The use of medicinal clay in folk medicine dates all they way back to prehistoric times. In fact, the first recorded medicinal use of clay goes back to ancient Mesopotamia. In the Bible, Jesus used clay to perform the miracle of healing sight. In fact, no other natural material on earth has been used longer except flint.
“When Jesus had said this he spat on the ground and mixed up the spittle with earth, making a little lump of clay. This clay Jesus spread on the eyes of the blind man and then he said to him “Go and wash in the pool of Silom.” John 9: 1-41
Using Bentonite Clay Externally and Internally
Since then a wide variety of clays are still used medicinally. Up until 1848, lemnian clay was listed in an important pharmacopeia. It’s believed that the discontinuation of lemnian clay as medicine was due to the depletion of deposits only found on Lemnos, an island of Greece.
External Uses of Bentonite Clay
Even today, indigenous people around the world continue to use clay as medicine widely, primarily externally as clay baths and poultices. The knowledge that when applied externally, clay reduces pain and prevents infection of open wounds has been passed down through generations. Even still today in our modern world, calcium bentonite clay is commonly used externally as clay baths, poultices and body wraps. Earth’s Natural Wound Warrior is a calcium bentonite clay mud that can be used for wounds, sores, bites, burns, bruises and more.
Internal Uses of Bentonite Clay
In addition to external use, these eons-old cultures also still use clay internally as well. This is because some of the more amazing medicinal characteristics of clays are realized when used internally. This is because calcium bentonite clay in particular is one of the most effective, all-natural detoxifying compounds on earth. Earth’s Natural’s Drinking Powder is pure calcium bentonite clay for internal use and is highly regarded for its purity, safety and effectiveness.
Clay Use in Indigenous Cultures
Native Americans call bentonite clay “ee-wah-kee” in their native language, which translates to “the mud that heals”. The Amargosians (predecessors to the Aztecs ), Aborigines and native tribes in South America and Mexico all recognized the ability of clay to draw toxins out of the body. In his studies of primitive races, Dr. Weston Price discovered that without exception, peoples of the Andes, Central Africa and Aborigines of Australia all carried a ball of dry clay. He observed their practice of dissolving a small piece of the clay in water and then dipping their food in it before consumption. It makes sense that one reason why these cultures are noted for longevity, lack of chronic illness and physical stamina and endurance is the continued practice of consuming clay regularly.
Clay and Pregnancy
It is very common – following in thousands of years of tradition – for pregnant women to consume clay. In fact, some women crave and eat non-food items including clay, known as pica. It’s suspected that the craving for clay is either from a mineral deficiency in the body or an innate response to protect against toxins and pathogens, both of which are especially important during pregnancy.
Often it is used to treat the nausea associated with morning sickness. (Aside from pregnancy, clay is a go-to natural treatment for nausea associated with other conditions as well.) It is believed that the trace mineral composition of clay – and particular calcium bentonite clay – aids in the healthy development of the fetus. A scientific study of pregnant women in Nigeria found that taking as little as 500 mg of clay daily satisfied nearly 80% of these women’s calcium needs. Over his 40+ year career as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Al Plechner, DVM has found that giving clay to breeding animals improves not only fertility but also the viability of the offspring. Read about how animals in the wild use clay here.
References to clay as a healing remedy goes back to Mesopotamia. Clay is written about in the Bible as being used by Jesus to heal the blind. Native wisdom passed down through generations is often one of the best and most reliable sources of natural remedies. Indigenous cultures across the globe have used clay for health and wellness both internally and externally. Even today, pregnant women consume clay to treat nausea and to fortify the body and aid in the healthy development of their unborn children. With so much rich, historical references to clay, why not try some for yourself? Post any questions you have in the comments box below.
The Healing Power of Hydro-Thermally Produced Living Clay, 1982, Neva Jensen