What is French Green Clay?
Clay, in general, is the main component in soil and makes up to 40% of common rocks. French green clay specifically belongs to a subcategory of clay minerals known as Illite clays. These clays contain essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese and zinc that nourish the skin and remove toxins from the body.
Green clay gets its color from both the iron oxide content (typically between 4-6%) and decomposed plant matter including kelp seaweed. It is this very plant matter that not only helps to give it a bright green hue, but also its rich variety of minerals.
Brief History of Green Clay
Green Clay, also known as French Green Clay, Montmorillonite Clay and Illite Clay has been used by many ancient people, including the oldest known civilization found along the Nile River, in cosmetics, natural soaps and in traditional healing remedies.
Green Clay was enjoyed by the Greeks and Romans who used clay in many traditional therapies. In more recent history, France enjoyed a virtual monopoly on its production after discovering a bright green version of the clay at rock quarries in Southern France. This Green Clay was mined exclusively in France until recently when similar deposits were located in Montana, Wyoming and China.
This clay has been found to treat a variety of skin disorders and digestive problems. What's amazing is that it has no known adverse effects on humans or the environment. In fact, it has been successfully employed to remove toxins from industrial wastewaters (1).
How is it Used?
Because of the high mineral content, green clay is the single most used clay by estheticians during facials to improve the appearance of skin.
When applied externally, clay works “to adsorb toxins from skin and provide heat to stimulate circulation”. (2) It also works by sloughing off dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer most layer of skin, the epidermis.
French Green Clay is said to restore the balance of minerals in and on your body by adsorbing excess minerals and depositing lost minerals. As your skin dries, it can cause the pores to tighten and the skin to feel firmer.
It has also been extensively researched for the prevention and treatment of many bacterial and infectious diseases because of its natural antibiotic behavior, and as such, can be ingested.
Green clay is used internally by drinking a teaspoon of clay in 8 ounces of water. It is claimed that green clay absorbs toxins from the stomach and intestines and can even relieve sore throats.
But please do your research and/or talk to a trained holistic practitioner before taking clay internally. Just because an ingredient is natural, doesn't mean it can't be dangerous if used improperly.
Green Clay as an ancient healing Remedy
Numerous historical accounts attribute clays as remedy for ulcers, tumors, cysts, cancers, osteoporosis and many more.
Recently, a group of Italian researchers reported the antibacterial effects of clays as powerful in the prevention of umbilical stump infection in newborns. The clay actually performed superior to lab-created antibiotics, colloidal silver and fuchine (3).
Green Clay Natural Soap – A total bodycare spa experience
Our Morning Clarity homemade natural soap combines the nourishing traits of grass fed beef tallow with the cleansing properties of French Green Clay. It has a scent similar to lemongrass due to the delicate blend of May Chang and Vetiver Essential Oils. Using this natural soap is a true aromatherapy experience as we use twice the industry standard of organic essential oils in every product we make. Sneak away to your spa - aka shower - and enjoy how the mineral rich clay in our handmade soap makes your skin feel. It's natural body care at its finest!
And the best part is that this gentle yet effective natural soap can be used daily on the face as well as the body as a natural handmade alternative to today's store-bought detergents aka soap. Follow up with one of our tallow body butters, such as the Strength Body Butter, that blends the restorative powers of African shea butter, unrefined coconut oil, organic jojoba oil and grass-fed beef tallow for a simple, all natural, tallow skincare routine.
Our mission is to bring the power of nature into daily routine and our products do just that!™. Simple. Effective. Tallow skincare.
2. Carretero MI, Gomes CSF, Tateo F. Clays and human health. In: F. Bergaya F, Theng BKG, Lagaly G, editors. Handbook of Clay Science. Elsevier Ltd; 2006. pp. 717–741.