The benefits of green, white, and red clay
Origins of clay
Clay is a mineral that is the result of the erosion of the earth’s crust over vast spans of time. Wind and rain create the erosion that forms the clay.
The three most common clays are:
The difference between each clay is the quantity of iron oxide.
Types of clay and use:
- Green clay is usually used to cure wounds, skin issues, articular pain, muscular pain, burns, stomachache. There are many different ways to use it. You can do a cataplasm. Put the clay in a wooden or porcelain bowl (never use metal) cover it with filtered water. Stir it with a wooden spoon to the consistency of a paste. Spread it on the injury. Cover it with a white band aid and let it dry. When you feel that it is dry uncover it and wash it off. Renew the band aid until it heals. It is recommended to do it over night for the best results.
You can use this “paste” to brush your teeth (add a drop of tea tree essential oil).
When you apply it on your face let it dry and then wash up your face.
You can also drink the mixture to cleanse up your organisms. In a glass of filtered water, add 2 tablespoons of green clay. Let it set over night and drink the water first thing on an empty stomach. Only use as a cleanser once a week, otherwise constipation may occur .
- White clay is often used in cosmetics as a cleanser and anti-aging.
On the face the white clay acts as natural lifting to prevent wrinkles and revive the skin cells. In a wooden or porcelain bowl mix one tablespoon of white clay with a little bit of filtered warm water and few drops of orange water. Whisk the mixture with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes smooth. With a clean painting brush apply the mixture on your face and neck and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then, wipe it off with a wet towel. After your skin is dry apply some wheat germ oil or almond oil.
- Red clay is used for skin care, circulatory system, healing, purification, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The red clay is very volatile so carefully use it and avoid any contact with your eyes. Use it as a cataplasm by mixing the clay with filtered water on a wooden bowl and stir it with a wooden spoon.
Tips for using clay
Make sure you buy good quality clay.
Always use filtered water.
If you do not have filtered water boil some in a pan and let it cool.
You can also cover the clay for the cataplasm with a white paper towel.
The clay and filtered water mixtures can be left out in a sunny spot. If it dries out add some more filtered water.
You can add 2 tablespoon of green clay in your bath water for smoother skin.
Written by: Elisabeth Chalaca Odou