Mastering Clay & Mud Baths
Therapeutic Mud & Clay Baths – Green Clay / Bentonite & Montmorillonite
Detoxifying the Body with Clay Baths
Visit main site of Eytons’ Earth for lots of info on uses of clay internally and externally for detoxing and physical healing from a variety of heavy metals, contaminants and environmenal pollutants: http://www.eytonsearth.org
If detoxing from heavy metals it is important to also take clay internally. Visit: http://www.eytonsearth.org/drinking-clay-internal-use.php for info on taking clay internally
Info on use of clay for mercury poisoning (such as from dental mercury amalgam) and heavy metal detox: http://www.eytonsearth.org/mercury-toxicity-bentonite-clay.php
Introduction – Clay Baths
Why Clay Baths?
“…I have put a huge number of patients on these clay baths and the levels of heavy metals – mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium have come down dramatically…I have been monitoring the levels of metals using all three methods (TD DMPS, oral DMSA and clay baths)and the clay baths are way faster in the removal of metals…”
…”One particular patient had very high levels of mercury and levels of lead that were off the charts. In 3 months of twice weekly clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the mercury disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead levels improved dramatically. Interestingly enough, another 5 months of these clay baths showed even lower levels of lead but the mercury reappeared. This supports the theory that mercury is sequestered in different areas of our body and it take time to get it all out.”
– Dr. Miriam Jang, M.D. , author of “Breakthroughs In Autism”, a synopsis of the DAN protocol.
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Taking a therapuetic clay bath, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, is one of the most effective methods in existance to help assist the body in the elimination of toxic substances which have accumulated in the body. Clay baths stimulate the lymphatic system and deeply cleanse the body’s largest breathing organ ( the skin ). Acting both directly on the body and acting as a systematic catalyst, clay used in this manner interacts directly with the body’s immune system, and helps to remove the post-digestive burden placed on the major organs of the body.
Taking a clay bath is like emmersing oneself in a sea comprised of millions of minute crystals.
There are many methods available in both alternative and natural medicine that are designed to “detoxify the body”. However, nearly all of them do exactly the opposite: They stimulate the body to release toxic byproducts stored in fat, organs, and other tissues. The result is that these substances are dumped back into the active metabolism. The body, then, is placed under a great deal of toxic stress, even to the point of toxic shock.
This poses quite a problem, for the body has stored these substances for a very specific reason: It has been incapable of eliminating the substances without causing signficant damage. Therefore, the short cut “quick fix” methods to detoxify the body can actually be quite dangerous, and the natural and comprehensive methods can require alot of attention, hard work, and anywhere from six months to three years to accomplish, and are often accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms as the body cleans itself.
Enter clay baths.
The information we present in this section is our experience, and in some cases, contradicts, at least in part, the information shared by other “experts” familiar with the art of healing with clays. Our research is the result of many years of experience, and includes a comprehensive study of clay and mud as it exists and is used in nature, as well many deeply profound discussions with genetic scientists, balneologists, researchers deeply familiar with the works of Tesla, scalar waves, and high frequency technologies.
We certainly agree with everything Raymond Dextreit ( “Earth Cures” ) has to say about supporting the body internally while utilizing clay therapy, and strongly encourage those interested to read his work.
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Clay & Mud Baths
It all starts with the water…
It is impossible to duplicate the quality of a natural clay or mud bath in an artificial environment. However, having studied natural clay baths and mud baths that exist in “special” areas known for their great healing properties, one can create a clay bath that works nearly as well.
It is unfortunate that the tap water quality of most of the industrialized world is so poor. Chlorine and fluoride are two substances that one truly does not, ideally, want to ingest into the body.
Hot showers, baths, and steam treatments cause a forced respiration through the skin, resulting in a rapid uptake of gases, ions, and “water” directly into the tissues of the body. Indeed, any time one isolates a location of the body, covering it with any substance and then applying heat ( even if this is only heat generated by insulation ), an “environmental exchange” is going to occur, resulting in the absorption of substances through the skin and the release of substances through the pores of the body.
The more active substances that the clay has to deal with from the water source and additives, the less sorption power the clay will have, or worse… The sorpted substances can act in the ion exchange process and cause these substances to be deposited into the body.
To illustrate this example, if one takes a natural clay, and subjects it to gas fumes for a extended period of time ( even just by placing the clay in one’s garage ), and then places a clay pack on the leg for an hour each day, within a few days one will begin to taste gasoline in the saliva.
