Clay – Who knew?
Clay. A long time ago I was told that a mixture of red clay and cold witch hazel extract was a great treatment for poison ivy rash. I tried it and it really works. The clay draws the toxins up to the surface of the skin and really helps heal poison ivy. I know that clay is really important in herbal cosmetic blends but until recently I really didn’t know why. There are many types of clay used – red clay, white clay, green clay, bentonite clay and kaolin clay just to name a few. Clay is used because it reduces swelling and inflammation, draws out impurities, exfoliates, stimulates circulation, cleanses and does not draw the oils from the skin. Clay actually raises the temperature of the skin releasing toxins. Wow, so much from something so simple! Clay is made from hundreds of years of decay and compression of debris and rainwater in different regions. Clay is very high in minerals. In many parts of the world clay is eaten and is supposedly very good for what ails you. P.S. Did you know that kaolin clay is an ingredient in Kaopectate, Rolaids, Di gel, Mylanta and Maalox. Who knew? Here’s to your wellness! >>Candace