Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Cleanse with Clay!

Certain types of clay from the earth have an astringent, pulling nature.  This cleaning ability is activated when wet clay getting facialgoes through its drying process.  When used externally on the body, this means that clay can be used to draw out toxins or other foreign particles from the epidermis.   The external use of clay is quite safe.  A clay poultice can be used as a remedy for:

  • Bee stings
  • Acne
  • Skin wounds
  • rashes
  • To draw out toxins and foreign substances (such as splinters, dirt & city grime)
  • To heal first degree burns and repair damaged tissue

Clay comes in different colors, each appropriate for a different types of skin.

  • Delicate, dry skin: use white or light blue clay
  • Medium or mixed skin types: use yellow, green and lavender
  • Oily skin: reds and black clay

How to make a clay poultice:

4-16 oz clay (depending on size of area to be treated)

Distilled water (or herbal liquid)

Mix clay with enough water (or herbal liquid) to make a thick paste.  Spread with a spoon or clean paint brush onto skin, pressing it into the flesh so that it adheres. Leave on until clay dries and pulls away.  This clay mixture can be used as a facial mask.

Clay Facial Mask: made with clay and liquid mixture (either water or herbal teas – such as green tea)

  • Okay to mix colors to treat specific conditions on different parts of face
  • The thicker that it is applied, the longer it takes to dry (increasing the detoxifying and drying effect)

Internal Use:

The internal use of clay is best done under the guidance of an herbal practitioner, as it is important to make sure that your body’s constitution matches the therapeutic effect of the clay.  Clay is not used internally when one has a common cold, flu, symptoms of damp-heat, or during pregnancy.

powdered clayInternal use of clay can be used for:

  • Diarrhea (due to deficiency)
  • Bleeding
  • Increasing immunity
  • detoxification

Common types of medicinal clay: Bentonite Clay, Montmorillonite Clay

Other names: Halloysite, kaolin, Hydrous aluminum silicate


  1. Radha says:

    What do you think of the clay colon cleanse from blessed herbs? My friends are doing it right now, and all talk is of mucous plaques….

  2. Liz Spurlock says:

    This sounds so interesting. I know places with naturally occurring clay, hmmmm maybe I should test them . . .

  3. Roxanna Hope says:

    When I was a child I wanted to play with clay and mud but I accidentally played in horse poop. It was a silly experience but I would love to try these new recipes.

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