Bentonite Clay for Health


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Posted by Jrc (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/20/2010

I have used bentonite clay in detoxes primarily geared toward colon cleansing using Dr. Bernard Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care and I have only seen positive results. This system uses various herbs and supplements, including psyllium husks and flax seed water to detoxify the body, get rid of old fecal matter and basically rid the body of many toxins over a period of at least 2 to 3 cycles of the program [this can take a year to complete them all.

I would suggest contacting a natural health practitioner or even your MD (the latter may suggest not doing it at all-often they can be wrong), but use your judgment since if you are already on various medications you may need to adapt this program or only use it if you are in fairly good health, but never stop taking your medication when on this program; however you may need to adapt it slightly. Why? This program has no food for about a week and your medication may require food. Additionally, if you take bentonite clay alone or without the proper amount of water it can have a negative side effect. This program mentions clay water which indicates it is water based or has added hydration which is completely necessary for this clay.

Posted by Codysmom (Alexandria, Va) on 12/31/2009

I have been taking bentonite clay for detoxing and really love it. I tried drinking it mixed with water but couldn't stand the taste. I now eat the clay with applesauce (1-2 tsp clay with 1 cup applesauce). I have also eaten it with yogurt. I found the applesauce with clay will make you very full for several hours, almost like an appetite suppressant, which is great for those that are dieting or cutting back.

Replied by Artemis
(New York)

Just bought a bottle of .... Betonite Clay from Whole Foods for detox. Suzanne Sommers also remarked on it saying to take a tsp or two in the morning. Well, the suggestion above to take a tsp with applesauce or yogurt sounds good...I will try it out. The brand is the one I have seen for years and it's the only brand I know of and just found in health food store. I hope your applesauce/yogurt suggestion works. Will let you all know.

Posted by Matthew (Brisbane, Qld) on 09/06/2008

Bentonite is fantastic for internal cleansing but like everything you must tailor the quantity to your own digestive system. I have been taking it for 4 years with positive results and have learned that regular intake of even a small amount is beneficial. It is a bacteriacide absorbs toxins and raises pH

Here's how I take it:

Add 1 liter of water to your blender.
Mix 100g of bentonite (approx 4 dessert spoons)
Blend for 1-2 minutes.
Pour 90% of this mix into a resealable food grade plastic or glass bottle. Discard the residue.

Now you have a smooth pourable base mixture. Add 50ml to 100ml* of this to a large glass and top with warm water. Warm water makes it easier to take. So you have a light clay drink 250ml - 300ml

Drink one glass in the morning and one afternoon or night. At least 30 - 40 minutes away from main meals.

DO NOT take it close to life sustaining medications as it could lessen the effect of the medication.

Take for a number of consecutive days. there is no magic number of days but generally it is beneficial when taken for a few days on a regular basis. It can be continuted for weeks at a time if so desired. I suggest starting at the lower level and increase if things are going ok. in other words if bowel movements become too slow or constipation occurs then cease the intake until you clear and resume if you wish.

Make sure to include plenty of fibre and water in your diet.

Personally I don't like to include psyillium husks with it. I find it a bit much for my system when combined & I get good results with the just Bentonite.

Initially it may make your bowel movement a bit sluggish or perhaps you'll eliminate later in the day but i have never experienced constipation from it as described in some posts. If you find the amount suggested above is still too much then lessen it until agreeable. it will still be working just a bit slower.

* 50ml - 100ml of this mix converts to 5 - 10gms of clay . It is not very much. The most I have taken at one time is 300ml (30gm of clay)of the mixture without diluting it. It was a bit hard to get down but I had a lot of energy all day. I have not repeated that amount as I would have to force it down and don't care to. Gentle persistence pays off.

Good Luck!

Replied by JJ

I put it in capsules. It's a texture thing with me.

Lea Ann

I have size "0" capsules. One comment said they put the Bentonite clay in the capsule, instead of blending it. The capsule holds 400 - 600mg of powders. Would I put the 1/8 teaspoon measurement into capsules to take one in the morning and the other late afternoon? Does it work as well as drinking the mixture?

Energy, Skin, Hair

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Posted by Hal (Mt. Enterprise, TX) on 06/14/2009

I was sorry to read the negative feedback on the bentonite clay, as I have had positive results using it. I have been using it with psyllium husk powder for 3 months now. I think it is wonderful! In general, I use 1 Tbl. liquid bentonite clay with 1 Tbl. psyllium husk powder in 1 c. of liquid. In the first month, I saw lots of increased energy. In the second month, I saw wonderful results with my skin. I suffer from excessive oily skin on my face and in my hair. The bentonite clay took all of that away and left my face feeling very soft all day long without using lotions or other topical creams. The oiliness in my hair completely went away. Just the other day I did an experiment and I went 4 days without washing my hair. I was waiting for the oily scalp to come back but it never did. In the 3rd month of using bentonite clay, I have seen good results with my hair being more healthy. It doesn't fall out nearly as much when I take a shower or brush my hair. It feels thicker and the individual hair strands feel stronger like they can withstand a lot without breaking or coming out. This has been my positive experience with bentonite clay and I will continue to take 1 Tbl. each day for....well, I guess indefinitely.

