You should know the difference before you
decide to try clay for either the detoxification benefit or to enjoy the rare
We understand how frustrating it can be
when looking for safe, natural products, which is the best course of
action whenever possible. Our bodies are assailed every day with
the addition of more and more chemicals in our foods and our
Unfortunately, even our best Doctors are
too often unaware of the potential problems that long term exposure to
the many various chemicals we are provided in the search for a
treatment to digestive concerns, not to mention the chemicals added to
our food sources. The combinations of the chemicals that are
introduced into our systems can often create more problems than
solutions. We must take responsibility and do our due diligence
to insure the safety of ourselves and our families.
California Earth Minerals* believes that
education is the answer. This article is offered to provide current
and potential clay users with data that will help them understand the
characteristics of clays that make a particular type of clay a better
choice for use whether in our garden, water, or animal and human use,
both topically and internally.
Clay deposits around the world have been
used by mankind for thousands of years for a wide variety of uses with
great success. Pottery is one of the first widely known application.
More recently, many have found the natural elements in clay a true
benefit when used both topically and internally.
Clays used for pottery, making bricks and
packing the drill holes of an oil rig are not recommended for
consumption. Certain clay types are better suited for human and
animal consumption than others, while some are better for topical
applications. Other clays have proven to be a better use in soil
remediation and water filtration applications. Which is
recommended, and why?
No two clays are identical and it is very
helpful to know what to look for when using natural clay for a
particular purpose. It is also important to understand that
Bentonite is NOT Montmorillonite nor is either Zeolite or Kaolinite,
and so on, though they are similar, there are critical
properties of each that will make one more effective for certain
applications than the others.
As the studies increasingly show, a
montmorillonite clay is better suited for edible purposes, due to the
properties specific to montmorillonites. All ION-MIN products
sold under their separate brands, are premium montmorillonite clay
To address the statement, Terramin Clay is a "Montmorillonite" clay, not a "Bentonite". We know that in common usage, in America, most people mistakenly call clays, Bentonite. This is probably due to the fact that Bentonite was discovered in Ft. Benton Wyoming where there is a huge deposit there. It was discovered just before the turn of the 20th Century. They are related, much like Tigers are related to house cats.
Montmorillonite clay, was actually discovered about 30 years prior to the Ft. Benton deposit and was found near Montmorillon, France. Montmorillonite is much rarer than Bentonite and found in far fewer deposits than Bentonite. Many people interchange the names, after all proverbially, we do have “feet of clay”.