Bentonite is an edible clay naturally occurring in volcanic ash sediments. It has been traditionally used to assist in mineral deficiencies, and can also help bind toxins in the intestines and assist in their elimination through bowel movements. Naturally soft in nature, it makes an invigorating skin and facial mask and is commonly found in body powders, or applied to any part of the skin to assist in detoxification.
The bentonite clay carried by Harmonic Arts is a 100% naturally occurring sodium bentonite extracted from a large deposit in a quarry mine in Wyoming and micronized without further treatment.
What is bentonite clay?
Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It is highly effective at removing toxins, heavy metals, impurities, proteins, and other undesirable chemicals. A good quality bentonite clay should be a grey/cream color. Anything bordering on œpure white should be treated as suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.
How does it work?
When bentonite comes in contact with water, it swells several times its original size, like a porous sponge and, in the process, becomes strongly negatively charged. This negative charge in turn attracts and binds to positively charged ions such as those of heavy metals, free radicals, and such, and carries them out of the body. Bentonite clay has a highly alkaline effect on the body.
Where does it come from?
Bentonite clay is a sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. The largest and most actively exploited deposits are located in Wyoming and Montana.
How is it manufactured?
Bentonite is usually quarry mined from deposits that can range anywhere from 100 feet to several thousand feet in depth. This depends on the health and vitality of the land it is processed from and how far a producer will go to find the right clay with the proper characteristics and consistency.
Once mined, it is brought out into the sun to remove excess water, then ground with huge hydraulic crushers and, finally, goes through a process of micronization, or œfine granulating. This is usually done with the assistance of sophisticated and expensive granulators. Upon completion of this final process, it gets inspected by a quality control team before being released for consumer use.