Preparing Raw "Virgin" Bentonite
Preparing a pure raw clay is best done differently than
one would prepare a refined powder. Pure bentonite taken directly from
resists adsorption of water. Soaking the clay often leads to large clumps
which can sit in water indefinitely.
To illustrate, we placed several well sized clay chunks
in a thin ceramic dish:
Next, a very small amount of water was added to the clay:
The water begins to penetrate the clay instantly. As it
does so, the clay begins to expand. This process causes small fissures
to form in the clay. As this is repeated, the clay begins to fragment:
This fragmentation allows water to universally penetrate
the clay without mixing or further refinement of the process. The clay
is then allowed to expand with its unique natural properties undisturbed.
We transferred the clay to a larger container to allow
for the clay's expansion. This particular natural bentonite swells about
five times its original volume.
We continued to add small amounts of water until no solid
clay remained. If one knows the exact ratio of water to clay to be used,
the remainder of the water can be added once there are no large solid
chunks of clay within the container. Then, the clay mixture can be left
to set. Any clumping ( as in the above picture ) will naturally be eliminated
with time, provided that enough water has been used.
When clay has been properly prepared, it will form a cohesive
whole, and will actually resemble a gelatin substance in that it will
have a bounce to it. This effect is hard to describe with words but is
easily tested by holding a container filled with clay with one hand,
and tapping it with the other. If the mixture lacks water, it will be
too dense to have this effect. If there is too much water, a separation
between the water and clay will prevent it from occurring. In order to
harness the maximum potential of clay for use with healing for external
applications, it is necessary that this effect be present; it indicates
that clay is acting as a single substance with a uniform electromagnetic
Different clays have different swelling characteristics.
True calcium bentonites are non-swelling, and hydration is usually
easily accomplished by simply adding equal amounts of water by volume.
The end objective when making a clay magma for use in
natural medicine is to hydrate the clay enough so that the consistency
clay is completely uniform ( with no clumping ). The clay is hydrated
to the point that it actually becomes a gel, but not so wet that the
easily seperates ( or falls apart ).
If the clay is not hydrated enough ( such as "thick mud"
), then the charge layers will not form. If the clay is hydrated too
then the particles lose their cohesion and their combined "collective"
Did You Know...?
"Clay is the most versatile, profoundly effective, cheap, mysterious, underrated, covered-up health treatment available.
"I know this because I am a natural health professional who uses clay personally and professionally for healing and health maintenance. I research and read everything I can find on the therapeutic use of clay. I have seen clay perform "miracles." I get very excited about mud. And in case you think I got my diploma out of a Cracker Jack’s box, rest assured; I have a bonafide Masters Degree..."
"...Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters). It has been used for alcoholism, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, anemia, in fact, the list of uses is too long for this article. It was used during the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers from sixty to three percent."
- Julie Crist, M. Ac., firstname.lastname@example.org
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