10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

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Never heard of bentonite clay before? Well, then you may be very surprised to hear that it’s a “healing clay” that cleanses and heals the body. In fact, many people enjoy bentonite clay benefits by taking internally (in other words, drinking and eating it), on top of using it externally on the skin.

Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, this healing clay recently gained some spotlight in the U.S. and Europe as a trusted product* that can be added to any detoxification program.


Bentonite Clay Benefits in History

Devils Tower at SunsetBentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanos. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming where numerous volcanos are present, so the name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested.

The other name that bentonite clay is typically given, Montmorillonite clay, stems from the region of France called Montmorillon, where the clay was first discovered. Today the clay is harvested mostly in the U.S., France and Italy. “Bentonite” is actually the trade name that the clay has been given, but people for the most part speak about Montmorillonite and Bentonite clay interchangeably and are referring to the same product.

Bentonite clay stems back far in history as a traditional healing method for protecting the body from disease. It has been reported that several traditional cultures living in regions of the Andes, Central Africa and Australia have consumed clays in numerous ways for centuries. Because the clay is readily available and required no modern processing, it has been a popular and cost-effective way of “detoxing” the body for quite some time.


How Bentonite Clay Works

We come into contact with a range of toxins numerous times every day, as toxins are given off from common products like paint, cleaning supplies, markers, substances used in building homes, low-quality unpurified water, and even pesticides that are widely sprayed regions that have farming present. It is quite common to inject a range of different toxins just by breathing in the fumes that are present all around us, not to mention the toxins that we receive from an unhealthy diet filled with low-quality processed foods.

“Heavy metal toxins” usually refer to substances like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene. These can be found in the products previously mentioned, and also in foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or certain types of fish. Bentonite clay benefits your body by helping to expel many of these toxins (thus as part of a heavy metal detox) and can increase immunity and reduce inflammation. (1Mud volcano in Wyoming

On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.

When ingested into the body, either in a drink form or by eating the clay, its vitamins and minerals are absorbed similarly to how a supplement would be. Therefore, some people use it as a supplement since the clay is a natural source of important dietary nutrients.

 

Bentonite Clay Nutrition Data Table

 

Bentonite clay also benefits the body because it has the ability to produce a charge that is electrical in nature when it comes in contact with liquid — similar to how earthing (touching your bare feet to the earth, in particular wet grass). When the clay touches any type of fluid (normally water), it takes on a different charge and is thought to bind to any present toxins within the fluid.

While in its natural state, bentonite clay has negatively charged molecules, most toxins and heavy metals have positively charged molecules. This allows the two to bind together easily and stay united while the toxin removal process happens.

Bentonite clay essentially “seeks” toxins in the body to bind with because naturally any substance that has a missing ion (which gives it its “charge”) looks for oppositely charged types of substances that will make it complete. Upon binding, the clay is then able to help remove toxins, chemicals, impurities and “heavy metals” from the gut, skin and mouth.   

If you ever use chia seeds in baking and combine them with any milk or water, you have likely experienced their ability to swell and soak up the fluid that is around them, creating a gel-like consistency. Bentonite clay has a similar ability: It absorbs the liquids that is comes into contact with and expands to extract toxins from the liquid.


10 Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

 healing skin, hands1. Used on the Skin to Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis

When combined with water and left to dry on the skin as a clay mask, the clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin and within pores to extract these from the pours. This helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes, alleviate redness, and also to fight allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes, and even helps help poison ivy.

Thanks to the clay’s special ability to act as an antibiotic treatment when applied topically to the skin, the clay can help to calm skin infections and speed up healing time of wounds or eczema, even when prescription antibiotics were not able to help solve the problem. (234)

2. Used in the Bath as a Soaking Liquid to Remove Toxins

The clay can be added to your bath water and used as a soaking liquid, binding to the toxins that are dispelled from your skin. The clay leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and less inflamed, all while you relax in the tub effortlessly!

3. Allows Cells to Receive More Oxygen

Bentonite clay helps to get oxygen into the cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the cells, leaving room for oxygen to take its place.

When cells have more oxygen entering them, you feel more energized and your body can repair itself more easily from illness or hard workouts, including improving muscle recovery.

Human Body diagram with Alkaline4. Alkalizes the Body

Much of the foods that are present in the “Standard American Diet” have an acidic reaction in the body, meaning they alter the body’s preferred pH level to make it more acidic than we’d like for it to be.

The less healthy someone’s diet is, normally the more acidic their body is. This is the case because the stomach needs to work extra hard to produce strong acids in order to break down these foods, creating the need for even more alkalizing foods to balance things out.

Proper digestion requires enzymes that are made from alkalizing minerals, so when alkalizing foods do not enter the body, acidity remains high and digestion suffers. Bentonite clay contains alkalizing minerals, which brings the level of the body’s pH to a more optimal balance between acidity and alkalinity, helping to make the blood, saliva and urine more alkaline. 

5. Boosts Probiotics

By removing toxins, digestive-distress causing chemicals and heavy metals from the gut, bentonite clay helps to promote the “good bacteria” or probiotics living in your gut wall and decrease the amount of harmful “bad bacteria.”

