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Clay: An Ancestral Medicine From The Source

Like the Earth is made of the dust of the stars, our bodies are literally made of the dust of the Earth. Clay is one very unique type of soil with extraordinarily rich physico-chemical properties that endow it to be one of the best detoxifier/purifier and versatile natural healing product available. It has been used for millennia by many different civilizations from Egyptians who believed in its sacred powers to Native American Indians. Along with traditional external uses of clay as a main (or the sole) component of the facial mask clay can be used with great success on many different symptoms, thanks to specific properties. Clay is a potent antiseptic, while respecting the tissue on which it is applied, a wound-healer by stimulating the cellular regeneration and protecting the scar, a bleeding stopper, a cleaner and a sedative and relaxer.

Live Clay

In the Bible, the Genesis tells how God created Man from a handful of clay. This religious interpretation of the origin of Man may lie on real facts since some scientists think clay might have supported the birth of the first cells. The scientific theories about the origin of Life consider that Life appeared by chance and is governed by random laws. According to these theories, Life would have appeared 4 billions years ago from what is called "the original soup" constituted by diverse molecules created by the environment. In fact, there is a very specific fauna developing around the submarine hydrothermal chimneys in the ocean. This fauna develops thanks to the heat but especially thanks to the clay muds coming from the deep highly volcanic areas and which are coming out of the chimneys. Scientific research has shown that clays are likely to have participated in the arising of the primitive forms of Life by catalyzing the synthesis of organic molecules. These evidence demonstrate the direct link between clays and Life as well as the tremendous catalytic capacities of clays. This is one of the many reasons why clay is so powerful and the healing power of clay has been known to humanity for millennia.

Clay is a simple yet powerful natural remedy that has been forgotten and is known only by a handful of people. Notorious for millennia for its unique therapeutic properties, pure clay can be used for a multitude of purposes from detoxification, to healing and beauty.

Historical use of Clay

Since the earliest Antiquity, earth and water have been used to heal ailments and alleviate pain. Animals instinctively use clay when they are wounded or ill: they eat earth and roll in muds. It seems that the muddy places around which they gather are the best to extract clays. Much before the wise Egyptian Imhotep, the Paleolithic healers used clays and muds. Later, the Nilotic doctors used clays and muds from the Nile with great success to cure numbers of ailments. Embalmers used it for the mummification of corpses, which proves that they knew perfectly well Clay's purification properties. Considered sacred by Egyptians, it was prescribed by their doctors for external and internal uses to heal wounds and burns as well as a panel of gastro-intestinal diseases (like stomachache, gastro-intestinal diseases, digestive hemorrhages, dysentery, cholera, ulcers...). In the 5 Elements Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is considered to focus telluric and cosmic energies and allow the entry of the Element Earth in the global dynamic of an organism. Indeed, during its very long process of birth, Clay has accumulated lots of different energies (electric, magnetic and chemical thanks to all the minerals and trace elements of which it is composed) which contribute to making Clay a unique natural remedy adapted for a wide array of purposes. Since Antiquity, Clay has been incorporated into medical treatments and modern science has confirmed the invaluable properties of these distinctive minerals Clay contains.

In ancient Greece, Galien traveled to the island of Lemnos to study the properties of Terra Lemnia (the most famous of the Terra Sigillata or sealed earth) and found that people used it when they were afraid of having absorbed some poison or in case of dysentery, hemorrhage, intestine and stomach disease and even plague. The Clay extracted from the area surrounding Rome seemed to have the same properties and was widely used. It was even incorporated in flour to prepare some "medicinal cakes".

Pliny the Elder quotes the healing properties of earth washed and dried in the sun in his "Historia naturalis". Marco Polo mentions that feverish pilgrims were healing themselves by eating a little bit of the red earth from near the lake in Niabar. In the Middle Age, it was a very important part of an alchemical remedy considered to be a panacea for all ailments: the "Theriaque" (link to the article on Theriaque). Not only does Clay purify, but also stimulates, invigorates and regenerates.

What is clay

According to geologists, clay comes from the decomposition of different rocks during geologic times.

Groups of clay

Clay can be part of different groups, based on its origin and properties. The Illite is a clay of marine origin and is extremely rich in minerals. The Kaolin group, taking its name from a Chinese province Kao-ling, is a gentle clay often used in facial beauty mask for its softness. The Smectite group, with its widely known Montmorillonite clay, is often referred to as French or green clay.

Clay comes in many different colors: red, pink, yellow, brown, blue, white and green. Only the white and green clays are used internally. All the other colors of clay are used externally. Over time, clay undergo a natural process of transformation and can convert from one group to another. Therefore, clay found in nature is usually a mix of different clay groups, one group being dominant.

Many Uses of clay

The action of clay is mostly due to its dual property of adsorption and absorption that are expressed at different degrees in different clays. Absorption is the passive physical capacity of a porous body to be filled with liquids or gases, like a sponge. Adsorption allows the retention, at the surface of a solid, of organic or inorganic molecules in solution or in suspension, like a sticky paper. The balance between the absorption and adsorption capacities varies among clays, thus each type of clay is adapted to specific utilization.
For example, Montmorillonite clay has long been known for being the ideal clay for internal consumption because of its potent detoxification action, while Illite clay is rich in minerals and microelements and can be used as a mineral supplement.

Our modern type of life exposes us, both internally and externally, to thousands of pollutants and toxins that slowly accumulate into our bodies. The regular practice of cleansing/detoxifying cures several times a year helps our bodies to maintain a healthy life balance. Clay is the natural remedy of excellence for such cures.

Thus, Clay cleanses impurities by two ways: each clay particle acts like a sponge and/or like a sticky paper. However, it appears that clay is able to discriminate between what is healthy and good and what is bad and sick in a living organism. This might be due to specific physic-chemical properties of toxins and microbes like bacteria and viruses. Therefore, clay absorbs and adsorbs only what needs to be removed from an organ, a tissue, a cell. In addition to this potent cleansing/detoxifying action, other specific properties make clay an exquisite natural remedy with a very broad spectrum of action.

Natue Purity Clay products selection.

Nature Purity offers the following clay products:
  • Superfine Montmorillonite clay powder for internal, external and houhold use (also available in large size pack)
  • Superfine Kaolin clay for internal and external use
  • Montmorillonite paste-tube for external use
  • Clay Shampoos with montmorillonite, kaolin and rasshoul clay. Shampoos are sodium lauryl sulfate, Cocamide DEA and synthetic fragrance or colorants free and formulated to be environment friendly. They contain essential oils and plant extracts for specific action. These shampoos are certified organic by EcoCert France.
  • Clay toothpaste. The most natural toothpaste available today without sugar or sodium lauryl sulfate.