Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite, is used in many treatments both internally and externally. As a detox aid Bentonite clay is valued for its ability to swell and absorb toxins from the body relieving symptoms associated with toxin build up. Externally bentonite can be used to sooth a myriad of skin ailments.
Bentonite clay often contains magnesium and up to 67 other trace minerals. Clays from different sources have different properties; some examples of bentonite clays are sodium bentonite, magnesium bentonite and calcium bentonite. Bentonite clay comes from deposits of volcanic ash that has settled over thousands of years. As the ash settles through the earth it absorbs different nutrients from the earth. It is the absorption process that makes clay such a beneficial detoxification in the body, absorbing toxins and carrying them through the system.