A healthy gut wall prevents us from experiencing malabsorption of nutrients from our food, increases our immunity, and also helps to elevate our mood and brain function. Research has also shown that bentonite clay can bind to particular toxins like “aflatoxins” that are common in the standard diet, found in things like peanuts and some grains.

When left unattended, an influx of aflatoxins can contribute to liver damage and potentially even the onset of certain cancers. Because of bentonite clay’s negatively charged electrons, it’s able to withstand acids found in the gut and survive long enough to bind to toxins. (5)

6. Relieves Digestive Problems (Constipation, IBS, Nausea, etc.)Hands on Stomach, gut health

Thanks to its ability to neutralize bacteria in the gut and kill viruses, bentonite clay helps to alleviate many digestive problems. It is often used as relief for nausea and vomiting by pregnant women, is a safe way to remedy constipation, and helps with IBS.

Results from one study carried out in 1998 showed that bentonite clay was extremely successful at absorbing harmful rotavirus and caronavirus toxins within the gut of young mammals. Rotaviruses are one of the leading causes of gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea and nausea, in infants and toddlers. (5)

Bentonite clay benefits your pets as well. It is safe for pet consumption within your own home and can alleviate pet’s nausea and vomiting in the same way. You can add bentonite clay to your pet’s water to help reduce symptoms like vomiting. Mix ¼ cup or less of the clay into their water until it dissolves; they should not taste anything or even notice that it’s there, but should feel better pretty quickly.

7. Boosts Immunity by Killing Harmful Bacteria and Viruses

Bentonite clay was also found to be effective at killing harmful bacteria. In a study published by the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, “results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections.” (6)

More research is still needed on the topic but results of studies so far appear to be promising in terms of how the clay can be used as a treatment for these gut-related illnesses. On top of killing these types of infections and viruses, bentonite clay benefits your immune system by keeping the gut wall strong.

Much of the immune system actually lives inside of the gut, and when the gut wall is compromised, toxins are better able to leach into the bloodstream and cause serious problems. By protecting the gut wall and decreasing the amount of pesticides, toxins, bacteria and chemicals that could potentially enter the blood, the body is better able to protect its health.

8. Improves the Health of Teeth and Gums

The mouth is one of the most susceptible areas of the body when it comes to harmful outside “invaders” taking over, like bacteria and toxins.

Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. Because of Bentonite’s antibacterial properties, it has been used in natural toothpastes and even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.

Running Water9. Purifies Water

Bentonite clay has been researched as an effective way to remove some of the fluoride that is often in drinking water.

When combined with magnesium, the clay has been shown to benefit the purity of tap water, which leads to some promising possibilities for using it in the future as a widespread cost-effective water purification method. (7)

10. Useful As a Baby Powder Alternative

Bentonite clay can be applied to any area on the skin of babies that is irritated, red or needs soothing in the same way that traditional powders are used. Plus, it is very gentle and naturally cleansing.

Apply a small amount of the clay directly to the skin and allow it to sit for several minutes before wiping/rinsing it away.

 

 


How to Effectively Start Using Bentonite Clay 

Bentonite clay normally comes in a gray or cream color, not a bright white color, which can indicate that it may have gone bad. The clay should also be odorless and not have much of any taste at all.

If you plan on consuming bentonite clay by mouth (ingesting it either by eating or drinking the clay), try this:

  • Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day as many days of the week as you’d like. Mix the clay with water, preferably in a jar with a lid where you can shake the clay and make it dissolve. Then drink it right away.

If you plan on only using it externally on your skin, try this:

  • Enjoy the bentonite clay benefits by adding a ¼ of a cup of the clay to your bath and massage your skin with it. Or just allow the clay to dissolve into the water and soak it in for as long as you’d like, then rinse your skin well with clean water.
  • Try gargling the clay in your mouth with some water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, similarly to using mouth wash. Then spit out the clay and rinse your mouth with clean water.
  • Try creating a face mask by smearing the clay directly onto your skin, especially anywhere where you have blemishes, red spots, irritations or scarring. Allow the clay to dry (this usually takes about 20 minutes) and then rinse it off with warm water. It’s recommended to use the clay mask one or twice per week for best results.
  • For scrapes or bug bites, apply a concentrated amount of the clay directly to the trouble area and cover with a Band-Aid or gauze, then let it sit for about 2 hours, then rinse it off. 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and safe way to help rid toxins from your body, consider trying bentonite clay in one of its many uses. Whether you are looking to clear skin irritations or undergo a more dramatic internal detox, experiment with this traditional and completely natural method of healing that has been practiced for hundreds of years.


Precautionary Steps

Some bentonite clay products contains trace amounts of lead and may not be appropriate for consumption by children and pregnant women.

*The FDA is warning consumers to not purchase “Bentonite Me Baby” by Alikay Naturals because of a potential lead poisoning risk, as this product apparently has unsafe levels of lead. (8)

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  1. Maribel de Seriere says:

    Hello Dr Josh,
    Where can I buy bentonite clay?

  2. chanelle says:

    This really interests me. Bennonite clay isn’t something I’ve used. I’ve heard of it before, but never in so much detail. I’d love to try it! Where is the best place to get it?

  3. Amanda says:

    I work for an environmental organization and Bentonite clay is used in the liners of landfills so I find this oddly interesting!

