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Antibiotics and Infections (3)

How Do I Treat A Sinus Infection?

Along with internal use, hydrate the clay 1 part clay to 3 parts water. Stir with a plastic spoon or spatula (avoid metal). Let the clay sit covered overnight at room temperature to reach the consistency of sour cream. Once hydrated, apply the clay about 1/4″ thick to the area directly below the cheekbone. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and leave on for an hour, then rinse off. Repeat twice a day. Once your system starts to alkalize, this could be something you will not be dealing with anymore.

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Is it Safe to Use Clay While Taking Antibiotics?

It is okay to use clay along with antibiotics provided you leave a 3 hour window between the clay and the medication. This is because some medications have metallic components in them.  Part of the clay’s job is to attract anything that does not belong in the body and  to remove it from the system, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, parasites, bacteria, etc.

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How Do I Treat an Ear Infection?

There is a tube which runs from behind the ear lobe down the neck into the lymphatic system. Apply cold pressed castor oil  which has been warmed to this area. Begin a very light stroking motion beginning behind the ear lobe and down the neck to the collarbone. This should be done with the index and third finger. This is a very light feather touch. Continue for about 10 to 15 minutes, always beginning behind the ear and down the neck This should help drain infection from the ear.  Then rinse with soap and water and apply a very thick clay poultice behind the ear and in front of the ear. Cover area with plastic wrap. The clay should be at least 1/4″ thick . Leave for  at least 30 minutes then rinse. I would do this twice daily until the infection subsides.

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Buying From Us (8)

Is My Online Transaction Secure?

Yes! All credit card and financial transactions that occur on www.earthslivingclay.com are completely secure. When you submit your order, you are redirected to the PayPal site. PayPal encrypts your sensitive financial information so the only person who can see it is you. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card for your purchase because PayPal is a leading credit card processor.

We can also take credit card information over the phone and process your payment via authorize.net, a leading credit card processor.

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Do I Have To Pay Sales Tax?

As a business located in California, we are required to collect sales tax for any product shipped to a California address.

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How Soon Will My Order Ship?

The majority of orders ship the day after payment clears. Orders received by 8 AM PDT often ship the same day, including Saturdays. There is no shipping on Sundays. Provided an email address has been entered or provided to us, you will receive a tracking number to follow the shipment.

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Do I Need To Set Up An Account To Order Online?

No, an account is not required to purchase from www.earthslivingclay.com. However, in order to earn points in our loyalty program, you must create a user account. We only store your contact and address information. We do not store your credit card information.

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I Don’t Use Credit Cards On The Internet. How Can I Buy Your Products?

We’re happy to take orders via telephone where you can talk to a live person and provide your credit card information.  Please call us at 619-840-8467 to place your order. In addition, we are working to establish wholesale accounts in brick and mortar stores in target markets. As these are added, they will be posted to our website. We will also inform our customers via our newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.

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I Don’t Use Credit Cards. Can I Still Buy Your Clay?

Yes, of course. We accept PayPal, money orders and cashier checks. Please call us at 619-840-8467 to place your order.

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Do You Have A Privacy Policy?

We have a strict privacy policy and we will not share your information with anyone. View our full privacy policy at http://earthslivingclay.com/privacy-policy/

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What is Your Return Policy?

Yes, we do.

If you are dissatisfied at any time within the first 30 days of your purchase of any Earth’s LivingTM dry powder clay product, please call our Customer Care line at 619.840.8467 for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). You will be sent an RMA via email. Simply ship the remaining product along with your contact information and the RMA with delivery confirmation to 7710 Balboa Avenue, Suite 212A, San Diego, CA 92111. Upon receipt, your will be issued a refund for the full purchase price, not including shipping in either direction.

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Clay Composition (5)

What Makes Up Earth’s Living’s Calcium Bentonite Green Clay?

Both types of Earth’s LivingTM‘s calcium bentonite green clay originates from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that reach up to 134 degrees.

