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Red clay is also known for improving blood circulation. It can also be added to soaps to increase lather, aid exfoliation, and to provide natural color.
Clay is used for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes and is recommended for all skin types, even the most fragile, thanks to its extremely balancing properties. Clay can be used frequently and it is important to note, for maximum benefits to not let it become dry. Beauty Masks are simple to prepare. Clay is used with filtered water only or in conjunction with a hydrosol (rose water, orange blossom water ...), herbal tea, essential oils* or with virgin vegetable oils (wheat germ, argan, olive, sesame, ...)
* The use of essential oils should be checked as all essential oils are not suitable to be applied to the skin and particularly when used for children and pregnant women.
1. Put clay (powdered or crushed) in a non-metallic bowl, add liquid (spring water or filtered medicated water, herbal ...) in the proportions one soup spoon of clay to 1.5 times its volume in water. Wait until the mixture dissoves and then gradually stir with a wooden spatula until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of liquid or if it is too liquid, add a little clay and mix again.
2. Add the oil and the essential oil only when the clay is thoroughly mixed.
3. Apply with hands, massaging with gentle circular movements to allow for maximum penetration.
4. Leave on for ten minutes without letting it dry and then rinsing with warm water.
5. To complete your treatment, apply moisturizer Apply the clay with the right consistency to the skin and when it starts to dry, it is time to remove it, by rinsing with clear water.
For optimal use of the benefits of clay, do not let it dry completely.
Clean the skin with clay water (recipe below) prior to the application of the scrub mask. Prepare the mask by blending two tablespoons of green clay Montmorillonite and a teaspoon of almond powder and then adding a teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice. Apply the mixture to the face with the tip of the finger, making small circles and with particular emphasis around the nose and chin. Leave for five to ten minutes. Clean with warm water and apply a cream to your skin.
Some clays, such as Rassal have soft washing properties and can be used to degrease the hair without stripping or damaging it. Clay is an excellent regenerator of the scalp.
1. Apply mask to wet hair. Gently massage scalp to activate blood circulation.
2. Leave mask on about 20 minutes to enable the clay to penetrate the hair fibre.
3. Rinse thoroughly, first with clean water, then with lemon.
Clay water is prepared by diluting a tablespoon of clay in a glass of water. After sedimentation, the liquid above the solid residue can be used as makeup remover or skin cleanser. The clay lotion can be used on waking to thoroughly clean the skin by removing dust and microscopic debris fixed in the pores as well as stimulating blood circulation, nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands.
In therapy, the clay can be used in conjuction with essential oils depending on the desired results (calming, slimming ...). After a tiring evening or hectic day, prepare an invigorating bath to rejuvenate your mind and body. Add to your water five to six drops of essential oils of rosemary, ten drops of thyme, ten drops of mint, then a handful of seaweed powder and 300 g of yellow clay. Heat water to 38-39 ° C and immerse yourself in this for twenty minutes. The foot bath Prepare a bowl with warm water, add a handful of granulated green clay, a handful of sea salt and ten drops of juniper essential oils. Soak the feet for approximately twenty minutes. Repeat as often as required.
For compresses like a poultice, green clay has anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing and antiseptic properties. The principle of the poultice is the application of a thick paste on the skin that is covered with a cloth.
1. Add powdered or crushed clay to a non-metallic container,
2. Cover with mineral or filtered water
3. Let stand for a few minutes
4. This will result in a fluid mixture
5. With a wooden spatula spread clay on a clean cloth slightly larger than the poultice you require to a thickness of 2 to 3 cm.
6. Apply the poultice directly to the area to requiring treatment.
7. Keep the poultice in place with a bandage.
For painful joints: Apply a thick poultice application on the area to be treated and keep on overnight to obtain the best results.
Sometimes it is best to use this form of treatment. Preparing the treatment so that it contains more water and less clay. Dip a clean cloth in the preparation and place the pad or the wrapping on the area to be treated.
1. Heat the clay on a heat source (gas or conventional or microwave oven)
2. Employ iron materials, which remain in contact with the clay as this can result in oxidization (ion exchange).
3. Use plastic utensils
4. Use tap water (it is saturated with chlorine and often contains nitrates)
5. Add essential oils or pharmaceutical ingredients without knowing the side effects
6. Let clay go dry, as water is the vehicle for the provision of its basic elements, such as trace elements
7. Apply a poultice on an area previously treated with a heating or anti-inflammatory cream.
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