  4. Mike says:

    Hi Dr. Axe!
    I read somewhere, that bentonite clay (when used internally) wipes the gut from both harmful and beneficial substances. Which kind of makes sense. So number 5 surprised me. How could it differentiate between bad bacteria and viruses and the probiotics?

  5. Elaine Segars says:

    So happy to find You, and find out about some products I didn’t know about. I was
    happy to find out more about the essential oils, my daughter is now selling. I will look in to buying the clay. Thank You so much.
    Elaine

  6. Molly says:

    Would this be unsafe to ingest if you have amalgam fillings in several teeth since they are metal?

  7. Amy says:

    Yes!!! I have been using Redmond clay for years for the various reasons stated here. Works like a charm!

  8. Jioanna Alexander says:

    So for internal ingestion all the heavy metals in the clay are not problematic at all?

  9. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing that information…I heard about it but sort if hesitant to use after reading up on it and knowing it’s safe I will consider getting the Redmond. Thank you!

  10. Rick says:

    Have you tried or looked into Black Mica ?

  11. Rebecca says:

    Ahh, it is spelled Eczema, not Excema ACK!!! (#1 above). I am shaking uncontrollably now from my OCD!!!!!!!! HELP!!!

  12. Sherri says:

    Dr. Axe, I have clay and have used it. I heard your body does not absorb the minerals in the clay. Can you tell me more about it?
    Thank you
    Sherri

  13. Sue says:

    Hi Dr. Josh, Is this clay similar to diatomacious earth? My husband & I tried that last year. I tried it religiously for 2 months without noticing anything better. My body ached so much that I stopped using it. Would you know if the clay would be the same or better than the D.E.? Thank You :-) PS..I love reading your posts. I learn so much!

  14. Lisa says:

    I was really excited reading about this product, almost purchased it until I read on there that it has “trace amounts of lead.” This seems a bit scary to me, can you explain?

  15. Kindra Smith says:

    The bentonite clay I use is powered form. How much would you use for a face mask? Would you use water or ACV? What ratio? Thanks!

  16. Marti says:

    I had ankle/foot surgery 4 weeks ago, my foot is still extremely swollen and bruised…lots of nerve pain and still have to keep is elevated 24/7.
    My question is: would Bentonite clay help my foot heal?

  17. Pattie says:

    Are you concerned about the lead in the clay? What are your thoughts?

  18. Christine says:

    does it work differently than diatomaceous earth? just wondering if I would need both in my repertoire as I already have the DE.

  19. Rick says:

    I use bentonite clay to make tooth powder. I didn’t realize that I could reap even more benefits by ingesting it. Thanks dr josh!!

  20. Ni Na says:

    Is bentonite clay found in the philippines?

  21. Janet Noles says:

    Is there any reports for this to help Avascular Neclosis?

  22. TJ says:

    Dr. Axe, should we be concerned about the trace amounts of lead in this product? I’m looking for a good quality product, but am concerned about the lead…

  23. Christina says:

    I just used this on my son (1 year old) when I found two mysterious pimples that showed up on his palm. Everything I read pointed to staphylococcus or MRSA, yet he had no fever, no discomfort or anything. I got some hydrated clay from Redmond that was called “First Aid.” I applied it to his hand, and within ten minutes the redness and swelling around the pimples went down. I continued to apply it daily, and within 4 days it dried up. Then I had a bad scrape on my shin while hiking. As soon as I got home, I applief the clay. The next day I had some minor scabbing and almost no painful, red swelling or throbbing like I would normally have. I’m a total bentonite clay believer!!

  24. Wesley says:

    I make my own toothpaste powder using this, magnesium calcium powder, baking soda and either cinnamon powder or oil or peppermint oil and I grind it up in my coffee grinder. I’ve also used this as a face mask but instead of water I used apple cider vinegar and boy does that work!

    Would you recommend adding a teaspoon of this clay to you acv detox drink recipe?

  25. kat says:

    I had a sore on my gum that bled every time I brushed my teeth. it was there for about 8 months. I made bentonite toothpaste and the sore stopped bleeding after the 4th time i used it. it has completely gone now and I’ve never had gum problems again. very cool stuff!

  26. Barbara Brown says:

    Bentonite is one of the main ingredients in the Royal Flush Kit. The Royal Flush is the best intestinal cleanse I’ve ever found.

  27. Linda says:

    Can you add clay to a smoothie?

  28. Beverly says:

    My 11 month old grandchild has eczema on the face, creases of elbows, knees etc. is this product safe for use in small babies over a wide area of the body? And is there any worry with absorption of lead in this case?

  29. Claudia Gabrielle, MD says:

    Bentonite clay is wonderful! As an Ivy League trained family physician with 20 years’ experience practicing in the United States, Sweden, India, and Romania, I regularly recommend bentonite to my patients as a detoxifying agent found in the Royal Flush intestinal cleanse (www.RoyalFlushKit.com). The liquid clay that is part of this complete intestinal cleanse (which comes from a source right here in the USA) binds 40x its weight in heavy metals and other toxins; it is the “magnet.” The other components of the Royal Flush Kit cleanse are the Trace Minerals Plus+ (which acts as the “chisel” to remove years of plaque and toxin buildup in the intestines) followed by the Greens & Fiber Mix (which acts as the “broom” to sweep away all the toxic debris and restore healing). I have seen patients improve and reverse a range of medical conditions from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to Fibromyalgia to parasites and yeast overgrowth to Depression using the Royal Flush Kit. I personally use the Royal Flush cleanse weekly to remove any toxins that may have crept in and to keep my body healthy and vibrant. The Lord always supplies the tools we need to heal, we just need to use them.