Earth’s LivingTMand it’s suppliers have gone to the expense of independent laboratory mineral analysis and microbial analysis on the clay sold on this website. These can be found by navigating to the More Clay Info page under Learn on the home page or clicking the hyperlink shown.

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Earth’s Living’s Calcium Bentonite Green Clay Contains Aluminum. Is That Safe?

Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite green clay is among the purest on the market. By reviewing our Mineral Analysis, you’ll see that the aluminum in our clay is aluminum oxide, which is a form that cannot be absorbed by the body. In addition, it’s a trace mineral that works in concert with – and not solo – in the body. The clay does its work and then passes through the elimination system along with the toxins that have been absorbed – and adsorbed.

If interested in learning about the mineral composition of the calcium bentonite green clays offered on this website, visit the More Clay Info link under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown here.

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What Is the pH Of Earth’s LivingTM Calcium Bentonite Green Clay?

Our pure calcium bentonite clay has a pH of 9.7. It is alkaline and therefore counters acidity in the body. Request our free report “Alkalinity and the Body” by following the Free Reports icon on the home page or using the hyperlink shown here.

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Are Your Products X-Rayed or Irradiated?

We ship our products via USPS and UPS. We’ve been told by both these vendors that they do not expose packages to radiation. We can’t guarantee what our shippers do once a package is in their possession, but can only take what they tell us at face value. There’ve been no complaints about the product being ineffective since this website launched in 2005. We also have a money back guarantee that you can read about on our Returns page.

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Are Your Clays Tested for Lead?

All of the edible clays we’ve seen tested – including our own - have trace amounts of lead.  However, it is commonly assumed by reputable naturopaths that the lead is not bioavailable, and simply exits with the clay via the colon.

We have seen individuals who have existing lead toxicity not only use clay, but also consume modified citrus pectin twice daily. Many believe that individuals who are metal-sensitive or metal-toxic, are usually, if not always, minerally depleted, which is a factor that prevents the body from eliminating heavy metals.

A large percentage of people that buy our Drinking Powder do so for heavy metal detoxification. There are reports of clay helping with this, including the reduction or elimination of lead in the body. Based on these cases, it would seem that any trace amount of lead is indeed not bioavailable (absorbable by the body).

Read the mineral analysis of our clays here.

 

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Clay Use (9)

Why Do Some People Experience Constipation Ingesting Clay?

Pure calcium bentonite clay is a strong catalyst that pulls substances that are positively-charged to it. Positively charged substances include impurities, toxins, fungus, free radicals and bad bacteria. Often, people have putrefied fecal matter in their digestive tracts as a result of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) for years. Constipation with clay use signals that the clay is pulling old feces from the nooks and crannies of the bowel into the digestive tract. It’s best to slowly begin  initial use of clay internally. Work through the constipation by including psyllium husks, prunes and other natural laxatives in the diet. Ceasing use of the clay may ease the constipation, but the old fecal matter remains in the colon.

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How Do I Use Clay for General Health and Wellness?

For internal use, mix 1 part clay to 8 parts filtered water. Then shake it well and store in a food-grade plastic or glass container, preferably glass.  Start taking 1 oz in the AM on an empty stomach. After 4 or 5 days, add a second 1 ounce dose before bedtime.  Listen to your body. Some people increase their intake to 2 ounces in the AM and 2 ounces in the PM for general good health.

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How Do I Use Clay As A Face Mask? How Often Can I Use It?

Mix either Earth’s LivingTM dry powder drinking or bath clay with filtered water in a ratio of 1 part clay to 3 parts water in a glass bowl. Mix with either a wooden or plastic spoon until smooth and the consistency of sour cream. Leave covered overnight for best results. Apply thin layer to face, neck and body and allow to dry. May be left on up to an hour. Rinse off with warm water and wash cloth, as needed. Follow with a quality moisturizer.

Everybody responds differently to clay. Some of our customers report good results with a clay mask three times a week, others use it less frequently. Listen to and observe your results for optimal use.

Learn more about external uses of clay under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown.

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Why Do You Recommend People On Prescription Medications Check With Their Doctor or Pharmacist About Using Clay?

