Bentonite Clay for Horses
The following is a guest post from Chris Richardson of The Holistic Horse:
Chances are you’ve heard of Bentonite clay and its amazing healing properties. If not, you are about to be introduced to one of the most incredible products provided by one of our favorite sources: “Mother Nature”. Horse owners everywhere are discovering the phenomenal curative ability of this versatile purified “dirt”.
Bentonite clay has been used by indigenous cultures since before recorded history. It is composed of weathered volcanic ash, and when used internally, it supports the intestinal system in the elimination of toxins. Bentonite clay is known for its highly absorptive qualities (think porous sponge or a piece of bread) and its ability to bind to and draw out heavy metals , chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, drugs and eliminate them from the body.
Bentonite clay also has electromagnetic qualities in that it has a negative charge which is naturally attracted to toxins in the body which have a positive charge. This negative charge is responsible for its amazing detoxifying properties both internally and externally. Bentonite clay can be mixed with water to make a paste or poultice for natural wound care and healing of hoof abscesses’. Therapeutic and essential oils such as lavender, peppermint ,clove, oregano, or tea tree can be blended into the poultice to further enhance healing.
In addition to being able to draw out toxins, Bentonite clay contains a wide range of nutrients and an abundance of minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.
Many horses have experienced relief from pain, stomach ulcers, and chronic hoof abscess’s when bentonite clay is fed internally. Pure, food grade Bentonite clay provides many health benefits for people as well. For additional information about Bentonite clay visit this page.
Uses for People
In addition to equine use, bentonite clay is also great for people. Here are a few common uses and benefits:
- Digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. (clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years)
- Helping with skin and allergy issues
- To help provide minerals for the body
- To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
- In oral health preparations
- Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing
Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.
- Skin Poultice for Bites/Burns/Cuts/Stings: For more severe issues, I create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. I wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
- Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, I make a paste of bentoniteand water and apply to my face as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). I leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. I typically do this once or twice a week.
- Detox Bath: I sometimes add about 1/4 cup of BentoniteClay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
- For Oral Health: Because of it’s excellent ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals, I use BentoniteClay in my RemineralizingTooth Powder Recipe. It can even be used alone for brushing and is tasteless and relatively odorless.