What are Bentonite Clays?

Bentonite clays usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water. Also referred to as Montmorillonite, it is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. For cosmetic, horticultural and health purposes, two main classes of bentonite exist: sodium and calcium bentonite. Sodium bentonite expands when wet, absorbing several times its dry mass in water. As with Calcium bentonite, Sodium bentonite is widely used in the health and beauty industry in cosmetics and as a detoxification agent. Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. For this reason it is often used as an animal feed additive to detoxify livestock prior to them entering the human food chain. It is the main active ingredient of fuller's earth which has been used for hundreds of years as a general cleaning agent.  A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.

Bentonite Clay Applications

There are a large number of uses for Bentonite clays so please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We supply Bentonite clays in Cosmetic Grade and Animal Feed Grade. Bentonite clays are an all natural product that have an incredible number of uses:

 

On The Farm:

Soil Conditioning - Bentonite clays from ClearOFF Minerals have a varied range of applications and uses including soil conditioning to allieviate erosion, improve water retension and supply essential minerals. Sodium bentonite is one of the “most effective low cost methods” of treating porous soils, infact it has all factors necessary for healthy plants, while still being cost effective for the grower.

Pond & Lake Lining - Sodium bentonite swells up to 15 times it own size causing it to bind with the soil underneath to create a watertight seal.

Building Restoration - Poultices for masonry restoration and other specialist applications.

Anti-caking & Flow Agent - E558 - ClearOFF Minerals supply Sepifeed BA-200 Animal Feed Grade Calcium Bentonite as a completely natural, chemical free anti-caking agent. It has very useful benefits in products and feeds that experience difficulties in pouring and flowing. Particularly stock-feeds containing molasses tend to form clumps and become sticky. Not only will the clumps become hard to pour, they start to encourage mould and potential wastage can occur. Sepifeed BA-200 when mixed with the feed will coat the particles preventing them from binding together. This enables the feed to flow better making the feed less likely to mould due to the moisture absorbency characteristics of Bentonites.

 

For Livestock:

Animal Mineral Feed Supplement - E558 - Bentonite contains over 70 different minerals essential to maintain fit and healthy livestock, birds, horses and pets. Bentonite clays have been shown to improve:

  • growth rates of young animals

  • body condition of breeding livestock

  • reproduction rate where this is below optimum

  • milk yield

  • survival of adult ruminants and offspring at the time of the birth process

  • wool growth

  • health through improved immune reactions to intestinal parasites

  • protein nutrition by balancing the rumen with deficient minerals and ammonia

 

ClearOFF Minerals supply Sepifeed BA-200 Animal Feed Grade Calcium Bentonite an effective feed additive for livestock, birds, horses and pets. When consumed by your livestock it helps to reduce internal parasites, detox the system of heavy metals, toxins and radioactive particles, pH balance the gut and lower intestine while supplying a large variety of trace minerals. Some of the reported potential benefits of daily consumption of Bentonite include:

  • Essential trace minerals – beneficial for all animals including mammals.

  • Can assist to detoxify bacteria, viruses, e-coli, heavy metals and toxins.

  • Completely non-toxic, no potential for microorganisms to gain immunity over time.

  • Remedies digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc.

  • Speeds recovery from vomiting, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

  • Detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals from livestock entering the human food chain.

  • Promotes shinier coats, feathers, hair, skin, manes, hooves, nails and plumage.

  • Cost effective health supplement resulting in reduced animal stress, better well-being and often reduced vet bills.

 

Our Sepifeed BA-200 is a high purity bentonite for removal of mycotoxins in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) 1831/2003 on additives for animal feed, and included in the category of technological additives with E-558 number. Bentonite generally improves the health and well-being of livestock resulting in increased productivity. Animal Feed Grade Bentonite is acceptable as an organic feed additive for livestock E558 in the UK (add 2%).

Detoxification Agent - Removes heavy metals, chemicals, toxins and radioactive particles from animals.

Skin Problems & Wounds - Apply clay as a poultice to cuts, abscesses, sores, burns, bites, stings, split hooves and other exteral ailments. Promotes speedy healing while soothing the affected area.
Anti-caking & Flow Agent - E558 - ClearOFF Minerals supply Sepifeed BA-200 Animal Feed Grade Calcium Bentonite as a completely natural, chemical free anti-caking agent. It has very useful benefits in products and feeds that experience difficulties in pouring and flowing. Particularly stock-feeds containing molasses tend to form clumps and become sticky. Not only will the clumps become hard to pour, they start to encourage mould and potential wastage can occur. Sepifeed BA-200 when mixed with the feed will coat the particles preventing them from binding together. This enables the feed to flow better making the feed less likely to mould due to the moisture absorbency characteristics of Bentonites.

 

For Humans:

Beauty & Spa - Cosmetic Grade Bentonites are widely used in make-up and skin care products such as soaps, clay poultices, face packs, body wraps, tattoo removal, skin whitening and by the spa industry, etc.

Face Mask - For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. Treat once or twice a week.

Weight Loss, Toning, Detox & Remineralizing Body Wraps - Take adequate amount of bentonite clay and mash it properly. Apply on problem part of your body and rub gently for 2-3 minutes. Then wrap it with any of wrapping material like foiling sheet or plastic sheet. Tight your skin using bandages stripes. Let this wrap sit for several hours. Remove everything and rinse well.

Detox Bath - Add about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that also softens skin.

Oral Rinse - Bentonite can also be mixed with water as an alkalizing and toxin removing mouth rinse, a beneficial treatment for mouth ulcers, gum disease, halitosis, viral and bacterial infections etc. 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 there is no more remaining.