  30. Cathy says:

    Sonnes # 7 is a good source of the clay. If I miss taking it, I can tell the difference, I feel kind of sluggish without it.

  31. J Marie says:

    I have read that bentonite clay can be used to rid your body of radiation, like after radiation therapy for cancer treatment (as well as radiation exposure as in a nuclear accident). Have you heard of this? Is this true?

  32. Sheralee says:

    I have often wondered about the constipating effect of using Bentonite or other healing clays…i have tried a few and although I ‘only’ have one bowel motion daily I would not class myself as constipated but clay sure does this to me no matter how much water and fiber I add…WHY? I have heard Dr Suzy Cohen mention she has the same effect but not why this may be happening?
    Thanks Dr Axe I so appreciate you shaeing your healing wisdom : )

  33. Belinda says:

    Is it true that it can also remove nutrients from your body, so you shouldn’t consume the clay together with meals? If so, what’s the best time to consume the clay water? Can a person take it continuously or should one take a break now and then? Is it safe for children and what do you think might be a safe dosage for a 4 year old? TIA!

    • I can’t answer all of your questions or give medical advice. But clay should be taken on empty stomach before bed or first thing in the morning with a lot of water throughout the entire day.

  34. Janet says:

    Would this work for fungal toe nails? I’ve tried just about everything else

  35. Debbie says:

    Redmond clay is in the toothpaste I use – Earthpaste. I purchase in Whole Foods.

  36. Brenda Cunningham says:

    Is Redmond clay safe to ingest etc? I have that one, but don’t recall why I chose it.

  37. [email protected] says:

    used it on a brown recluse spider bite and it saved my leg from being amputated. Pulled out the poison

  38. Edna Lazy says:

    I need a better way to ingest bentonite.. c’mon.. it’s dirt.. when you mix it with water you get MUD and drinking mud just doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried tomato juice because of the thicker viscosity… still tastes like mud… What else ya got?

  39. Jalyn says:

    I enjoy making homemade skin products and I have made a mask with bentonite clay but my question is what can i add to the mask that will give it shelf life? I enjoy giving things like this as gifts.(and most enjoy receiving them). Thanks for the article.

  40. Ellen says:

    What do you think about Sonnes´s #7 and #9 using? Have you tried them? And what do you think for comparing them to Redmond Clay? I would so appreciate your opinion. Thank you!

  41. SK says:

    Do you need to orally ingest the clay to get the benefits from numbers 1-6 above or can bathing with the clay also provide the same benefits? I am assuming that to help with digestive issues, probiotics, oxygen, alkalinity and etc., you must ingest it.

  42. Cindy says:

    I have been told you can place a half a cup of this clay around your computers and TV’s and it helps reduce your exposure to the magnetic fields they put out. Replace it every 3 months.

  43. Anna says:

    Bentonite clay binds to toxins and pulls them out where DE kills parasites and “cleans out” your gut. Would Azomyte, a volcanic mineral powder with over 70 minerals and trace elements, be helpful to take in conjunction with the Bentonite and De?

  44. Lori says:

    i have a couple of questions not yet asked, if I mixed this with my raw acv, raw honey, lemon water, in the morning which, I make the night before, would it “pull in” the beneficial properties of the raw acv, and honey. Also i use great plains liquid clay and it says to use 1 tablespoon 1-2 times a day, I don’t take it very often, but it’s great when I’m feeling real nauseated, but is that to much as you say 1 teaspoon or is that powdered clay which i have to but use for external uses. thanks for reminding me of my clay I have forgotten about it lately, when needed for my nausea.

    • You can take it as you feel is needed or daily if your body does well with it and is not constipated. I think it’s best to take it without food as it could pull nutrients.

  45. Melissa Palmer says:

    Just recently did some research for a pregnant friend who was mandated by her job to get a flu shot. We discovered that there is evidence that a bentonite clay/water mixture applied to the injection site immediately after the shot will draw out toxins. That was one among many “tasks” she will be performing to reduce the negative impact to her and her baby.

  46. Anastasia says:

    I’m sorry if this has been answered already. I was wondering if your skin with break out first before getting better because of pulling out the toxins in the body?

  47. Nancy says:

    I am allergic to sulfa medications. I noticed that there is a high sulfur content in the clay. Would it be dangerous for me to try using the bentonite clay, either internally or externally?

  48. Shannon says:

    I already have Aztec Secrets Bentonite clay that I’ve been using as a facemask once or twice a week. Is this kind safe to consume? I’d love to start using it for its detoxifying effects.

  49. Marian Ross says:

    I just received my first jar of Redmond clay after reading about the benefits on your site. Now I am very worried because I just read in Dr. Oz’s new December issue of his magazine “The Good Life,” that clay should not be eaten. I have always eaten high fiber foods plus extra fiber supplements to keep from being constipated, so I would hate to make myself even more constipated. What do you think of this Dr. Raj who is warning against clay?

