For thousands of years, clay has been used by man for its remarkable properties and various applications.
But while there has been a resurgence of interest in natural medicine using herbs, super foods, water and other natural remedies, we have forgotten to elevate clay for its marvelous healing and rejuvenating powers.
The best clay comes from France so when talking about clay, we mean French clay.
What is French Clay?
French clay comes in many colors depending on the depth of the earth where it is taken: green, red, pink, yellow and white.
It’s supple and pliable when mixed with water.
Green French clay is the type that is very popular among women due to its cleansing, exfoliating, smoothing and softening effects on the skin.
The composition of green clay is as follows…
- silica (50.6%),
- aluminum (14.1%),
- magnesium (2.25%),
- calcium (9.2%),
- iron (4.8%),
- titanium (0.71%),
- phosphorus (0.12%),
- sodium (0.18%),
- and potassium (4.2%).
This chemical composition makes clay a unique type of soil. It has strong absorbing power (water, fat, etc) and adsorbing properties (smells, gas, etc.).
In the world of beauty, skin care and personal hygiene, clay is a heavyweight natural product. Its topical adsorbing, purifying and remineralizing actions are the earth’s gift to mankind. It may be used as shower gels, scrubs, body wraps, creams, masks, shampoos, etc.
How Does Clay Benefit the Skin?
Put simply, clay is a topical detoxifying, rejuvenating and strengthening agent.
It extracts toxins and impurities from the skin while delivering much needed minerals to maintain a smooth and fresh-looking skin.
It can help to counteract the ill effects of a lousy lifestyle, stress, lack of sleep, bad diet, and the like.
So if you live a less than ideal lifestyle, clay can offer some real health benefits.
Internal Effects of French Clay
Furthermore, when taken internally, clay is an immune boosting agent, helps in the assimilation of food nutrients and is a healing catalyst.
According to Dr. Michael Sichel, ND, DO, PhD, the Germans used clay in World War I to speed up the healing process among wounded soldiers. It is a powerful antimicrobial agent.
In fact, recent clinical studies have shown that clay works even for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). These super bugs are a major health concern in hospitals around the world today.
How to choose Your Color of Clay
Picking the appropriate clay colour depends on your skin type and what you want for your skin.
Green clay has strong drawing power. It is indicated for purification and detoxification. It gets rid of impurities and stimulates good circulation.
It is high in magnesium and is perfect for congested skin, acne, cellulite, sprains, cuts, infections and excessive sweating.
For sensitive skin types, especially children and animals, go for yellow clay. Its gentle healing and deep cleansing actions makes it a primary choice for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, nappy rash, cradle cap, etc.
It is high in magnesium, silica and iron oxide, good for acne and ulcers.
White clay is very high in silica and nourishes, moisturizes and balances combination skin. White clay is the top choice for dry skin and indicated for psoriasis and dermatitis.
It is excellent as a hair pack for oily scalp problems. It may be mixed with coconut oil as hair pack.
Red clay is for regenerating tissue and skin structure. It is high in iron oxide and is good for cell renewal.
It’s also great for strengthening and firming the skin, for sun-damaged skin and to reduce broken capillaries, varicose veins, stretch marks, bruises and burns.
Pink clay is for cell renewal, skin rejuvenation and improving elasticity. It is very good for mature skin, bust firming, broken capillaries, and puffy dark circles under the eyes.
It is high in iron oxide and silica and helps to regenerate connective tissues.
You only need to mix purified water into clay. However, adding other pure ingredients such as salt water, seaweed, frankincense, witch hazel, rose, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, geranium, can add additional healing benefits to the clay treatment.
Look for Living Clay
Obviously you don’t want to use any old clay from your backyard or the local pottery shop. You need to get your clay from a reputable source. One such source is from the Argiletz region in France where the clay is raw, pure, sun-dried, and non-ionized.
For external use, they supply clay paste, plaster and poultice.
For facial treatment, they have facial mask and clay water.
Spas also offer body treatment like body wrap, mud bath, hair and scalp mask and balneotherapy.
French clay can be detoxifying and cleansing as well as its reparative and rejuvenating. Clay is a wonderful gift from the earth.
Living in a polluted environment and not so ideal lifestyle, we need something to restore and rejuvenate our skin. French clay will cleanse our skin of impurities and debris and provide needed nourishment, making it possible for cell renewal and regeneration to occur.
The net effect is of course, a younger looking and smooth skin. Have you nourished your delicate skin lately?
Dr. Arthur Macaro Echano is an integrative medicine practitioner (medical doctor & naturopathic physician) connected with Medisense Healthcare, Taree NSW Australia. In the book "Coconut Rediscovered as Medicinal Food," he reveals why genuine health seekers should take extra premium grade virgin coconut oil.
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