If you’ve been around long, then you know I’m a big fan of Redmond Clay. They are also the parent company of Real Salt (the only kind I use in my kitchen), Real Salt bath salts, and Earthpaste (the only kind of toothpaste you’ll find in my bathroom). Today, though, we’re talking clay.
Health Benefits of Clay
I’m never without clay in some form. Usually lots of forms. It has so many uses! Our favorite uses are on skin problems (rashes, bites, etc.) — you’ll hear more about these next week — or in toothpaste! You’ll hear more about that in a minute.
Redmond Clay is a pure bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is so beneficial. Here is how it works:
At a molecular level, Redmond has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged toxins. The formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes, with negatively charged wide surfaces and positively charged edges, providing a surprisingly high surface area and powerful drawing effect. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally rids the body of toxins as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.
According to their website, Redmond Clay can:
People have used bentonite clay when suffering from occasional diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomachache, acid indigestion, acid reflux, and other digestive problems. As trends move toward naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, more people include Redmond Clay capsules with their daily supplements, or drink clay water because of its drawing ability, highly alkaline pH, and natural minerals.
We have used Redmond Clay this way before — drinking it or taking it in capsules. It binds with all the “yuck” in your system and carries it out. It’s great if you have food poisoning or a stomach virus — it may help shorten the duration. I took capsules for a few days and it did seem to make a difference in things — it solves constipation.
The clay that comes in the small container is great because you can use it for anything. Try these:
- Mix into water and drink to help digestive issues
- Mix into a paste and apply to skin to help bites or rashes
- Mix into a thicker paste and use as a facial mask to clear skin
- Use on baby’s bottom as powder to dry up a rash
- Dump into the bathtub for a detox bath (this is messy though!)
- Make into toothpaste (use instead of baking soda) or another favorite recipe!
This is one of my favorite Redmond products, and probably my favorite and most commonly used clay product.
Honestly, for a long time, my kids didn’t brush their teeth at all. Rinsing with water before bed and taking their FCLO to strengthen teeth from inside out was all we did. Oh, and probiotics — tooth decay is really caused by certain types of bacteria, and probiotics can minimize or eliminate it.
Still, there’s a place for tooth brushing, gently. The problem was, I didn’t like all the ingredients in the normal toothpaste (foaming agents, artificial flavors and colors, artificial sweeteners, fluoride — yuck!). Even the so-called “natural” brands didn’t seem that great to me (many contain glycerin, which coats your teeth so they don’t remineralize properly) and I wasn’t paying top dollar for something I didn’t really want.
No fluoride, no foaming agents, no artificial anything, no glycerin. They are basically clay, water, essential oil, and not much else. They do contain a bit of xylitol, which is iffy, but it’s a tiny amount and some studies show it provides benefits to teeth.
My kids love this toothpaste, and I love that it is completely safe to swallow. At their ages (especially my 20-month-old, who yells “TEETH!” and runs for his brush and the Earthpaste), they suck the toothpaste off the brush and swallow it before attempting to actually brush at all. But I don’t have to worry about that.
I like to use it too. It’s different than I’m used to because it doesn’t foam up and make a big mess. But it gently cleans my teeth. My gums bled at first but after a few uses this has slowed down quite a bit, so it seems to be helping promote better oral health — and quickly.
They have several flavors now — cinnamon, wintergreen, peppermint, and lemon twist. The lemon is supposed to be “kid-friendly,” but ironically, my kids don’t really like it (I do). They prefer cinnamon. My favorite is wintergreen. But I like the lemon too. That’s their newest flavor.
Want to Win?
One lucky winner is going to get a jar of drinking clay (though you can use it for other things too) and a tube of Earthpaste — free!
Enter on the Rafflecopter form. Only the first entry is required; all others are optional. Giveaway will run through Saturday, 4/27, and the winner will be announced on 4/29. Must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
We still need to announce the winners of the “Welcome Baby” giveaway and the Zukay giveaway!
Out of 594 entries, here are the winners:
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Last week, we did a giveaway to welcome our newest baby, Nathan. Now we have our winners!
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Congratulations, ladies! You’ll be hearing about your prizes shortly, and will need to provide your mailing addresses to claim them.