Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will breakdown the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your everyday routine.
Taking on the subject of clay is quite a tedious task, because there are so many good clays out there but the three you should know, use and love are Green Clays (Dead Sea clay and French Green clay), Rose Clay, and White clay. Each type of clay has its own unique properties due to its origin, mineral content and texture.
The reason clay is exceptional for our skin is because in general, clay:
- Absorbs excess oil
- Binds to toxins
- Cleans away dirt
- Improves circulation
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
Green Clays: Green clay is one of the most mineral dense clays found in the world. Green clay gets its deep green color from iron oxide and chlorophyll. This clay contains mineral oxides, magnesium calcium, potassium, phosphorous, copper (antioxidant), selenium (antioxidant) and more. Green clays are one of the more absorbent clays because of it's micro molecules. This means green clays are the best for oily skin types.
Rose Clay: Rose clay is a mild kaolin clay which means it is a naturally occurring clay that has kaolinite as it's principle constituent. Kaolinite is a mineral that inhabits certain rocks. Rose clay is the best clay for sensitive skin. This clay is gentle and cleansing while maintaining a good balance.
White Clay (Bentonite): Bentonite clay is one of the most common clays used. Bentonite clay comes from volcanic ash sediments here in the United States. Bentonite clay is a swelling clay. When mixed with water it swells open like a porous sponge making the skin feeling hot or tingly. Bentonite clay is sold for external use only but is commonly used for internal use.
Good JuJu Herbal products that mindfully harness the properties of clay are the Chamomile and Clay face soap, Dead Sea Clay face mask, Pure Clay face mask bar, Rose Clay and Geranium soap and the Calendula and Rose face scrub.
How to use clay at home
About a year ago when we started making the chamomile and clay face soaps we started getting feedback that customers were using them to wash their hair once or twice a week and it was doing wonders. After hearing that feedback I started using clay in my hair to detox my scalp once every two weeks. After doing some research and trial and error below is my favorite recipe thus far. The second way to start using clay at home is to do a clay bath! My favorite recipe is below.
Hair Detox Ingredients
- 1 cup water or Nettle tea
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- approximately 3/4 cup bentonite clay (again I suggest buying from mountainroseherbs.com)
- 5-10 drops essential oil (lavender and rosemary for hair growth, tea tree for flaky scalp)
Hair Detox Instructions
- Note: Bentonite clay is most effective if it doesn’t come in contact with metal before use. Mix with wood or plastic for best results.
- If using nettle tea make sure it has cooled and herbs are removed.
- Pour water (or tea) and apple cider vinegar in a non-metal bowl.
- Start adding clay a tablespoon at a time while mixing.
- Keep adding clay until mixture is smooth medium consistency.
- Add essential oils if using.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
- To Use: Wet hair. Starting at roots, massage a handful of the clay mixture into hair and work down. Repeat until all hair is coated. Leave 5 minutes to 10 minutes (do not let dry!) and rinse out with warm water.
Clay Detox Bath
- 1/4-1 cup bentonite clay
- 1 juiced lemon (optional, lemon aids detoxification)
- 3-4 drops Essential Oil of choice (optional)
- Shower and wash thoroughly before taking a detox bath.
- Fill your tub with water that feels most comfortable to you.
- Dissolve bentonite clay into a small bowl. Once well mixed, add your clay solution to the tub. If using essential oils, add them to the running water.
- Soak in the tub for as long as feels comfortable, 40 minutes is generally recommended.
For any questions, feel free to email or comment below!
Love & Gratitude,