How to Use Bentonite Clay

If you don’t already have bentonite clay stashed away in your natural medicine cabinet, you should.

Bentonite clay, which is a sedimentary clay made up of weathered and aged volcanic ash, is an amazing natural health tool with a wide variety of uses around the homestead. It’s strong electromagnetic pull naturally draws out toxins, heavy metals, and impurities and can be used both topically and internally.

Here are just a few of the ways you can use bentonite clay for your natural medicine chest


Bentonite clay can be used as a base for natural, homemade toothpaste, including this tooth powder recipe.


Many natural, DIY deodorant recipes call for bentonite clay, and it can actually help reduce the negative impact of commercial deodorants by drawing out toxins they can leave behind.

Facial Mask

Mixed with any number of other beneficial ingredients or simply made into a smooth clay with water, bentonite clay masks can help smooth and condition skin and reduce acne and other imperfections.

Drawing salve

As part of a healing drawing salve, bentonite clay is wonderfully beneficial for many skin irritants and conditions.

Hair mask

You can actually use bentonite clay as one method for cleaning your hair with the no-poo method, or as an occasional hair mask to help minimize residue left by commercial hair products or to combat dandruff or chronically oily hair.

In Soap

When added to homemade soap, bentonite clay can help create a very soothing, medicinal soap.

In Calamine Lotion

We posted about homemade calamine lotion awhile back, and bentonite clay works great as a base for this.

Detox Drink

You can actually drink bentonite clay either in conjunction with other detox recipes or on it’s own, and it can do some serious detox in your body (just make sure to drink enough water and eat enough fiber to filter all the toxins out).

Detox Bath

Probably one of the easiest and most effective ways to use bentonite clay is to throw it into a bath and soak for 10-15 minutes. This will draw toxins and heavy metals out of your body and into the water, so follow with a quick shower to rinse it off!

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