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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bentonite Clay + Goldenseal = Natural Skin Rash Remedy

Once upon a time my 3 year old son had a mysterious skin rash. Knowing that seeing a doctor would be completely useless, I consulted a naturopath. She suggested I prepare this concoction which consisted of bentonite clay, goldenseal and water. Bentonite clay applied to the skin extracts toxins from beneath the skin and draws them out of the body. Goldenseal fights inflammation, strengthens the immune system and cleanses the body.

So I went to the health food store for the ingredients, went home, prepared the recipe and applied it to my son’s rash. The naturopath suggested that I apply this a few times a day until the rash went away. That day, I applied it three times. The next morning my son’s rash was gone. My children don’t often get rashes, I have only needed to use this recipe once on each of my daughters, but it has worked like a charm every time.

1 part 100% pure bentonite clay
1 part water
A few drops of liquid goldenseal

For a small rash, a tablespoon or two each of clay and water and about 5 drops of goldenseal should be enough. Adjust measurements as needed. Mix ingredients together until a paste forms. Apply a thick coat (1/8-1/4 inch thickness) onto affected area. Leave on until it dries (usually 15-20 minutes). Rinse off with warm water (such as in a bath, or very gently soak area with warm wash cloth, rinsing until clay is removed.) There may be added redness to the area after rinsing off the clay, this is normal and will disappear within about a half hour. Apply clay a few times a day until rash is gone.

Be sure to warn your child that the clay may feel cold when it is being applied, but it will not hurt! As it dries, the skin will tighten slightly (like a mud mask does).

Do not apply this treatment if rash consists of open or oozing blisters or sores.

If the rash is itchy throughout the day, pour dry oats into a bath and have child soak in it. This will help relieve the itchiness.

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