Therapeutic Mud & Clay Baths - Green Clay / Bentonite & Montmorillonite
Detoxifying the Body with Clay Baths
Why Clay Baths?
"...I have put a huge number of patients on these clay baths and the levels of heavy metals – mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium have come down dramatically…I have been monitoring the levels of metals using all three methods (TD DMPS, oral DMSA and clay baths)and the clay baths are way faster in the removal of metals...”
..."One particular patient had very high levels
of mercury and levels of lead that were off the charts. In 3 months
of twice weekly clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the
mercury disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead
levels improved dramatically. Interestingly enough, another 5 months
of these clay baths showed even lower levels of lead but the mercury
reappeared. This supports the theory that mercury is sequestered
in different areas of our body and it take time to get it all out."
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Taking a therapuetic clay bath, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, is one of the most effective methods in existance to help assist the body in the elimination of toxic substances which have accumulated in the body. Clay baths stimulate the lymphatic system and deeply cleanse the body's largest breathing organ ( the skin ). Acting both directly on the body and acting as a systematic catalyst, clay used in this manner interacts directly with the body's immune system, and helps to remove the post-digestive burden placed on the major organs of the body.
Taking a clay bath is like emmersing oneself in a sea comprised of millions of minute crystals.
There are many methods available in both alternative and natural medicine that are designed to "detoxify the body". However, nearly all of them do exactly the opposite: They stimulate the body to release toxic byproducts stored in fat, organs, and other tissues. The result is that these substances are dumped back into the active metabolism. The body, then, is placed under a great deal of toxic stress, even to the point of toxic shock.
This poses quite a problem, for the body has stored these substances for a very specific reason: It has been incapable of eliminating the substances without causing signficant damage. Therefore, the short cut "quick fix" methods to detoxify the body can actually be quite dangerous, and the natural and comprehensive methods can require alot of attention, hard work, and anywhere from six months to three years to accomplish, and are often accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms as the body cleans itself.
Enter clay baths.
The information we present in this section is our experience, and in some cases, contradicts, at least in part, the information shared by other "experts" familiar with the art of healing with clays. Our research is the result of many years of experience, and includes a comprehensive study of clay and mud as it exists and is used in nature, as well many deeply profound discussions with genetic scientists, balneologists, researchers deeply familiar with the works of Tesla, scalar waves, and high frequency technologies.
We certainly agree with everything Raymond Dextreit ( "Earth Cures" ) has to say about supporting the body internally while utilizing clay therapy, and strongly encourage those interested to read his work.
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It all starts with the water...
It is impossible to duplicate the quality of a natural clay or mud bath in an artificial environment. However, having studied natural clay baths and mud baths that exist in "special" areas known for their great healing properties, one can create a clay bath that works nearly as well.
It is unfortunate that the tap water quality of most of the industrialized world is so poor. Chlorine and fluoride are two substances that one truly does not, ideally, want to ingest into the body.
Hot showers, baths, and steam treatments cause a forced respiration through the skin, resulting in a rapid uptake of gases, ions, and "water" directly into the tissues of the body. Indeed, any time one isolates a location of the body, covering it with any substance and then applying heat ( even if this is only heat generated by insulation ), an "environmental exchange" is going to occur, resulting in the absorption of substances through the skin and the release of substances through the pores of the body.
The more active substances that the clay has to deal with from the water source and additives, the less sorption power the clay will have, or worse... The sorpted substances can act in the ion exchange process and cause these substances to be deposited into the body.
To illustrate this example, if one takes a natural clay, and subjects it to gas fumes for a extended period of time ( even just by placing the clay in one's garage ), and then places a clay pack on the leg for an hour each day, within a few days one will begin to taste gasoline in the saliva.
Since the idea is to detoxify the body, it is not the best idea to include substances in the clay bath to bypass the body's digestive system-- not without very careful thought.
Very careful thought begins with meticulous examination of how clay reacts with any substance it is combined with. In short order, any researcher can verify that when clay is added with herbs, oxidation reactions occur that create organic compounds that do not normally exist in nature. Whether or not these compounds are beneficial must be left up to the individual. In short, our opinion is that herbs should be used independently of clay baths. When herbs are used with clay in-bath, one should consider the therapeutic treatment as an herbal bath, and not a clay bath.
Raymond Dextreit, among others, also strongly discouraged the use of other substances combined with clay (with a few exceptions). Hydrated clay is such an amazing substance in its own right.
The best water to use with clay baths is natural, high quality spring water, especially geothermally heated water that rises from pressurized acquifers deep beneath the earth.
If this is not possible, then reverse osmosis water can be used. However, reverse osmosis water can be expensive to purchase outside of the home for bath purposes, and if a reverse osmosis system is not "in-line", preparation of the water for the bath can be tedious.
