How to make a poultice with clay

Put the powdered clay in a bowl, then mix in a little warm water at a time, until the mixture has formed a paste with a consistency similar to peanut butter. Use a wooden spoon, not a metal instrument. The amount of clay you will need will vary according to the size of the area of skin you plan to apply it to. You will want to prepare enough to apply the clay in a thickness of about 1/8 inch.

Use a wooden spoon to spread the warm clay onto a piece of clean, natural porous cloth large enough to cover the area being treated. Muslin, cotton, flannel or wool make goos cloths for clay packs. If you are applying the clay pack to a large area of the body (e.g., the abdomen), you can cut up and use a disposable “incontinent” pad for this purpose.

  1. Lay the prepared clay poultice directly on top of the skin, with the clay touching the skin. If you are worried about the clay making a mess of your clothes or bedding, you can apply plastic wrap over top of the fabric.
  2. Tape the cloth in place; a light bandaging tape works well.
  3. Leave the pack on until the clay is dry. If you apply the pack in the evening, you can leave it on overnight. If the clay is very moist or well-sealed, it may not dry completely.
  4. Peel the cloth and dry clay off of the skin. Wash off any extra clay residue on the skin with a damp cloth.
  5. Discard the used clay. You may wish to wear gloves while removing the clay, as it will be full of toxins and this can minimize the possibility of reabsorbing any toxins.