Welcome to Eytons' Earth: Tecopia Essentia
Using the New Three Clay External Use Blend
Tecopia Essentia - Green Desert Clay ~ Moroccan Lava Clay ~ Pyro Clay
available from www.greenclays.com
This blend of clays has been specifically formulated for skin and body care… naturally. We’ve taken three of the world's finest cosmetic grade therapeutic clays, and combined them into one product for use as a full body, spa grade, external use clay.
This blend features a widely studied earth-toned Moroccan desert lava clay. It also features an earth-toned pyrophyllite clay that many refer to as a “sacred clay”. Finally, the blend features our signature green desert clay.
The Moroccan lava clay is a mineral rich, sedimentary clay. What makes it unique? Many clays are extremely drying to the skin. Moroccan lava clay is particularly useful for dry skin, making it an excellent addition to our spa & skin care formula. It has an amazing texture, and is slightly and gently exfoliating.
The pyrophyllite is the key balancing agent in this extremely unique clay blend. Pyrophyllite is amphorous acidic clay. It tends to reject water rather than adsorb it. Amphorous clays are named as such due to the fact that they have no real structure, unlike the smectite clays often used in natural medicine. In fact, this clay is composed of nearly 60% silica, and over 85% of the silica particles are unbound. Each particle exists as round silica colloid particle that performs as an electrically active scavenger of positively charged substances. This is not just any pyrophyllite clay; this clay was naturally created from a mineral soup that boiled over a lava bed for over a million years before climactic changes caused the soup to cool and the clay to form.
Finally, our own Amargosian green desert clay is included. This desert-green pristine bentonite is widely celebrated for its properties. More modern books and papers have been written about this clay in the last five years than any other clay that we are aware of.
This product is not designed to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. All clays used in this product are classified by the FDA as GRAS.
The maker of this blend has been studying edible and external use clays from around the world for nearly twenty-five years. The following suggestions on how to use and hydrate clay are based upon this research and experience. However, it is only a guide.
Please note that in this guide, we include some relatively complex tutorials. Please be advised that those who wish to can ignore the extra tutorials and simply hydrate good quality spring water with the clay. The results will be fine! However, we would like to encourage people to explore and learn about some of the more advanced water creation methods included in this guide!
Most of all, we wish you to enjoy the clay experience!
How to Prepare Clay
To create a clay gel or paste, also known as clay magma, combine about one cup water with one cup of clay. Use this formulation as a very thick clay masque.
To make a clay gel with the consistency of a lotion or liquild soap, mix one part clay to 1.25 parts water (about one cup of clay to 1 1/4 cups of water).
This clay mixes very easily when water is added; it can be prepared and used within minutes.
We recommend transferring the "wet" clay to a completely inert container, such as a ceramic or glass container, once it is completely hydrated. However, the clay can safely be stored for shorter periods of time (less than a month) in extremely clean plastic containers with airtight lids, stored in a climate controlled environment, without any noticeable, measurable effect.
Some people may elect to continue to store hydrated clay in plastic. While there is not likely any actual harm that will be caused by doing so, we have demonstrated that over time, clay does start to sorpt the plastic into the clay if the container experiences temperature changes.
Can this Clay be used Internally?
We do not recommend that individuals use this clay blend internally. We have two professional blends of clay that are more suitable for internal use.
Using Clay Externally
To use clay externally, including for compresses, poultices, clay packs and cosmetics, first prepare a clay gel.
Do not allow hydrated clay to come in prolonged contact with metal, or any chemicals. Mix and store in an airtight sealed glass or ceramic jar if possible. For best results, cover the open container with cheese cloth and set the clay in direct sunlight for one or two hours prior to use.
To make a compress or for clay wraps, add water to the clay magma until the desired consistency is achieved. Thoroughly soak a clean, white dressing in the clay. Alternately, completely baste one side of a clean, white dressing with clay. Use as needed directly on the body.
To use as a poultice or pack (also known as a cataplasm), apply the clay magma onto a clean dressing at least ¼ of an inch thick. Apply to the body as needed. Generally, each clay pack should be applied for at least 20 minutes. Discontinue use if abnormal discomfort is experienced. Gently clean area treated after the clay has been removed. For best results, poultices should be ¾ inch thick. Do not allow clay to completely dry on sensitive skin or damaged tissue; once the clay loses its hydration, it loses its effectiveness.
Skin Cleansing, Skin and Scalp Care
Once hydrated, the clay can be used as a daily skin cleanser just like any bath or shower gel.
However, for best results, apply a small amount of hydrated clay to the body just prior to taking a shower. Rinse clay off thoroughly.
Please remember that clay is a completely natural, deep cleansing and detoxification agent. It is normal for the clay to temporarily turn skin red, especially if clay drys on[-skin. Other signs of detoxification may occur with some individuals, including small rashes that appear and disappear quickly. In natural medicine, these occurrences are known as exteriorizations, and are a sign of the body’s natural healing capabilities. They are very temporary in nature.
