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“Premium Montmorillonite Clay Products”


You should know the difference before you decide to try clay for either the detoxification benefit or to enjoy the rare mineral nutrients. 

We understand how frustrating it can be when looking for safe, natural products, which is the best course of action whenever possible.  Our bodies are assailed every day with the addition of more and more chemicals in our foods and our medicines. 

Unfortunately, even our best Doctors are too often unaware of the potential problems that long term exposure to the many various chemicals we are provided in the search for a treatment to digestive concerns, not to mention the chemicals added to our food sources. The combinations of the chemicals that are introduced into our systems can often create more problems than solutions.  We must take responsibility and do our due diligence to insure the safety of ourselves and our families. 

California Earth Minerals* believes that education is the answer. This article is offered to provide current and potential clay users with data that will help them understand the characteristics of clays that make a particular type of clay a better choice for use whether in our garden, water, or animal and human use, both topically and internally.   

Clay deposits around the world have been used by mankind for thousands of years for a wide variety of uses with great success. Pottery is one of the first widely known application.  More recently, many have found the natural elements in clay a true benefit when used both topically and internally.   

Clays used for pottery, making bricks and packing the drill holes of an oil rig are not recommended for consumption.  Certain clay types are better suited for human and animal consumption than others, while some are better for topical applications. Other clays have proven to be a better use in soil remediation and water filtration applications.  Which is recommended, and why? 

No two clays are identical and it is very helpful to know what to look for when using natural clay for a particular purpose.  It is also important to understand that Bentonite is NOT Montmorillonite nor is either Zeolite or Kaolinite,  and so on,  though they are similar, there are critical properties of each that will make one more effective for certain applications than the others. 

As the studies increasingly show, a montmorillonite clay is better suited for edible purposes, due to the properties specific to montmorillonites.  All ION-MIN products sold under their separate brands, are premium montmorillonite clay products.    

To address the statement, Terramin Clay is a "Montmorillonite" clay, not a "Bentonite". We know that in common usage, in America, most people mistakenly call clays, Bentonite. This is probably due to the fact that Bentonite was discovered in Ft. Benton Wyoming where there is a huge deposit there. It was discovered just before the turn of the 20th Century. They are related, much like Tigers are related to house cats.

Montmorillonite clay, was actually discovered about 30 years prior to the Ft. Benton deposit and was found near Montmorillon, France. Montmorillonite is much rarer than Bentonite and found in far fewer deposits than Bentonite.  Many people interchange the names, after all proverbially, we do have “feet of clay”.