Suffering from a muscle pain, wound, burn or insect bite? Try a bentonite clay compress for an all natural, inexpensive do-it-yourself remedy. A clay compress is a wearable poultice used for alleviating infections, healing wounds, and relieving itchiness. In this post, learn how to make a clay compress and how your skin may react as you heal your body with calcium bentonite clay. Read how one person successfully treated a burn with our calcium bentonite clay.
How to Make a Clay Compress with Bentonite Clay
There are two methods of making a clay compress. To make either version of the clay compress, you will need the following items:
distilled (or de-ionized) water
calcium bentonite clay
a cotton cloth
a non-metal mixing bowl and spoon.
Both versions begin by combining the powder and water to form a hydrated clay. The amount of water required will depend on the type of compress desired. Typically, start with a 1:3 ratio, i.e one part clay to three parts water. More clay can be added to change the consistency as desired.
The Clay Compress “Wet Rag” Treatment
This compress is easier to make and used for short treatment sessions. To make this compress, mix the water and clay together until a thick, sour cream-like consistency is achieved. Add water in stages and mix thoroughly to avoid over hydrating the clay into a liquid state. Soak the clean cloth in the clay, and apply to the affected area Not inclined to mess with it yourself? Our Wound Warrior is a clay compress in a jar.
The Clay Pack
Although this method takes a bit more energy to make, it creates a more wearable compress. For this version a more dense, thick clay mix is needed. Try a 1:2 ratio of clay to water with this one. Mix the water and clay together to form a mud-like substance. Place the cotton cloth on a clean, flat surface. Apply a layer of the clay mud to the cloth. Use enough clay so that the cloth is no longer visible, but the clay will not leak through the dressing. This compress may be worn for sessions lasting 20 minutes up to 2 hours.
Tips for Using a Clay Compress:
Plastic wrap can be used to secure the compress to the body in short intervals. It is important to let the clay and skin breathe every 30 minutes.
Remove the compress before the clay dries out. Monitor the clay and listen to your body to know when to take breaks Remember not all clays are created equally and different results are possible with different clays.
- Cut the cotton cloth the appropriate size before mixing it with clay.
Bentonite Clay Compress acts as a bandaid to help wound heal fast.
Bodily Reactions to a Clay Compress
There are three types of skin reactions when using a clay compress. These reactions are an indication of how the clay is working. Listen to your body and note changes in color and temperature of the skin. With regular use, the skin should have a neutral reaction to the clay. Other than the healing effects of the clay and a slight redness from the weight of the compress, there should be no visible signs of treatment on the skin. This is a healthy and normal reaction to the clay.
Red bumps or a warming of the skin may also occur immediately after a session. This is the second most common type of reaction. The clay is detoxing the body, drawing out toxins and impurities. The warmth and spots should disappear after 15 to 30 minutes. Continue with regular treatments until a neutral reaction is achieved.
The least common reaction to a compress results in cold, white skin with possible chills or feelings of weakness. This occurs when the body is deficient of minerals and the body is absorbing nutrients from the clay. Continuing the compress sessions as frequently as is comfortable to restore the balance and there is no reaction to the clay.
Combine the healing power of calcium bentonite clay with the ease of making your own wearable compress. Whether suffering from muscle pain, wounds, scrapes, bites, or rashes, bentonite clay can bring all natural relief. Remember to always listen to your body. Let us know in the comments below what home remedies you use for common muscle aches and pains, wounds and insect bites.