The existing science about the use of clays, usually what is called Montmorillonite. another clay, Bentonite, is often used similarly. Many clays, such as green clay are used cosmetically.
I have used clays as hydrotherapy treatments with people who have FMS and C. albicans, as a detoxifier, in companion animal health treatments, for facial masks, removing toxins from poisonous bites, as a safe insecticide and more. Many uses of natural healing clays are well established in natural health care. You will find some references to the use of clays in ancient cultures, and in allopathic medicine, but you might have to look back 80 or 100 years or more.
You can buy clay in bulk and make your own paste by adding raw apple cider vinegar to get the desired consistency. Adding a drop or two of pure essential oil of lavender two your mixture will kill off undesired bacteria.
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Some clay each day may keep doctor away
NEW ORLEANS, April 8, 2008(UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have found three clays with anti-microbials that fight the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Lynda Williams and Shelley Haydel of Arizona State University in Tempe tested more than 20 clay samples from around the world. Three clays that fight MRSA also attack a flesh-eating microbe -- mycobacterium ulcerans -- and two microbes that cause food poisoning -- E.coli and Salmonella, the researchers say.
The researchers are working to identify the specific compounds responsible for the anti-bacterial activity. The promising clays may be developed into a skin ointment or pill to fight a variety of bacterial infections or possibly as an agricultural wash to prevent food poisoning.
The researchers point out ordinary mud can contain dangerous bacteria, as well as toxic minerals such as arsenic and mercury so until the so-called healing clays are scientifically proven -- which could take years -- they suggest hand-washing and other proper hygiene techniques.
"Clays are little chemical drugstores in a packet," Williams said in a statement. "They contain literally hundreds of elements. Some of these compounds are beneficial but others aren't."
The findings were presented at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans.
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