. What else are the fruits, vegetables and meats we eat but earth in a different form that is extruded back out of us as earth to go back into where it came – the Earth?
Clay has a documented anodyn effect where it is placed. It relieves pain for as long as the clay has something of itself to give to the affected area. When the clay has "spent" its ingredients, the pain returns and another clay application needs to be applied. Clay should be prepared in vessels that are non-metalic or not made of plastic materials. Glass, wood or ceramic are recommended. For best affect, the clay and the water that is to be mixed with it should be exposed to direct sunlight or at least exposure to the outdoor air for at least 20 minutes before being mixed and applied.
It cannot be denied that clay has an extraordinary cleaning and antiseptic effect without being antibiotic. Clay has been well know to eliminate odors, purify water and disinfect by generally drawing impurities into itself.
These well known properties have made clay a favorite in spas. Around the world there are therapeutic spas that scientifically apply clay onto specific parts of the body or the entire body. It is applied hot, cool or at room temperature depending on the circumstance. Where natural volcanic clay is available the hot clay is applied onto aches and pains often relieving the pain for months on end. These types of spas offer a one or two week therapeutic regiment of hot clay as a completely pharmaceutical free therapy.
"My late aunt, who suffered from severe back pain would go to an Italian volcanic mud spa called, located near Venice for doctor prescribed mud treatments. After two weeks of mud treatment, she was pain free for about 6 months. She would go twice a year."
In Europe mud spas are common and even doctor prescribed. It helps keep health care costs down and unnecessary more invasive procedures are avoided. This, in spite of the “official” insistence that these are merely anecdotal claims even if they come from thousands of years of practice. Although North America is lagging behind in anything natural, Europe and the rest of the world is far more receptive to such procedures; it is catching on though because of the undeniable benefits. If slimy leeches have made a medical come back; the door is wide open for other effective modalities like them to be reintroduced and clay is a pretty good candidate.
Clay works because it basically detoxifies both locally or systemically depending on how it is applied or otherwise used. Clay being simple earth has the capacity to cool an area where there is too much heat. If it will put out a fire of actual flame, it is not surprising, and experience has proven, that it would positively affect an inflammation in short order.
That's right I just said "eat dirt!" It may not sound like something appetizing, after all it's clay. We're not talking about road side residue though - we're talking about clean clay. The kind that is mined in quarries and that has never been stepped on by anyone. Please keep in mind that industry uses clay of the highest purest quality. If it weren't many products that we take for granted could not be manufactured.
Clay that is not pure is useless for anything. So it is vital to know that clay applied externally or taken internally is clean. Potting clay may be suitable for external application but not necessarily good for internal use. So be sure that only clean internal clay is taken internally.
Some will argue that clay is not digestible but the fact that it measurably enriches and balances blood proves that it is indeed being digested and assimilated into the body as it would a food. It is the very small particle size that make it digestible. It should also be kept in mind that only what the stomach lining will absorb is directly digestible. And, although what will find its way into the digestive tract below the stomach is still subject to absorption through the intestinal lining, what is less digestible or needed by the body is busy absorbing toxins into itself for normal elimination. These mineral nutrients help balance the blood chemistry itself.
Through its detoxifying effects clay can help eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach, etc. Clay will assist in virtually all digestive problems. Clay has also been used for stomach ulcers, dysentery, diarrhea, ear infections, burns, anemia and consequently mononucleosis, varicose veins, fibrous tumor, acne, rheumatism, tonsillitis, gums, mumps, endometriosis, hemorrhoids, swollen lymph, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne. Although no one is permitted to suggest that clay will cure any of these problems, these are what clay has been used on and for.
It is contraindicated for most that have high blood pressure as clay will increase blood volume and for anemia.
Clay masks are a staple of the finest spas and a clay-honey mask is a minor luxury that is hard to resist. Yet. a clay-honey mask is very easy to prepare and apply. All that is needed is green or white clay and some pure honey but, there is no real recipe because there are a few variables that will always affect the proportions of how they are mixed.
You mix the clay and honey together and that's were it gets a little tricky. Because honey tends to thin as it gets warmer it is important that the clay-honey mixture be made more hard than soft to begin with. Add the honey to the clay and knead it together as you would bread dough. If you make too much, know that the neither the clay nor the honey will spoil if you keep what you don't need for the next time you do a facial with them. When applied onto the face, the warmth of your face will soften the honey and, if there is too much honey in the mix, it will start to creep off the face too quickly to be effective as a facial mask and it can get messy. That said, no matter what you do, the mask will run but, it can be controlled by adjusting the amount of honey mixed into the clay. It may also be helpful to get together with a friend and take turns applying the mask to each other's faces. Thee other person can better control the clay and there is more of a "spa" experience.
The clay has to have just enough honey to hold the clay together in a sort of play-dough-putty consistency and before being applied. The mask is supposed to stay on the face for at least 15 -20 minutes before being washed off. After the clay has been washed off - a spray of pure rosewater can be sprayed onto the skin to soften the skin and finish the facial.
Clay has drawing properties and should there be any impurities under the skin, the clay will draw them out. This is great if there are blemishes. In which case repeated clay-honey masks will benefit the skin greatly. But, too many clay masks can dry the skin. So every person needs to pay attention to their skin when doing masks of any kind. Typically, no more than 2 - 3 clay-honey facials should be done weekly and Rose Water is a must have after the clay has been completely removed and washed off. The Rose Water being cooling, nourishing to the skin and improving circulation in a very real but gentle way soothes and softens the skin.
After the mask has been removed the skin should feel very soft and look clean and vibrant. The pours are often opened and also cleaned by doing a clay-honey mask. It should be born in mind that clay acts more as a cleaner and the honey too has the capacity to draw into itself. A clay honey mask is not a moisturizing mask, it's a skin cleansing mask.
But Why Stop With The Face
People pay hundreds of dollars to have clay applied to their entire body. It can be mixed with various ingredients but honey is certainly one of the very best. Just like the skin on the face feels cleaner and tighter after a clay-honey mask has been applied onto the face, the effect will be the same on the rest of the body. Where ever clay is applied it not only cleans the skin, it also transfers some of its mineral richness into the body through the skin as it absorbs toxins from under the skin. These are just some of the huge benefits that the pampering of clay applications to the body can have.
If you use make up, it is good to know that there are natural cosmetics companies that use nothing but clay powder to color their rouge, blush and lip sticks. These type of cosmetics are not petroleum based and are very unlikely to produce any kind of skin problem. In fact, by applying these kind of clay based products onto the skin, the skin itself is being treated to a healthy treat.
The best cosmetics made with clay come from Europe. They may cost a little more but, they're a facial in themselves. You are far better off investing a good bar of soap than wearing the cheap petroleum based cosmetics that in time ruin your skin and even your health.
More could be said but then this would become a book instead of an article.