Parrots and macaws that live in the
Amazon rain forests regularly gather to excavate and ingest certain
clays that are deposited along river banks. The regular diet of these
birds is tree seeds that contain natural toxins that the trees produce
to ensure propagation and survival of their species. The clays that
the birds eat act as buffers, protecting them from the ill effects of
the seeds’ toxins. Their human counterparts are the Pomo Indians of
California who eat, as a staple food, acorns that contain a
bitter-tasting toxin. By adding clay to the acorns, they avoid both
the bitter taste and the poison.
has been used throughout civilization to promote health and healing.
The ancient Egyptians were the first to use clay cosmetically to
improve the health of the skin by applying facial masks and taking
clay baths. French sailors consumed clay to prevent and cure
dysentery, a bacterial infection of the intestines. People from many
cultures have applied clay directly on themselves and their animals as
a poultice to draw out infections in open wounds.
Certain healing clays are able to extract heavy metals, radioactive
elements and many other toxins such as pesticides from the body.
These clays, technically known as smectites, are formed from weathered
deposits of volcanic ash. In Europe they are called montmorillonite
clays after Mont Morillon, France where they are found. In the United
States commercial deposits are mined near Ft. Benton, Wyoming and are
therefore known as bentonite clays. The structure of bentonite is
such that when it is hydrated, it swells, and the plate-like particles
of clay open up, creating a large porous network that can absorb other
substances like a sponge soaks up water. Also, these clay particles
have a negative electrical charge that allows them to absorb
positively-charged heavy metals and hold on to them like a magnet.
These properties make bentonite an ideal substance for cleaning up
toxic wastes internally and externally.
Following the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 1986, Russian
soldiers passed out chocolate bars that contained French Green Clay.
Consuming this clay helped people absorb and eliminate the radioactive
materials in their bodies. A similar approach worked for Russian
farmers who fed their contaminated cattle grain mixed with bentonite
clay. After a period of time they were able to legally market their
cattle, once the radioactivity in their bodies had been reduced to
Eighty percent of detoxification is processed through the liver.
Ingested bentonite clays absorb toxins that the liver has processed
for elimination and deposited into the small intestines. The clay
electromagnetically binds the toxins making sure that they are not
reabsorbed into the bloodstream before being excreted. Make certain
that the clay you choose for ingesting is edible, because some
bentonite clays are intended for external use only. It’s best to
consume the clay between meals so it doesn’t interfere with
Clay baths, designed to pull toxins out of the body, can easily be
administered at home. A few cups of dry bentonite clay powder are
stirred into a hot bath. A person simply lies in the bath for twenty
minutes and the mud draws the toxins out through the pores of the
skin. Sometimes a dark sludge containing these poisons will settle in
the bottom of the tub.
Soaking just your feet in a foot bath that contains a smaller amount
of clay can also draw out significant amounts of toxins.
Native Americans call bentonite “ee-wha-kee,” meaning “the mud that
heals.” It is a natural and inexpensive tool that has been proven
safe and effective for healing a variety of ailments.
For further information or to purchase
an organic chocolate detoxification bar, please call Saint Louis
Aquatic Healing Center at 314 432-5228