In cities where chlorine and/or fluoride are added to the water, an in-line shower filter can be used which removes many undesireable contaminants: Consider a product such as the Aquasana Shower Filter, which, in our opinion, is the best localized shower filter for the investment.
In short, any method one can utilize to improve the quality of the water used can be utilized with healing clay baths.
Adding natural sea salt to a clay bath is an excellent idea. Sea salt acts as a tonic, and increases the ion exchange capability of clay in a clay bath, as well as changing the osmotic pressure (relative to the human body). Visit greenclays.com to purchase the supreme Inland Sea Mineral Blend, or use your own favorite sea mineral source (such as magnesium chloride, Dead dea salts, etc.). Use from one cup to ten cups per bath.
Green Clay, Clay Quality, Clay Blends
Our short answer to the question, 'What clay should I use?': Whatever pure, raw clay you have access to!
No two clays are the same. While a quarry grade bentonite will work for a clay bath (all bentonites/smectites share the same properties), individuals who are ill are advised to seek out true therapeutic grade clay -- clays that have a long standing history of effective human and animal use for detoxification and healing.
A healing clay bath should predominantly consist of green or grey sodium/calcium smectite. This includes swelling bentonites (low sodium or high sodium) and montmorillonites. We do recommend to use at least 50-75% swelling green clay for clay baths. Natural, raw clays are best, agricultural grade clays are next best, and technical grade clays are third. We've tested all, and have had acceptable results with all three.
Clays which are well known for their therapeutic properties are best to use for clay baths, but they can be overly expensive. A cost effective alternative is to blend a high quality clay with a more affordable clay.
For therapeutic grade clays useful for bathing, we recommend trying green desert calcium bentonite , Pascalite, or Redmond Clay... mixed perhaps with a clay similiar to American Colloid Sodium bentonite.
Utah bentonite (such as the pale clay technical-only grade clay marketed by Western), blended with Wyoming bentonite, is an acceptable blend for bath purposes. A superior blend would be the Wyoming bentonite and a high quality calcium bentonite desert clay.
For an excellent professional grade blend: Inland Sea Clay Baths is the cream of the crop. Although more expensive, it is recommended for those with very serious conditions such as severe metal toxicity, chemical toxicity, and electropollution sensitivity.
What to Avoid
Avoid any contaminated clays, and pay careful attention when storing clay. Store in a completely sealed container, and away from reactive chemicals. Do not allow clay to come in prolonged contact with metals, and if one needs to store clay in plastic, the first best choice is FDA grade plastic, the worst choice is plastics such as "tuperware".
Always use clays without any additives.
Quantity Makes a Difference
Our short answer to the question, "How much clay should be used in a clay bath?": About two tons.
Unfortunately, unless one is willing to custom build one's own personal clay therapy center, using two tons of clay in a clay bath is hardly practical. That said, we would like to note that there is no equal experience than submersing the body in in large amounts of warm clay magma, especially when one is able to sit or stand in the clay bath (with the body vertical, by which there is a greater impact on the body's lymphatic system).
Also, taking a clay bath in a full magma clay bath facility can cause extreme exhaustion for individuals who are very ill, even though doing so is an incredible healing experience. Ill individuals will experience results using as little as one cup of clay per bath, but will benefit by slowly increasing the amount of clay used per bath!
For general detoxification purposes (for those serious about detoxing), our experience is that no less than five pounds of clay should be used. One can even build up to using ten pounds of clay for serious metal toxicity. We have adjusted our measurements from volume to weight, as some clays are more dense than others. This doesn't mean that one cannot enjoy a clay bath with only a cup or a pound of clay, of course. The more clay that is used, the stronger the pulling power and the greater the detox effect.
The bath should be filled only with enough water to comfortably and completely submerge the body, especially if smaller amounts of clay are used in the bath.
Preparing a Clay Bath in a Standard Bath Tub
Can clay ruin standard plumbing? Yes.
However, if you have modern plumbing, and your pipes are in good shape and not clogged, as long as the clay is completely aqueous when drained, it will not stick to the pipes and cause problems. The sandy silt that may or may not be left behind in a clay bath poses no problem.
Can clay disturb a standard septic tank? Yes, it is possible for clay, if enough used, to disturb the fragile balance maintained in a septic tank. City sewage, however, is perfectly fine.
If one has a personal concern about a septic system or pipes, then we can only recommend that one should either pump the water out and let it dry outside ( then disposing of the clay as one would normal garbage ), or install an inline pressurized filter to remove clay from the water.
The most convenient way to prepare a bath:
The best way to prepare a bath:
If the clay settles at the bottom of the tub, a few short moments of agitation will suffice.
Adding Sea Salt
One to five cups of quality sea salt may be added to any clay bath. Adding magnesium chloride is also highly beneficial. Adding sea salt to the water first makes clay easier to dissolve in-bath.
How Long, How Hot, How Often?
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Frequently asked Questions
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