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!):
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
- scrapes and unknown wounds of all kinds (that tends to happen with kids!)
- road rash
- baths or foot soaks
- diaper powder
- tummy aches
- itchy spots of unknown origin
- and of course, bee stings
KS Loves Clay!
- DIY Face Powder from Kitchen Ingredients
- Chemo with Hardly Any Side Effects (clay baths)
- Are Your Armpits an Exit Ramp? (check the comments – people like deodorants with clay!)
- Natural Bug Bite Relief Options
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!
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!