The reason for this is in the event there are any metallic elements in any of the medications, the clay will likely pull those out of the medications and render them less effective. It’s suggested you wait 3 to 4 hours after taking such medications to take the clay. Time- released medications are another story because they are released over time and you need to have that window for the medications to do their thing – again, if they have metallic elements. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what’s in your medications.

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Can Earth’s Living Clay Be Taken Internally?

Thousands of people around the world use calcium bentonite clay internally for many reasons. Learn more about geophagy – the practice of ‘eating’ clay by following the link to Internal Uses of Clay under Learn on the homepage or follow the hyperlink shown.

Earth’s LivingTM dry powder drinking clay is among those safe for internal consumption. In addition, Earth’s LivingTMoffers bath clay for external use only. When comparing clays for internal use, it’s important to follow manufacturer’s recommendations on use, as some are intended solely for external use. To learn more about the differences between these, see Compare Clays under the Learn section of this website.

Featured Video: How to Mix Calcium Bentonite Clay for Internal Use

 

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Can I Drink Clay While Either Breastfeeding or Pregnant?

Yes, women who breastfeed drink clay. In fact, in some cultures, women seek out clay to ingest to increase fertility. In the book “The Healing Power of Clay” by Michel Abehsera, the author cites pregnant women using the clay both internally and externally.

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Why Does My Skin Get Red After Using Clay Externally?

The skin may appear red initially, which means the clay has successfully done its job and has increased circulation to the area, aiding in healthy detoxification and rejuvenation. Learn more about external uses of clay under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown.

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Can I Drink Clay Sodium Bentonite Clay Used in Wine Making?

Based on our research and knowledge, we would not drink clay used in wine production. Although you might think it’s safe because the wine will be consumed, there is additional processing that takes place before the wine is bottled, including fermentation.

Ask the vendor if it is safe to drink internally as well as for a microbial analysis. You want to make sure it’s been tested for pathogens.
There are many grades of clays on the market, not all are suitable for human consumption.

Many people prefer calcium bentonite to sodium bentonite because it is gentler on the system. People have reported some sodium bentonites as having an unpleasant taste. And of course, sodium is the primary element after silica dioxide in sodium bentonite clay, which some are sensitive to as well.

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Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Mixing, Dosage and Storage (5)

Can I Overdose Using Clay? How Much Is Too Much?

It’s unlikely an individual can overdose using clay. One would have to ingest 40% of their body weight in clay to ‘overdose’.

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Is Clay Okay For Children?

Yes, Earth’s LivingTM  dry powder drinking clay is safe for children. Our customers have used it on infants with very good results. For children under 50 pounds, give 1 teaspoon per day in 8 ounces of fltered water, milk or juice. For children greater than 50 pounds, give 2 teaspoons per day in 8 ounces of filtered water, juice or milk.

Clay baths for children are becoming more popular as the results people experience are written about, particularly on websites. Since children are smaller than adults, the amount of clay used in the bath and the amount of time in the water needs to be adjusted accordingly. Children may sit in the clay bath up to the waist. As with adults, the more the body is exposed to the clay bath water, the greater the impact. Go slowly, especially with children who are not well.

For children under 20 pounds, add 4 ounces of bath clay to running water in the tub. The child should not stay in the bath more than 5 minutes. Every child is different. Listen and observe for what is right for their individual constitution. For children between 20 and 50 pounds, add 4 to 6 ounces of clay to the bath and let the child bathe for between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the child. For children greater than 50 pounds, one of our 8 ounce clay baths can be added to the water and the child can bathe for up to 10 minutes, depending on the child. Rinse the clay water down the drain with water after the bath. It is safe for sewer systems and septic tanks.

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How Do I Mix and Use Drinking Clay?

To take Earth’s LivingTM dry powder clay internally, mix 1 part dry powdered clay to 8 parts filtered water in a glass bottle with a non-metal, air tight lid.  Avoid contact with metal.  For example, add ¼ cup clay to 2 cups filtered water.  Shake vigorously to mix.

