Friday, January 1, 2010

Benefits of Redmond Clay

Millions of years ago, long before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a range of volcanoes erupted, spreading volcanic ash across the ancient Sundance Sea. The water in this sea evaporated leaving behind a bed of mineral-rich sodium bentonite.

Near the small town of Redmond, Utah, we carefully extract this ancient volcanic ash, now resting deep within the earth and bring it to you in its pure, natural state. Redmond Clay contains more than 50 natural trace minerals essential to human health.

About Redmond Clay

The Redmond Clay Story

Millions of years ago before modern pollutants contaminated the Earth, a range of volcanoes erupted -- sending volcanic ash into the water of the ancient Sundance Sea that covered much of North America. The water in this sea evaporated, leaving behind a bed of mineral rich sodium bentonite.

Fremont Indians living in what is now rural Southern Utah once told tales of the healing properties of this clay deposit, which the legend holds was discovered when the natives noticed herds of deer frequently gathering to nibble at the soil around the deposit. Native Americans were known to carry a ball of clay with them in their packs, dissolving some in water and with their meals to ward off the effects of stomach ailments and food infections and the practice persisted for generations.

During the 1960’s the Bosshardt family began experimenting with the clay deposit on their property, using it as the Indians had to treat bee stings and upset stomach and eventually began hearing from local health food stores inquiring about the benefits of the clay. The interest prompted them to send a sample to be tested in a lab and when the results showed it was safe for human use the family began selling the healing clay under the name Redmond Clay.

Redmond Clay has grown up a bit since then, but the product remains as pure as it was when the Fremonts discovered its uses. We carefully extract this ancient volcanic ash from deep within the earth, bringing it to you in its pure, natural state. Many people consider it their first aid kit in a bag.

Redmond Clay: A clay of 1,000 uses

Redmond Clay helps eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, such as stomach flu and parasites (parasites are unable go reproduce in the presence of clay). Works well with burns, bug bites, detoxification, etc. Clay can be used externally in many ways such as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and in skin care applications. In addition, it can be taken internally with water or spread upon food.

Take Internally

Mix 1 teaspoon of dry powder clay in half glass of water, stir it up, and let it sit 6 to 8 hours. Then drink either the clear liquid off the top, or stir it up and drink all of it. Depending on your liking, you can drink it in the morning, throughout the day, or in the evening. People find that the clay water tastes better cold than at room temperature.

Because the clay draws toxins to itself, some conditions may appear worse before they get better.

Do not leave metal in contact with the wet clay, as it will quickly rust.

Conveniently, have Redmond Clay available to drink by adding a 1/4 cup of dry powder Redmond Clay to a two/three quart glass pitcher of water, stir it briskly and put it in the refrigerator. Within a few hours the clay will settle to the bottom and most of the water will be clear. Drink freely, and when the water levels get low just wash out the remaining sediments and start over. In the book, Our Earth Our Cure, notes that drinking the clear water off the top gives basically the same results as drinking the clay itself.

Some sources recommend that you drink the clay water once a day. However, we have received feedback from customers that have had great success drinking it multiple times a day and other drink as the need arises.

Apply Externally

Prepare Redmond Clay for external use by mixing it with enough water to make a gel about the consistency of mustard. Use filtered or distilled water when available, but you can use tap water as well. Once mixed it will never dry out, separate, or go bad as long as you store it in an air tight container. If it does start to dry out, simply add more water and stir. The Redmond Clay gel can be stored in the fridge, the cupboard, or car, heat and cold do not affect it.

There are many different ways of using the clay externally. One of the best ways is to apply it generously in a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch layer directly on the skin. An alternative that allows for more mobility is to apply the gel to a piece of cheese cloth, fold the cloth as if making a burrito, ad secure to the skin with an ace bandage

After applying there are several options.

  • Uncovered: Some people put on the clay and leave it uncovered so that it dries out within an hour. As it dries, it will draw or pull.
  • Covered with a cloth: Covering the Redmond Clay with a cloth will hold it in place and cause the clay to dry slower. Doing this enables you to leave the clay on overnight or to walk around the house without getting wet clay all over the furniture. Wetting the cloth with water will slow the drying rate and cause more of a cooling sensation.
  • Using the Dry Redmond Clay: People say using it as baby powder causes diaper rash to disappear by the next diaper change. Some people feel that sprinkling the dry Redmond Clay on an open, infected wound causes more of a drawing/healing action that using the gel.
  • Clay baths: Many people in the health food industry feel that the skin is a primary avenue for detoxification. Putting Redmond Clay in the bath seems to increase the drawing effect which helps people detoxify. To use the clay for a clay bath, simply add 1 to 2 cups of Redmond Clay under the faucet as you fill the tub of hot water. Soak in it for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • An alternate technique is to do a foot bath. To do this, simply put 3 tablespoons of the Redmond Clay in a pan of water and soak your feet for 30 - 45 minutes.

