Indian Healing Clay or Bentonite Clay is amazing stuff, and I love it. However, as always, with anything that has natural healing properties, DO YOUR RESEARCH before using!
Here's a little bit about Bentonite Clay from Bulk Herb Store:
Bentonite Clay is a very unique substance, formed primarily of Montmorillonite, which is an extremely flat crystal flake, that carries a relatively strong negative ionic charge. The negative charge is compensated for by adsorbing a cation (either Sodium or Calcium) to the interior of the molecule, this is what makes it either Sodium Bentonite or Calcium Bentonite Clay. To put it another way think of the Montmorillonite crystal flake resembling two pieces of bread, with a strong vacuum pulling the
lunch meatin between them, whatever lands there (Sodium or Calcium) determines what kind of sandwich it will be. Now when you activate this clay sandwich it will magnetically grab the junk in your body (heavy metals, toxins, acid, etc.…) and trade them for the "lunch meat" taking the toxins out in your waste. The two different clays although very similar in their inert state (dry) have very different applicationswhen activated (mixed with water).
So, as you can see, it detoxifies and also replenishes. This specific clay is Sodium Bentonite Clay. Here's what Bulk Herb Store has to say about it:
The Sodium Bentonite has the highest Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and the higher the of the clay the stronger the negative charge. This means that Sodium Montmorillonite has a stronger vacuum for pulling in heavy metals and toxins that it comes into contact with. Furthermore the Sodium Bentonite swells more giving it the ability to adsorb and absorb more toxins pulling them into the interior layers of the clay and carrying the them out of the body through the feces.So, this is a strong and useful product. Make sure you're using it correctly. You need to do your own research, but I will warn you to not use metal anything while using it. Remember it absorbs, you don't want to use a metal spoon or bowl and then use that on your skin. I use wood and glass.
I've seen Bentonite Clay used in face masks, toothpastes, detox foot baths, deodorants and homemade calamine lotions.
I have used it as a simple face mask, mixed with water, and just made toothpaste with it because my last batch of the coconut oil/baking soda one that I normally used ran out. I plan to make deodorant soon, too. And hopefully calamine lotion before spring!
Overall this is great stuff and as long as you do your research and use responsibly, I recommend it!
*I was given this product in exchange for my honest opinion.