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The Health And Beauty Benefits Of Clay

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Back in November I posted about The Ultimate Detox Bath. I decided to try it out after I read about how toxins can build up in your body over time and a detoxification bath could help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms of toxin overload. One of the main ingredients in the Detox Bath recipe was bentonite clay…and ever since then I keep hearing more and more about the benefits of this ancient substance. And I mean ancient!

Healing clay has been used for thousands of years! The first recorded use of medicinal clay occurred in 2500 B.C. in Mesopotamia!

Needless to say…after reading up on this stuff…I was intrigued!  And the more I read about it…the more intrigued I was. I mean something that is completely pure and natural (not to mention inexpensive) that can help alleviate so many different ailments?  Sign me up!

So WHAT IS bentonite clay and HOW does it work?

Bentonite clay is derived from deposits of weathered volcanic ash. It is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized as such for centuries by native peoples around the world.

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Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper; then it absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess.

There is also an electrical aspect to bentonite clay’s ability to bind and absorb toxins.  Bentonite clay has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged molecules. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally rids the body of toxins as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.

The following are just some of the ways that clay is used both internally and externally:

Soothing and Healing Skin

Hydrated clay can be applied externally as a poultice on cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, boils, rashes, achy joints, acne, and burns. To apply a clay poultice, place a thick layer (¼ to 1 inch thick) over the affected area. Bentonite clay has tremendous drawing power, so it should be washed off before it dries completely– especially when used on burns or sensitive areas such as the face. If the area can be wrapped with cheese cloth or plastic wrap, the clay can be left on overnight without drying out.

To make a clay “gel”: mix approximately two parts water to one part dry clay to make a gel the consistency of mustard.


Clay baths draw toxins from the skin and through the pores. To enjoy a full-body detox, add 1 to 2 cups of bentonite clay to your bath once a week and soak for 20 minutes. The remaining clay sediment can be safely washed down the drain.

If you don’t have a bathtub, a clay foot bath is another effective way to draw toxins out of the body. For a foot bath, add about 3 tablespoons of clay to a pot of water that is as warm as you can stand. Soak your feet for about 30 minutes.

Digestive Benefits

Bentonite clay is also associated with aiding in constipation, bloating and gas. Other digestive bentonite benefit uses throughout history include treatment of dysentery and bacterial food poisoning, and acting as a laxative. Before using bentonite clay for the mentioned digestive benefits, consult your physician.

For Beautiful Skin

Clay makes a fabulous facial mask, for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, sloughing off dead skin cells, and just making your skin look and feel great overall. It can also be used directly on pimples to reduce their size and inflammation and get rid of them faster.

Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to face as a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off.

For Oral Health

Because of it’s excellent ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals, Bentonite Clay can be used as a tooth powder. It is tasteless and relatively textureless.

To whiten and remineralize teeth, use bentonite mixed with water as an alkalizing and toxin removing mouth rinse. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of clay in 1/4 cup water in a small jar with a plastic lid and shake well. Rinse with the water for 1-2 minutes and repeat until gone.

For Mastitis
Make a poultice of bentonite clay and water and apply externally to the affected area. Repeat as needed every hour until the infection is gone.

For Baby Powder
Plain bentonite clay makes a very soothing baby powder for use when there is infection or redness. It can also be made into a clay “mask” to help speed recovery in this area.

For Morning Sickness
Take 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay in water during early pregnancy to ward off morning sickness. Check with your doctor or medical professional before using during pregnancy.

For Pets

For pets that are sick, vomiting or showing signs of illness, you can add bentonite to their water or mix and give orally with a dropper or syringe without the needle.

Now that you know how beneficial healing clay can be….I bet you’re ready to run out and get some! Not so fast. You’ll want to first make sure you’re getting a quality product…especially if you plan to take it internally. It just so happens that my little town is home to Redmond Clay, who markets an all-natural Utah bentonite clay used by the Fremont indians thousands of years ago. Redmond Clay is a completely natural bentonite clay, extracted from the earth and brought to you in its pure, natural state. I have personally tried their products and can confidently recommend them as a source.

With the growing concern about the dangers of traditional medicines, I’m pretty excited that the search for natural and safe alternatives has brought us back to this ancient healing substance!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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      • My mother saved my cousin’s hearing this way. Yes, she dropped the garlic oil directly into her ear while she kicked and screamed, and to this day my cousin is so grateful for it! If I remember correctly, she had a bad infection in one ear that was going to require surgery with large possibilities of hearing loss. My mom also put the garlic oil in my nose (while I kicked and screamed but finally gave in when my brother joined me). She did it for sinuses (she cured her own this way). I’m still not a fan because it’s just awkward but man was it POWERFUL! My sinuses instantly felt the pressure and pain and then were greatly relieved. Anyway, garlic is awesome and super great for all infections/viruses and all of that.

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      DH was thrilled with how clean and clear his shaving mirror is now! It’s still clean even though he leaves it in the shower every day!

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      Coconut oil can be used on your hair too.

  • Not really sure if it counts as a home remedy, but I use witch hazel for a face cleanser and toner.

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  • I bought some clay back when you posted about the detox bath. I used it in the bath and also mixed it with some melaluca and applied to my face as a mask. It’s soooo smooth and soft! I haven’t been brave enough yet to take it internally but I will sooner or later!

    • I also bought the clay after reading about the detox bath. I read about the benefits of the clay and began drinking it daily. Wow! What a difference it has made in how I feel daily. I highly recommend drinking it. I mix about a tablespoon in 8-12 oz of water at night before bed and let it sit overnight. I stir and drink in the morning. The clay absorbs the water and it just dissolves. It’s tasteless and odorless. If your concerned with digestive issues start with a smaller quantity. Drink lots of water daily as you should regardless of drinking clay water. That detox bath post changed my life and I’m a believer!!

