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Having not been on prescription or over-the-counter medications in over 10 years, I’ve always considered prescription drugs and doctor’s visits as absolute last resorts. However, I recently experienced an ailment that brought me to the brink of going to a doctor and getting a minor surgery, until a last-minute save from an unlikely source – Bentonite Clay.
My predicament started with an infected finger from biting the thumbnail on my left hand too low. Something must have got into the opening in my recently chewed finger, which caused an unpleasant infection and my finger swelled larger every day. I traced in pen the swelling to see how much larger it was getting. Each day the pain grew worse and my thumb was getting angrier. The slightest touch on the infected area would produce an intense pain.
My “medicine cabinet” is filled with what many consider natural antibiotics (olive leaf, colloidal silver, Oregon grape, coconut oil, etc.). I tried every internal thing I could think of that would kill bacteria (garlic, lemon, etc.) to no avail, the thumb just got more red and swollen. I tried soaking the thumb in food grade hydrogen peroxide (this is often discouraged by western medical doctors because finger tissue is thought to be too sensitive). While soaking, I noticed there were no bubbles or fizzing taking place, meaning the peroxide was not reaching the infection because my thumb had sealed it off.
I sensed if I could just deliver the hydrogen peroxide to the inside of my thumb, any infection would quickly be cleaned out; but after minutes of soaking, I wasn’t seeing any bubbles. I knew a doctor would cut open my thumb to relieve the pressure and release the infection, so I took matters into my hands (I regret this). With a sterilized needle, I attempted to poke a hole in my thumb. Not smart. I was desperate. It hurt. A lot. I was able to get the needle into my thumb and heard a “pop” but there was still no fizzing action in the peroxide. In other words, I just jabbed a needle into my incredibly painful thumb for no reason.
In one final last ditch effort to save my thumb from a doctor’s knife, I decided to make a poultice with bentonite clay and gauze. I was familiar with bentonite clay’s incredible reputation as an internal supplement, but had to do a little internet research to remind me this was worth a shot. Before going to bed, I packed the clay all over my thumb, wrapped it in gauze, and put my head on the pillow with an aching thumb. What happened next was truly incredible.
I woke up at about 3 a.m. and could tell that the clay had hardened underneath the gauze. My finger still hurt a little, but it was more of a “tight” feeling because there was dried clay on it. When I opened up the gauze, and scraped the dried clay away from my finger, I saw a disgusting, but highly relieving sight: Puss.
Finally. There was an opening in my thumb that I could now deliver the hydrogen peroxide to. Note that the puss came from the cuticle bed on my thumb’s right corner and not from the hole that was made earlier by the needle. It’s almost mind boggling that a soft powder mixed with water was more effective at creating an opening in my finger than a needle.
My thumb slowly began to heal after soaking it with hydrogen peroxide regularly. Today, my thumb is normal and I was able to defeat this painful infection without a doctor, prescription drugs, or any surgery. This experience with bentonite clay led me to research this amazing powder and what I found blew my mind even further.
Bentonite clay’s other uses
Bentonite clay is used as a face mask to help with acne and smooth skin and is used in baths to draw toxins out of the body (much like the infection was drawn from my thumb). It is also used internally for detoxification purposes, especially for removing heavy metals. Bentonite Clay’s unique ability to “pull” toxins occurs because, when mixed with water, it creates an electrical charge – for this reason you shouldn’t mix it with metal utensils.
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Bentonite Clay is also a nutrition supplement as it delivers potassium, silica, manganese, protein, and iron. Other skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis have been show to benefit from bentonite clay and eczema has been helped even when prescription drugs couldn’t. Athletes have noticed that muscle recovery is improved thanks to the healing clay. While bentonite clay itself isn’t a probiotic, it does help good bacteria form in the gut (by removing toxins) so in this sense, it’s an indirect probiotic. Digestive concerns related to constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome have been eased thanks to bentonite clay. It can even be used as a mouth wash or as an alternative to baby powder. If you think coconut oil has a lot of uses, then add bentonite clay to your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit and prepare to be amazed at what its versatility can do for you.
Note: Bentonite clay shouldn’t be used by children or mothers who are pregnant or nursing.
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