Here at Echolife we are partial to our green swelling clay (of the ‘calcium bentonite’ kind). We all use it, in several glorious and versatile ways: baths, compresses, face masks, cleanser… it makes our skin soft and detoxes our bodies.
But we’re not the only ones who love our clay: animals in the wild (on almost every continent) have been observed to instinctively seek clay to eat, or bathe in. Why?
Jared Diamond (Prof. of Geography and Physiology, David Geffon School of Medicine, UCLA) during his travels in New Guinea observed first hand different bird, cattle and deer species’ predilection for clay. Some animals use clay to neutralise toxins from plants they feed on. Those animals even discriminate and seek out freshly disturbed soil, richer in clay than well-trodden soil.
Marijke Vogel, author of ‘The Earth on which We Live‘, has observed that animals kept in zoos have all but lost their natural instincts to heal themselves – losing such behaviours as seeking out clay when they need it.
If you are unfamiliar with bentonite clay, its benefits and versatile uses, we have written extensive directions and can direct you to the following article to get you on your way: clay tips (and this wonderful mask recipe to combat dull winter skin).
Don’t just take our word for it: try bathing in green clay and you will see animals are intuitively on to a really good thing.