Once hydrated, for adults we recommend beginning by drinking 1 ounce in the AM for a week or so. Follow with a glass of water or juice to get the clay into the system . Add another ounce of clay at bedtime after a week or so. Listen to your body. Some people experience constipation when beginning to use clay internally.  This is often a symptom of colon cleansing. Work up to 2 ounces in the AM and 2 ounces in the PM for general maintenance. To address specific ailments, please call or email us. We also recommend reading the books found under Recommended Reading heading on the More Clay Info page under Learn on the home page or following the hyperlink shown.

Featured Video: How to Mix Calcium Bentonite Clay for Internal Use

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How Do I Store Hydrated Drinking Clay?

Keep hydrated drinking clay in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle, preferably glass. Refrigeration is unnecessary, but place out of direct sunlight. Settling is normal. Prior to use, shake well before pouring.

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Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Types of Clay (4)

What Is the Difference Between Calcium Bentonite and Sodium Bentonite Clay? Can Both Be Used Internally As A Detoxifier?

Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite dry powder drinking clay is suitable for internal digestion to detoxify the body. It and sodium bentonite clay are cousins from the same family – smectite – of clays. One difference between them is that the molecular shape of sodium bentonite clay is that of a pyramid. The shape of calcium bentonite is rectangular. The molecular shape impacts the adsorptive properties of the clay. This difference means that the surface area of the calcium bentonite clay molecule is 20 times that of a sodium bentonite clay molecule. The result is the greater surface, the greater the accumulation of positively-charged ions (toxins, impurities) to the surface.

 Sodium bentonites are naturally high in salt. For some people, this fact can make it undesirable. Check the sodium content of the clay you’re considering. For comparitve purposes, Earth’s LivingTM clay contains 1.56% of sodium oxide (Na20).

As with many natural substances, it’s best to try different things and see which works best for you, keeping the above considerations in mind. And of course, if you spend money on a less expensive product but you don’t get the results you want, then it wasn’t money well spent.

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How Do I Choose The Right Clay For Me?

Any type of clay you buy should be from a reputable source. They should have a physical address and phone number and you should be able to speak to a live person via telephone and get a response from a real person via email.

The particular vendor should tell you if their clay is safe for internal consumption. Don’t make that assumption yourself.

Check to see if they have a mineral analysis and bacterial analysis available and inquire why not, if not.

The screen mesh is important for internal consumption, since the higher the mesh, the better the clay mixes in water or juice. You’ll want the clay to hydrate well during the mixing process. Our calcium bentonite dry powder clay clay is milled to 325 screen mesh.

Inquire about the processing of the clay. Has it been irradiated or treated with an alcohol wash or heat to destroy microorganisms? If so, it’s likely that the beneficial elements of the clay have been compromised.  Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite green clay is sun-dried in the Mojave Desert area of California in temperatures reaching up to 130°. Our clay has neither been irradiated nor treated with either heat or alcohol. This is where the use of the word ‘pure’ comes in.

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Can I Drink Clay Sodium Bentonite Clay Used in Wine Making?

Based on our research and knowledge, we would not drink clay used in wine production. Although you might think it’s safe because the wine will be consumed, there is additional processing that takes place before the wine is bottled, including fermentation.

Ask the vendor if it is safe to drink internally as well as for a microbial analysis. You want to make sure it’s been tested for pathogens.
There are many grades of clays on the market, not all are suitable for human consumption.

Many people prefer calcium bentonite to sodium bentonite because it is gentler on the system. People have reported some sodium bentonites as having an unpleasant taste. And of course, sodium is the primary element after silica dioxide in sodium bentonite clay, which some are sensitive to as well.

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Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Mixing, Dosage and Storage

Can I Overdose Using Clay? How Much Is Too Much?

It’s unlikely an individual can overdose using clay. One would have to ingest 40% of their body weight in clay to ‘overdose’.

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Is Clay Okay For Children?

Yes, Earth’s LivingTM  dry powder drinking clay is safe for children. Our customers have used it on infants with very good results. For children under 50 pounds, give 1 teaspoon per day in 8 ounces of fltered water, milk or juice. For children greater than 50 pounds, give 2 teaspoons per day in 8 ounces of filtered water, juice or milk.

