Please note: A number of other websites refer to using bentonite clay. Please DO NOT substitute their guidelines or product for ours. Our clay is stronger in its action than a lot of other clays, different in its texture and the way it behaves. Our guidelines are designed to work with our clay. 

The following information is not intended to diagnose any condition or to replace the advice of your doctor.  

Purely Earth Clay baths can be an exceptional way to detoxify the body. The clay assists with drawing wastes from the tissues and along with the warm water, improves circulation to all areas of the body. Better circulation means more nutrients and oxygen can get to the tissues. Wastes that are drawn into the clay will stay in the clay. The clay structure does not allow them to be re-released into the water.

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For detoxification guidelines visit our Free Professional Health Advice menu.

You can use a clay bath for:

Eczema, itchy skin issues that cover more than a small area

To help remove chemicals and metals from the body during a detoxification program

To help reduce chemical rashes and reactions to chemical solvents and products

To help provide relief from chicken pox itching

To help reduce histamine in the skin – hives, allergic skin conditions

To help with the control of secondary infections on the skin which are common in eczema and other open skin conditions

To reduce lymphatic congestion and swelling

To reduce the impact of chemotherapy without interfering with the drug action – reduces body smell and the degree of side effects

To help manage lymphatic congestion in areas of the body where lymph nodes have been damaged or removed

To provide relief from aches and pains – foot baths for tired, sore and aching feet, full baths for conditions which affect more than the feet

Making a Clay Bath
  • Pour hot water into a bath.
  • Take 1 cup of Purely Earth Clay for an adult or ½ a cup for a small child’s bath and sprinkle it over the water using a whisk to mix it in as you go. It may take 5-10 minutes of whisking to disperse into the water and it will be clumpy to start.
  • Make sure the water is not too hot before climbing in.
  • For adults, soak your body for 30-60 minutes in the bath using your hands and feet to agitate the clay from time to time. Use the time to relax and switch off. Children are easily entertained with bath toys and try to keep them in the water for a good 30 minutes unless they are younger than 3 months in which case 10 minutes is recommended.
  • Do 1 bath daily for the first 10 – 14 days. Then do 2-3 baths per week depending on the condition and how it responds. You may need to do this for another 2-3 months.
  • After this, 1 bath each week as a maintenance is recommended as a preventative and general detoxification tool.
  • NB: For people who are very toxic, very congested or frail, start with a cooler (but still warm and pleasant) bath temperature and use a 1/2 cup of clay. Limit the first few baths to 15 minutes each time and gradually build up the amount of clay and the length of time in the bath over the course of a month. Start with 1 bath every 2-3 days.
  • We recommend sipping a glass of water with Endura Electrolytes in it while you are in the bath. This will prevent dizziness or a feeling light-headedness. This can be given to small children in a sipper cup.
  • After leaving the bath you may want to shower off very briefly, but this is optional.
  • Use Purely Earth Vitamin E Cream on your body afterwards. This is a neutral, non-allergenic natural cream that feeds the skin and works extremely well alongside the clay to nourish the skin and help it repair.
  • If you do not have a bath, use the clay as a pack and follow the packing instruction. Pack the body in sections, doing a different section each day. For example start at the feet on the first day. The next day do one leg. The day after, do the other leg. Then move to the torso and so on. Do this until every part of the body has been packed 4 times. This takes longer, but it still works.
  • Alternatively, you can use a combination of sitz baths (tubs or buckets you can sit your bottom into) and foot baths intermixed with packing. The big flexi-tubs from The Warehouse work well for this.
Clay Clean-up

If you are on town sewage or a septic tank which gets pumped out, empty the bath as usual and follow with plenty of cold water to ensure the clay is washed away. It will not clog your pipes because it stays largely suspended in the water.

DO NOT empty the clay down your drain if you are on a septic tank that relies on a drainage field because the fine silt will eventually cause a problem. If you are, you are best to use one of the following removal methods:

A) A short length of hose to siphon the water off through the window into the garden. To do this, put the free end of the hose in to the bath water, running the hose through your bathroom window. Turn the hose on at the outside tap until you see tap water coming out into the bath water. Then turn the hose off, detach it and allow the water to flow backwards from the detached end into the garden. It will siphon off the bath water as well. Make sure the water is not going on to acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, camellias or citrus.

B) If the siphoning isn’t practical for some reason, you can go to a plumbing shop and get a length of flexible hose that will fit over the pipe in your gully trap. (Take the pipe diameter with you). When you want to empty the bath, remove the gully trap lid, fit the hose on to the bath pipe and run it on to your lawn. This method can work well.

C) If you can’t easily access the gully trap, you can opt to make a small modification to your plumbing so the bath has a separate pipe which is easily accessed. Make this to fit a hose that can be easily taken on and off so that the water can be run into a paddock or on to a lawn area, or have a permanent hose which is buried and drains out into a paddock nearby. This is the method Sarah has because she is in a rural area and it works well.

D) Create an outdoor bath which drains into a lawn area.

The very small amount of clay that may be left after that can be washed down the drain or wiped up with an old towel. (The other option is to set up an outdoor bath that drains into the garden).


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