My friends at Redmond Trading have gone above and beyond in sharing their time and knowledge with me about their products, which is one reason why I’ve been a loyal user of their Redmond Clay and Real Salt for years. Today, it’s my pleasure to bring you this giveaway for the numerous Redmond Clay products that I love, along with some of my tips for getting the most benefit from the versatile clay.
Redmond Clay Uses
I always have a container of dry Redmond Clay in my bathroom cabinet, and I use it for both first aid and detox. Redmond Clay is a type of bentonite clay mined from Redmond, Utah. Meagan, from Growing Up Herbal in her Bentonite Clay guest post for me, came up with the best definition of bentonite clay in a nutshell:
Bentonite clay is a clay that is mined from the earth, and it’s formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong negative electromagnetic charge, and when activated by water, it acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling metals and toxins to it. It also has an affect on the body’s pH and provides the body with some vital minerals at the same time.
Because of its ability to absorb toxins, Redmond Clay works extremely well both internally and externally. If you are using it externally for poultices, face masks or first aid, you’ll need to first hydrate the clay. Here’s the best way to hydrate the clay, and it keeps indefinitely at room temperature in a tightly-sealed container (use a glass, not plastic, container for storing the hydrated clay):
- Clay detox baths – Redmond clay added to your bath will help draw out toxins from the skin. Add 1 to 2 cups of Redmond Clay to a tub of hot water and soak for 20-30 minutes. The remaining clay sediment can be safely washed down the drain.
- Clay poultices – I’ve used clay poultices on poison ivy, bug bites, rashes and swollen lymph nodes with great success. You can apply the mixed clay directly to the affected area, let dry, then remove with a damp cloth. Alternatively, you can use your hydrated clay (prepare according to the video above) and then wrap it in cheesecloth to make a clay pack. Follow the directions in the Redmond Clay Booklet here (it’s a free PDF).
- Face masks – After mixing the clay with water, apply a 1/8 inch thick layer over your clean face and let dry for about 15 minutes. Remove with warm water and a washcloth. It reduces oily skin, blackheads, inflammation and blemishes.
- Rash treatment – I liberally slather the hydrated clay on my skin when I have a rash. Within 10 minutes, it greatly reduces the redness and irritation. I recommend gently removing the clay while it is still moist (don’t let it try until flaky) to prevent further irritating the affected skin.
Redmond Clay is available in 10 oz. or 6 lb. sizes here.
Hydrated Facial Clay
Hands down, my favorite Redmond Clay product is the Hydrated Facial Clay. I purchase it in bulk and I currently have 6 extra bottles under my bathroom sink – I don’t ever let myself run out of it! Yes, it is more economical to buy the dry clay and mix it up with water when you want facials, but I find the convenience of the hydrated clay greatly outweighs the extra expense for me, especially because I use it nearly once a day and I prefer the easy squeeze-tube. Here’s how I use the hydrated clay:
- Facial cleanser: If I don’t want to use my Honey Cleansing Method in the morning, I massage a small amount of the facial clay over my face and rinse off.
- Facial mask: Frequently, I use the facial clay as a regular clay mask. This reduces oily skin and draws out impurities. I apply a thin layer all over my face and wait until it dries – you know when it is ready to wash off when you can’t smile.
- Spot treatment: This facial clay is a very effective and convenient spot treatment. I apply a thick dab of clay right on a pimple and let it dry, then I gently wash it off. Sometimes, I’ll repeat this two or three times a day.
- Bug bite treatment: Just apply a thick dab onto a bug bite and let it dry. I find that it helps reduce itching and redness immediately.
I’ve been a loyal Earthpaste user for the past year because it is the only commercial toothpaste I’ve found that meets my ingredient standards. Here’s why:
- No glycerine. This emulsifying ingredient is found in many natural toothpaste brands, but there is concern that glycerine coats the teeth and can impede remineralization.
- No harmful or artificial sweeteners – Conventional toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners, toxic ingredients that I don’t want anywhere near my mouth. Earthpaste uses xylitol, which lends sweetness. Although I choose not to eat xylitol (I prefer non-processed sweeteners like raw honey) I don’t have a problem with it in my Earthpaste – especially because it creates the excellent flavor of this natural toothpaste.
- No foaming agents – Have you seen sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate on the ingredient list of regular toothpaste? Studies link these foaming additives to neurotoxicity, developmental disruption, organ toxicity and more.
- No fluoride – I take time and money to remove fluoride from my drinking water, so I don’t want this neurotoxin in my toothpaste, either.
So what does Earthpaste contain? Redmond Clay and Real Salt, mixed with purified water, are the active ingredients that clean the teeth. Xylitol and essential oils add natural flavor. That’s it!
Earthpaste is available from Redmond Trading here in various flavors.
Daily Detox Capsules
Clay has been used internally for thousands and thousands of years, because our ancestors knew the inherent healing and detox properties of clay. When used internally, bentonite clay draws toxins from the digestive tract. Because of it’s absorptive properties, many people use it with great success for:
- Food poisoning
- Acid reflux and indigestion
Daily Detox Capsules can be used on a daily basis for detox support or reached for as a first aid supplement. Personally, I do not take any type of clay on a daily basis, but I always have a container of Daily Detox Capsules in my first aid kit for a diarrhea or food poisoning remedy. Also, it is very important to increase your intake of water when taking either the Daily Detox Capsules or the clay powder internally, because it absorbs a large amount of water in the digestive tract.
One common concern is the aluminum content of bentonite clay. Yes, Redmond Clay does contain aluminum but it is not a health concern:
The molecular structure of bentonite, especially the high negative charge of the aluminum, makes it impossible for the aluminum to leach into our systems. Instead, the aluminum leaves our bodies the old-fashioned way—along with the positively-charged toxins and impurities that the clay has bonded to. At a chemical level, much of clay’s healing benefit depends on aluminum. Read more at Redmond Trading here.
Daily Detox Capsules are available from Redmond Clay here.
Redmond Clay Coupon
Since I recommend Redmond Salt and Redmond Clay in numerous blog posts, I’m frequently asked, “Where can I get Redmond products online?” You can purchase any of the Redmond Trading products from their website store here. I make an order with them every couple of months, and shipping is fast and free for orders over $40.
I’m happy to offer an ongoing coupon for Redmond Trading products: use code EmpoweredSustenance at the Redmond Trading Store for 15% off your entire order!