Clay baths for children are becoming more popular as the results people experience are written about, particularly on websites. Since children are smaller than adults, the amount of clay used in the bath and the amount of time in the water needs to be adjusted accordingly. Children may sit in the clay bath up to the waist. As with adults, the more the body is exposed to the clay bath water, the greater the impact. Go slowly, especially with children who are not well.

For children under 20 pounds, add 4 ounces of bath clay to running water in the tub. The child should not stay in the bath more than 5 minutes. Every child is different. Listen and observe for what is right for their individual constitution. For children between 20 and 50 pounds, add 4 to 6 ounces of clay to the bath and let the child bathe for between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the child. For children greater than 50 pounds, one of our 8 ounce clay baths can be added to the water and the child can bathe for up to 10 minutes, depending on the child. Rinse the clay water down the drain with water after the bath. It is safe for sewer systems and septic tanks.

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How Do I Mix and Use Drinking Clay?

To take Earth’s LivingTM dry powder clay internally, mix 1 part dry powdered clay to 8 parts filtered water in a glass bottle with a non-metal, air tight lid.  Avoid contact with metal.  For example, add ¼ cup clay to 2 cups filtered water.  Shake vigorously to mix.

Once hydrated, for adults we recommend beginning by drinking 1 ounce in the AM for a week or so. Follow with a glass of water or juice to get the clay into the system . Add another ounce of clay at bedtime after a week or so. Listen to your body. Some people experience constipation when beginning to use clay internally.  This is often a symptom of colon cleansing. Work up to 2 ounces in the AM and 2 ounces in the PM for general maintenance. To address specific ailments, please call or email us. We also recommend reading the books found under Recommended Reading heading on the More Clay Info page under Learn on the home page or following the hyperlink shown.

Featured Video: How to Mix Calcium Bentonite Clay for Internal Use

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How Do I Store Hydrated Drinking Clay?

Keep hydrated drinking clay in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle, preferably glass. Refrigeration is unnecessary, but place out of direct sunlight. Settling is normal. Prior to use, shake well before pouring.

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Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Types of Clay

What Is the Difference Between Calcium Bentonite and Sodium Bentonite Clay? Can Both Be Used Internally As A Detoxifier?

Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite dry powder drinking clay is suitable for internal digestion to detoxify the body. It and sodium bentonite clay are cousins from the same family – smectite – of clays. One difference between them is that the molecular shape of sodium bentonite clay is that of a pyramid. The shape of calcium bentonite is rectangular. The molecular shape impacts the adsorptive properties of the clay. This difference means that the surface area of the calcium bentonite clay molecule is 20 times that of a sodium bentonite clay molecule. The result is the greater surface, the greater the accumulation of positively-charged ions (toxins, impurities) to the surface.

 Sodium bentonites are naturally high in salt. For some people, this fact can make it undesirable. Check the sodium content of the clay you’re considering. For comparitve purposes, Earth’s LivingTM clay contains 1.56% of sodium oxide (Na20).

As with many natural substances, it’s best to try different things and see which works best for you, keeping the above considerations in mind. And of course, if you spend money on a less expensive product but you don’t get the results you want, then it wasn’t money well spent.

Print Friendly

How Do I Choose The Right Clay For Me?

Any type of clay you buy should be from a reputable source. They should have a physical address and phone number and you should be able to speak to a live person via telephone and get a response from a real person via email.

The particular vendor should tell you if their clay is safe for internal consumption. Don’t make that assumption yourself.

Check to see if they have a mineral analysis and bacterial analysis available and inquire why not, if not.

The screen mesh is important for internal consumption, since the higher the mesh, the better the clay mixes in water or juice. You’ll want the clay to hydrate well during the mixing process. Our calcium bentonite dry powder clay clay is milled to 325 screen mesh.

