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Is Redmond Clay a Calcium Bentonite Clay?

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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.