Bentonite and other healing clays are an amazing addition to your first aid kit. A German scientist by the name of Julius Stumpf described the properties of clay as having the ability to surround bacteria and separate them from their source of nutrition. As a result, the survivability of the bacteria is almost instantaneously halted and symptoms are quickly abated.
One common use is to make a clay pack. Different clays require varying amounts of hydration; anywhere from 1 to 4 parts water. Basically speaking, add water until the clay barely sticks together and has a sort of gel quality. Apply it to the affected area, and make it pretty thick, 1/4 – 1 inch thick. Wrap it well with gauze and then secure it with a cloth tape (but not too tight, just enough to secure it). Keep it in place from anywhere from 20 minutes, to an hour, to overnight.
Good common sense is key. If using the clay on an infected wound, the clay will draw the infection out, so it will require changing. If using it on a painful area, use the clay until the pain dissipates; it may take several applications over several days or more.
Taken internally, clay can aid in detoxification of the body, eliminate parasites, alkalize the body, increase T-cell count and support the immune system. Simply add 1 Tbs to 8 ounces of water and drink up. Again, use common sense. Do not overdo this or you risk your body releasing too many toxins at one time causing you to feel sluggish and nauseated. If 1 Tbs feels like too much, back it down to 1 tsp and slowly work your way up to 1 Tbs.
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