Replied by Veronica


I find myself in the same position Hal was in 2009 with the oily facial skin and hair. How would I use bentonite clay? I use it on my face alone with a little of water and I love it. I would like to correct the oiliness of my hair.

thank you

General Feedback

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 02/14/2016

HI U MOMMA AND Msmg, , , , , , , , , , , this post is right up ya'lls alley as it is about the benefits of clay, which you both advocate. I use it for my gut, but this is beyond that. Quite interesting.


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Robert Henry,

Thanks for sharing that! It is always interesting to learn new things about natural remedies!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

ORH, good for you! How are you using it? Internally? Poultices? Any results yet?

Heavy Metals

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Posted by Betsy (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/17/2009

Bentonite Clay

Question-What does it mean to remove metals? I wanted to use the clay to remove toxins-but does it physically remove metal? I have a piece of titanium metal in my neck-I started using the clay and have had pain in my shoulder and neck-plus headaches. Is this die off or is the metal being pysically removed from my neck which would not be good as it is taking the place of a removed disk. I tried to find the answer on the internet as to what it means to have metals removed, but could not find it. Please let me know what the process consists of. Thanks for the help.

Replied by Susan
(Boston, Ma)

It will not remove a piece of titanium from your neck. It means, I think, that it will remove toxic metal molecules from your blood (or other body fluids perhaps) that you may have ingested by, for example, drinking water with metal residue in it, or maybe by breathing in a location where metals were in the air, or eating food that was grown in a location where metal had seeped into the soil, or by having your cavities filled with metal. I'm not an expert; this is how I understand it.

Replied by Yekara

Hi, how does one make a poulstice from bentonite or other clay. I want to use it on my shoulder and neck which hurts a lot, and feels like it has gravel and shards of glass in it.

What kind of clay do I use and how do I make the poulstice. thanks, Yekara

(Los Angeles)

You're probably using the Sodium Bentonite (Not So Safe For Internal Use) clay as opposed to the Calcium Bentonite Clay. The difference is that the Sodium type is abrasive due to the shape of its grains while the Calcium type is rectangular in shape.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Yekara, just take a clean old rag and put clay (any green clay should do) on it, a nice mound. Then wet it all, fold in the edges and put the smooth side on where it hurts/is gravely. Leave on, say, for an hour. In a few hours make a new one for an hour. You can use the same rag - washed out, but discard the used clay and wet a new mound. Hope this is clear.

Heavy Metals
Posted by GT (Vero Beach, Florida) on 08/22/2007

Please do more articles on bentonite clay. It's amazing -- Balances the pH levels quickly so you don't have to use baking soda, has all the minerals in it, takes out toxic heavy metals without taking out the good nutr. good for external skin ailments; good for detoxing vaccine damaged children.

How to Use Bentonite Clay

Posted by Heather (Clarkston, Michigan) on 03/14/2013

I bought some betonite clay at Whole foods market for itchy skin that has no apparant cause. Came here looking for answers as to how to use external or internal. Confused! Product did not specify if calcium or sodium etc. however, was in Bulk food section of store... hhhmmmm Help!

Replied by Carolann
(Cambridge, Uk)

A friend recommended I take Bentonite Clay for acid reflux, also high cholesterol. It was emphasised that no metal tools be used in connection with the clay powder, so I take two tablespoons of calcium bentonite clay powder and mix it with 500 mls fresh clean water in a glass jug mix with plastic or wooden spoon. Stand in the fridge over night. In the morning take any meds as normal and after two hours take the mix from the fridge and stir again then pour a quarter into a clean 500 ml glass and add water to fill the glass and drink I do this once a day and have had no nasty side effects and am beginning to experience good results with the reflux; only blood tests will tell if its helping the cholesterol levels. I do drink a lot of water during the day.

Microplastic Detoxing

Posted by zalmus (Israel) on 01/25/2024

Internet suddenly exploded with new research about the amount of microplastic in our bodies. It's everywhere, including Dr. Mercola, despite he wrote on this subject many years ago. Bentonite comes to my mind. Any comments please? And something else, Any bentonite in glass bottles, to avoid plastic-not-fantastic anymore?

Multiple Cures

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Posted by Leelannee (Sussex, Nj) on 11/23/2011

I had an allergic reaction to a depillatory lotion. Feeling like I couldn't wash it off entirely because my skin was so inflamed and sensitive, and remembering how absorbent bentonite clay is, I applied a paste to my skin. It felt very soothing, and when I washed it off about 30 minutes later, all the pain and most of the inflammation was gone.