Questions About Redmond Clay

What is clay?

Clay is a natural earthly material, which becomes plastic when wet. Basically, clay is a large family of minerals. Within this family, there are sub families, one of which is montmorillonite. In the montromillonite family there are sub families, one of which is bentonite. In the bentonite family there is a sodium bentonite and clasum bentonite, each having different properties. According to geologists, sodium bentonite is volcanic ash that fell in seawater, calcium bentonite is volcanic ash which fell in fresh water. Even in the sodium bentonites, there are differences in properties and qualities.

Bentonite, a volcanic ash, is pure natural--a product of Mother Nature.

Bentonite is one of the volcanic ashes. It is not a drug or chemical composition made in a laboratory. It is a product of Mother Earth. Bentonite in ages past was blown into the sky by volcanic action, which sifted down to help impregnate the soil with its 25 to 35 trace minerals. Bentonite, under a high-power microscope is seen as extremely minute rectangular particles, similar in shape to a business card. When hydrated, it generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted, non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that they can be eliminated from the body.

What does the clay do for my body?

Clay naturally rids the body of toxins, helping eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections such as stomach flu and parasites. (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay).

The negatively charged clay attracts positively charged particles (toxins). By in large, most toxic poisons are positively charged. These toxins are irresistibly drawn toward the clay. The very minuteness of the particles of Bentonite gives a large surgace area in proportion to the volume used, thus enabling it to pick up many times its weight in positively charged particles. One gram of the product has a surface of 800 square meters. The greater the surface area, the greater its power to pick up positively charged particles.

Will the aluminum in the clay hurt me?

The aluminum in the sodium bentonite cannot be absorbed by the body. Both the negative charged bentonite and negative charged cells of the stomach repel each other like polar opposites. This stops bentonite from entering our bodies.

How does the clay work?

Bentonite has many attributes that contribute to its absorbing power. Our analysis shows that it contains many minerals. Secondly, bentonite has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively-charged toxins. In addition, the formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes with the wide surfaces having a negative charge and the edges having a positive charge, providing for a powerful pulling effect. Bentonite clay also is able to pull toxins many times over its own weight. ds

According to the Canadian Journal of Microbiology (31 (1985), 50-53), bentonite can absorb pathogenic viruses, aflatoxin (a mold) and pesticides and herbicides including Paraquat and Roundup. The clay is eventually eliminated from the body with the toxins bound to its multiple surfaces.

Bentonite has unusual attributes when combined with water. The electrical and molecular formation of clay quickly takes a different form. This produces a powerful electric charge that has the ability to absorb toxic elements from the intestinal tract of other poisons into its core and stores it.

Basically, when the caly gets wet, it swells similar to a sponge and draws toxins into its center. Once the electric charge has pulled the toxins, they are never released.

What are the historical uses of clay?

Bentonite Mineral Clay (Montmorillonite) comes from the city of Montmorillon, France. However, the use of clay for medicinal purposes has been around for generations. Common to Greeks and Romans, clay healed fractures, and the famous Greek doctor Dioscoride noted it’s “extraordinary strength” for healing. While Native Americans referred to it as “Ee-Wah-Kee” meaning “The-Mud-That-Heals” It was also known that Tribes in Africa used clay as a purgative and for diarrhea relief. Dr. Weston A. Price, well known dentist in the “30’s, found that natives knapsacks contained food smothered in a ball shape with clay. This helped prevent what was called “sick stomach”.

Somewhere in the 1800s’ clay became known in Europe as a healing agent. In fact, during World War II, Russian and French soldiers partook mandatory rations of clay to avoid wide spread diarrhea reaping havoc on nearby troops.

Studies show that the use of volcanic ah internally goes back to the Indians of the high Andes mountains, tribes in Central Africa and the aborigines of Australia. Taken internally, it supports the intestinal system in the elimination of toxins.

This clay has been used for thousands of years as both an internal and external purification aid. The Egyptians used it to preserve their famous mummies. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to restore health. The great German Naturopaths of the last century hailed clay as one of nature’s great remedies. Mahatma Ghandi advocated the use of clay for health and purification. Numerous so-called primitive tribes have used clay for both internal and external purification.

Is Clay safe to eat?

Bentonite clay is increasingly used both internally and externally by those interested in natural remedies, and it is included on the FDA’s famous “GRAS” list, which stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe.” With increasing public knowledge about minerals, some have expressed concern over the presence of small amounts of aluminum in bentonite clay. However, Dr. Anderson himself, and numerous others who have used Bentonite clay extensively with his cleanse program, have had hair analyses done which indicated that the body does not absorb aluminum from bentonite.

Is clay safe to eat with medications and supplements?

The drawing power of clay will absorb the effectiveness of anything you are taking orally. You should wait at least an hour after drinking Redmond Clay before you ingest pills, herbs, or supplements.