  • At the first sign of a cold, one (emphasis on the word “one”!) of the things that I start are steams with essential oils. The steams with a combination of a few drops each of essential eucalyptus and tea tree oils really help keep any congestion or drainage out of my chest and clear out my head. I haven’t had to use my asthma meds since I’ve started doing this, and I hate the way they make me feel (I don’t have terrible asthma, though).

  • My favorite: using tree tea oil to clean my home. A few drops in warm water goes along way. I mix up a spray bottle as well and spray it in the air. I put a few drops in my nasal sinus rinse, there are countless ways to use the stuff!

  • I bought the clay and started research right after you posted in Nov. I have Crohn’s disease and in the few weeks I have been taking it, it has made a trmendous different to my digestive issues. Also, clay makes a fantastic paste for diaper rash.

  • Our kids and grandkids were visiting our farm over the holidays and our grandson had a lingering cough, the kind that once he got started, it was hard to stop. The cough medicine they brought worked, but they ran out the night before the long drive home. I gave him a cup of green tea with a tablespoon of local raw honey and it really seemed to help, so I gave him another dose before they left in the morning. So glad I remembered pinning that simple recipe!

  • My home remedy is Ginger ale when I’m feeling bad, honey and lemon in hot tea for sore throats.

    I also bought some clay when you mentioned it before. Love it!
    Thanks Autumn for the tip about adding Melaleuca, I will be trying that also.

    Thanks Jillee for the list of uses and turning me on to this.

  • Best rememdy for boils: 1tsp tumeric in glass of tomato juice or water (once or twice a day) problem clears up by 2nd day. Clay can also be used as a hair wash (2 Tablespoons clay, 1/2 warmed aloe vera juice, 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil) leave on hair approx. 15 minutes, rinse and condition as normal. Very good for hair and scalp.

  • I’ve tried this clay. Thanks for the link! My favorite home remedy for Leg cramps or tired muscles. Epsom Salt Bath with EO; 1 dropper lavendar, 20 drops margoram, 15 drops grapefruit, 10 lemon, 15 basil, 10 sage, 20 rosemary.
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  • Thanks Jillee for this post. I’m going to have to try some clay as a digestive aid.

    My favorite home remedy has been replacing my shampoo with a baking soda and honey mixture, and my conditioner with apple cider vinegar and honey. (both mixed with water, of course). My hair gets just as clean as it ever did with regular shampoo, it’s WAY softer, and I feel so good knowing what is going on my scalp, and not pouring a bunch of unknown chemicals on my head.

  • Steep ginger root in filtered water for 20 minutes, add juice from organic lemons, and some local honey. Serve hot or over ice. Helps my husband’s chest colds!

  • My favorite home remedy is garlic oil for ear problems. All winter I get vertigo from fluid in the ear, put a little garlic oil in and within a day I feel better.

  • My favorite home remedy is for sunburn. Soak in a tub with cool water and smear on a paste of baking soda and water. It pulls the heat from the sunburn.

    • Vinegar works great for this too! I’m a red head. So I grew up constantly burnt as a kid. we would come inside after a long summer day playing in the pool, then lay down with towels soaked in vinegar. Pulled the heat right out!now I do this with my kids!

  • I have two favorite home remedies. My first favorite is using grape seed oil to moisturize my dry skin. My second favorite is using a baking soda paste to exfoliate my facial skin (using grape seed oil to moisturize afterwards, of course!).

  • My favorite home remedy for many things is apple cider vinegar. It is a great meat tenderizer, wonderful ingredient for salad dressings and in sauces like sweet and sour. Also it is good for heartburn, dandruff, athletes foot, queasy stomach, sore throats and many other things. I try not to be without it!

  • I use both vinegar and baking soda regularly to remedy symptoms. I also have used toothpaste (that has clay in it) on myself & my teenagers to reduce pimples without having to get to the point where the pimple comes to a head and risk scarring. After a few applications, the pimple reduces and is gone!

      • Janet, this is also my favorite home remedy and it works every time. The trick is to swallow the sugar while it is still grainy in your mouth. Put it in your mouth and just get it a little moist and swallow it. Salt will do the same thing, but who wants to swallow a spoon of salt???

  • My favorite home remedy for everything under the sun is coconut oil! I love that stuff, it’s great for dry skin, helps psoriasis and eczema. It even helps with occasional stomach issues. That and epsom salts are 2 of my very favorite home remedies.

  • Vitamin C when sickness is going around. I also take Apple Cider Vinegar daily and Green tea. I am rarely sick! This post is great! I will be trying several of these homemade remedies.

  • Will have to try this clay! This time of year when I get a cold or a virus I like to take hot water and had in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Sometimes adding honey for added throat benefits. When I get product build up on my hair I do use a couple of different remedies. Crushing an aspirin in shampoo will help to break up the residue and help with any flaking. The other is a little baking soda to the shampoo. Both work geat.

  • My favorite home remedy is one I learned from my grandmother. She told me to rub Vicks on my feet and then put on some heavy socks to help with congestion. It works!

  • I feel pretty “old school” but our’s is Aloe Vera. Growing up we always had a few plants of it outside. If you got a cut, burn, scrap, dry skin, whatever, we’d go break a piece off, peel and use it. It’s still a staple for that in my home as well as you can drink the juice of it for digestion issues as it acts like a probiotic. During my mom’s cancer treatments they encouraged her to use it to help with the intestinal side effect. Have a great day!

