In part 1 of this two part post, itchy skin conditions were defined. In addition, two categories of triggers – allergens and irritants – were identified. Part 2 of this post suggests non-medical approaches to addressing skin conditions that cause itching and are otherwise generally unpleasant.
To recap, allergies are the body’s way of saying “I’m toxic.” Eczema and psoriasis are two chronic skin conditions that indicate the presence of a toxic condition. The toxemia often appears as a dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. Allergens, irritants and infections are the most common triggers that create the toxic condition and ensuing rash and itchy skin condition.
The best way to rid the body of a toxic condition is to undergo a safe detoxification process. This in essence gets at the root of the problem and goes beyond treating symptoms. There are many detoxification programs available today, including some that are safe for children. One such program is the use of calcium bentonite clay. The picture below is the ‘after’ following the external application of clay mud with an essential oil blend. The before picture is in Part 1 of this post.
A Foot Treated For Psoriasis with Clay
Calcium bentonite clay is a mineral compound comprised of negatively-charged ions. Once hydrated, for drinking – typically in a ratio of 1 part clay to 8 parts water – it travels through the body and attracts positive ions to itself. Toxins, parasites, foreign substances, fungi, noxious bacteria – are comprised of positively charged ions, hence the ability of clay to attract and remove them. Another way to detox with clay is to add it to a bath. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, exposing it to clay water is another effective way to pull toxins out.
Adults and children over 50 pounds may start by drinking 1 ounce of clay daily for a week and then add an additional ounce to their daily routine. Pure calcium bentonite clay is safe for children and many people have even used it on infants with good results. The same hydrated clay (1:8 clay to water) for adults can be consumed by children in smaller amounts. For children less than 50 pounds, give 1 tsp of hydrated clay daily. It can also be added to smoothies and other foods.
Clay baths can be used by both adults and children to detoxify, cleanse and restore. The skin is our body’s largest organ. Immersing the body in a clay bath removes toxins through the skin. Many people experience immediate relief from itching as soon as they hit the tub and for some time afterwards, depending on the condition. Others have had psoriasis scales be almost completely removed after only one bath. Only 8 ounces of clay is needed for a clay bath for adults. Specific guidelines on use of clay baths for children can be found here.
Now more than ever, it is important that whenever possible, organic food be the preference. Traditionally grown food not only lacks important minerals and micronutrients, but are often laced with pesticides that our bodies cannot tolerate. This includes not only produce, but for those that eat meat, animal products as well. Fortunately the organic food movement has exploded and as a result, organic food options are more commonplace.
Where well water was once a safe bet, it is now suspect due to assaults to the environment. In many areas of the country, water tables have become polluted with toxins. This includes pesticides used in large scale crop farming as well as factory farms. In large metropolitan areas, municipal water districts add toxic chemicals to the water supply in an attempt to kill naturally occurring pathogens, merely substituting one noxious element for another. For these reasons, purified water is a necessity. Removing the poisons before they enter the body via drinking or bathing is crucial to minimizing reactions by the body.
What Are You Waiting For?
- There are two types of people that use calcium bentonite clay to treat their itchy, chronic skin conditions:
Those that look to nature first for their health and wellness
- Those that have tried everything else without success.
Which group do you fall in?
About Janet Lancaster
Janet owns and operates www.earthslivingclay.com, an informational and e-commerce site featuring calcium bentonite clay. Earth’s Living®’s mission is to bring the power of pure calcium bentonite clay to people who are seeking natural, alternative remedies that promote health and wellness for themselves and their pets. You can read more about the company here and Janet can be reached at email@example.com.
Thank you Janet for sharing the benefits of clay bentonite for itchy skin & more. And also for providing a prize for our giveaway!
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