The Benefits of Edible Clay

The Benefits of Edible Clay

Edible clay, also known as "geophagy clay" or eating clay, is a form of clay that people have consumed for various health benefits in different cultures around the world for hundreds of years. This clay, often found in specific regions where it naturally occurs, is distinct from the typical clays used in pottery or industrial processes. This includes the mineral composition of edible clay being chosen for its potential health benefits along with being finer and more regulated to ensure it is gentle on the digestive system when consumed internally. And today, the application of edible clay as part of a Total Body Wellness tool for its detoxifying properties and mineral content makes it a sought-after item in many healthy lifestyle and wellness circles.

Why Do People Eat Clay?

The original practice of eating clay has long been associated with its natural detoxifying properties and mineral content, including providing spiritual or healing properties as part of traditional tribal rituals. Depending on its source, edible clay can be an excellent source of essential minerals on its own, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Other types of eating clays are used to soothe upset stomachs and aid in digestion. But the majority of edible clays are known for their skin care function and toxin-binding features to remove what is bad for us from the body through natural digestion.


Clay particles have both a high absorption and adsorption capacity. Absorption refers to the process where substances are drawn into the clay's internal structure, while adsorption involves substances sticking to the surface of clay particles. This dual action allows clay to act like a sponge, trapping and removing harmful substances from the gastrointestinal tract while removing toxins, heavy metals, and impurities from the body.

The Effects of a Negative Charge

Clay also typically carries a negative electrical charge, while many toxins and heavy metals have a positive charge. When clay comes into contact with these positively charged substances, whether in the digestive system or on the skin, there is a natural and strong attraction between the negative charge of the clay particles and the positive charge of the toxins.

This difference in charge facilitates an ionic exchange, where the negatively charged clay particles attract and bind to the positively charged toxins, effectively neutralizing and removing them from the body. This ionic exchange allows the clay to effectively adhere to, encapsulate, and immobilize these harmful substances.

Skin Health

When applied topically as a mask or a paste, the fine particles of edible clay work effectively to absorb excess oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin's surface, making it particularly beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin. The process of the clay drying on the skin can also help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, promoting a smoother, more radiant complexion. And, the minerals found in most edible clays like silica, calcium, magnesium, and iron all contribute to its skin-nourishing qualities. These minerals can aid in the skin's natural regeneration process, helping to maintain elasticity and promote the healing of minor skin irritations or blemishes.

Acting As A Nutrient Carrier

Using edible clay as a carrier for liquid minerals and other ingredients can be particularly beneficial for skin health, including aiding in the healing of damaged skin. When edible clay is mixed with liquid minerals, it forms a nutrient-rich paste that can be applied topically to the skin that locks in moisture and nutrients, which are gradually absorbed into the skin. That's why various ingredients known for their wound-healing properties, or help in reducing inflammation, make them ideal choices for this purpose. This holistic approach not only cleanses and detoxifies the skin but also nourishes and supports its natural ability to heal and maintain optimal health through the restorative benefits of vitamins and minerals.

Making Your Own Mineral Clay Poultice

Edible clay is a traditional remedy used for its detoxifying properties and mineral content. And when applied topically, edible clays can promote skin health due to their mineral content and absorbent properties. The use of edible clay in skincare routines is not just about cleansing; it's also about providing the skin with essential nutrients that support its overall health and vitality. That's why clay is often used in poultices for its ability to draw out impurities from the skin. Make your own mineral poultice with these 3 ingredients:

1) Edible Clay

When selecting an edible clay, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you choose a product that is safe and effective. Edible clays should come from a clean, uncontaminated area, ideally tested for the absence of heavy metals, bacteria, and other pollutants. Firstly, purity is paramount; look for clay that is 100% natural and free from additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. You should also specifically check that the clay is specifically labeled as "edible" or "food grade" to ensure it is safe for consumption.

2) Pico Zinc®

Zinc is essential for cell division and collagen synthesis, both processes that are fundamental in repairing damaged skin. And zinc has natural anti-inflammatory effects which can be beneficial in reducing redness, swelling, and irritation associated with various skin conditions like eczema or minor skin irritations. Zinc also possesses antimicrobial properties, making it effective against a range of bacteria and fungi and a powerful ally in preventing infections in minor cuts, abrasions, or even in acne-prone skin.

3) Pico Silver®

Silver is known for its antimicrobial effects and ability to deal with a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. When applied to the skin in a poultice, liquid silver may help reduce the risk of infection, particularly in open wounds or other skin abrasions. Silver has also been observed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial in reducing swelling, redness, and pain associated with various skin conditions or injuries. And silver can stimulate skin repair and regeneration while preventing infection to promote the our natural healing processes.

Bringing Everything Together

Begin mixing equal parts of Pico Zinc® and Pico Silver® into the edible clay, being careful not to make it too wet when preparing. The consistency should be thick enough to adhere to the skin, but not so dry that it flakes off or isn't able to adhere for an extended period of time. This mixture could then be applied in a generous layer over the affected areas, allowing it to dry naturally and pass the full benefits of RnA ReSet's liquid mineral formulas.

Common Questions About Edible Clay

How Much Is Safe To Eat?

Edible clay is often consumed in small quantities. Unlike regular clay, edible clay undergoes a careful selection and purification process to ensure it's safe for consumption. People consume it in small quantities, either by mixing it with water to create a drinkable suspension or by ingesting it directly in its dry form. It's crucial to use clay that is specifically labeled as edible and free from contaminants. Excessive consumption of clay can lead to constipation or nutrient absorption issues.

Can Clay Affect Medicine?

It's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before adding edible clay to your diet, especially for individuals with existing health conditions or those on medication. When ingested, clay has the potential to bind to and absorb substances present in the digestive tract, including various medications. This binding can interfere with the medication's absorption and bioavailability, potentially reducing its effectiveness. For instance, if clay is consumed alongside certain oral medications, it may adsorb the drug, preventing it from being properly absorbed into the bloodstream