Bentonite Clay: What It Is & How I Use It Every Day, Week, & Month

Bentonite clay belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! But what is bentonite clay? And how exactly do you use it?

Bentonite clay belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! But what is bentonite clay? And how exactly do you use it?


In my bathroom I have about 7 small paper bags filled with an identical substance.

Bentonite clay.

They’re basically… everywhere. (Note to self: consolidate their contents into a single glass jar.)

Needless to say, I’m kind of, sort of, definitely obsessed with the stuff. It’s more than an obsession, really — it’s a dependence. I’ve grown to need it. No no, the stuff isn’t addictive, but it’s become a staple in both my health and beauty routines that I really can’t live without.


First things first, what makes bentonite clay so special?

Bentonite clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. The most active deposits of which are in Wyoming and Montana.

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It’s a “healing clay,” a clay that absorbs impurities such as toxins and heavy metals either when ingested or applied topically. According to Mountain Rose Herbs,

Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an ‘electrical charge’… When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”

It is for this reason that bentonite clay should never be stored in a metal container or stirred with a metal spoon (hence the bamboo spoon in my photos) since the clay absorbs the metals and becomes less effective.

Bentonite clay is also rich in minerals like silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.

A good quality bentonite clay is grey or cream in color — steer clear of white “bentonite clay” (since it’s likely not actually bentonite clay). It is very fine, has a velvet feel, is odorless and non-staining. I get my bentonite clay from Mountain Rose Herbs — it’s my go-to for the highest quality herbal remedy and DIY natural skincare ingredients!


So how can you use this oh-so-special clay in your natural health and beauty routine?

There’s a seemingly endless number of ways to put bentonite clay to good use!

Here’s how I use bentonite clay every day, week, and month…

Everyday

In my deodorant for some extra detoxification

Bentonite clay is the ingredient that puts the “detox” in my DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant. Not only does it absorb moisture, but it also helps pull toxins from the skin. This is so SUPER important since we have lymph nodes near our armpits. In essence, it is the anti-antiperspirant 🙂

What is bentonite clay and how to use it || Bentonite clay is an amazing ingredient that belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! Let's take a close look at what makes it so special and some of the best ways to put it to good use...

Every Week

As a pure-purging face mask

Because of its ability to absorb impurities, bentonite clay works wonders for clogged pores.

Pair it with activated charcoal — a medicinal charcoal that also works to absorb impurities — and a little water and you’ve got the Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask. I use it once a week to help maintain a clear complexion.

Every Month

Sprinkled in the tub for a detox bath

I add just ¼ cup of bentonite clay to my baths to help draw out impurities while I relax and get nice and clean. See what else I add here: Relaxing Detox Bath Recipe

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As a detox clay foot mask

Yes, a foot mask! I know, it sounds a little nutty. BUT detoxing through the feet is considered one of the safest ways to do so. Get all the details here: Detox Clay Foot Mask


But this is just the beginning… There are so many great ways to use bentonite clay!

Now I know that 7 bags is a little excessive (I have a habit of buying more before I actually need it!), but it is a great staple for every medicine cabinet.

Do you use bentonite clay for anything in particular? I’d love to hear how!

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  1. This may sound strange, but I purchased bentonite clay for facials, and after suffering from candida overgrowth, and searching for something that will help, I read that bentonite clay gets it out of your system. I have bentonite clay that says external use only, so I ordered food grade & am hopeful it will help. However, out of discouragement & desperation, I applied a small, thin layer of clay typically (I figured if it were irritating I could wash it off) & am amazed at how it has relieved & soothed the external itching. I am excited to try it internally. I’ve also used it for a detox baths & it makes your skin really soft. Mis

  2. Kearstin, silicosis is caused by the inhalation of silica particles in the lungs, it is not a cancer, this is from Wikipedia “Silicosis (previously miner’s phthisis, grinder’s asthma, potter’s rot and other occupation-related names)[1] is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, and is marked by inflammation and scarring in the form of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs. It is a type of pneumoconiosis.[2]” Ingesting clay will not harm your lungs or cause cancer.