Since the idea is to detoxify the body, it is not the best idea to include substances in the clay bath to bypass the body’s digestive system– not without very careful thought.
Very careful thought begins with meticulous examination of how clay reacts with any substance it is combined with. In short order, any researcher can verify that when clay is added with herbs, oxidation reactions occur that create organic compounds that do not normally exist in nature. Whether or not these compounds are beneficial must be left up to the individual; our opinion is that herbal wraps should be done independently of clay baths. In a study of nature, a very high quantity of organic sulfate compounds are always present in “healing mud baths” that contain plant matter. This is a byproduct of a natural biosystem, and these sulphurous compounds are never present when herbs are added with clay in a bathtub.
This is why Raymond Dextreit strongly discouraged the use of other substances combined with clay ( with a few exceptions ).
When possible, it is advantageous to apply the same line of thinking with the water combined with clay.
The best water to use with clay baths is natural, high quality spring water, especially geothermally heated water that rises from pressurized acquifers deep beneath the earth.
If this is not possible, then reverse osmosis water can be used. However, reverse osmosis water can be expensive to purchase outside of the home for bath purposes, and if a reverse osmosis system is not “in-line”, preparation of the water for the bath can be tedious.
In cities where chlorine and/or fluoride are added to the water, an in-line shower filter can be used which removes many undesireable contaminants: Consider a product such as the Aquasana Shower Filter, which, in our opinion, is the best localized shower filter for the investment.
In short, any method one can utilize to improve the quality of the water used can be utilized with healing clay baths.
Adding natural sea salt to a clay bath is an excellent idea. Sea salt acts as a tonic, and increases the ion exchange capability of clay in a clay bath, as well as changing the osmotic pressure (relative to the human body). Visit greenclays.com to purchase the supreme Inland Sea Mineral Blend, or use your own favorite sea mineral source (such as magnesium chloride, Dead dea salts, etc.). Use from one cup to ten cups per bath.
Clay Baths – What type of Clay Should be Used?
Green Clay, Clay Quality, Clay Blends
Our short answer to the question, ‘What clay should I use?’: Whatever pure, raw clay you have access to!
No two clays are the same. While a quarry grade bentonite will work for a clay bath (all bentonites/smectites share the same properties), individuals who are ill are advised to seek out therapeutic grade clay — clays that have a long standing history of human use for detoxification and healing.
A healing clay bath should predominantly consist of green or grey sodium/calcium smectite. This includes swelling bentonites ( low sodium or high sodium ) and montmorillonites. We do recommend to use at least 50-75% swelling green clay for clay baths. Natural, raw clays are best, agricultural grade clays are next best, and technical grade clays are third. We’ve tested all, and have had acceptable results with all three.
Clays which are well known for their therapeutic properties are best to use for clay baths, but they can be overly expensive. A cost effective alternative is to blend a high quality clay with a more affordable clay.
For therapeutic grade clays useful for bathing, we recommend trying green desert calcium bentonite , Pascalite, or Redmond Clay… mixed perhaps with a clay similiar to American Colloid Sodium bentonite.
Utah bentonite (such as the pale clay technical-only grade clay marketed by Western), blended with Wyoming bentonite, is an acceptable blend for bath purposes. A superior blend would be the Wyoming bentonite and a high quality calcium bentonite desert clay.
For an excellent professional blend: Inland Sea Clay Baths is the cream of the crop. Although more expensive, it is recommended for those with very serious conditions such as severe metal toxicity, chemical toxicity, and electropollution sensitivity.
What to Avoid
Avoid any contaminated clays, and pay careful attention when storing clay. Store in a completely sealed container, and away from reactive chemicals. Do not allow clay to come in prolonged contact with metals, and if one needs to store clay in plastic, the first best choice is FDA grade plastic, the worst choice is plastics such as “tuperware”.
Always use clays without any additives.
“Old School” Clay Disciple Healing Clay Baths
Therapeutic Clay Baths by the Ton, not by the Cup
Preparing a Clay Bath – How Much Clay Should be Used?
Quantity Makes a Difference
Our short answer to the question, “How much clay should be used in a clay bath?”: About two tons.
Unfortunately, unless one is willing to custom build one’s own personal clay therapy center, using two tons of clay in a clay bath is hardly practical. That said, we would like to note that there is no equal experience than submersing the body in in large amounts of warm clay magma, especially when one is able to sit or stand in the clay bath (with the body vertical, by which there is a greater impact on the body’s lymphatic system).
