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From Bug Bites to Zits, Clay Has You Covered {Review}

an old school remedy

I just LOVE Redmond Trading and all of their products. They are really great people to work with, too.

Their clay has so many uses! Check out what they have to say about it (these words will feed your inner science geek AND history buff brain!):

Redmond Clay has been used by generations of people for a variety of ailments. Redmond Clay’s origins are as old as the practice of putting a mud poultice on a bee sting.

Geologically, Redmond Clay is volcanic ash that was deposited in sea water approximately 150 million years ago.

Technically, Redmond Clay is a swelling-type sodium bentonite.

Redmond brings this “clay of a thousand uses” to market in its natural state with no additives, chemicals or preservatives. The only processing it undergoes is crushing and screening.

Clay for Stings!

My grandfather, at 90 years old, has earned the right be an ornery old coot and contradict himself all the time. He loves playing the skeptic and arguing with anyone about anything, all in love of course, but he’d much prefer to be right at the end.

Know the type?

Not all of them have earned their ornery-ness in so many decades, am I right?

Anyway – my grandfather seems to particularly get his bristles up when I mention food and natural health topics out of the mainstream, like going gluten-free (“How can that help anybody? I ate gluten all my life…”) or using unrefined sea salt (“Don’t bring that dirty salt into my house!”).

Kid you not.

I just let him roll on with it and love him to pieces anyway – he fathered three incredible children, one of whom is my spectacular, talented, and wise mother, and he loves all his kids, grandkids and greats over the moon. He just likes an argument.

an old school remedy

The summer a few years ago when he picked a fight with a hornets’ nest under the eaves, however, his direct quote was this:

“I’ve lived a lot of years on this earth, but I NEVER realized what the phrase ‘mad as a hornet’ really meant until tonight!!”

His battle wounds included a number of stings on his beloved bald head and a nasty looking red one right on his nose (ouch!).

I happened to have a tube of Redmond Clay with me (because I always have one with me) and after he’d tried an ice cube and maybe a few other things, I offered a dab of clay.

Bentonite Clay from Redmond

For the record, I didn’t tell him it’s from the same company as the “dirty salt,” aka Real Salt, but I think he’ll forgive that now.

He thought it gave such good relief, and so fast, that (1) he’ll actually allow a tube to stay in his house and (2) when my cousin was stung by something just yesterday, my grandfather asked for the clay immediately. It’s now his go-to for stings, even after 87 years of doing something else.

If you know any set-in-their-ways octogenarians, folks, you know that’s saying something!

Clay for Your Face

Redmond review

Can you guess what I’m doing here?

I’m using a facial mask made of clay and water. It goes on kind of clear but dries quite obviously white.

The captions under these photos might say something like,

“Let’s take a picture.”
“Hey, my face is so tight I can’t smile!”
“What happens if I wrinkle my brow?”
“I’m busting out of here!”

The facial mud mask is supposed to draw out toxins and deep clean the face in 10-30 minutes. I left it on for about 15 minutes. When I washed it off with warm water, which was pleasantly easy to accomplish, I did have pink, blotchy skin that was a bit stingy/tight, but that went away within 15-30 minutes.

Then my skin just felt…fresh. The tube warned me that that might happen and that it was normal – good call on the packaging!

I can tell it definitely did something. Does my face look cleaner the next day? Blemishes smaller? I think so, but it could just be wishful thinking.

It’s a little weird and much more than I usually do as a “beauty routine,” but it’s far less crazy than those peel-off masks made of who-knows-what that I used to think were cool in high school!

When I don’t have time for a full mask, I use the hydrated clay as a spot treatment overnight (and my mom does too!). It’s seriously amaze-balls.

Ready to stock up and save on clay and more!?!?

Redmond is offering KS readers 15% off any of their products.

Just shop here and use the code kitchenstew at checkout.

What Else Is Bentonite Clay Good For?

We use clay a LOT in our house and have one in every bathroom, vehicle, and travel bag.

I use my Redmond Clay for all these reasons:

  • bug bites
  • zits
  • warts
  • eczema
  • scrapes and unknown wounds of all kinds (that tends to happen with kids!)
  • splinters
  • road rash
  • baths or foot soaks
  • candida
  • diaper powder
  • tummy aches
  • itchy spots of unknown origin
  • and of course, bee stings

KS Loves Clay!

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Why Eat Clay?

Ancient people used clay as an internal binding agent to support drainage pathways. So for real, people eat clay.

