- English: Green Clay
- Also, known as: French green clay
Green clay contains only natural material treated mechanically, without any chemical additives. They are rich in magnesium and trace elements, as well as organic plant matter which alongside iron oxide determines its soft green color.
Illite was called French green clay for centuries, named after the rock quarries in the south of France that yielded most of the world's illite deposits. The clay is truly green in color; the more it leans toward gray-green, the less valuable it is deemed. French Green Clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique blend of minerals.Green clay is used in alternative medicine, for many reasons, but mostly for cleaning and detox because of its vast absorbent properties.
French green clay is prepared for the commercial market by a process of sun-drying and crushing. After the clay has been mined, it is spread in the sun to remove excess water. It is then ground by large hydraulic crushers and micronized, or finely pulverized. The last stage in the process is a final period of sun-drying to remove the last traces of water. You may already know that most clay masks are detoxifying by helping to draw impurities out of the skin. French Green Clay is no different and has been used for years as a detoxifying beauty treatment in many cultures. French Green Clay is a 100% natural bio-organic material and contains a cornucopia of valuable elements, with several important mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorus, silicon, copper, and selenium.
French green clay is available in a dry powdered form for a variety of uses as well as in premixed soaps, scrubs, facial powders, and masks for cosmetic purposes. Clay must be kept dry. It should never be mixed with metal spoons or stored in metal containers; the only materials that should be used in preparation or storage are wooden spoons or glass stirrers, and either glass or ceramic containers. It is thought that the clay loses its beneficial electromagnetic qualities through contact with metal. Never re-use the same clay.
How to use:
Applied in poultices and compresses, clay provides numerous benefits. French Green Clay can be used in body wraps, soap making, face masks, mineral based or cream based cleansers, face or body scrubs, cosmetics and facial powders.
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