  50. Liesl says:

    Is it safe to ingest in liquid form while breastfeeding an infant?

  51. lori says:

    Is the company “Now” good for internal use. I make masks with it but would love to drink for detox and also add to my homemade toothpaste. Just want to make sure it’s safe.

  52. Cathie Ochoa says:

    Is this similar to diatomaceous earth? How do the products compare? Trying to do research but not finding a good way to compare. I guess I’m wondering if I need both, or only one or the other.

    • Valdoria says:

      I will often mix these two together to combine benefits of absorbing toxins and the scraping affect of the DE. I use about 1 tsp or both in about 24 ounces of water. Drink lots of water afterwards and throughout the day.

  53. PowerGridSyndrome says:

    FYI: I was researching bentonite & saw your article, because I had read this quote elsewhere:

    “…bentonite clay to rid the body of radiation, spirulina to stop damage.”

    (I wonder if the clay really would help with EMF, LF, MWR, DE, ground current exposure, etc.?)

    I also read there are different types of bentonite, Sodium Bentonite (bad), Calcium Bentonite (good), but that companies are not labelling which is which in their products (typical!).

    Lastly, do regular fiber products (such as FiberSmart) work the same as bentonite as far as leeching out/eliminating the bad stuff?

    Thank you!

  54. Mary says:

    Have you ever heard of anyone with Mercury amalgams in mouth having adverse reaction with the clay by causing breakdown of these fillings?

  55. Sharon says:

    Totally agree. My grandson had a horrid gash on his leg. It was developing red streaks. She put some bentonite clay on it and within five minutes, the streaks were gone. Amazing stuff!

  56. Pam says:

    Reading the reviews on the product, there are claims of a lead content. How true is this claim? Wouldn’t this be dangerous to invest?

  57. Alma says:

    please explain the difference between diamateous earth and beneonite clay. Also should you use either or both ???

    Thanks

    • Diatomaceous earth is typically ingested to kill bad parasites in the GI tract where as bentonite clay will bind to toxins and pull them out of the system. I think bentonite clay can be beneficial to use but wouldn’t use diatomaceous earth without specific direction and guidance from a health care provider.

  58. Emily W says:

    My Dr has recommended I take Diatomaceous earth. Does it have similar benefits & uses? Thank you!

    • Diatomaceous earth is typically ingested to kill bad parasites in the GI tract where as bentonite clay will bind to toxins and pull them out of the system. I think bentonite clay can be beneficial to use but wouldn’t use diatomaceous earth without direction and guidance from a health care provider.

  59. Yoni says:

    The Silicon and Aluminium-Silica (Aluminum is bound to Silica) Both forms of Si are important to our health silicia esp for healthy flexible blood vessels, healthy hair, nails, bones and teeth. Silica binds and helps chelates Al from the body. I use a Tsp of Bentonite clay (and Diatomacous Earth) in the Detox/cleanse drink with ACV, Cayenne, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger and juice of a lemon. I premix a weekly batch of all the powdered ingredients in a container (take care to not breath in the powders as the DE can cause lung issues.

  60. Morgan says:

    I am confused with the Nutrition facts… there is arsenic and mercury in it? Do we ever need these in our diet? I was going to start using this on my 15 month old who has cavities. I was just going to dip his tooth brush in it to help remineralize his teeth…what do you think? I am not so sure anymore…

  61. Valdoria says:

    Great stuff, helps with reflux, indigestion, heart burn, etc..

  62. Mike says:

    Doesn’t it wipe out the good flora and probiotics as well? It kind of makes sense… I’ve done some research and there’s a lot of conflicting information on this.

    • It can bind to good minerals but targets bad bacteria so I would only do it for short periods of time on occasion for cleansing and not consistently.

  63. julia says:

    Hi, really nice website. I just had an idea and wanted to check with you because i am not sure: do you think that applying some bentonite clay over the vagina area would help fight against candida? I have a terruble infection at the moment and nothing stops it.
    I have read your others articles about this and will try but wanted to ask you this question as well.
    Thanks

  64. Karen says:

    Do you recommmend only taking this with water or can I add it to my morning smoothie made with almondmilk?

  65. CJ says:

    I have been researching using Bentonite Clay for use in toothpaste, like Earthpaste. My question is regarding an argument that doesn’t make sense to me:
    People are worried about the lead in bentonite clay, but if the clay binds with toxins and positively-charged heavy metals, wouldn’t it bind with the minuscule amount of lead found in the clay too? Please help me understand this better. I’m not too worried about the trace amounts of lead, but people’s arguments against using clay (because of the lead) are countered by the product’s actual capabilities.

  66. Peter Borten says:

    In your very first point, “Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis,” none of the supporting text or studies have anything to do with eczema or psoriasis. Have you ever actually prescribed this and gotten feedback from patients who used it for these purposes? To me, it intuitively seems like a bad idea for a dry, scaly skin condition to allow clay to dry on the skin – unless combined or followed with something moisturizing.

  1. Maribel de Seriere says:

    Hello Dr Josh,
    Where can I buy bentonite clay?

  2. chanelle says:

    This really interests me. Bennonite clay isn’t something I’ve used. I’ve heard of it before, but never in so much detail. I’d love to try it! Where is the best place to get it?

