Medicinal properties of clay, impure clay actually, lies in its disinfection power. It contains various minerals such as magnesium and iron and its application is very simple and what is more important – effective.
The best clay you can use is oily and sticky clayey. We can simply use sticky earth from our garden, only make sure to remove all stones clay into powder and mix it with some water and a little bit of vinegar. It would be even better to mix it with a decoction made from potentilla or horse-tail so it becomes thick as lard (decoction is made by boiling a plant, usually roots or bark, for about 10 – 20 minutes in order to extract active substances from the plant).
What’s the next step?
The mixture is spread on a linen cloth or any other clean white piece of cloth and applied to a naked skin where it hurts. If the wound is open, put a compress over it made of single layered gauze and attach everything with a dry cloth. The compress should be held for about 6 hours, removed and 5 hours later, the compress should be changed.
What are the benefits of clay compress?
It instantly reduces pain, absorbs toxins from the body and has a cooling effect. If the compress was made by an expert, it will not only purify the body but prevent toxic substances enter the bloodstream. It also draws out the pus from wounds, tumors, boils, restores minerals in the affected tissue by stimulating blood flow etc.
Gout, varicose veins, and rheumatism can all be treated with the help of clay compress that should be well wrapped around the affected area so as not to allow the air come through and you can also use another one or two dry cloths (woolen can be on the top) to wrap around. Compress is used two times a day until it turns dry. However, the painful area should be washed immediately after the compress is removed.
A bishop named Kneipp did some experiments to study clay and proved its significance as being one of the earliest known natural remedies. Adolf Just has also done extensive research on clay and discovered its powerful medicinal properties.
Therefore, abundant and accessible clay became a very effective folk remedy for treating numerous health problems. It’s often told that whoever used it once and felt its healing power, will surely use it again when in need.