  • I use coconut oil for many things, including making your homemade body butter and giving them to people for gifts. I also discovered that when I put peroxide in my children’s ears during or after a sinus infection then it won’t spread to their ears and cause an ear infection. I discovered this by accident, I decided to try it when one of my children was complaining about her ears hurting after having really thick runny nose, my family use to clean our ears with it growing up. It worked!

  • One of my favorites is a whole milk soak to relieve the sting of a bad burn. Worked wonders on my hand one year when I got 2nd degree burns from grabbing a very hot metal pan handle!

  • I once dropped a piece of steak on a new suede jacket – I made a paste of the clay, covered the grease mark and let it dry. It took some effort to get all of the dried clay off the suede (a toothbrush was my friend) but the grease mark was completely gone!

  • My favorite home remedy is to serve broth-based soups when anyone is sick. It’s an easy way to get in the needed extra fluids and by making it homemade, I can add in extra veggies this way also.

  • My favorite home remedy is a “shot” that we’ve used in my family for years when you start to get sick: One shot glass filled with one crushed clove of garlic, one tsp honey, and one tsp lemon juice at the bottom, then fill with ice cold Akravit (though I’ve used other clear liquors like sake without issue). Done several times a day, it’s shortened what was usually a 10-14 day head cold to less than 5 days.

  • My absolute favorite home remedy is to take 1 TBL organic honey, 2 TBL Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, a quarter of a lemon squeezed, and 1/4 t cayenne pepper in hot water. This works so well for sore throats, colds and flu that I use nothing else. On a daily basis I make the same concoction without the cayenne pepper. I would totally love the gift basket–we have had such a bad 7 years due to my husband getting injured at a store and seriously disabled. We are losing our home, and honestly, winning something would really boost my morale

  • Tie for my two favorites. Aloe vera, for just about everything, externally and internally. Just break off a piece from the plant and use it. But since I would have had to chase down and wrestle my kids to get them to take it internall, when they had a sore throat/cough, I mixed raw honey with freshly squeezed lemon. Worked like a charm…and no wrestling.

    I also did a cleanse years ago that included taking bentonite clay. The best cleanse I have ever done!

  • I could use a spot of clay right now to put on my knees… yum..

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  • My favorite home remedy is having the kids gargle with warm salt water to prevent or treat cold/sore throat issues. I also like mixing 1 tsp of honey with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Cleared up my sore throat/ears combo in only two doses!

  • I had a first experience with constipation the other day and was excited to read that the clay could address that. I came across a home remedy amazed me in it’s simplicity; though I hesitate to say “favorite” due to the taste. To relieve constipation I boiled and then cooled down 2 quarts of water and then diluted 3 tablespoons of rock salt. I then drank it and contipation was solved in 2 hours.

  • I have posted before about the benefits of arnica. I am still using it for dark spots, shrinking pores, cuts, bruises and now for acne. My daughter broke out all over her forehead (I suspect from using a new conditioner). We rubbed a little arnica on the area and the next morning her bumps and pimples were almost gone!

  • As I’m new to the home remedy way of life, I guess my normal remedy would be using Vicks VapoRub on the bottom of feet and temples of the head when you are congested; however, I cant wait to get to try some of the new things I’ve found from your blog and some other places! We are slowly trying to transition to a more natural way of life, like growing our own vegetables, composting, making foods at home for chemical control, learning about herbs and all their wonderful healing and other powers, and in a way living more “green”. I hope we are successful, at this point we will take all the advice we can get and I’ll always go for something that will give me “mommy-time”!!! haha

  • Thank you for this post!! I am so excited to try the bath and face mask! My favorite home remedy would have to me a teaspoon of sugar to get rid of hiccups! I really works!

  • My favorite home remedy would definitely be to use a combination of Lavender and Peppermint essential oils for a headache. I combine them in equal parts (with some carrier oil) in a roller bottle. Whenever anyone in the family has a headache, we reach for this first…..before the Tylenol or Advil. Just don’t get it too close to your eyes!

  • I have a couple of favorites…. one is a teaspoon of mustard for heartburn… it sounds strange but will keep your heartburn away all night… the high carbon in the mustard is what does the trick… very effective. Another one if gargling warm salt water for a sore throat… instant relief. Another is a baking soda/water paste for bee stings… for upset stomach drink hot water with jello powder mixed in (just like when you are making jello)… it coats your tummy and makes you feel better fast!

  • I love all these helpful comments! I’m bookmarking this page so I can make a shopping list!
    I have notoriously thin enamel, and have been “blessed” with sensitive teeth. While I do use Sensodyne and alcohol-free mouthwash, when my teeth are ultra sensitive are hurting, a few drops of clove oil numbs me right up! Hydrogen peroxide is also a great thing to gargle with to heal an overzealous flossing session :)

  • I LOVE the silky legs sugar scrub recipe I found here (thank you!!!) I use it often and it has really made a huge difference for my rough and prone-to-ingrown-hairs skin! For my face, which is oily/acne prone, I use a paste of baking soda and water to exfoliate and follow up with a mask of egg and honey to lightly moisturize. Between the two recipes, my skin is glowing and happier than ever!

  • My favorite home remedy is a baking soda and water paste/wash for sunburn. I’m really fair and if I don’t pay attention-I burn easily. Baking soda takes the burn right out. It’s also good as a paste on moquito bites-keeps them from itching so bad. And all these hints are FABULOUS! Jillee and group-keep up the good work!!