  3. Amanda says:

    I work for an environmental organization and Bentonite clay is used in the liners of landfills so I find this oddly interesting!

  4. Mike says:

    Hi Dr. Axe!
    I read somewhere, that bentonite clay (when used internally) wipes the gut from both harmful and beneficial substances. Which kind of makes sense. So number 5 surprised me. How could it differentiate between bad bacteria and viruses and the probiotics?

  5. Elaine Segars says:

    So happy to find You, and find out about some products I didn’t know about. I was
    happy to find out more about the essential oils, my daughter is now selling. I will look in to buying the clay. Thank You so much.
    Elaine

  6. Molly says:

    Would this be unsafe to ingest if you have amalgam fillings in several teeth since they are metal?

  7. Amy says:

    Yes!!! I have been using Redmond clay for years for the various reasons stated here. Works like a charm!

  8. Jioanna Alexander says:

    So for internal ingestion all the heavy metals in the clay are not problematic at all?

  9. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing that information…I heard about it but sort if hesitant to use after reading up on it and knowing it’s safe I will consider getting the Redmond. Thank you!

  10. Rick says:

    Have you tried or looked into Black Mica ?

  11. Rebecca says:

    Ahh, it is spelled Eczema, not Excema ACK!!! (#1 above). I am shaking uncontrollably now from my OCD!!!!!!!! HELP!!!

  12. Sherri says:

    Dr. Axe, I have clay and have used it. I heard your body does not absorb the minerals in the clay. Can you tell me more about it?
    Thank you
    Sherri

  13. Sue says:

    Hi Dr. Josh, Is this clay similar to diatomacious earth? My husband & I tried that last year. I tried it religiously for 2 months without noticing anything better. My body ached so much that I stopped using it. Would you know if the clay would be the same or better than the D.E.? Thank You :-) PS..I love reading your posts. I learn so much!

  14. Lisa says:

    I was really excited reading about this product, almost purchased it until I read on there that it has “trace amounts of lead.” This seems a bit scary to me, can you explain?

  15. Kindra Smith says:

    The bentonite clay I use is powered form. How much would you use for a face mask? Would you use water or ACV? What ratio? Thanks!

  16. Marti says:

    I had ankle/foot surgery 4 weeks ago, my foot is still extremely swollen and bruised…lots of nerve pain and still have to keep is elevated 24/7.
    My question is: would Bentonite clay help my foot heal?

  17. Pattie says:

    Are you concerned about the lead in the clay? What are your thoughts?

  18. Christine says:

    does it work differently than diatomaceous earth? just wondering if I would need both in my repertoire as I already have the DE.

  19. Rick says:

    I use bentonite clay to make tooth powder. I didn’t realize that I could reap even more benefits by ingesting it. Thanks dr josh!!

  20. Ni Na says:

    Is bentonite clay found in the philippines?

  21. Janet Noles says:

    Is there any reports for this to help Avascular Neclosis?

  22. TJ says:

    Dr. Axe, should we be concerned about the trace amounts of lead in this product? I’m looking for a good quality product, but am concerned about the lead…

  23. Christina says:

    I just used this on my son (1 year old) when I found two mysterious pimples that showed up on his palm. Everything I read pointed to staphylococcus or MRSA, yet he had no fever, no discomfort or anything. I got some hydrated clay from Redmond that was called “First Aid.” I applied it to his hand, and within ten minutes the redness and swelling around the pimples went down. I continued to apply it daily, and within 4 days it dried up. Then I had a bad scrape on my shin while hiking. As soon as I got home, I applief the clay. The next day I had some minor scabbing and almost no painful, red swelling or throbbing like I would normally have. I’m a total bentonite clay believer!!

  24. Wesley says:

    I make my own toothpaste powder using this, magnesium calcium powder, baking soda and either cinnamon powder or oil or peppermint oil and I grind it up in my coffee grinder. I’ve also used this as a face mask but instead of water I used apple cider vinegar and boy does that work!

    Would you recommend adding a teaspoon of this clay to you acv detox drink recipe?

  25. kat says:

    I had a sore on my gum that bled every time I brushed my teeth. it was there for about 8 months. I made bentonite toothpaste and the sore stopped bleeding after the 4th time i used it. it has completely gone now and I’ve never had gum problems again. very cool stuff!

  26. Barbara Brown says:

    Bentonite is one of the main ingredients in the Royal Flush Kit. The Royal Flush is the best intestinal cleanse I’ve ever found.

  27. Linda says:

    Can you add clay to a smoothie?

  28. Beverly says:

    My 11 month old grandchild has eczema on the face, creases of elbows, knees etc. is this product safe for use in small babies over a wide area of the body? And is there any worry with absorption of lead in this case?

