Mineral rich clays have played their role in religious customs, medicine and the cosmetic field. Volcanic ash, rock, plant and animal particles have over millennia been ground together all of which make it a great absorber to draw toxins and oils from the skin. Noteworthy healthful benefits come from a great wealth of minerals it contains; including magnesium, calcium and zinc all of which are beneficial to condition the skin, for pain relieve and revitalize the body.
Moneysaver Tip: Turn your bath into a mineral spa: Add 1 cup of white cosmetic clay to running bathwater. Soak in the tub for 20 min. Afterwards, apply moisturizer.
Clay Treatments Recipe:
Clay Mask for oily skin
1 tbsp. French green clay
2 tsp. water
1/2 cup white cosmetic clay
1/2 cup baking soda
2 tbsp. zinc-oxide powder
1 tsp. orange or rose-geranium essential oil
Note: You can also use this mixture as a body powder after bathing to keep your skin cool, fresh and dry.
Pack for Arthritis Relief
Chamomile or lavender tea
French green clay
Clay's ability to absorb excess oils and toxins through the skin makes it a very effective base for deodorant foot and body powders, a beneficial treatment for acne, an almost essential ingredient in natural cleansers for oily skin and a soothing additive to baths for aching muscles. Depending on its use, you may apply clay topically as a paste, sprinkle it in powder form onto your body or soak in a solution of clay and water.
Components: Different trace minerals and plant materials, depending on the clay's origin, create clays with different properties and different colours, including white and green (the most popular) as well as yellow, red, brown, black and grey. White clay contains magnesium, silica, aluminum oxide, zinc and calcium; green clay also contains silica, calcium and magnesium, along with potassium, sodium, iron and, of course, plant materials that give it its hue.
White and green clays: White clay is the best choice for normal, dry and sensitive skin. It's also the best clay for use in powders, deodorants and bath additives. French green clay, with its rougher texture and greater astringency, is excellent for oily skin and for treating conditions that require exfoliation, circulation stimulation and toxin removal, such as acne and eczema.
Clay baths for sore muscles: Health spas offer clay or mud baths in which the body is submerged for up to one hour. The warm, thick, therapeutic mud can relieve muscle soreness resulting from sports injuries, overexertion or tension. After rinsing off, an hour of rest is usually prescribed.
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