    • Thank you ladies and jilliee for all these wonderful ideas! I’m a single mom of 3 boys wiith no healthonsurance. We always have some hurt or cold going around lol so I try to find as many home remedies as I can before I rush to the emergency room. Probably my most used home remedy is vinegar on sunburns. I grew up always burnt and now my kids have my fair and sensitive skin. So we place towels soaked in vinegar on the burn and wake up feeling great! Oh, and jillees recipie for home made laundry detergent is my other fav. Again, we have sensitive skin and this stuff is great with no skin irritations!
      thanks guys…can’t wait to try these new ideas!

  • I have a tie for my two favorites:

    1 – we make an sore muscle/arthritis rub by pouring green menthol rubbing alchohol into a jar
    then saving our banana peels and adding to the jar until the jar is full. Usually about 4 banana peels.
    Let this sit for about 2 weeks then it’s ready to use. (I discard the banana peels after 2 weeks) Got this
    from a lady in her 90’s and we’ve been doing it for years.

    2 – Coconut oil for everything! Skin moisturizer, hair treatment, add it to recipes in place of butter, lip moisturizer, and Dr recommended personal lubricant. Doesn’t have to be organic like some people recommend, I get mine from the baking dept for about $7 a tub and then I scoop it out into various jars
    for use in every room. It will also get paint off of your hands. Just rub it on your hands like you would an
    automotive hand cleaner and wipe off with paper towels. For hair treatment apply a quarter sizes dollop
    to your hair then put plasic wrap or a shower cap on your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes or apply
    heat from a hair dryer for about 10 minutes. Then shampoo out. Usually need to shampoo hair through twice.

  • Sure fire remedy for a sore throat is to gargle with hot salt water (2tsp. salt in a mug of very hot water). followed by a nice herbal tea with elderberries.

  • My favorite home remedy involves garlic and honey. Take several cloves of garlic and mince them, placing them in a small bowl. Pour enough honey to cover the garlic completely. Let it sit for at least a few hours, overnight is best. Tilt the bowl and you’ll find a clear liquid. Take a tablespoon of that every few hours. It gets rid of almost anything bad going on in your system. Having lived for many years without health insurance, I had to learn the natural ways to heal myself.

  • My favorite home remedy, is using fresh ginger in everyday cooking, it has a refreshing flavor along with great health benefits! As well as getting a full nights rest, I am rarely I’ll!

  • My favorite home remedy is lavender oil for burns be it sunburn or touching something hot! You do need a quailty oil i get mine from my friend who does massage and natural thearpies

  • My Favorites remedies are, fermented foods for upset stomach for my boys, honey and lemon for cough, lavender oil and honey for a face wash and last I love bone broth for colds.

  • I am so grateful to have discovered my favorite home remedy. When one of us in our family starts to throw up, the rest of us take a strong probitic. A good one is NOW GR8 dohilous. We open the capsules and take 2 three times a day. I put it in applesauce. It keeps the rest of us from getting sick. We have used this for many years now. I have 13 kids, so keeping throw up off the carpet and beds is worth the expense for sure.And I can get the probiotics for 50% off online.

  • I started using the detox bath that Jill suggested back in November. I read about the acne benefits on the side of the bottle so I will usually sit in the detox bath (with the clay, Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar, and then make a clay mask with AC vinegar and the clay and then melt coconut oil and put it on my scalp and hair and cover my head with a shower cap and relax for a 1/2 hour or so before bed, then I rinse, wash my hair and go to sleep sqeaky clean. I think I may do that again tonight!

  • My favorite home remedy is taking a spoonfull of prepared mustard when a leg cramp attack hits me during the night. Honestly I don’t know why but as soon as I put the mustard in my mouth the cramping stops.

  • My new favourite home remedy is using the Oil Cleansing Method to clean my face – it took very little tweaking to find a combination of oils that works for me and my skin is clear and feels wonderfully soft, especially in places where I’d usually have dry, flaky patches due to winter weather. My sister has noticed significant improvement in acne since starting theOCM as well!

    Thanks for this post! I’ve heard great things about Redmond Clay and would love to give it a try.

  • My favorite home remedy is APC as well. It almost painlessly healed my daughters molluscum contagiosum when doctors only used painful blistering agents. It’s great for so many things. After finding your site, Jillee, I have learned so much about how to better care for my family. Keep it up, it’s very much appreciated!!!

  • Jillee!
    wait to try the clay! What a great New Year body detox. My favorite one good thing is the home~made “degreaser” made with white vinegar and a few drops of Dawn Detergent. I have my own house-cleaning business and I have a few clients with stubborn dirty linoleum floors. Nothing would help get up the grime and dirt. After trying everything but a harsh chemical stripper, I tried this concoction you gave one day. I could not believe the result!! Now I use it all the time. Thanks so much f0r all your great tips….did I mention I would love to try the bentonite Clay?? :D

  • Several years ago, I used a paste of bentonite clay to draw splinters out of the tops of my baby’s feet. He had been crawling on a deck so there were many splinters. The clay worked beautifully to draw out the splinters.

  • Black Pepper for cuts: Be sure to keep a packet of Black Pepper in all of your first aid kits. I have never tried it on really deep cuts that require stitches, but it works great on cuts that bleed a lot, and there is very little scaring.

    • Agreed! I’ve never tried it on myself but I worked with a man that used it. He is on a blood thinner so the least little bump or scrape would cause the blood to pour. He or I would apply the black pepper and that would stop it.

  • WOW some great ideas here. Love hearing that the clay helped someone with crohns. DH has this and I would love for him to try the clay internally. The bath is what I would want to try…love the ginger powder idea in bath that was mentioned too

    I drop tea tree oil on my toes to keep away toe fungus

  • I love how my hair feels after I add about a tablespoon of baking soda to my shampoo. Just tried a sugar scrub that I made with sugar, coconut oil & peppermint extract. Smells so good and skin feels so smooth. The clay and its uses sounds very intriguing. Would love to win!