A friend of mine had an allergic reaction to tea tree oil applied to her skin, and bentonite clay was very soothing.

Bentonite clay should be helpful in exposure to poison ivy and other botanical (or synthetic) irritants, as it would absorb the oils that cause a prolonged reaction because they are difficult to wash off.

If using BC for irritated skin, I recommend making sure that your clay is well-hydrated before applying; it should be a soft texture, like yogurt or mayonnaise. Otherwise, the clay is very sticky when first mixed into water, and might be difficult and painful to apply (I always have a jar of hydrated BC on hand, because I have found it helpful for acid reflux).

Also, wash the clay off before it dries, or soak off gently in a tub, to prevent over-drying or having to pull on or scrub the skin.

Replied by Maria

Hi, can I apply clay paste to my cat who has allergies? his face gets so red and itchy. I was reading your post and you said to remove the mask before it dries up; doesn't it dry up right away?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Maria, on humans, we just leave it till it dries up and flakes off. I imagine you can do that on an animal. And if he licks at it, all the better! A small amount is good internally too.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Pam (Surrey, Uk) on 11/11/2011

I took sodium bentonite clay - 6 ounces per day for 3 days and a several week old problem of pain in stomach from low acid production went away very quickly, still using HCL betaine and enyzme tablets. Day 4, I can eat normally. It seems to have helped with candida as well and my energy levels are up and muscle pains vastly improved. I got a good quality one and it is better than other clays for internal use because of the ADSORB quality. Google absorbtion and adsorption for clay and you will get the technical explanation! I used it as a face mask - fantastic! Had a bath in, makes skin very smooth. Using it on hair next! Pam

Replied by WolffDen
(Jacksonville, Florida)

Can you raise blood calcium from ingesting too much calcium bentonite clay? Curious.


Posted by Yekara (Jerusalem) on 02/22/2015

Hi, If I want to use clay as a poultice for a very painful area of my body- in my case neck and shoulders, it feels like there is granulated stuff in there, shards of glass ( there is not literally glass inside of me, that is simply a description of what it feels like) what kind of clay do I use and how much or would a different kind of poultice be better?

please give me very clear directions and thank you. Yekara

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

To Yekara,

Re clay poultice...

I use Bentonite Clay. I just use a tablespoon and dissolve to a paste in warm purified water and apply....let dry. Wash off after 30 minutes.

You can google and find sources on line if not available locally.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Yes, Yekara, Dave is right, you can just wet the clay and smear it on your skin.

Another thing you can try, since you seem to be in Jerusalem, is bathe in the Dead Sea as often as you can and take some mud and/or water home in a jar/bottle to apply on your skin when you're home. Careful though, it stings on open sores! You can water it down.

Remineralized Teeth

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Posted by Dee (Florida) on 10/19/2023

My dentists told me I had a thinning wearing away of tooth enamel on my 2 front teeth, and it could crack. A friend told me to rub Bentonite Clay on the teeth to remineralize them. In weeks it worked.

Replied by Madelyn

Dee, did you use sodium bentonite clay or calcium bentonite clay?


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Posted by Patrick Warren (Naples, Florida) on 11/10/2008


I noticed a couple of warnings from users that were using Bentonite clay & Psyllium. Psyllium has been safe for me; however I cannot understand why anyone would use Bentonite clay to cleanse your intestinal tract. For years when I lived in Texas, we used Bentonite clay to seal ponds so they would not leak (it swells and seals and lasts for years). I can only imagine what that stuff would do to your intestinal tract. So I suspect the negative feedback is more on Bentonite clay and not psyllium.

Replied by Sam
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

I was very surprise when I read these warnings as I just completed a 7 day detox. The main ingredients were BENTONITE CLAY and PSYLLIUM.I do not know whether I can mention the name of the product - but it was from Arise and Shine. My results are so great and I feel fantastic (lost 6 llbs) - I have decided to continue for another week. Everyone is different but I guess it has something to do with the quantities used. By using a prepared product - I guess they have done their research and know exactly the quantities one should use.

Some years ago, I suffered from food and house mite allergies and by using bentonite clay while detoxing was the solution for me. It is true that it is used for sealing and binding - but that is exactly why it is useful in assisting to remove mucoid plaque built up inside our intestines over years.

Replied by Amber
(Howell, Michigan)

The clay used for sealing is SODIUM bentonite...vs the CALCIUM bentonite used for detox. These are 2 very different products...

Replied by Waqas

Thanks for clarifying.

Replied by Ali

Whilst Sodium Bentonite is an ‘absorber', Calcium Bentonite is an ‘aDsorber' - rather than absorbing & swelling as Sodium Bentonite does, because it is negatively charged, it attracts positively charged toxins, parasites & microbes & heavy metals & escorts them safely out of the body in the stool.

