Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

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Bentonite Clay is an amazing natural remedy with health benefits and many ways to use it from cosmetics to digestive issues, to skin healing. Find out more about bentonite clay benefits and all of its uses.

Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

Have you heard about or used bentonite clay?  I've written about natural remedies many times — how we avoided antibiotics, found an unbelievable ear infection remedy, natural sinus infection helps, the cheapest wart remedy, and more. I love finding ways to encourage the body to heal without leaning on pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter meds.  Today, Erin of Eat Real Stay Sane is here to share about the many bentonite clay benefits, including how she discovered it, and its many uses.

Nature is just amazing — and I don't just mean experiencing a walk in the woods.

Every time some ailment pops up (earaches, sore throat, dandruff, etc.), I avoid the medicine cabinet and research “old-timey” natural remedies.

One of the first ones we ever learned about was bentonite clay.

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How I Discovered Bentonite Clay

How I found out about the many bentonite clay benefits is an interesting story.

We had been trying to get pregnant for 2 years — with no luck.

So we talked to a holistic medicine doctor about our problem. He told us to kick the garbage out of our diet and start eating fat to help us get pregnant.

He also told us about the many benefits of bentonite clay and told us to immediately buy some Redmond Clay (a brand of bentonite clay) for detox.

So, of ALL the dueling advice and 10,000 health strategies available, our doctor boiled it down to 2:

  1. Eat bacon and butter
  2. Eat/drink Bentonite Clay

And it worked! – Little Man was on his way 2 weeks later. Isn't he adorable?


So here’s the scoop:

What is Bentonite Clay?

Sometimes called Montmorillonite, which is a really long and hard to remember name that came about because it was first discovered from an area in France called – you guessed it – Montmorillon.

It’s essentially volcanic ash, which sounds really strange. It’s called a “clay” because when added to water, it clumps up and turns into something like what you’d call clay.

Personally, I think it’s more like mud, but that doesn’t work for the marketing big-wigs.

If this all sounds a little strange, realize that cultures have been using this in one form or another for thousands of years. Many European countries regularly consume things similar to bentonite clay to aid digestion. Most animals eat sand or dirt from time to time, and many animals roll around in it for healing.

It's definitely something that's been recently forgotten.

What Does Bentonite Clay Do?

Every day, you’re loading up your body with toxins.

Imagine your body as a wheelbarrow. It starts out beautiful, shiny, and no trace of rust – yet. Every time you come in contact with a toxin, you add a small rock (unless you walk through Chernobyl – then add a boulder).

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap?

Toss in a rock.

Drink tap water?

Another rock.

Eat boxed Mac n Cheese (or other junk foods)?

It’s starting to add up…

A few decades later, you've got a full wheelbarrow that requires a serious deadlift to even get it off the ground. It’s wobbly and hard to keep upright.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got more rocks in your wheelbarrow than you’d like. You’ll notice things like being sick a lot, easily tired, extra pounds, and even chronic diseases.

But, what if you could start scooping those rocks back out of the wheelbarrow?

That’s bentonite clay.

When added to water, bentonite clay produces a negative electrical charge. That ionic charge attracts heavy metals (have positive charges) and other toxins, binds with them, and then your body expels it all.

How cool is that?!

Bentonite Clay is an amazing natural remedy with health benefits and many ways to use it from cosmetics to digestive issues, to skin healing. Find out more about bentonite clay benefits and all of its uses.

Bentonite Clay Benefits

I’ve mentioned that the greatest of all of the bentonite clay benefits is removing toxins. Most of these are the result of doing that:

  • Balances gut bacteria (friends of our blog know that we consider the state of your gut bacteria to be the #1 indicator of your overall health)
  • Alkalizes the body – Your body often becomes acidic through a crappy diet. Some experts (like Dr Theodore A. Baroody) believe that pretty much all disease comes from acidic waste in the body.
  • Provides tons of minerals that are often lacking in the body such as calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Boosts immunity – Kills MRSA, Salmonella, E. Coli, and more.
  • Purifies water – Indigenous tribes could often be found with balls of clay in their water packs.
  • Heals digestive problems (related to healing your gut bacteria)
  • Heals skin – great for sunburns, eczema, rashes, bug bites, cuts, etc. (We know this from personal experience!)
  • Overall improvement of health — health issues stem from toxic load acquired over a lifetime.
  • Improves oral health – used in a toothpaste, the clay will bind to toxins
  • Anti-parasitic Bentonite removes parasites. Unfortunately pretty much every single living thing on Earth has some sort of parasite living on them. Many of these parasites cause severe health problems. For example the roundworm which is extremely common can cause blindness.