  • My favorite homemade remedy for a stuffy nose is to put a few drops of peppermint and lemongrass oils (e on a cotton ball a store in a zip lock bag. When my nose is stopped up I just open bag and take two good sniffs and it usually opens my nose right up.

  • My favorite home remedy is using a neti pot to flush my sinuses at the first sign of a cold. I love Redmond’s Real Salt – it never occurred to me to use it in the neti pot until now, instead of store-bought saline/baking soda mix.

  • This will sound crazy but eucalyptus oil in your socks for coughs and congestion
    My grandmother taught me that one and I’m a grandmother now so its worked for five generations in my family.

    Cant wait to try massaging clay into my hands for arthritis

  • Before bedtime, dip a wet finger into clay powder to make a small amount of paste. Apply to a blemish by patting on a thickish layer. This will help to dry out the blemish while you sleep.

  • I also use honey for coughs – it really works. I also just started drinking spearmint tea. It is supposed to help with the delightful “Perimenopause” symptoms as well as many common digestive woes.

  • I think my favorite is the homemade laundry soap (non-grate) and softener(made with the Purex dots). I. Love. Your. Blog! So many great ideas! I look forward to it everyday. Also, my daughter is newly GF this year, so we have tried so many of your ideas! We are making homemade noodles today! Thanks you so much!!

  • My favorite home remedy is oatmeal. Fill an old knee high with oatmeal and tie around facet as bath water is running!! The warm water feels so smooth and makes your skin feel wonderful!

  • The go-to remedies for me to stay healthy is to try to eat clean, take my vitamins, drink plenty of filtered water. I use coconut oil as a lotion, baking soda mixed with water as my shampoo, and use a combination of olive & castor oils to cleanse my face. I may add I’ve gotten most all these ideas from this site! (o:

  • I use grapefruit seed extract oil in water as a gargle for sore throats…also use it as a preventative against colds. Just a couple drops of oil in your morning beverage and your good to go -my kids can’t even tell its in there!

  • I am a breast cancer survivor, and ever since my brush with it, I have been looking for a later native ways to treat my body and my furry kids (cats). One item that has been a wonder product is Tea Tree oil. Its healing and antiseptic properties are amazing. I use it on breakouts, toenail fungus, and have been just giving it to all of my friends. A small bottle will last a long time depending on what you are using it for.

    My cat, Bubbles got stuck under a pie e of furniture, and when he backed out the edge of the wood tore off a good size , approx. 2inch section of his fur, down to skin and blood. I immediately applied with a cotton pad tea tree oil, about 3 x a day, and in less than 6 day sit was completely healed with fur re growing!

    Over the summer a friend’s little dog had a section of its back that was raw and looked awful. She could not afford a vet, so I suggested the tea tree oil. If it did not work. i was taking her dog to the vet. Well in about 3 days. It was gone and it has not returned. But just in case, she keeps a bottle on her shelf.

    Quality of the oil is very important. I use Melaleauca. I have tried Trader Joes version, but it does not work as efficiently.

    Here is an article explaining further : http://www.examiner.com/article/six-distinctive-healing-properties-of-tea-tree-oil


  • I’ve never heard of bentonite clay but I’m curious to give it a try. We have a Whole Foods in my office building so I might venture there during lunch to see if they carry it.

  • I want to send my testimonial for Redmond Clay as well. I grew up in Richfield Utah and Redmond clay was readily available; therefore, I have seen many wonderful benefits using Redmond clay. Another, favorite remedy I use regularly is Ear Candles! Love ’em! I know they work, I know they relieve lots of ear conditions and at times, ear candles will relieve my migraine.

  • My favorite home remedy is 1 teaspoon honey mixed with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon mixed in with oatmeal at the first sign of a cold. Just used it on my daughter yesterday. She had a bad cold and no cold medicines were relieving her symptoms. Gave her this in the morning and when she came home from school she had no cold symptoms!

  • My favorite home remedy is one that I picked up from a friend a few years ago. For a sore throat, put a couple of drops of peroxide in your ear and lay down for about 5 or 10 minutes. Repeat for the other ear. Since the eyes, nose, ears, and throat are all connected, putting peroxide in your ears will kill all of the nasty germs that are causing your throat to ache. You may need to do it twice to completely rid yourself of the sore throat, so I usually do it before I go to bed and then when I wake up, if my throat is still bothering me. It’s worked for me everytime! I haven’t suffered with a sore throat in probably 5 years!

  • For my kids I’ve found that stopping everything I’m doing and sitting down with them and rubbing their head, hand, foot etc… while they sleep, read, watch TV is the best home remedy for a cold or flu!

  • My favorite home remedy has always been to gargle warm salt water at the first sign of throat irritation- I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever had a sore throat thanks to this method!

  • I have *many* favorite home remedies, but the one that comes to mind for me is first is using lavender to reduce fever. Sit in a tub of lukewarm water sprinkled with a few drops of lavender. Or sprinkle a few drops on a lukewarm washcloth and apply to forehead.

  • My favorite home remedy (like many others) is natural unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I first was introduced to it for the terrible sore throat but sometimes just mix a hot cupful to sip on. The “Mother” of vinegar looks like translucent shapes or blobs floating in the bottle. It’s pure gold and contains beneficial microorganisms. Keep a bottle in the fridge all year and mix with water, honey, lemon, cayenne pepper or any combinations of flavors. Works for many ailments or just to protect good health!