Also, taking a clay bath in a full magma clay bath facility can cause extreme exhaustion for individuals who are very ill, even though doing so is an incredible healing experience. Ill individuals will experience results using as little as one cup of clay per bath, but will benefit by slowly increasing the amount of clay used per bath!
For general detoxification purposes (for those serious about detoxing), our experience is that no less than five pounds of clay should be used. One can even build up to using ten pounds of clay for serious metal toxicity. We have adjusted our measurements from volume to weight, as some clays are more dense than others. This doesn’t mean that one cannot enjoy a clay bath with only a cup or a pound of clay, of course. The more clay that is used, the stronger the pulling power and the greater the detox effect.
The bath should be filled only with enough water to comfortably and completely submerge the body, especially if smaller amounts of clay are used in the bath.
Preparing a Clay Bath – How to Make a Clay Bath
Preparing a Clay Bath in a Standard Bath Tub
Can clay ruin standard plumbing? Yes.
However, if you have modern plumbing, and your pipes are in good shape and not clogged, as long as the clay is completely aqueous when drained, it will not stick to the pipes and cause problems. The sandy silt that may or may not be left behind in a clay bath poses no problem.
Can clay disturb a standard septic tank? Yes, it is possible for clay, if enough used, to disturb the fragile balance maintained in a septic tank. City sewage, however, is perfectly fine.
If one has a personal concern about a septic system or pipes, then we can only recommend that one should either pump the water out and let it dry outside ( then disposing of the clay as one would normal garbage ), or install an inline pressurized filter to remove clay from the water.
The most convenient way to prepare a bath:
Turn on the hot water, and secure the plug. As the water enters the tub, slowly and carefully sprinkle the dry powder clay over the surface of the water. Avoid allowing the clay to build up in any one area ( which will cause the clay to clump together ). Once the clay has been added, turn off the water, and allow the clay to set in the tub for 10 to 20 minutes ( which also allows time for the water to cool down a bit ). Then, add more water to the tub to adjust the temperature to one’s preference, filling the tub only enough to comfortably submerge the entire body ( most people set in a tub from the neck down ).
However, please keep in mind that by using this method, one is adding clay dust into the air.
The best way to prepare a bath:
Use the same method as above, but pre-prepare the clay. First, measure out the amount of clay to be used in a bath. Then, add this clay into large ceramic or glass containers. Add 5 to six times the water by volume, and allow the clay to completely hydrate ( or mix with a non-metal stirring device ). By pre-preparing the clay in this manner, once added to the bath, the clay will quickly combine without clumping, and one will avoid adding clay dust to the air.
If the clay settles at the bottom of the tub, a few short moments of agitation will suffice.
Adding Sea Salt
One to five cups of quality sea salt may be added to any clay bath. Adding magnesium chloride is also highly beneficial. Adding sea salt to the water first makes clay easier to dissolve in-bath.
Taking a Clay Bath
How Long, How Hot, How Often?
How much time should one spend in a bath?
Everyone is different, and care must be given to how well one tolerates the bath, and for what purpose one is using clay baths for. The minmum amount of time one should take a clay bath for is 15 minutes, provided that no adverse or strange effects are experienced. If one becomes fatigued or chilled, then one should exit the bath, and slowly increase the amount of time spent in the bath as one can tolerate it.
20 to 30 minutes is the average “standard” duration of a clay bath. The longest clay bath that the author has taken is 2.5 hours ( again, some people may not be able to tolerate 30 minutes, let alone an hour).
Overcoming the clay resistant immune system: The 12-15 minute mark
The body’s natural defense system is far more intellegent than most researchers realize. Modern research in the genetic sciences is revealing that the complexity of the immune system is equal to the complexity of the human brain.
The body may resist dumping accumulated toxins at first, as the experiences recorded by the immune system are actually responsible for the body’s choice to deposit the accumulated toxins being in body tissues ( except for substances such as mercury, cadmium, etc. ).
Therefore, many individuals who have a compromised metabolism may actually feel a compulsion to exit the clay bath after 12-15 minutes. The body will, as time progresses and as INTERNAL conditions allow, re-learn to utilize the lymphatic system to a greater degree, and allow more substances to be released from the body in this manner, due to the improved efficiency.
Furthermore, if one is taking moderately hot clay baths, the body has the capability to resist moderately high temperatures for between 10 and 15 minutes, and thus is able to regulate the internal temperature of the body. After 10 to 15 minutes, the internal body temperature will begin to rise, causing a hyperthermic response in the body.
How hot should the water be?