How to Use Bentonite Clay


The best way to take advantage of the many bentonite clay benefits is to drink it! Soak in water for it to gain its electrical charge that turns it into an effective toxin remover. Avoid storing in a metal container or using a metal spoon as that can remove the clay’s ability to produce a charge.

Here’s what we do:

A few times a week, add about 1 tsp of bentonite clay to a small glass of water in the evening. The next morning, drink! There’s a common misconception that you must drink all of the clay – when in fact, the whole glass of water becomes electromagnetically charged. I usually swirl my glass around a few times and drink, but I stop before the sludge comes. It's like the opposite of finishing off a glass of chocolate milk.

Also, don’t eat or take supplements or medications for around 1 hour after drinking your concoction.


Another one of many bentonite clay benefits is skin healing! Simply add enough water to make a paste and apply to your skin to heal cuts, eczema, rashes, bug bites, and more.

In our house, it’s been a lifesaver with sunburns. We’ll apply the paste/sludge all over the burned area and then wrap plastic wrap around it so we don’t track it all over. After about an hour, wash it off and be amazed because the redness will be greatly diminished. This has helped us shorten the painful period of a sunburn and remove peeling altogether.

Other Uses:

  • Take a bath and add about ½ C of clay for overall healthy skin.
  • Make a facemask from the clay/water paste and leave for 30 minutes about once per week. I haven't tried this yet but I really should because I do have a little bit of an acne problem.
  • Teeth Cleaner: Add a little clay to water and swirl around in your mouth – it remineralizes and whitens teeth.

Warnings About Bentonite Clay

Remember in Lord of the Rings when the elves give the fellowship lembas bread for their travel? (Yeah we're nerdy like that and we're SO EXCITED FOR STAR WARS 7!! Anyway…)

The best part is when they explain that “one small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man.”

Then Merry turns to Pippen and asks him how many he’d eaten.


In the same way, bentonite clay actually swells to many times it size, so don't over-consume. I read an analogy that made a lot of sense – this stuff isn’t like a Mack Truck that loads up and carries it out. It’s a magnet that attracts things to it… so it gets bigger.

Plus, it’s dense. Sometimes your colon will have a hard time pushing it through (especially if you don’t drink enough water).

This clay is used in sealers, cement, and kitty litter – so the stuff aint meant for being pushed right out.

In other words, if you start following a plan that tells you to build up to 1/4 cup a day, run away.

  1. Don't over-consume
  2. Take 1-2 hours away from foods, medications, and supplements as it might reduce their absorption.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day while taking clay

Where to Get Bentonite Clay

Now that you know about the many bentonite clay benefits, you'll want to know where to get this amazing product.

Sure, most health stores carry it (Amazon too), but a small bag runs $8 or more (unless you buy in bulk from Amazon). Since you don’t use a lot at a time (except for some topical uses), it’s not emptying your wallet, but…

You can get it waaaaaay cheaper at a farm supply store (like IFA in Utah). They sell that stuff in bulk in different packaging, but it's from the same source and it’s dirt cheap. Farmers use it to feed their animals to get rid of parasites for cheap.

This bulk package is a pretty good deal too.

Bentonite Clay is an amazing natural remedy with health benefits and many ways to use it from cosmetics to digestive issues, to skin healing. Find out more about bentonite clay and all of its uses and benefits.


If you plan on any sort of consistent regimen using Bentonite Clay (and you should now that you know about all of the benefits of using bentonite clay), grab the bulk because it’s almost the same price as a teensy bag at Whole Food Market.

Did you know about these Bentonite Clay Benefits?
What have you used it for?

Erin Smith from Eat Real Stay Sane - Guest Writer for Whole New MomErin and Cameron Smith teach people how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes eating real food,
eliminating toxins, and overcoming chronic illness. You can click here to get her 7-part series about how
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  1. Am interested in Diatonacious clay and / or Bentonite Clay for human consumption, feed it to my horses and dogs, however none has been made safe for humans. If it is TRUE that it is safe for human consumption, please provide PROOF, documents in scientific and plain English and send it via my email.
    Thank you

  2. Danielle says:

    Hi I purchased redmond clay due to this post . Since a using it I have had leg cramping could this be a possible side effect ? Also you may have already explained but can I ask how long it took after drinking the clay you fell pregnant ? Thanks

    • Erin Smith says:

      I haven’t heard about leg cramping being a side effect. In fact I’ve heard the opposite that it helps calm cramping because of the trace minerals (especially potassium, calcium and magnesium) in the clay. But don’t take that as Gospel truth. 🙂

      About getting pregnant, I first want to say that your diet is the number 1 thing that needs fixing up if you’re struggling with infertility. If you’re body isn’t healthy or getting the nutrition it needs reproduction is the first thing to go because it’s trying to heal itself. If you’re going to go through the effort of detoxing your body, then you need to make sure you’re putting goodness back in. But you probably know all that already!

