Since prehistoric era, clay has been used to treat minor health problems such as food poisoning, body pain, and infections. According to research, the earliest humans even eat clay to make up for any mineral deficiency.
Evidences shows that even homo neanderthalensis mixed water with various kinds of earthly materials such as clay to soothe skin irritation and wounds. Until today, several tribes in Africa and native cultures in Andes, Central Africa, and Australia consume clay in different reasons. Some make dried balls of clay and mixe it water while others incorporate it in their meals to get rid of toxins.
Throughout ancient history, humans turn to clay as a natural source of minerals needed by the body. Its unique detoxifying properties help the humans get rid of heavy metals and toxins our body cannot naturally eliminate. During those times, clay has been used as:
- Cure for various health problems
- Source of minerals and nutrients
- Treatment for burns, bites, and skin infections
- Gastrointestinal protectors
- Osmotic oral laxatives
- Alternative medicine for digestive tract problems
- Internal and external detoxification tool
- Part of beauty care regimen
- Use as excipients