Inquire about the processing of the clay. Has it been irradiated or treated with an alcohol wash or heat to destroy microorganisms? If so, it’s likely that the beneficial elements of the clay have been compromised.  Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite green clay is sun-dried in the Mojave Desert area of California in temperatures reaching up to 130°. Our clay has neither been irradiated nor treated with either heat or alcohol. This is where the use of the word ‘pure’ comes in.

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Can I Drink Clay Sodium Bentonite Clay Used in Wine Making?

Based on our research and knowledge, we would not drink clay used in wine production. Although you might think it’s safe because the wine will be consumed, there is additional processing that takes place before the wine is bottled, including fermentation.

Ask the vendor if it is safe to drink internally as well as for a microbial analysis. You want to make sure it’s been tested for pathogens.
There are many grades of clays on the market, not all are suitable for human consumption.

Many people prefer calcium bentonite to sodium bentonite because it is gentler on the system. People have reported some sodium bentonites as having an unpleasant taste. And of course, sodium is the primary element after silica dioxide in sodium bentonite clay, which some are sensitive to as well.

Print Friendly

Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Clay Use

Why Do Some People Experience Constipation Ingesting Clay?

Pure calcium bentonite clay is a strong catalyst that pulls substances that are positively-charged to it. Positively charged substances include impurities, toxins, fungus, free radicals and bad bacteria. Often, people have putrefied fecal matter in their digestive tracts as a result of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) for years. Constipation with clay use signals that the clay is pulling old feces from the nooks and crannies of the bowel into the digestive tract. It’s best to slowly begin  initial use of clay internally. Work through the constipation by including psyllium husks, prunes and other natural laxatives in the diet. Ceasing use of the clay may ease the constipation, but the old fecal matter remains in the colon.

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How Do I Use Clay for General Health and Wellness?

For internal use, mix 1 part clay to 8 parts filtered water. Then shake it well and store in a food-grade plastic or glass container, preferably glass.  Start taking 1 oz in the AM on an empty stomach. After 4 or 5 days, add a second 1 ounce dose before bedtime.  Listen to your body. Some people increase their intake to 2 ounces in the AM and 2 ounces in the PM for general good health.

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How Do I Use Clay As A Face Mask? How Often Can I Use It?

Mix either Earth’s LivingTM dry powder drinking or bath clay with filtered water in a ratio of 1 part clay to 3 parts water in a glass bowl. Mix with either a wooden or plastic spoon until smooth and the consistency of sour cream. Leave covered overnight for best results. Apply thin layer to face, neck and body and allow to dry. May be left on up to an hour. Rinse off with warm water and wash cloth, as needed. Follow with a quality moisturizer.

Everybody responds differently to clay. Some of our customers report good results with a clay mask three times a week, others use it less frequently. Listen to and observe your results for optimal use.

Learn more about external uses of clay under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown.

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Why Do You Recommend People On Prescription Medications Check With Their Doctor or Pharmacist About Using Clay?

The reason for this is in the event there are any metallic elements in any of the medications, the clay will likely pull those out of the medications and render them less effective. It’s suggested you wait 3 to 4 hours after taking such medications to take the clay. Time- released medications are another story because they are released over time and you need to have that window for the medications to do their thing – again, if they have metallic elements. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what’s in your medications.

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Can Earth’s Living Clay Be Taken Internally?

Thousands of people around the world use calcium bentonite clay internally for many reasons. Learn more about geophagy – the practice of ‘eating’ clay by following the link to Internal Uses of Clay under Learn on the homepage or follow the hyperlink shown.

Earth’s LivingTM dry powder drinking clay is among those safe for internal consumption. In addition, Earth’s LivingTMoffers bath clay for external use only. When comparing clays for internal use, it’s important to follow manufacturer’s recommendations on use, as some are intended solely for external use. To learn more about the differences between these, see Compare Clays under the Learn section of this website.

Featured Video: How to Mix Calcium Bentonite Clay for Internal Use

 

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Can I Drink Clay While Either Breastfeeding or Pregnant?