Most clay practitioners suggest tepid or warm clay baths. This is certainly ideal for the beginner, or for those who experience fatigue with clay baths, or those with cardiovascular issues. A tepid or warm clay bath is between 98 and 100 degrees F., for bath purposes. Or, if one prefers, the water temperature is simply either slightly warm to the touch or there is no feeling of a temperature difference.
However, once the body is starting to function as designed, there are quite a few advantages to increasing the temperature from between 101 degrees F and 116 degrees F. We recommend that interested individuals experiment carefully and slowly, realizing that the higher the temperature of the water/bath, the less time one can tolerate in the bath. 104 degree F is generally considered to be the safety net point, but balneotherapists around the world have learend, with care and practice, how to harness the healing potential of extreme heat therapy.
How often should one take a clay bath?
This is entirely dependent upon the individual and the purpose of taking clay baths. A standard, traditional treatment is two to three baths weekly for 21 days, repeating as needed with an occasional rest period of one week.
However, this is just a general guide. If one is expertly detoxifying the body internally and externally, baths can even be taken daily to twice daily to harness the natural cycles of the body ( at dawn and before bed ).
Clay Bath Uses
Natural Medicine: Uses
Traditionally, clay baths may be used for:
Heavy Metal Toxicity – Mercury poisoning, cadmium poisoning, lead poisoning, arsenic poisoning…
General Chemical Toxicity – Clay baths assist the body in the systemic removal of many industrial chemicals that the body would otherwise have difficulty eliminating.
Radiation & Chemotherapy, Radioactive Exposure, Radiotherapy Recovery – Clay baths assist the body in recovering from both chemotherapy and radiation treatment, as well as over exposure to radioactive material and radiation poisoning.
For acute chemical or radiological toxicity, daily clay baths should be combined with edible clay use. 20-30 minutes in a clay bath with two to ten cups of clay is an excellent way to support recovery.
In areas where radioactivity levels approach dangerous levels, individuals should consider purchasing Tyvek Protective suits, even the cheap disposable ones, soaking them in a very wet clay magma/gel, and wearing them to adsorb radiation. Hands, feet, and the face may then be completely coated with a thin layer of clay to adsorb radiation.
In emergency situations, the entire body may be coated with a thin layer of clay, but the individual needs to realize that the skin still requires breathing, and that a shower followed by a clay bath should be taken in three hour intervals. If a thick magma is used and applied to the entire body, one risks rapid exhaustion.
Edible Clay should be used three to four times daily; simply 1 teaspoonful to 1 tablespoonful completely mixed in clean water .
Smectite clay was used to seal the reactor which melted down in Cherynobl.
Russian scientists would coat their hands with bentonite prior to donning radiation gear to reduce their exposure from low levels to zero while working with radioactive material in nuclear laboratories.
Bentonite is part of many livestock emergency protocols to preserve food supplies in the event of a nuclear attack or other nuclear emergency, based on the work done by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 1970’s.
General Systemic Support – By utilizing clay baths, the metabolic processes of the body are supported. By stimulating the lymphatic system, and by taking part of the burden off of the organs of elimination, experience demonstrates that general well-being may be greatly improved.
Special Support Treatments – Clay baths may be used as part of comprehensive cleansing protocols, in conjunction with ozone sauna therapy, and for any conditions dealing with toxicity, liver conditions, and to help recover from various allopathic medical treatments.
Relaxation and Enjoyment – Clay baths are a fantastic way to help relieve stress and relax, especially in the evening before bed.
Probiotics – Especially for those who have autistic symptoms
Things to Consider along with Clay Baths
Probiotics – Especially for those who have symptoms of Autism
Fresh Lemon Water – Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon and add to a glass of good water, as many times daily as the body can comfortably tolerate. Remember that not all drinking water is created equal; find an excellent quality water to use internally.
Internal Clay – One to three times daily, once the body has adjusted to internal clay use, taking breaks as/if needed ( i.e. on clay for 3 days, off for four, on for four days, off for three ).
First Cold Press Olive Oil – 1 tablespoonful, raw, on an empty stomach in the morning.
Clay Baths & Complementary Medicine
Providing Critical Support for Invasive Therapies
We cannot emphasize enough how important and beneficial simple clay baths can be in the recovery process in cases where an individual must undergo invasive therapies as a part of an allopathic medicine protocol, including radation therapy and chemotherapy in cancer patients. We also cannot emphasize enough the importance of using clay therapy according to the ancient and natural tradition of balneotherapy (healing with water).
For individuals recovering from toxic exposure, even clay baths made with as little as six cups of dry clay (completed hydrated in the bath) can be a real bonified miracle.
