An old Scandinavian saying says “A loved child has many names”. I thought this would be a fitting way to describe the theme of this post – Multani Mitti. Also known as Bentonite Clay, Fullers Earth or Indian Healing Clay, this clay has even more uses than it does names. I first heard of Multani Mitti when I was looking for a way to make a face mask (or face pack if you’re based in India) with all natural ingredients. Now, it’s not that I hadn’t tried making natural face masks before, but only from things such as yogurt and avocado, and honestly I always ended up making a mess with those. I wanted to find something that I could wear on my face, without having to lay completely still, and even then dripping down the sides of my face. Is it just me?? So now you must have guessed the first use.
Multani Mitti has great cleansing properties, absorbs oils and impurities and is a natural antiseptic, making the name Indian Healing Clay very fitting. It can be used to treat a number of skin ailments such as acne and other skin irritations like small cuts, burns and insect bites. This is done by applying the clay as a paste to the effected area, leaving it to dry and then wash it off. Though, you can also use it in general to keep your skin clean and healthy. Once I asked a women I worked with here in India what her grandmother used to clean her skin with and one of the answers was ‘Multani Mitti’.
I’ve not used Multani Mitti as a general body cleaner, but regular use it to make a cleansing Face mask. I simply add few spoons of clay to water or other liquids depending on what I feel like my skin needs at the time.
- Water for normal skin
- Honey or Rose water for sensitive skin
- Apple Cider vingar for Acne Prone skin
It’s a good idea to test this on your skin before going for a full mask, to make sure it doesn’t cause irritation. Other ingredients I sometimes add includes Turmeric and Activated Charcoal.
I use Multani Mitti in soap on a regular basis, because it gives a smooth lather and adds the properties of the clay to the soap. Its ideal for shaving soaps because the lather becomes very dense and silk like, making it similar to shaving foam (minus the toxins :)). Clays also help the scent of essential oil stay in the soap, and then of course add the earthy brown colour.
Yes, I brush my teeth with it, and I must admit I love it. Would never go back to using conventional toothpaste. I’ve written an earlier post on my dental routine, including how I make toothpowder. You can find the whole post here. I will give the recipe here as well. It is as follows –
- 2 tablespoons Multanni Mitti – gentle detoxifying cleanser, rich in minerals
- 1 tablespoon baking soda – mild abrasive polish that removes stains from teeth
- 1/2 teaspoon grinded cloves – – for flavour and gum health
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon – for flavour and gum health
- 1 1/2 teaspoon stevia – to sweeten the taste
- 3/4 teaspoon activated charcoal – to whiten the teeth
- 5-10 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil – for minty fresh breath
Gather all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it. Keep in a glass jar, and simply wet your toothbrush and dip it in the powder when you want to brush your teeth.
Multani Mitti can detox the insides as well as the outsides. When getting in contact with liquid, Multani Mitti gets the ability to bind toxins. It can therefore be used as a natural remedy for a number of stomach ailments such as constipation, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, gas etc. Simply add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clay to your water, and drink it a few times a day. I suggest you start with one class, and wait to see the effect. This can also be used for pets with tummy issues, by adding 1/4 cup of clay or less to their water.
Another way to use it as a detox is to add it to your bath tub. Add 1/4 cup of clay to your bath, and lay back to relax. I’ve used this to help recover from the flu, but can also be to simply relax and stay healthy.
There is a number of other uses of Multani Mitti I have not yet explored. Though I thought I would still put them down for anyone that would like to try it out:
- As baby powder for irritated baby bums
- As an alternative clothes whitener
- A natural remedy for morning sickness when pregnant
- For a general daily health boost
Now that was all. Do you know any more uses? Would love to hear them in the comment section.