Yes, women who breastfeed drink clay. In fact, in some cultures, women seek out clay to ingest to increase fertility. In the book “The Healing Power of Clay” by Michel Abehsera, the author cites pregnant women using the clay both internally and externally.

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Why Does My Skin Get Red After Using Clay Externally?

The skin may appear red initially, which means the clay has successfully done its job and has increased circulation to the area, aiding in healthy detoxification and rejuvenation. Learn more about external uses of clay under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown.

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Can I Drink Clay Sodium Bentonite Clay Used in Wine Making?

Based on our research and knowledge, we would not drink clay used in wine production. Although you might think it’s safe because the wine will be consumed, there is additional processing that takes place before the wine is bottled, including fermentation.

Ask the vendor if it is safe to drink internally as well as for a microbial analysis. You want to make sure it’s been tested for pathogens.
There are many grades of clays on the market, not all are suitable for human consumption.

Many people prefer calcium bentonite to sodium bentonite because it is gentler on the system. People have reported some sodium bentonites as having an unpleasant taste. And of course, sodium is the primary element after silica dioxide in sodium bentonite clay, which some are sensitive to as well.

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Does Clay Go Bad?

No, dry clay doesn’t go bad. It’s millions of years old in most cases.
It can, however, pick up odors from neighboring items if left under sinks or in the garage.
For this reason, we recommend storing it dry in your kitchen pantry.

When added to water however, if exposed to bacteria (from hands or mouth), it can grow microbes.
We recommend not drinking clay water directly out of the bottle to avoid bacteria from the mouth being transferred to the bottle.
Hands should be washed prior to dipping into a jar of hydrated clay (mask) to avoid bacterial transfer.
Keep in mind, not all clays are created equally. Some are not clean to begin with so even without bacteria transfer, when hydrated they can harbor microbes. This is why we recommend checking the microbial analysis provided by the vendor of any clay you consider using.
You can find ours here.

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Clay Composition

What Makes Up Earth’s Living’s Calcium Bentonite Green Clay?

Both types of Earth’s LivingTM‘s calcium bentonite green clay originates from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that reach up to 134 degrees.

Earth’s LivingTMand it’s suppliers have gone to the expense of independent laboratory mineral analysis and microbial analysis on the clay sold on this website. These can be found by navigating to the More Clay Info page under Learn on the home page or clicking the hyperlink shown.

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Earth’s Living’s Calcium Bentonite Green Clay Contains Aluminum. Is That Safe?

Earth’s LivingTM calcium bentonite green clay is among the purest on the market. By reviewing our Mineral Analysis, you’ll see that the aluminum in our clay is aluminum oxide, which is a form that cannot be absorbed by the body. In addition, it’s a trace mineral that works in concert with – and not solo – in the body. The clay does its work and then passes through the elimination system along with the toxins that have been absorbed – and adsorbed.

If interested in learning about the mineral composition of the calcium bentonite green clays offered on this website, visit the More Clay Info link under Learn on the home page or follow the hyperlink shown here.

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What Is the pH Of Earth’s LivingTM Calcium Bentonite Green Clay?

Our pure calcium bentonite clay has a pH of 9.7. It is alkaline and therefore counters acidity in the body. Request our free report “Alkalinity and the Body” by following the Free Reports icon on the home page or using the hyperlink shown here.

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Are Your Products X-Rayed or Irradiated?

We ship our products via USPS and UPS. We’ve been told by both these vendors that they do not expose packages to radiation. We can’t guarantee what our shippers do once a package is in their possession, but can only take what they tell us at face value. There’ve been no complaints about the product being ineffective since this website launched in 2005. We also have a money back guarantee that you can read about on our Returns page.

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Are Your Clays Tested for Lead?

All of the edible clays we’ve seen tested – including our own - have trace amounts of lead.  However, it is commonly assumed by reputable naturopaths that the lead is not bioavailable, and simply exits with the clay via the colon.

We have seen individuals who have existing lead toxicity not only use clay, but also consume modified citrus pectin twice daily. Many believe that individuals who are metal-sensitive or metal-toxic, are usually, if not always, minerally depleted, which is a factor that prevents the body from eliminating heavy metals.