  3. PLEASE READ!!!! I love bentonite clay and the many health benefits it provides, but I would like to share one con. It is NOT safe to ingest. Because of its high content of silica, it is not safe to ingest. Silica causes cancer called silicosis. Too much exposure to this is very dangerous. Please do not ingest this.

  4. I use Miracle Clay from Dynamite. I give it to all my animals (sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and cats) as a natural de-wormer, I mix with Elixir for a refreshing facial mask, as a poultice for bug bites, stings and poison oak, internally for any digestive issue or ulcer condition…the uses are endless!

  5. I use bentonite clay mostly for my horse as a natural dewormer and detoxifier. Great for pulling out absesses as well. I give it to my husband for his heartburn and my horse for ulcers. I also use it on inflamed bug bites. Soothes the skin. I love the stuff. I get mine from Dynamite.

  6. Three weeks ago I started getting a very bad rash on my face and neck. It was extremely painful and itchy and I tried everything I knew but it continued to spread and become more painful. I ran into friend who had put an end to years of being on antibiotics for rosacea by using the clay. Her friend had recommended it to her because it had cured her son of a very bad case of acne. I gave it a try and it pulled the pain and itching out of the rash… I had never heard of it before… I am going to try it for some of these other things…still a bit scary to take it internally

  7. Thank you so much for the quick reply!
    I really appreciate it.
    I do love that you provide the links to products you use!
    Take care!

  8. Hi, April! Thanks so much 🙂 I’ve used Redmond clay (which they sell at WHole Foods and on Amazon) before but now buy in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs since I use a lot of it. Both are great quality and from great companies that I trust!

  9. Hi, Angie. I took this from Mountain Rose Herbs: “A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.”

  10. I have a question for anyone who can answer this.
    Recently I discovered clay as well ( I am a newbie ) So I search HIGH and LOW online for reasonable prices and this stuff is not that easy to find in Canada as it is the USA.

    I found a company here in Ontario Canada, and being new at this , i ordered a 2lb bag. I was not happy when I did not get any instructions or information on this clay ( other then , not for internal use )

    I was so excited to try it , after the weeks of reading I had done about clay’s. It was wonderful for my face ! amazing ! Now this clay was a light GREY color.

    Today I finally got my Calcium bentonite clay after waiting for 2 weeks. I opened it up and noticed a color difference. This one is a light beige or off white color and it is also for internal use.

    The first thing I did was mix it with water and drank it as I had read !

    and I did get instructions and all the information required as to Ph , mesh and much more !

    Now, I am wondering is there much of a difference ? I think I have read EVERY web site of clay’s that I could possibly find.

    I am very interested in purchasing a large amount of it also as I love it that much !!

  11. I’ve been taking it internally for the past 3 months…I LOVE IT! makes me feel so good every morning. thanks for the post!

  12. I am new to this and my first time I used a metal teaspoon to measure it. Than I led the metal teaspoon in my 8 ounce bag for less than an hour. Did I ruin my clay?

  13. Awesome, Amanda! I’ve been wanting to make a toothpaste with the clay! I’ll keep my eyes out for your post 🙂

  14. I love your post! I’m going to write a post on my blog about my bentonite clay toothpaste I make: it’s safe for kids to swallow! Plus it’s detoxifying and remineralizing, of course! 🙂

  15. I like your idea, Jennifer. I am going to start doing that.

    I do use Bentonite clay internally. I use 1 Tbs. in 8 oz. of purified water in the morning for one week each month before breakfast as an internal cleanse. I let the clay and water sit for about 5 minutes, then stir with a non-metal utensil and drink. It works.

  16. We have been making and using a homemade “Earthpaste” with Redmond clay for the last year or so. It’s a toxin-free toothpaste that actually helps to remineralize your teeth (because of the clay). It doesn’t “foam” like conventional toothpaste, yet still leaves your teeth feeling clean and healthy!!

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