  • Freshly squeezed lime or lemon is wonderful for a sore throat… something to do with the enzymes? And blackberry leaf helps with any sort of tonsil inflammation… I would just walk outside and pick a few of the younger leaves from stray blackberry vines in the yard. A delicious and helpful sore throat remedy is some raw honey, crushed blackberries and leaves, freshly squeezed lemon, and hot water brewed together. I made a big jar of this in concentrate, kept in the fridge and added hot water to it in a cup along with fresh lemon slices.

  • My favorite home remedy is Vitamin C and hot echinacea tea — and as much rest as you can manage — at the first sign of a cold. If it doesn’t stop it right away, it definitely shortens the duration.

  • My favorite home remedy? Peroxide…for everything. If it doesnt do it, baking soda will. And Vinegar instead of fabric softener.

    But, for detox..a bath of HOT HOT water with 1/2 ginger..soak for at least 30 min – after 15 min or so you start to feel the effects. It just sucks it right out of you! But you feel better, and sleep like a daddy of a new baby. ((Drinks lots and lots of water after tho))

  • I have been using baking soda in water (as opposed to yet another med) for my chronic heartburn. Works like a charm! I read that it also brings the body’s ph into balance. I love the Redmond clay, Jillee. I tried the bath with the cider vinegar and epsom salts that you posted and I am hooked!

  • Baking soda! It has so many uses. I use it most often mixed with hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. It cleans nearly everything! I’ve been using it to clean our flat top stove instead of those special, chemical laden creams on the market, and it works SO much better. I then rinse with plain water and then buff it to a nice shine with a bar towel and a few sprays of vinegar diluted in water.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve never tried that clay and will have to go on the hunt for some!

  • My favorite home remedy is using yogurt with live cultures when I have diarrhea.

    Also, at the first sign of a child, I get out the Nei pot. It helps to get rid of sinus drainage.

  • My favorite homemade remedy came from my podiatrist…=) Vicks Vapor Rub put on your nails (either hands or feet) consistently will make your nails stronger and healthier, as well as cure any nail fungus without any pain or much expense! Works GREAT!

  • My favorite home remedy is VINEGAR! White vinegar for cleaning, apple cider for what ails you! And petting the kitty cats is a great stress reliever!

    My only issue with the clay is that it is the main ingredient in clumping cat litter, so it’s very difficult for me to get behind it as an internal thing for people. I’d love to win so I could try it, though!

  • Sleep – my favorite home remedy is sleep. I also like a honey, lemon, garlic tea – but the truth is, it tastes really good – but it isn’t that effective . . . Sleep works better.

  • I use coconut oil ~ for cooking, and to take in melted form, abt 1 Tbsp once or twice a day; then for moisturizing – mix with Frankincense and Lavender for my face – after that I warm some more coconut oil in my hands and add tea tree eo for an underarm deodorant. If I am hurting somewhere, I melt some coconut oil between my hands and add a drop of deep blue and massage the area – works like a charm!!

  • Cold Water for burns. Submerse burned fingers or hands in a bowl or sink of iced water, or under running cold water. It draws the heat out from the burn!

    Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a MARVELOUS gift pack!

  • My favorite home remedy is tea tree oil. Recently, my husband had a nail fungus which ,with persistence, has been alleviated by the use of tea tree oil under the nail. The more natural or holistic the better!

  • I started using this to take a detox bath once every week or two. LOVE it! The other day my2 year old grabbed a hot object and I immediately filled the sink with some cold water and rubbed a very thick layer of the clay on his hand. He was splashing and playing (unknowingly keeping the clay moist) and his hand was light pink and not hurting at all about 5 minutes later. This stuff is AMAZNIG!

  • My favorite home remedy to lemon juice, honey and for the adults, a shot of bourbon whiskey, for a sore throat or laryngitis. Gently heat the lemon juice and honey mixture and sip until gone. If you are adding the whiskey add it to the warm lemon/honey mixture. A hot toddy of sorts!

  • When you feel sore throat coming on lightly swab the inside of each nostril with antibiotic ointment and then gargle listerine twice a day for a few days. It keeps me from getting really sick.

  • A cup of tea made using a couple drops of doTerra OnGuard Essential Oil Blend, a little agave syrup in a cup of very hot water to ward off colds and flu symptoms….of course I owe all this knowledge to your sister Rebecca and Camp Wander!

  • My heartburn remedy:

    2 cups coconut milk, 1/4 cup aloe vera juice. Works for me every time.

    If I’m out of coconut milk, I’ll make fresh ginger tea. Takes longer, but works eventually.

  • I still love taking Echinacea when I feel like I’m coming down with something. A few droppers full into water and it takes any early symptoms away!

  • My favorite remedy for dry hands is mixing equal parts olive oil and brown sugar to create a wonderful scrub. My husband has a terrible FORMALDEHYDE ALLERGY. Almost all store bought lotions contain some form of formaldehyde so anything I can make at home for him is incredibly helpful.

    Jillee, I would love a few how to posts on formaldehyde free lotions and soaps.

    Thanks for hosting!

  • I have an update to my previous comment…This post inspired me to make a Redmond Clay foot soak. I sat the bucket down and put my feet in…My lil’ Yoki started drinking the water. My other dog came to investigate, but didn’t drink any. I guess there is something that my lil’ Yoki needed….

  • My favorite home remedy is a bread poultice. While it can be used to draw out splinters under fingernails and other things. I mainly use the bread poultice to draw out infections and to gain access to in-grown toenails. Take a piece of white bread, no crust. Mix a bit of milk to make a pasty mush. After soaking foot in water and Epson salt, apply poultice to clean, dry nail and cover completely with gauze and tape. Do this before bed and by morning the infection will be gone. If not completely gone, repeat process for another night. Not only does the bread poultice draw out the infection, it opens the area so you can access the toenail and remove the “in-grown” spike of the toenail.

