Bentonite is one of most popular clays and comes from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments in the United States. Bentonite clay has been traditionally used to assist in mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack, or in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color, and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.
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. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. Indigenous cultures have used this clay internally for healing and wellness.