  29. Claudia Gabrielle, MD says:

    Bentonite clay is wonderful! As an Ivy League trained family physician with 20 years’ experience practicing in the United States, Sweden, India, and Romania, I regularly recommend bentonite to my patients as a detoxifying agent found in the Royal Flush intestinal cleanse (www.RoyalFlushKit.com). The liquid clay that is part of this complete intestinal cleanse (which comes from a source right here in the USA) binds 40x its weight in heavy metals and other toxins; it is the “magnet.” The other components of the Royal Flush Kit cleanse are the Trace Minerals Plus+ (which acts as the “chisel” to remove years of plaque and toxin buildup in the intestines) followed by the Greens & Fiber Mix (which acts as the “broom” to sweep away all the toxic debris and restore healing). I have seen patients improve and reverse a range of medical conditions from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to Fibromyalgia to parasites and yeast overgrowth to Depression using the Royal Flush Kit. I personally use the Royal Flush cleanse weekly to remove any toxins that may have crept in and to keep my body healthy and vibrant. The Lord always supplies the tools we need to heal, we just need to use them.

  30. Cathy says:

    Sonnes # 7 is a good source of the clay. If I miss taking it, I can tell the difference, I feel kind of sluggish without it.

  31. J Marie says:

    I have read that bentonite clay can be used to rid your body of radiation, like after radiation therapy for cancer treatment (as well as radiation exposure as in a nuclear accident). Have you heard of this? Is this true?

  32. Sheralee says:

    I have often wondered about the constipating effect of using Bentonite or other healing clays…i have tried a few and although I ‘only’ have one bowel motion daily I would not class myself as constipated but clay sure does this to me no matter how much water and fiber I add…WHY? I have heard Dr Suzy Cohen mention she has the same effect but not why this may be happening?
    Thanks Dr Axe I so appreciate you shaeing your healing wisdom : )

  33. Belinda says:

    Is it true that it can also remove nutrients from your body, so you shouldn’t consume the clay together with meals? If so, what’s the best time to consume the clay water? Can a person take it continuously or should one take a break now and then? Is it safe for children and what do you think might be a safe dosage for a 4 year old? TIA!

    • I can’t answer all of your questions or give medical advice. But clay should be taken on empty stomach before bed or first thing in the morning with a lot of water throughout the entire day.

  34. Janet says:

    Would this work for fungal toe nails? I’ve tried just about everything else

  35. Debbie says:

    Redmond clay is in the toothpaste I use – Earthpaste. I purchase in Whole Foods.

  36. Brenda Cunningham says:

    Is Redmond clay safe to ingest etc? I have that one, but don’t recall why I chose it.

  37. [email protected] says:

    used it on a brown recluse spider bite and it saved my leg from being amputated. Pulled out the poison

  38. Edna Lazy says:

    I need a better way to ingest bentonite.. c’mon.. it’s dirt.. when you mix it with water you get MUD and drinking mud just doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried tomato juice because of the thicker viscosity… still tastes like mud… What else ya got?

  39. Jalyn says:

    I enjoy making homemade skin products and I have made a mask with bentonite clay but my question is what can i add to the mask that will give it shelf life? I enjoy giving things like this as gifts.(and most enjoy receiving them). Thanks for the article.

  40. Ellen says:

    What do you think about Sonnes´s #7 and #9 using? Have you tried them? And what do you think for comparing them to Redmond Clay? I would so appreciate your opinion. Thank you!

  41. SK says:

    Do you need to orally ingest the clay to get the benefits from numbers 1-6 above or can bathing with the clay also provide the same benefits? I am assuming that to help with digestive issues, probiotics, oxygen, alkalinity and etc., you must ingest it.

  42. Cindy says:

    I have been told you can place a half a cup of this clay around your computers and TV’s and it helps reduce your exposure to the magnetic fields they put out. Replace it every 3 months.

  43. Anna says:

    Bentonite clay binds to toxins and pulls them out where DE kills parasites and “cleans out” your gut. Would Azomyte, a volcanic mineral powder with over 70 minerals and trace elements, be helpful to take in conjunction with the Bentonite and De?

  44. Lori says:

    i have a couple of questions not yet asked, if I mixed this with my raw acv, raw honey, lemon water, in the morning which, I make the night before, would it “pull in” the beneficial properties of the raw acv, and honey. Also i use great plains liquid clay and it says to use 1 tablespoon 1-2 times a day, I don’t take it very often, but it’s great when I’m feeling real nauseated, but is that to much as you say 1 teaspoon or is that powdered clay which i have to but use for external uses. thanks for reminding me of my clay I have forgotten about it lately, when needed for my nausea.

    • You can take it as you feel is needed or daily if your body does well with it and is not constipated. I think it’s best to take it without food as it could pull nutrients.

  45. Melissa Palmer says:

    Just recently did some research for a pregnant friend who was mandated by her job to get a flu shot. We discovered that there is evidence that a bentonite clay/water mixture applied to the injection site immediately after the shot will draw out toxins. That was one among many “tasks” she will be performing to reduce the negative impact to her and her baby.

  46. Anastasia says:

    I’m sorry if this has been answered already. I was wondering if your skin with break out first before getting better because of pulling out the toxins in the body?

  47. Nancy says:

    I am allergic to sulfa medications. I noticed that there is a high sulfur content in the clay. Would it be dangerous for me to try using the bentonite clay, either internally or externally?

  48. Shannon says:

    I already have Aztec Secrets Bentonite clay that I’ve been using as a facemask once or twice a week. Is this kind safe to consume? I’d love to start using it for its detoxifying effects.