      • Rita ~ I should have stated to put the poultice on the infected area and nail…. I hope this works as well for you as it has worked for me, my mom and my grandma. Three generations have used it with success. :-)

  • Before I got into using Essential Oils, I had a rash on my neck that wouldn’t go away and was getting worse. Medication and Doc. prescribed creams didn’t help. I was using bentonite clay for my face. I took a chance and mixed it with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and put it on my neck and into my hairline where the rash was. Doing this every other night got rid of the rash that medicine couldn’t. In doing this it led me to switch from Over the counter products and into the world of Herbal Health and Essential Oils and of Course all the benefits of Bentonite Clay. My new Shampoo is baking soda, almond oil, baby mild formula castill soap, and peppermint and lavender essential oil and distilled water. My conditioner – Vinegar with whatever essential oil I feel like. This method has made my hair so much better and no more rash! Thank you Jillee and Camp Wonder!

  • I’ve never heard of this clay stuff before. I’d love to win some to give it a try. (I’ve tried many new things since following your blog! LOL) Anyway, my favorite home remedy is to gargle with 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water when we get a soar throat. It bubbles and tastes nasty, but kicks that sore throat faster than anything else I’ve ever tried. My kids hate the “foam” so when they get a sore throat I make them gargle with mouth wash and when anyone in our home gets sick, I pour mouthwash over everyone’s toothbrush. It’s amazing how something so simple can help so much! Thanks for all your research. I just made your orange peel and vinegar cleaning concoction and as soon as I get a spray bottle, I can mix it 1/2 and 1/2 and give it a try. I’m on a septic so I love these more natural cleaning products. Thanks!

  • Tumeric. I have many favs in the home remedy category, many have already been mentioned, so rather than be redundant, thought I would add this one! Tumeric has many properties, anti-carcingenic, anti-inflammatory among them. My husband suffers from psoriasis and my fur baby has many skin allergies, so I add tumeric (or curry) to as many dishes as possible and supplement our diets with capsules. Both of my loved ones skin conditions have improved over the past few months noticably!

  • I have several favorite home remedies…right now, I LOVE Traditional Medicinals Gypsy Cold Care herbal tea mixed with local organic honey to help treat colds (they also have a PM version without caffeine). Your homemade body butter is wonderful for winter dry skin (or all year round for my feet)!

  • My favorite home remedy is turmeric. I create capsules filled with turmeric powder & I swear it helps with my inflammation & pain. I also really love Dead Sea salts in my bath to help detoxify & clear up any skin issues, of which I have many.

  • I do a detox bath when I don’t feel well. It has baking soda, Epson salts and ginger. I do it when I’m feeling rundown or starting to get sick. I think it helps! I would love to try a detox bath with this clay!

  • I have to say that with 4 young children and it being winter, the home remedy we use the most relates to ear aches – so the old garlic and olive oil trick works wonders in this home.

  • For athletes foot, tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil, and for stomach aches I used to drink peppermint tea, but now I usually just put a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil under my tongue.

  • I just started using a homemade cough syrup to give to my 3 year old that seems to be working at soothing the coughs. It’s a warm mixture of raw honey, olive oil and lemon juice. A lot of readers have mentioned the warm lemon water with raw Apple cider vinegar with honey and cayennne, I really think it helps keep me healthy.

  • Can’t wait to read the comments! Thanks for the great giveaway too! Loved the info about the clay. I have used it (from a sample) and LOVE it! Our fav home remedy is Cayenne in warm water with some raw honey. (Make sure the water isn’t too hot for the raw honey). Sore throat soother!

  • Redmond Clay is my favorite! I’ve been taking it since last February for heart burn and reflux. I rarely get either anymore. We use it for stings, scraps, zits, burns and to brush our teeth. Go buy some!!

  • When I feel a cold coming on I go to my garden and pick oregano stems and chew on them. Good and natural and way cheaper then the oil you can buy in the stores.

  • Jillee, I hope this is your winning tip! I would love to try the clay products!

    I have learned a few new tips here! However, My most favorite TIP/HOME REMEDY would have to be VICKS VAPORUB: I HAD a discolored big toenail/fungus from an injury. The toenail was very hard and brittle: I started rubbing the VICKS VAPORUB on it every night and now the toenail is “like new” again.

    And ….I wash my hands so many times during the day (since I have a little Yorkie who loves to be held) and I have cracked skin all the time on one or two of my fingers next to the side of the fingernail. I put the VICKS on the fingers, day or night anytime I get a cracked spot. Amazing results always by the next day. Not painful anfter this treatment. I love VICKS for healing this little aggravation. Now, I will try the VICKS on the bottom of the feet with socks if I feel a sinus problem coming on!

  • Sounds like a very interesting product. I have heard that it is good for the skin, but didn’t know about all the other uses. My favorite home remedy is chamomile tea. I drink it all the time for upset stomach and to help me sleep. It’s easy to grow and dry one’s own, but also easy to find in the market place. It’s very tasty.

  • My favorite remedy for a cold is a hot toddy–a little whiskey (good ole Kentucky whiskey!), honey, and lemon warmed up! Also, the armpit stain remover is wonderful! I tried it on a tee shirt I wore under sweaters (because the stain was brown!) and it came out and is like new!