Below is a very revealing and important story about a man undergoing radiation therapy for colon cancer, sent to us from Sydney, Australia:
The Clay That Saved My Father During Radiotherapy
“My father was diagnosed with rectum cancer. He was told that radiotherapy would shrink the tumor before surgery. What he wasn’t told, was that not even morphine would assist him with his pain relief from radiotherapy. No one should ever have to go through what my father went through during his treatment.
“Fortunately for my father, we were told of Jason from “Eyton’s Earth”. I emailed Jason and he promptly responded with extensive detail as to which was the best clay for my father and why. Without my Father’s knowledge I ordered the clay that Jason had recommended.
“Session 19 out of the 23 sessions of radiotherapy was our families worst day. My father was in the worst pain of his life. The morphine that the doctors offered my father, was of no assistance.
“In his darkest moment he was willing to try anything, so we prepared a clay bath for him. When he entered the clay bath, the pain was eliminated straight away. He could not believe it. Then for the next 14 days my Father was having anything from 3-10 clay baths per day. Interesting enough, one day he decided to put a bath towel in the water so that he would be more comfortable, but when he did that the pain would come back. So we asked him to take the towel out and see the difference. Once the towel was out the pain had vanished too. Hopefully, someone that is having this treatment can read this, and be comforted by the fact that there are treatments out there that can assist them with their pain.
“Many thanks to Jason and his team at ‘Eyton’s Earth'”
– Dimi from Sydney, Australia
Relief from symptoms of toxicity and trauma is not uncommon with clay therapy, and even the medical community has a tough time finding valid reasons not to at least allow individuals with toxic exposures of any kind to try clay baths, since there are very few contraindications to bathing.
Recovery from acute toxicity using clay therapy can actually be quite shocking. In Cano Graham’s book, “The Clay Disciples”, Cano experienced first hand how critical clay therapy can be to support the body in the recovery process.
In particular, Cano believed that clay therapy was the perfect choice for herbicide and pesticide poisoning. However, he had no idea how effective it would be to treat severe and acute poisoning, until his experience with the sufferers in Dunsmuir.
A Southern Pacific Railroad tank car had jumped off track, and dove into the Sacramento River. The tank ruptured, and dumped toxic chemicals into the river. Cano spent part of a month assisting the locals with clay therapy.
Clay therapy worked to eliminate weeping sores, rashes, headaches, aching joints, and a host of other chemical toxicity symptoms. This was incredible, due to the fact that Cano arrived three months after the initial incident.
Cano would have any local brave enough to want to heal take hot clay baths, from between 45 minutes to an hour long, with one cupful of clay; he would have them drink clay water, and while in-bath, he would have them do cool clay compresses on the face and forehead and over the eyes.
After finishing a clay bath, Cano instructed those suffering with skin lesions and rashes to apply the clay gel wherever skin problems existed; he told them to just let the clay dry, and lie down on sheets and relax.
Clay therapy was successful for those who utilized it, far beyond what anyone could have predicted, and those who were wise enough to follow through with clay therapy experienced quick relief from their many symptoms.
To quote Cano:
“The use of pesticides and herbicides, along with the byproducts of American Industry, sets the stage for a horrible payback for our progress and our avarice. Rachel Carson gave us fair warning in The Silent Spring fifty years ago. We Clay Disciples give you a promise: These are the old times. Learn how clay therapy can help you and your grandchildren’s grandchildren survive. The Power created clay for the benefit of all living things.”
There are those who believe that adding herbs and other reactive organic elements to clay baths is a great idea. They are most welcome to their opinion, but this is not very often a wise idea.
Basic chemistry can help explain why (all you have to do is combine fresh herbs with a clay magma and see for yourself). The action of the clay itself, in the presence of complex organic compounds, is directed on the organic compounds and not on the body. One will certainly still get a detoxification reaction, but loose the benefits of the most mysterious clay action of all: It’s energetic response.
Notice in the testimonials about the colon cancer, that as soon as the individual placed a white towel in the clay bath, pain came rushing back into his body? While we do have theories about the exact nature of this phenominon, somtimes it is best to just let the mystery stand and state with unequivocal confidence: Sometimes tradition is filled with superstition, and sometimes tradition is filled with profound wisdom.
To follow the ancient traditions, only use clay, water, oxygen, natural minerals, and non-reactive and completely natural substances when using actual clay therapy. Furthemore, do not use chemically processed clay, and while standard clays share the detoxification properties scientifically known, actual therapeutic grade clays are far superior in their actual healing potential.
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