Bentonite clay is composed of volcanic ash, and because of that, contains a lot of minerals and nutrients and offers a lot of healing properties. The largest source of Bentonite Clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, which is where is gets the name Bentonite from. Most of the world’s supply of Bentonite clay comes from Wyoming in the US, France, and Italy. The area in France that is found in is a region called Montmorillon which is how Bentonite gets its other name, Montmorillonite.
Bentonite clay is found to be used throughout history as a traditional healing method for protecting the body from disease. It’s been reported as traditionally be used specifically with cultures in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia for consumption. It’s consumed because it can help rid the body of toxins and heavy metals. This helps to alkalize the body and helps cells to receive more oxygen. When ingested, it’s great for the GI tract because if’s antibacterial and antiviral. It also contains calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium. These minerals are necessary for our body; some people ingest this instead of taking a multi vitamin however these minerals and nutrients are also great for the skin when applied topically!
When this is applied to the skin, the same benefits can be seen with alkalizing the skin, helping the cells on the face to receive more oxygen, cleaning and purifying it and removing heavy metals and toxins. This is why we use it in our Detoxifying Clay Mask! When you add water to bentonite, it makes it able to produce a charge that is electrical in nature. This allows the clay to physically bind with heavy metals and other toxins, so when you wash away the mask, you’re washing away any impurities.