  49. Marian Ross says:

    I just received my first jar of Redmond clay after reading about the benefits on your site. Now I am very worried because I just read in Dr. Oz’s new December issue of his magazine “The Good Life,” that clay should not be eaten. I have always eaten high fiber foods plus extra fiber supplements to keep from being constipated, so I would hate to make myself even more constipated. What do you think of this Dr. Raj who is warning against clay?

  50. Liesl says:

    Is it safe to ingest in liquid form while breastfeeding an infant?

  51. lori says:

    Is the company “Now” good for internal use. I make masks with it but would love to drink for detox and also add to my homemade toothpaste. Just want to make sure it’s safe.

  52. Cathie Ochoa says:

    Is this similar to diatomaceous earth? How do the products compare? Trying to do research but not finding a good way to compare. I guess I’m wondering if I need both, or only one or the other.

    • Valdoria says:

      I will often mix these two together to combine benefits of absorbing toxins and the scraping affect of the DE. I use about 1 tsp or both in about 24 ounces of water. Drink lots of water afterwards and throughout the day.

  53. PowerGridSyndrome says:

    FYI: I was researching bentonite & saw your article, because I had read this quote elsewhere:

    “…bentonite clay to rid the body of radiation, spirulina to stop damage.”

    (I wonder if the clay really would help with EMF, LF, MWR, DE, ground current exposure, etc.?)

    I also read there are different types of bentonite, Sodium Bentonite (bad), Calcium Bentonite (good), but that companies are not labelling which is which in their products (typical!).

    Lastly, do regular fiber products (such as FiberSmart) work the same as bentonite as far as leeching out/eliminating the bad stuff?

    Thank you!

  54. Mary says:

    Have you ever heard of anyone with Mercury amalgams in mouth having adverse reaction with the clay by causing breakdown of these fillings?

  55. Sharon says:

    Totally agree. My grandson had a horrid gash on his leg. It was developing red streaks. She put some bentonite clay on it and within five minutes, the streaks were gone. Amazing stuff!

  56. Pam says:

    Reading the reviews on the product, there are claims of a lead content. How true is this claim? Wouldn’t this be dangerous to invest?

  57. Alma says:

    please explain the difference between diamateous earth and beneonite clay. Also should you use either or both ???

    Thanks

    • Diatomaceous earth is typically ingested to kill bad parasites in the GI tract where as bentonite clay will bind to toxins and pull them out of the system. I think bentonite clay can be beneficial to use but wouldn’t use diatomaceous earth without specific direction and guidance from a health care provider.

  58. Emily W says:

    My Dr has recommended I take Diatomaceous earth. Does it have similar benefits & uses? Thank you!

    • Diatomaceous earth is typically ingested to kill bad parasites in the GI tract where as bentonite clay will bind to toxins and pull them out of the system. I think bentonite clay can be beneficial to use but wouldn’t use diatomaceous earth without direction and guidance from a health care provider.

  59. Yoni says:

    The Silicon and Aluminium-Silica (Aluminum is bound to Silica) Both forms of Si are important to our health silicia esp for healthy flexible blood vessels, healthy hair, nails, bones and teeth. Silica binds and helps chelates Al from the body. I use a Tsp of Bentonite clay (and Diatomacous Earth) in the Detox/cleanse drink with ACV, Cayenne, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger and juice of a lemon. I premix a weekly batch of all the powdered ingredients in a container (take care to not breath in the powders as the DE can cause lung issues.

  60. Morgan says:

    I am confused with the Nutrition facts… there is arsenic and mercury in it? Do we ever need these in our diet? I was going to start using this on my 15 month old who has cavities. I was just going to dip his tooth brush in it to help remineralize his teeth…what do you think? I am not so sure anymore…

  61. Valdoria says:

    Great stuff, helps with reflux, indigestion, heart burn, etc..

  62. Mike says:

    Doesn’t it wipe out the good flora and probiotics as well? It kind of makes sense… I’ve done some research and there’s a lot of conflicting information on this.

    • It can bind to good minerals but targets bad bacteria so I would only do it for short periods of time on occasion for cleansing and not consistently.

  63. julia says:

    Hi, really nice website. I just had an idea and wanted to check with you because i am not sure: do you think that applying some bentonite clay over the vagina area would help fight against candida? I have a terruble infection at the moment and nothing stops it.
    I have read your others articles about this and will try but wanted to ask you this question as well.
    Thanks

  64. Karen says:

    Do you recommmend only taking this with water or can I add it to my morning smoothie made with almondmilk?

  65. CJ says:

    I have been researching using Bentonite Clay for use in toothpaste, like Earthpaste. My question is regarding an argument that doesn’t make sense to me:
    People are worried about the lead in bentonite clay, but if the clay binds with toxins and positively-charged heavy metals, wouldn’t it bind with the minuscule amount of lead found in the clay too? Please help me understand this better. I’m not too worried about the trace amounts of lead, but people’s arguments against using clay (because of the lead) are countered by the product’s actual capabilities.

  66. Peter Borten says:

    In your very first point, “Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis,” none of the supporting text or studies have anything to do with eczema or psoriasis. Have you ever actually prescribed this and gotten feedback from patients who used it for these purposes? To me, it intuitively seems like a bad idea for a dry, scaly skin condition to allow clay to dry on the skin – unless combined or followed with something moisturizing.