Everything we need comes from the earth, including simple, natural, raw clays for healthy, glowing skin and hair. These clays are the smallest, naturally formed crystals on the planet, and carry the energy and the magic of the places from where they were grown or harvested. As our global knowledge and interconnected system of exchange allows us to have access to these supplies, no laboratories required. However, it is necessary to respect and protect the resources, as they represent the labor hours of of people who harvested the clays and the salts, and who grew and processed the oils. These clays in their raw form are highly concentrated, and a little bit is all it takes over time to create the desired healthy result.
Dead Sea Mud
Mud from Israel’s Dead Sea is famous for its benefits to the skin. The 234 square mile salt lake lies in the Jordan Rift Valley at 1412 feet below sea level. Layers of silt deposits from the surrounding Judaean mountains has washed into the sea for thousands of years, creating the dark, aromatic, nutrient-rich mud that is used in skin and health treatments. The Dead Sea is one of the location of one of the world’s first health resorts. Herod the Great, King of Judea until 4 BC, used to float in the water and relax in its healing properties. The mud from the Dead Sea has a high concentration of magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromide, zinc, and iron. As it dries over wet skin, it absorbs toxins, dirt, dead cells, and oils.
Rhassoul is Arabic for “the mountain of the washer.” Rhassoul Clay has been used for over 14 centuries to massage, exfoliate, and moisturize skin. It has other names, like Ghassoul Clay, Red Moroccan Clay, and Red Clay, but it is only sourced from one location in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Volcanic activity and geothermal changes in the Moulyoua’s Valley produced this natural mineral clay, rich in silica, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and lithium. It is popularly used in Turkish baths and Moroccan hammans, and in Moroccan weddings, the grooms family will gift the bride with this healing and regenerative clay. This clay is particularly helpful for people with lymph troubles, as the clay attracts lymph fluid beneath the skin, draws out toxins, and absorbs them into the particles of crystal.
Bentonite clay is another highly absorbent compound whose molecules draw toxins from the skin as the clay dries. It formed from decomposed volcanic ash that was deposited millions of years ago into an ancient inland sea in what is now Wyoming, and shares similarities with Montmorillon clay, sourced from France. Wyoming bentonite clay is called the “clay of 1000 uses,” and it’s healing properties are widely recognized among the Medicine Men in the Bighorn Mountains. They called it “ee-wah-kee,” meaning “the clay that heals.” Bentonite clay can be applied to the face, underarms, and feet to remove heavy metals and toxins.
When we travel, we expand our perspective on what it means to be considered attractive, and also learn beauty tips and practices that other people have known for many years, maybe even centuries. Through our travel, we see and experience the places that share their mysteries with us. The places that produce these healing and regenerative clays are sources of strength, powerful with the energy of compounded and magnified time. They are gifts for us along our Earth journey.