Brian Skinness, President
What is Pelotherapy?
Pelotherapy is the use of natural clay from the earth for therapeutic purposes. Most are familiar Pelotherapy in the form of a facial “mud” mask, but the applications include any form of external poultice and even include the ingestion of clay. Basically speaking, when activated with moisture, clay has a unique drawing capacity that provides it’s detoxifying benefits. It is useful to understand a little about the three primary actions or properties of clay.
Properties of Clay
Absorption: The capacity to bring elements inside the molecular structure of the clay and hold onto them. This process is complex to describe, but is due to the single bond between silicon and aluminum. This bond is responsible for the electrical appearance on the internal and external molecular surfaces. The structure of the basic silica tetrahedra creates a negative charge on the external surface. This polarity attracts cations, most of all polarized water molecules through their cationic entity. In addition to water, clay absorbs aliphatic and aromatic molecules, and hydrocarbons. This property explains how clay is used to reduce certain types of swellings or tumors, drain abscesses and cysts, and cleanse in general.
All clays exhibit the absorption, adsorption and ionic exchange actions; however, clay is formed with a range of molecular structures that change the relative strength of the three main actions.
Preparing a Poultice
Clay comes in the form of a dry powder and a poultice is made by adding pure water. The water should not be chemically treated, as in city tap water, but pure or preferably distilled. Different clays use a slightly different ratio, but mix roughly equal parts of clay and water together. It is important that the clay is not too dry, since it is only active while remaining moist, it should not be too soupy either. A little experimentation will help get the hang of the mixture, but basically add water if too dry, or clay if too wet. Since clay interacts with its environment, it is recommended to avoid using metal mixing bowls or utensils.Using a Poultice for a Facial Mask
Clay facials are one of the most well known uses for medicinal clay. The objective is to draw impurities from the skin and balance the skin. The choice of clay will determine the specific actions. The clay poultice should be applied over the skin in a thickness of up to 1/4 inch. Generally speaking, the thicker the poultice, the deeper the draw. Allow the clay to dry, then remove and discard the clay. It is not advised to try and reuse the clay since it has removed and now holds the toxins, etc.
Using a Poultice for Drainage
Poultices can be used to reduce swellings and assist in drainage, even to the point of drawing out foreign objects from the body that are beneath the surface of the skin. There is a relationship between the thickness of the applied poultice and the depth from which it will draw. The normal thickness for this type of poultice is 1 inch, in some cases thicker, but rarely thinner. The thicker the poultice, the longer it will remain wet and therefore, active. The duration of this type of poultice is generally at least 4 hours, if this becomes uncomfortable, it can be removed and a fresh layer applied soon after.
Preparation and Usage of a Clay Colloidal Solution
A colloidal solution is prepared by mixing about ten parts water to one part clay. Simply put, about a teaspoon of clay to a large glass of water. A colloidal solution can be used as a mouthwash to reduce bad breath and acts as a disinfectant, helping to cleanse and purify the mouth cavity. This same solution can be drank to affect the gastro-intestinal tract. It is very useful during detoxification. Due to its anti-infectious properties, clay is useful in helping with vaginal candidosis and helps to cleanse and balance the terrain. A colloidal solution of clay is excellent for using as an enema. It is cleansing and detoxifying without noxious side effects.Specific Clay Types
Blue Montmorillonite: Called “blue”, but somewhat more gray with a blue reflection. This is active clay with the highest CEC of all the clay choices. Used mainly for detoxification, balancing, catalysis and cleansing.
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