Bentonite is one of most popular clays and comes from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments in the United States. Bentonite clay has been traditionally used to assist in mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack, or in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color, and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.
The line of Bentonite offered by Organic Shoppe Nigeria is a “Sodium Bentonite,” which is quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits and is untreated. Bentonite clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. Our Bentonite is NSF certified and manufactured to ANSI/NSF 60 standards. Bentonite is usually mined from deposits that can range anywhere from 100 feet to several thousand feet. After being mined from the earth, it is brought out into the sun to remove excess moisture and make it easier to work with. After the initial drying it gets processed (ground) with huge hydraulic crushers, and it then goes through the final process of micronization, or “fine granulating.” Upon completion of this final process it gets inspected by a quality control team and is sent off for consumer use.
Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an electrical charge. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. Though indigenous cultures have used this clay internally for healing and wellness, our Bentonite Clay is sold for external use only.
Color- Gray to Tan