Hellllloooooooo, favorite mask!
One of my most favorite home-spa treatments is the bentonite clay mask (also known as “Indian Healing Clay”).
As you know, I am into resources that are the closest to or in its natural state. Our indigenous ancestors were in a better position of obtaining natural items in comparison to today. But, it can be done!
Wondering what bentonite clay is? It is the sediment of volcanic ash.
Bentonite clay has been used for centuries to pull toxins from the body and heal those with mineral deficiencies. One of the ways that bentonite clay pulls toxins from the body is through the skin. Although it can be used in many ways, I choose to create a clay mask for my face and body.
To create a mask, you will need:
- Bentonite clay
- Glass container
- Non-metal spoon (e.g. wood)
- Apple Cider Vinegar – optional
To begin, pour a scoop (e.g. 1/4 cup) of bentonite clay powder into the glass container and mix it with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. If you do not have apple cider vinegar, water alone will suffice. In the beginning, it will be lumpy but mix until smooth for easier application onto your skin. A glass container and non-metal spoon is preferred because the bentonite clay reacts to the metal, making it less effective. I choose not to use plastic because the clay pulls toxins and you don’t want to apply what is pulled from the plastic to your skin (such as your favorite cooking spoon).
Once throughly mixed, apply it to your skin. You will feel some tingling which shows that it is working! Mountain Rose Herbs explains it as, “Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an electrical charge.” After application, allow the mask to set until it is completely dry. It will look something like crackling dirt (read: Sahara Desert) when it is completely dry.
To remove, take a large bowl with warm water and use a wash cloth to wash away the clay. You can shower/bathe to remove it but we want to be cognizant of the plumbing!
You may see redness afterward but it is normal. If you see that you get breakouts a day or two afterward, it is just your body expelling toxins through your skin as a result of the healing clay.
Heal yourself and enjoy the smooth skin!!
Thank you, Mother Earth, for all that you give us!
Happy healing, Warriors!