  • Onion and garlic soup. It’s actually DELICIOUS if made correctly, and FULL of powerful healers. I start by frying plenty of garlic and onion in butter, then add water, chicken bouillon, and tomato. Let it all cook through. I serve it with as much lemon and cayenne pepper as I can handle, and some dried oregano gives it great flavor. This soup is SIMPLE, comforting, and effective! I can kick any virus or bacteria in the but with it! Just add plenty of rest and you’re good!

  • Favorite winter remedy: Cod liver oil. We made it through the holidays illness-free!
    Favorite summer remedy: Heavy doses of vit. C to prevent and heal sunburn.
    Guess those are prevention rather than remedy . . .
    We are trying Redmond’s toothpaste and I really like the peppermint. Thinking of buying the clay and making my own next time to save some money.

  • My favorite is a spray bottle with witch hazel, tea tree EO, Lavender EO and some peppermint EO (for the smell). I initially made this for my son to wipe on his face for acne. Since then I have found it to be our own little miracle spray.. we use it on stinky feet and also to help clean and heal sores, cuts and scrapes. Recently our dog developed some sore of skin sore that appeared to be itchy as she was digging at it, I sprayed this on it daily for 3 days and viola..it’s gone. It also helps to deodorize just about anything!

  • dead sea salt in bath helps my child’s eczema OR plantain leaves (herb grows in yards, I use to see it as a weed until I learned HOW beneficial it is) helps tremendously with bee/hornet stings

  • I love using vibrations to for ear pain. The vibrations open the Eustachian tube to allow it to drain. There’s a special machine you can buy that does this but I have found that a sonic toothbrush placed behind the ear will do the same thing. It calmed a middle of the night earache that involved tons of crying in about 5 mins and she was able to go right to sleep for the rest of the night.

    *if you want to know the name of the machine to look up more info it’s the eardoc. I haven’t used it and don’t own one but that’s how I found out about draining the Eustachian tube with vibrations.

  • My favorite home remedy using oil of oregano in any tinctures that I make. You an get them in pill form off of Amazon fairly cheap. The pill can be pierced and the oil squeezed out into the tincture, which aids in healing some ailments.

  • My home remedy is for leg cramps; when you get leg cramps or restless legs, drink plain tonic water. I usually drink about 1/2 cup, but there is no set amount. Legs feel better within five minutes or less.

    Another one I’ll pass along is from my grandmother that I have used since I was 13 and started wearing mascara. She told me to use olive oil to take off eye makeup. It works great, I’m 72 and have no wrinkles around my eyes. I also use it to take off the rest of my makeup and wrinkles are minimal.

  • My kids have eczema. I used Amlactin on my first child, but it stings when it touches broken skin, which is not a good thing when she would scratch her itchy skin too hard. It also had warning against getting it into her eyes and she had eczema on her cheeks. With my second child I discovered essential oils. So now I put a few drops of lavender in a bottle of Curel lotion. No more warnings about getting it into the eyes, no more stinging cracked skin, and it has the added benefit of soothing them to sleep at night. Plus it works much better! Love it!

  • I LOVE Earthpaste by Redmonds. I was using it only a few times a week but I had some tooth pain for a while, started using ONLY the Earthpaste and it went away. I can’t explain it, but it seems to really help.
    My other favorite is Coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch deodorant. Also works as an antiperspirant! Wonderful.

  • Lots of great ideas and information here. I’m just starting to learn about essential oils and have used peppermint oil for hot flashes with a bit of relief. I understand that clary sage is a better choice and will try that.

  • My favorite home remedy is for aching feet/athlete’s foot. My podiatrist told me-nothing is better for feet than a barefoot walk on the beach. He says that the wet sand molds perfectly to the foot giving a custom fit of support to each person walking; he adds that the sand and water combination are a great way to slough off dead skin cells. The cool water will help with aches & reduce swelling. The salt water will cure athlete’s foot along with other funky foot skin troubles, as well as minor cuts like dry cracked split heels and still be gentle.
    OKAY so it’s technically not a home remedy, but it is still my favorite.

  • I have two faves: Candied ginger for tummy upsets, it’s the best way to get my son to take something. You can rinse off the sugar to make it less candy like but it’s such a wonderful way to take ginger: especially good for morning sickness, motion sickness and just plain feeling yucky. And, although it’s not really a homemade rememdy, I use Bag Balm all the time for dry chapped skin, cracking feet and chafing. It’s the best stuff!

  • I don’t know if this qualifies as a home remedy but whenever I feel an upset stomach coming on, I drink about a quarter of a shot glass of Peppermint Schnapps. Just sip it slowly and it will calm your tummy right down. I was given this after a friend of mine made it through chemo and could not afford the nausea pills! Her oncologist told her this tip! It works for stomach flu, food poisoning, even for acid reflux or indigestion…anytime you have an upset stomach. I keep it in the fridge and just sip a bit. I even give it to my kids!

    • You can also melt down peppermint candies in water for the same effect if you don’t want or can’t have the alcohol. Just put about a cup of water into a small saucepan and heat it on low heat. Add about 10 peppermint candies (or basically however many you want but probably at least 10) and heat gently until they melt, stirring periodically. Then let it cool and sip away. My mom used to do this for us when we were babies and had upset tummies or got cholic-y. You could also stir some of this into a cup of hot green tea for a yummy beverage :)

  • My favorite home remedy uses bentonite clay, actually; I discovered it a year or two ago and it’s amazing at clearing up acne and clogged pores! I mix up a little batch and apply it to my whole face for up to an hour (depending on how thick it is and how long it takes to dry) and it makes my face so smooth and baby soft. It’s also supposed to be helpful for healing psoriasis, bug bites, and other such things, but I haven’t used it for these purposes myself.