If an excess of discomfort is experienced, discontinue the use of the clay and allow the body to adjust for two or three days prior to using it again. It is extraordinarily rare for an individual to have an allergic reaction to clay itself. However, if this occurs, discontinue use.
Many individuals will be able to substitute clay use for shampoo. Some people may be able to eliminate both shampoo and conditioner with this clay use. Clay use on the scalp rather than chemicals is obviously an excellent idea, and we encourage individuals to test the clay blend out for a few days.
While this clay blend has been developed to be gentler on the skin for daily skin care, it is still a blend of very potent therapeutic clays.
Therefore, this clay can be used on all problem skin areas. Simply apply a small strip of clay to the area to be treated and keep the clay hydrated (wet) for the duration of the treatment period (at least 20 minutes). Keep applying clay until discomfort is eliminated.
Mastering Clay Facials
While there are many fine methods for doing clay facials, we recommend the following method as among the best based upon years of experience.
First, apply a very tiny amount of clay onto the face, and vigorously rub it into the skin until the clay can no longer be massaged. Let this also be an opportunity to deep massage the muscles and acupressure points on the face. Pay careful attention to the tension in the outside of the jaws (just below the ears). We call this a tacking coat. A taking coat is used to get the most out of the physical and direct-contact properties of the clays.
Doing this procedure ensures the deepest cleansing possible. This micro-thin layer of clay will dry very rapidly. However, it will dry without pulling too much on the skin, which can be associated with wrinkling. While many individuals love to do tightening masques, one needs to be aware that the pulling, caused by the clay dehydrating, can stretch the skin and contribute to premature wrinkling.
Next, a very thin layer of clay is applied over the top of the first layer. This causes the clay applied as a tacking coat to instantly rehydrate. The second application acts as a second tacking coat. However, before it has an opportunity to dry, the final application of clay is done, as thick as an individual desires. Generally speaking, the third coat of clay should be a few millimeters thick. The final coat can be applied with a wood or plastic applicator, or simply with the fingers.
Do not allow the clay to dry on the face.
Acquire a small 4 ounce spray “spritzer” bottle. If you plan to follow the water creation instructions later in this guide, you should use this water to add to the bottle. Otherwise, use a good, high quality, clean spring water. Either way, mix the water 50-50 with natural floral water. Our favorite is rose water, because it is very gentle on the skin. Rose water may be purchased at most herbal stores.
Those people with very healthy skin may elect to put one drop of organic essential oils into the spritzer bottle as well (we recommend a for this purpose). Be certain that the essential oil used is pure, and that you only use oil that agrees with your skin. Furthermore, only use one drop; too much oil can temporarily irritate the skin. For this particular purpose, we enjoy using rose wood, for the same reason we enjoy the rose floral water.
Every few minutes, when the clay mask starts to tighten, use the spritzer bottle to keep the clay hydrated. A few sprays will suffice. Do not spray so much that wet clay begins to run down the face. Keep doing this process for between ten and thirty minutes.
Remember that a tightening mask is not required for a therapeutic effect when using such high grade clays. Using this method of clay rehydration keeps the ion pump properties of the clays very active. There is always a push/pull. The vital minerals in the clay and water are being delivered into the skin at the same time the “garbage” is being pulled out. Many people still enjoy doing tightening masks, and we think that is fine, provided an individual understands the processes at work!
Once it is time to remove the clay, do so with very warm water. The warm/hot water will open the pores for even further deep cleansing, as well as making it easier to remove the clay. Make certain that all of the clay is removed, and that the face is very well rinsed. If an individual is doing a home treatment, then it is best to do the clay face and/or scalp treatment just prior to showering, to ensure that all clay is removed.
Once the clay has been removed (and/or the shower completed), the face should be rinsed with very cool water to close the pores. Finally, the same spritzer bottle should be used to protect the face. Spray just enough on the face to cover it. This will protect the skin while the face naturally rehydrates.
Only mix clay with ultra-pure ingredients.
Dry and problem skin is most often caused by an imbalance in the electrolytes (especially ph) in the body’s soft tissues. For better and healthier skin tone, individuals should:
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Further Research & References
Upon a Clay Tablet – The first two books of the “Definitive Guide to Healing with Homeostatic Clay”
Three Clay Blend used in Research / Wound Healing – Very Graphic pictures of using our three clay blend in the healing of a wound. For research purposes only.
Clay Packs – How to make and use a clay pack.
Clay Compresses – How to make and use a clay compress.
How to use Clay Externally –Mastering Clay Use Externally.
Other Research Documents
Creating an antimicrobial acidic water to use with skincare clay - Advanced tutorial: Creating a high quality, acidic water for use with our three clay external clay blend.
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