Is Redmond Clay a Calcium Bentonite Clay?

By June 8, 2012 October 19th, 2018 clay basics, learning about clay

In 2006, as more and more people were returning to natural remedies, Perry Arledge published a book discussing ways clay has been used for centuries for health and beauty. The book, called Living Clay, includes a list of questions consumers might ask while choosing the source for their clay—questions we hear often enough we thought we should put the answers online to make your research easier.

Is Redmond Clay a Calcium Bentonite Clay?

This is one of the most common questions people have after reading Living Clay. Is Redmond Clay a calcium bentonite clay?

Why might it matter?

Most clay deposits are high in either sodium (sodium bentonite clay) or calcium (calcium bentonite clay). Generally speaking, clays that are high in sodium and low in calcium are used for industrial applications—pond seal, drilling support, etc.—because these clays swell more than others. The calcium question was probably designed to be sure you choose a clay intended for human consumption, but before Living Clay was published, no clay experts had ever focused on the calcium / sodium distinction.

Why might it not matter?

Like most Redmond Clay customers, we trust clay because we’ve seen it improve our lives, and because we can look back throughout history to see ancient cultures using it. It’s hard to imagine a primitive healer inspecting a ball of medicinal clay and saying, “My goodness! This clay has more sodium than calcium! Spit it out!” It’s important to know the source of your clay, but focusing on calcium or sodium may not be as relevant as you may have read.

So, is Redmond Clay a calcium bentonite clay?

If you’ve read the post up to this point, you’re probably expecting the answer to be no, right? In fact, Redmond Clay comes from one of the most unique clay deposits discovered so far—rich in both calcium and sodium. The unique composition is one reason Redmond Clay works so well in so many ways—the sodium content helps make it more effective externally, while still sharing the benefits of using clay.

Redmond Clay is a unique living clay that is high in both calcium and sodium. Of course, natural products like clay don’t work the same for each person. Redmond Clay has helped tens of thousands of people, but it may not be the right clay for your body—finding the clay that works best for you is a personal journey.


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  • Hi – I am absolutely thrilled with my clay, which I purchased almost by chance, knowing nothing of its inherent virtues, other than a subliminal awareness, but having said this using the clay powder as a face mask has been 1000% effective in giving a smooth, polished, clean ie refined ‘finish’ to my facial skin. Point is this : I also have been using a face powder – loaded with chemicals of course – just a cheap-ish brand but I started to replace this pressed powder with the clay, lightly applied and mixed slightly with a bronzing powder. It looks great – no oily light bouncing into shadows’ areas etc. My query is this : is this an acceptable use – to use the clay as a facial powder (lightly applied of course) or will prolonged exposure on the skin cause a rash or blocked pores? Many thanks (a) for reading this tedious email and (b) giving me the knowledge requested. This product SHOULD be replacing all of that so-called ‘mineral’ make up .. if the answer is Aok .. ! All the very best. Thanks again for bringing this product forward from Mother Earth ! Madelyn

    • Redmond Clay says:

      Hi Madelyn. We aren’t estheticians, but we have had many customers tell us Redmond Clay works great as a facial and also as a great powder for the face and body. (There is actually a small mineral makeup company that uses our clay as the base product for their facial powder.) Keep in touch and let us know what you think after you’ve used it a while!

  • Irina says:

    Please advise on how the clay should be taken as it relates to the intake of antibiotics, other supplements and food. What is the timeframe window that should be considered for the intake: 2 hours? 4 hours? etc…Thank you.

    • Redmond Clay says:

      Irina, for years we’ve suggested people wait two hours after taking other supplements and medicine. We recently had a doctor stop us at a tradeshow to tell us that isn’t usually necessary, but old habits die hard…

  • Amanda says:

    I am a holistic esthetician and I highly recommend Redmond Clay to my clients and the results are amazing. I specialize in microdermabrasion and I have found that a regular routine of treatments and Redmond clay provides amazing results. I also use and recommend the Kela’s Collection Mineral Powder. It actually heals the skin! I use it daily and if I skip a day, I can tell a difference right away. The Redmond Clay actually keeps the dirt and other impurities off of the skin. Even though it’s an esthetician’s no no, I have had those lazy days where I didn’t wash my face at night. With the Kela’s mineral powder, my face still feels nice and clean the next day. Redmond Clay is really a miracle.

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