Whilst pond linings do not move, the gut eject the clay using peristaltic action & mucus production. If it didn't do that, stool would never be ejected.....

Posted by Joyce (Glasgow, Scotland) on 03/29/2008


I digested Psyllium and Bentonite clay for a colon cleanse. This was to ruin my whole life and caused immediate gastritis and triggered rosacea/rhinophyma. The onset of syptoms were abrum, immediate and extremely severe. I now have blepharitis and meibominaitis as a result. I was very stupid and digesting this product has ruined my whole life. DO NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Replied by Julie
(Las Vegas, Nevada)


I used bentonite for an intestinal cleanse. It worked well; however, I developed an allergy to psyllium, which is a common allergen. I got very bad hives. I had to change the fiber. Using fiber is very important with this clay. This is a magnetic clay, and it did take some pain away, also. I would definitely recommend using another type of fiber - I used wheat germ, even oatmeal, whatever I could find.

Replied by Catherine
(Wellington, New Zealand)

Information in "The Clay Cure" by Ran Knishinsky advises clay NOT be taken with psyllium (or ground flaxseeds etc) as it will be too severe on the stomach.

Replied by Azg
(Toronto, On)

Bentonite Clay will back you up if you use it in it's dry form. It needs to be hydrated FIRST! Please soak 1 tablespoon of Clay in 8 oz of water and let it soak for at least 24 hours... you have to build the clay up in your system or else you'll get severely backed up and find yourself (a) in pain and (b) unable to go to the bathroom to poop. Start off by taking just 1 tablespoon of your hydrated clay in a cup of water per day for a week or so before deciding if you want to increase the amount of clay you take in.

OR....just buy a HYDRATED bentonite. Your health food store will carry a variety of brands!

Remember people, natural products can cause just as much damage as chemical pharmaceuticals if you abuse them. DO YOUR RESEARCH. YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Replied by Robin
(Chicago, Il)


Bentonite clay will remove "EVERYTHING" from your body. Our doctor suggested that my husband (at the time) use this to detox from smoking marijuana, because he had to be tested. I know, stupid move on his part!! Anyway, it worked. BUT, it will make you EXHAUSTED, and you have to take a multivitamin TWICE A DAY with it. The biggest thing is to DO YOUR HOMEWORK before trying something that someone just happened to suggest on a Web site. This is all anecdotal. It "may" work for you, but you have to read other information, too!!

Replied by Dc
(Smithville, Ms)


Hi, first, people NEED to know that you do NOT take Sodium Bentonite Clay Internally, you only take Calcium Bentonite Clay internally. Second, when your body goes through a detox you WILL get tired, the clay is flushing out the toxins in your body that you get from what you eat or drink, the air we breath, the cleaners we use etc. Until you get on the other side of that detox you will be exhausted. You will also have more energy after you detox, clean out your intestines and your blood etc. You NEED to drink PLENTY of water every day but especially when you detox or take Calcium Bentonite Clay internally, that's one reason you can't have a bowel movement or don't have regular ones. Our bodies are 75% water, that water NEEDS to be replaced on a daily basis, if you don't where are the toxins going to go, how will you flush them out and how will you keep your bowels moving... think about it :)

Replied by Rita
(Ontario, Canada)

I believe all you are saying.... From feeling great and healed of an ailment to regreting having ever tried this. Just remember, if you get an adverse reaction due to any detoxing of the body, you are actually unleashing years of toxins within a very short period of time. This is very good. But the body is working very hard to eliminate these. That is why you will feel tired and worn out and sick. And yes, some will come down with a cold, or flu, or rash and hives, etc... What is happening is your body is exiting these harmful toxins that are spread out in your body, rather quickly, and this is the only way the body can get rid of them fast. The ingredients in any detox is the boost the body needs to have the stength to eliminate these bad toxins. These healing crises (as Dr. Bernard Jensen calls them) are to be welcomed! You are on the road to feeling like a whole new person after it passes! Do the reasearch, and see for yourself, how you don't feel better until you feel terrible first! I've experienced this first hand, these crises can take you from a wicked migraine, to a 4 day flu with fever, vomitting, chills, itchy rashes, bizare food cravings, etc... You name it! But these only last a brief time period. Some may not feel anything at all! Everyone reacts differently to any one detox because our bodies are all different, with different toxins inside, makeup and way of living over the years. I have even heard of some being so sick they had to be hospitalized. That's why these detoxes need to be aproached with respect because they really do work. Start slow with small doses and wait for a healing crisis to occur. If it doesn't happen, you may increase the dose a little. Listen to your body, it understands itself better than we do sometimes. Happy detoxing!

Replied by Janice

Rosacea is a Mite that goes to the Pancreas. Never heard of Bentonite clay causing mites.

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