It’s kind of a traditional thing that nomadic folks used to swallow a little ball of somewhat hydrated clay if they had stomach problems, and I’ve done the same. For my kids, we’ll swish up a teaspoon of dry clay in just a little water and they gulp it back.

My friend Stephanie used it in a foreign country when the food/water didn’t agree with her family!

Redmond Clay Review - find out when and how to use it!

Interestingly enough, I’ve found it can provide relief both for diarrhea and constipation. Crazy, right?

There are so many ways to use clay that you’d be crazy NOT to have it in your house!

Have you tried clay for any ailments? What is your favorite use?

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44 thoughts on “From Bug Bites to Zits, Clay Has You Covered {Review}”

  1. How do I sign up for the email on uses for Redmond Clay Or does it come simply by signing up for the raffle? Thank you!

    1. Laura Snell @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Hi Marilyn,
      You should have already gotten it, just for signing up for the raffle. Did you find it in your inbox?

  2. Omg just last night my husband was stung by a Red wasp or hornet Idk . I could of sure used this. He broke out in hives and was nauseous. And his head is so swollen. I didn’t know what to use to help with the stinging. Boy how I wish I had read my email a day early.

  3. The first aid clay (just clay and water pre-mixed in a tube) has been my friend the last few days, with a mystery itching and swelling that might have been a yeast infection but was not quite where you’d expect that. I don’t think I would have slept without the clay and would have been uncomfortable all day, too!

    1. Hi Genna,
      I use the hydrated clay for skin at any age and use the powder at diaper changes, so yes, all ages no problem! I would be careful with very young children and ingestion – only a tiny tiny amount to see how their system handles it.
      🙂 Katie

  4. Molli Glowacki

    I use it in our homemade toothpaste, but I’m interested in learning more ways to use it.

  5. I’m interested in using it for any home remedies that would help my family. Right now, we use clay in tooth powder and paste.

  6. I use it to make my family “earth paste” toothpaste, internally in a sluggy cocktail with D.E. to help get rid of parasites/candida, as a detox bath or footbath to address heavy metals, and my family uses it on our skin for rashes, bug bites, acne, arm pit detox. I’ve given away “samples” to friends, too.

  7. I’ve wanted to try making a toothpaste from bentonite clay. I’m a newbie, and haven’t actually taken the plunge yet. Winning this would give me a start! 😉

  8. I’ve never used it but some friends have said for bee stings I would be very interested in learning more

  9. This is something very new to me but would love to learn more about it and begin using it.

  10. I’ve never used it before, but from what I have read…I REALLY need to!! I’m especially interested in the detox.

  11. We seem to keep developing rashes/irritations from exploring a new property and would love the clay for that and a variety of uses.

  12. What a great giveaway! I mainly use clay on my face – in a homemade mud mask, in an exfoliating wash, or dabbed on pimples. But with 6lbs, I could experiment with all kinds of other uses!

  13. I use it for facials and foot detox baths. Once I used it for a detox body treatment, but the mess I made stopped me from any other attempts of body treatments

  14. I have used it on my feet before a foot soak. I slathered it on and let it dry, then soaked my feet in epsom salts. It was a wonderfully relaxing experience and my feet felt wonderful after!

  15. Hi Katie,

    I’m new to bentonite clay. I just purchased the Redmond brand and I’m not too sure how to start ingesting it. I have pulled information from a few different sites; but, I’m still a little confused. I can’t seem to find much information about ingesting it. I am wondering if you can help answer some questions?
    1) how much do I take daily? I read to start slow in the beginning and take 1/3 tsp. daily for first week and work up to 1 tsp. daily…
    2) When should I drink it? morning, afternoon or night?
    3) will it interfere with food and medicine and supplements? If yes, then when do I take my supplements?

    Thank you!

  16. Hi Katie, I am a Chinese medicine practitioner and I remember learning in school that bentonite clay can often contain heavy metals. Can you speak to this as far as the safety of Resmond’s products?

    1. Hi Dara,
      I can point you to this article about lead:

      And the elemental analysis:

      Does that help you know if the levels are normal and safe? I think there’s something to be said about the adsorption of clay too – supposedly it will bind to metals and take them from your body, so even if there’s some metals in the clay, I think the way it’s supposed to work is that they won’t interfere with your body but go right through. Redmond is really responsive as a company, so if you need to know further details I’m sure you could email them or hit up their Facebook page.

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