      Anyway, after we cleaned up our diet and started taking bentonite clay we were pregnant that next month. Some say that’s just coincidence, but I don’t agree since we had been trying for 2 years. We got pregnant right away with our second baby. I did a full juice cleanse to detox before I got pregnant with her. Good luck Danielle! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. I just bought some Redmond Clay yesterday , I used it tonight on my feet , it did a wonderful job , My question is I also have IBS , Will it also help with that if I drink it ?

  4. Yes I use it mostly for facial masks and bath time. I didn’t know it was like ash because I do take deactivated charcoal to detoxify. Also take food grade Diotomaceous Earth which is the “dirt” of the ocean. So there you go, ash, charcoal and dirt, yum!

  5. I have questions… 1) What if you have a toxic liver- yet drank the teaspoon of clay in a glass of water ingesting the CLAY as well as the water… Would the clay get clogged there and not be able to pass out? Afraid…
    2) if you make up the clay and just drink the water off the top- do you just refill it with water again OR throw that out?
    3) and if you keep the clay – for how long do you keep refilling- when do you throw it out?
    4) How much clay do you put in a container with how much water for one day’s worth-if you’re only going to drink the water?
    thank you SO much- can’t find the answers anywhere to these questions. I appreciate it. Great blog 😉

    • Erin Smith says:

      Hey Vicky! I do not know about whether or not the clay would get stuck in a toxic liver. I don’t like to drink the sludge, so I just rinse out my glass cup and start fresh. People use that sludge clay for a face mask (great on zits!) or something else like a bug bite. However if you want to use the clay like a slurry for your first aid kit for let’s say sunburns, you can keep it in a air tight container and it will keep indefinitely and is not affected by heat. You can make up water and just keep it in the fridge too but I would use a glass container. You want to use 1 tsp for every 8 ounces. I’ve also been throwing it into my smoothies in the morning and that has been working great too! Just depends on what I have time for and feel like doing and the trace minerals in the clay are awesome.

      • Interesting, Erin. I thought that clay should be taken away from food – is that not the case? Thanks!

        • Erin Smith says:

          I should clarify. It is best to take bentonite clay with just water so you don’t have to worry about it taking away any nutrients from your food. You especially don’t want to take it with any medications or supplements. For Vicky’s case I would take it with just water if you’re going to go ahead with it Vicky. You still get the same benefit if you throw it into a smoothie as far as the detoxing is concerned. For example, Little Man refuses to drink the water which is funny because he isn’t really a picky eater. But he downs a smoothie no problem. Or I’ll mix it into his applesauce.

  6. Hi, Can you tell me your “UNBELIEVABLE EAR REMEDY” ? My dog is always getting ear infections- I’m hoping what you might tell me will help- thanks 🙂

  7. Kimberly Woods says:

    I Just bought a 50 # bag of bentonite clay from the farm store and it is granules…how and what is the best way to dissolve it? It’s not disoloving very well!!!

    • I have never heard of it being granules. I would contact the company. That’s odd.

    • Erin Smith says:

      Have you tried throwing it into a blender with water? I’ll do that for my detox baths. sometimes. It’s easy with my single serve cup instead of using the whole bloomin’ blender. 😉 Double check to make sure it isn’t the salt that you bought because Redmund does have a bentonite clay/salt product. But even so, you could probably still use it just fine. I’m going to buy their salt product for doing detox baths.

  8. I bought the same brand white bucket that is pictured at the end of your post. I bought it from Amazon. Now while I know that some lead is expected, I got a notice a few months later stating that the product was recalled due to lead content. I was refunded my money and told to throw away the product. I am unsure if the recall was something I should be worried about or if it was because of overboard lead limits by the gov’t. I know you can’t tell me what I should do, but I also know you have studied the whole lead in bentonite clay issue more than I have and would have a better idea on it.

    • Erin Smith says:

      Hey Kate! I haven’t heard about the recall, but I personally wouldn’t worry about it. Course do your own research and such. From what I’ve read several of our foods have more lead in it than bentonite clay because of the soil it’s grown in. Bentonite clay has naturally occurring lead in it and is bonded to other stuff so it’s not bioavailable. I compare it to how salt is made up of 2 toxic elements, sodium and salt, but together it is harmless.