Hey it’s… oh, clay!
When I was a kid, I used to mess around in the backyard with clay from the ditch. I grew up in Friesland, of course, and we did that sort of thing there. At school during craft time we’d often get a chunk of clay to sculpt. My parents still have a couple of lovely clay creations my sister and I made on the mantle above the fireplace. I’m sure everyone has a similar childhood memory of clay, but did you know that you can do so much more with clay? You can deep clean your skin, for example, or even… eat it!?
Yep, true story! Clean clay is a great way to cleanse your body. In the morning, in the waning period of the moon (this is the best time to start a detox), my mother used to prepare small dishes of water with a scant teaspoon of clay in each, which my sister and I would have to drink before breakfast. We did this every morning for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t gross, since clean clay doesn’t taste like anything. It was, however, sandy and you could feel it cracking between your teeth. It wasn’t pretty, but my mother explained how healthy it was, which is why I came to associate eating clay with something positive.
People have been using clay in this way for thousands of years. Clay has a medicinal effect. It contains silica, magnesium, sculpture phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and sodium… The list goes on. The enzymes that clay contains help the body to absorb these minerals. Clay absorbs toxins, excess moisture, pus and negative radiation, inactivates them and assists in their excretion. In short: a clay detox does a deep clean of your body from the inside out and it ensure that the minerals in your body work better together.
I’ll be doing another clay detox this summer. Great! You can buy the clay at a health food store or at de Tuinen. You drink a glass of clay in the morning and evening for three weeks. Make sure that you get extra vitamin C in your diet to prevent constipation. If you are susceptible to constipation or if you are taking any kind of medication or the pil, I would advise you not to do this clay detox.
Mix a teaspoon of clean clay with cold water. Leave it to stand for a couple of hours and then stir well and drink. Drink it in the morning before breakfast. Do this for two weeks. It’s might require a bit of effort, but cleansing your body so deeply is absolutely worth the trouble!
Always consult your physician before adding clean clay in your diet.
A clay mask can help make pores less visible. The clay absorbs dead skin cells and other pore-clogging dirt from your skin as it dries. Mix a tablespoon of clay with a tablespoon of water in a small dish. Use a spoon or whisk to mix well. Apply the mask using a light touch to your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Let it dry for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water.