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The Many Benefits of French Green Clay

French Green clay (Montmorillonite)

There is several types of clays (Pink, Kaolin, Rhassoul etc.) which have each their own properties. I will talk about the one called French green clay, which is the one that I use the most and that gives very good results. It is quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits in France and is untreated, with a beautiful light green color and soft texture. It is suitable for all skin types.

French green clay has been one of my main remedies for over 30 years, using it regularly for beauty and health purposes. This most potent and beneficial clay comes from noble soil layers a term that defines the surface layers of very old soils usually located at the site of ancient volcanic activities and sea sedimentation basins. It takes several centuries for the clay to reach the surface and concentrate in those soil layers (up to 85% of clay). On its way up, the clay transforms and gets loaded with bio-available minerals and vital energy. Nourished by the roots of the trees, plants and grass, exposed to the natural sunlight and rainwater, the clay slowly matures and gains its full physical and energetic characteristics.  


French green clay is known as the most cleansing and soothing of all clay.  It helps to clear the complexion, rejuvenate the skin and tighten the pores.  It has anti-inflammatory and high absorption properties; excellent for removing toxins and harmful substances.  Blood circulation is increased at the application site, the tissue in the lower skin layer is activated and toxins are flushed our through the lymphatic system.  It detoxifies your skin, purifies and soothes it.  It helps speed up skin regeneration.  Your skin will feel softer and fresher!  French green clay also helps soothe such skin disorders as itching, eczema, boils, allergies, sunburn, and burns.  Great for cuts, wounds and even ulcers of the skin. It helps speed up the recovery of the skin and adjacent tissues.

This clay will balance the PH of the skin and as a mask, is great to clear blemishes, acne and pimples or simply to brighten the skin.  

The finest of clays, French green clay is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. It energizes the connective tissue. It is antiseptic and healing. It gently stimulates and is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation, enabling oxygen and speeding the elimination of wastes. French green clay has a high mineral content.

Rich in trace elements, clays are used to draw our impurities and toxins through absorption.  French green clay is derived from volcanic deposits, and is the richest in mineral compositions and the most drawing of all clays.  In esthetic treatments, it is used to detoxify and cleanse the face and body. French green clay is the best amongst other clays used to draw out impurities and toxins. It also removes old sebum that is clogged in pores and environmental poisons left on the skin.

Clay neutralizes pathogenic microbes, bacteria and virus but doesn’t disturb the natural balance of friendly germs indispensable for our good health.


-As a mask: About a teaspoon of clay mixed with some purified water to make a light mix, not too thick, just thick enough to apply on the skin with a spatula, a brush or with your fingers.

Smooth a medium to thin layer, on cleansed skin, all over face and neck, avoiding the eye area.  Lay down if possible and rest.  Keep it on for at least 10 minutes.  Rinse well with warm water.  Use when you feel your skin needs it! 

-As a facial and/or antiseptic powder: Will absorb excessive oil, give a smooth look, keep the skin clean and offset the red tones. Take a dab on the tip of the fingers and apply on:

  • Blemishes (the green offsets the red)
  • Cuts (seals the wound and speeds up healing)
  • Pimples or break-outs
  • The nose when shining; the forehead, chin or any other area that tends to be oily (will absorb the excess oil)
  • On the corner of the nose or any areas with open pores or broken capillaries (will create a smooth surface and conceal the redness
  • OR lightly brush all over the face as a facial powder.  It will create that smooth, velvety look in an all-natural way, without any harmful substances to your skin.

-For wounds or ulcers: We can apply a clay poultice on infected wounds or stubborn ulcers. It will clean it up and help with the regeneration of the tissues.  If a wound is seeping, you can pour some dry clay powder on it several times a day until seeping stops. If a wound is opened, you can fill it up with dry clay until the wound repairs and closes up. 

For insect bites: To maximize the benefits, put few drops of pure essential oil of lavender (calming, anti-inflammatory) on the bite, then cover it with a medium layer of French green clay. You can cover it or leave it that way.  The pain will substitute and the lavender will calm the area.  The lavender is optional, the clay is very efficient by itself.

For cuts or burns: Apply a small layer of clay (with lavender if desired), then cover it with a bandage or a band aid to protect it.  If it is small enough just leave it the way it is with the lavender and the clay smoothed on it. In no time at all it will start regenerating. 

My dog Inka, scrapped her finger nail too short and she was bleeding.  I put a thick layer of green clay and it stopped the bleeding and became like a shield of protection, to help regenerate the nail and the skin.  Unless you are a practitioner and/or you know your plants and oils, I would not use essential oils on animals.

Another time a client of mine told me that her son got bitten by a bee under his foot so she put the lavender and French green clay, and minutes later the sting stopped to hurt and he was asleep (calming effect of the lavender).

N.B. Lavender is only an option, clay by itself is already very efficient.

For internal use: French Green Clay is safe to use internally. Clay has been this way for thousands of years. It re-balances the natural pH of many liquids and tissues in the body. An internal course of treatment with this green clay, will help with acid reflux and to repair the stomach lining. French green clay can be consumed internally for a detox. The most common way of internal consumption of green clay is drinking green clay with water. Mix a teaspoon of green clay in a 8 oz glass of pure water using a non-metal spoon. Allow to stand overnight. Next morning before eating anything mix well with a wooden spoon and drink the clay and the water.You can add some lemon juice or cider vinegar to improve the taste if you like. Wait about 30 minutes before eating anything. This is to allow the clay to work effectively in detoxing your body.

It has numerous benefits to offer including boosting your immune system, helping in the assimilation of food nutrients, fostering digestive tract health as well as liver functions. 

A client who used to suffer from acne, cleared her skin by ingesting French green clay.  Often it is a problem of over acidity and the clay balances your body PH (making it more alkaline). Just make sure that it is the pure clean French green clay.

N.B. There are some instances that ingestion of green clay is not advisable. It is not recommended when you are under prescribed medication, have high blood pressure or have iron intolerance. Usage in these circumstances should be strictly under medical supervision.


  • CLAY DETOXIFIES (externally or internally)
  • CLAY STIMULATES STEM CELLS PRODUCTION (this property explains the highly rejuvenating and anti-aging characteristics of clay. In some type of anemia, internal treatments with green clay shows some significant results.)
  • CLAY RECHARGES YOUR BATTERIES (body wraps are great and very relaxing)
  • CLAY IS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND A GREAT PAIN-RELIEVER (apply a thick clay plaster on the site that hurts.)
  • CLAY NEUTRALIZES RADIOACTIVITY (this property makes clay an excellent detoxifying substance after radiotherapy or a radiation leak from power reactors! A therapist I know, mentioned that after the Fukushima event in Japan, she suddenly received a lot of orders from Japan for French clay, going up to 40 pounds at once!) 
  • CLAY NEUTRALIZES EXCESS OF ACIDITY (used internally – as mentioned above)
  • CLAY NEUTRALIZES EXCESS OF SEBUM (this is why it is used on oily skin)
  • CLAY IS A GREASE STAIN REMOVER (we can safely use on it on any clothes, fabrics and carpet by powdering the stain with dry clay and leaving it for an hour or two.)
  • CLAY NEUTRALIZES ODORS (in the fridge, or to control bad breath as a gargle or as a toothpaste)

It is easy to understand why clay has become so popular and should be in every household.

You can find it in health food stores or some pharmacies.  You can find it as a powder, which is the best because you can use it in any way you want, dry or as a paste.  You can also find it in a tube, already in a paste (practical in your purse or at home, because you can use it fast as a paste for several external ailments).  The green clay powder is pale green and very fine.