A large percentage of people that buy our Drinking Powder do so for heavy metal detoxification. There are reports of clay helping with this, including the reduction or elimination of lead in the body. Based on these cases, it would seem that any trace amount of lead is indeed not bioavailable (absorbable by the body).

Read the mineral analysis of our clays here.

 

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Antibiotics and Infections

How Do I Treat A Sinus Infection?

Along with internal use, hydrate the clay 1 part clay to 3 parts water. Stir with a plastic spoon or spatula (avoid metal). Let the clay sit covered overnight at room temperature to reach the consistency of sour cream. Once hydrated, apply the clay about 1/4″ thick to the area directly below the cheekbone. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and leave on for an hour, then rinse off. Repeat twice a day. Once your system starts to alkalize, this could be something you will not be dealing with anymore.

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Is it Safe to Use Clay While Taking Antibiotics?

It is okay to use clay along with antibiotics provided you leave a 3 hour window between the clay and the medication. This is because some medications have metallic components in them.  Part of the clay’s job is to attract anything that does not belong in the body and  to remove it from the system, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, parasites, bacteria, etc.

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How Do I Treat an Ear Infection?

There is a tube which runs from behind the ear lobe down the neck into the lymphatic system. Apply cold pressed castor oil  which has been warmed to this area. Begin a very light stroking motion beginning behind the ear lobe and down the neck to the collarbone. This should be done with the index and third finger. This is a very light feather touch. Continue for about 10 to 15 minutes, always beginning behind the ear and down the neck This should help drain infection from the ear.  Then rinse with soap and water and apply a very thick clay poultice behind the ear and in front of the ear. Cover area with plastic wrap. The clay should be at least 1/4″ thick . Leave for  at least 30 minutes then rinse. I would do this twice daily until the infection subsides.

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Buying From Us

Is My Online Transaction Secure?

Yes! All credit card and financial transactions that occur on www.earthslivingclay.com are completely secure. When you submit your order, you are redirected to the PayPal site. PayPal encrypts your sensitive financial information so the only person who can see it is you. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card for your purchase because PayPal is a leading credit card processor.

We can also take credit card information over the phone and process your payment via authorize.net, a leading credit card processor.

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Do I Have To Pay Sales Tax?

As a business located in California, we are required to collect sales tax for any product shipped to a California address.

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How Soon Will My Order Ship?

The majority of orders ship the day after payment clears. Orders received by 8 AM PDT often ship the same day, including Saturdays. There is no shipping on Sundays. Provided an email address has been entered or provided to us, you will receive a tracking number to follow the shipment.

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Do I Need To Set Up An Account To Order Online?

No, an account is not required to purchase from www.earthslivingclay.com. However, in order to earn points in our loyalty program, you must create a user account. We only store your contact and address information. We do not store your credit card information.

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I Don’t Use Credit Cards On The Internet. How Can I Buy Your Products?

We’re happy to take orders via telephone where you can talk to a live person and provide your credit card information.  Please call us at 619-840-8467 to place your order. In addition, we are working to establish wholesale accounts in brick and mortar stores in target markets. As these are added, they will be posted to our website. We will also inform our customers via our newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.

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I Don’t Use Credit Cards. Can I Still Buy Your Clay?

Yes, of course. We accept PayPal, money orders and cashier checks. Please call us at 619-840-8467 to place your order.

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Do You Have A Privacy Policy?

We have a strict privacy policy and we will not share your information with anyone. View our full privacy policy at http://earthslivingclay.com/privacy-policy/

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What is Your Return Policy?

Yes, we do.

If you are dissatisfied at any time within the first 30 days of your purchase of any Earth’s LivingTM dry powder clay product, please call our Customer Care line at 619.840.8467 for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). You will be sent an RMA via email. Simply ship the remaining product along with your contact information and the RMA with delivery confirmation to 7710 Balboa Avenue, Suite 212A, San Diego, CA 92111. Upon receipt, your will be issued a refund for the full purchase price, not including shipping in either direction.

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