Remineralizing Tooth Powder - Because of it’s excellent ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals, it makes an excellent remineralizing tooth powder. It can even be used alone or with your regular toothpaste for brushing, it is tasteless and relatively textureless.

Skin Problems & Wounds - Externally, apply a paste of bentonite clay and water on any skin irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, sores, or burns. I leave it on until it dries and wash off. This is said to be especially calming to skin itching from eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc. and helpful for curing acne and other disorders. For more severe issues, create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. Wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.

Tattoo Removal - Calcium bentonite clay has natural negative charged ionic molecules whereas most substances, including tattoo ink, have positive charged ionic molecules. The clay literally attracts positive charged ink and holds it (adsorption) as well as drawing the ink molecules inside the clay molecules (absorption). This amazing double bout process works with astonishing efficancy.

Skin Bleaching - Gently bleaches the skin and draws out pigment. Can lighten skin colour, reduce liver spots and blemishes

For Mastitis - Create a poultice or mask of Bentonite Clay and water and apply externally to the area. Repeat as needed every hour until the infection is gone.

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.

Complimentary Treatments - Bentonite and other healing clays are used internally to help reduce radiation exposure, in alternative cancer treatments, and in MRSA infections. It is also said to greatly help in Parasite removal.

 

For Pets:

Animal Mineral Feed Supplement - E558 - Bentonite contains over 70 different minerals essential to maintain fit and healthy livestock, birds, horses and pets. Bentonite clays have been shown to improve:

  • growth rates of young animals

  • body condition of breeding livestock

  • reproduction rate where this is below optimum

  • milk yield

  • survival of adult ruminants and offspring at the time of the birth process

  • wool growth

  • health through improved immune reactions to intestinal parasites

  • protein nutrition by balancing the rumen with deficient minerals and ammonia

 

ClearOFF Minerals supply Sepifeed BA-200 Animal Feed Grade Calcium Bentonite an effective feed additive for livestock, birds, horses and pets. When consumed by your livestock it helps to reduce internal parasites, detox the system of heavy metals, toxins and radioactive particles, pH balance the gut and lower intestine while supplying a large variety of trace minerals. Some of the reported potential benefits of daily consumption of Bentonite include:

  • Essential trace minerals – beneficial for all animals including mammals.

  • Can assist to detoxify bacteria, viruses, e-coli, heavy metals and toxins.

  • Completely non-toxic, no potential for microorganisms to gain immunity over time.

  • Remedies digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc.

  • Speeds recovery from vomiting, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

  • Promotes glossy coats, increased bone density, strong nails, vigor, general health and well being.

  • Cost effective health supplement resulting in reduced animal stress and often reduced vet bills.

 

Animal Feed Grade Bentonite is acceptable as an organic feed additive for livestock E558 in the UK (add 2%).

Detoxification Agent - Removes heavy metals, chemicals, toxins and radioactive particles from all manner of pets.

Skin Problems & Wounds - Apply clay as a poultice to cuts, abscesses, burns, bites, stings, split hooves and other exteral ailments. Promotes speedy healing while soothing the affected area.

Internal Parasite Control - Helps maintain a low count of internal parasites such as worms, protozea, virus' and bacteria.

Poisoning & Gastro Disorders - 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 needle). Bentonite will help remove poisons and toxins from the body and can save a poisoned animals life if given orally.

 

In The Garden:

Soil Conditioning - Bentonite clays from ClearOFF Minerals have a varied range of applications and uses including soil conditioning to allieviate erosion, improve water retension and supply essential minerals. Sodium bentonite is one of the “most effective low cost methods” of treating porous soils, infact it has all factors necessary for healthy plants, while still being cost effective for the grower.

Pond & Lake Lining - Sodium bentonite swells up to 15 times it own size causing it to bind with the soil underneath to create a watertight seal.

Building Restoration - Poultices for masonry restoration and other specialist applications.

Trace Element Fertilizer - Bentonite contains 70 different trace minerals all necessary ingredients for a healthy garden.

Seed Mix Additive - Add to lawn or other seed mixes on an equal basis (50/50). For best results apply as a slurry.

 

Business & Industrial:

There are literally a thousand uses for Bentonites. Typically, but not exclusively used in water based systems for emulsion stabilizing, gelling, suspending, binding, bodying and disintegrating. 

  • Agriculture and Animal Feeds

  • Asphalt Emulsifiers

  • Ceramics

  • Construction and Civil Engineering

  • Cosmetics & Make-up

  • Detergents

  • Environmental Sealants

  • Horizontal Drilling

  • Household Cleaners

  • Industrial Coatings

  • Iron Ore Pelletizing

  • Metal Casting

  • Oils/Food Processing

  • Oil and Gas Drilling

  • Paints, Dyes and Polishes

  • Papermaking and Paper Recycling

  • Pet Products

  • Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Medicine

  • Wastewater Treatment

  • Wine and Juice Clarification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bentonite Dosage Rates

Recommended dosage rates for animals and livestock:

  • Kittens - 1 teaspoon per day

  • Adult Cats - 1 to 2 teaspoons per day

  • Puppies - 1 to 2 teaspoons p/day dependent upon size and breed

  • Small Dogs under 15kg - 2 teaspoon per day

  • Medium Dogs 15kg to 35kg - 2 tablespoon per day

  • Large Dogs over 35 to 50kg - 3 to 4 tablespoons per day

  • Giant Dogs 50kg - 4 tablespoons + per day

  • Cattle, Dairy Cows, Pigs - 2% of dry feed ration per day

  • Chickens, Pheasants, Quail - 5% mixed in feed per day

  • Goats, Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas - 2% in grain per day

  • Horses, Ponies, Donkeys - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration

  • Zoo animals - 2% in daily feed

  • Two legged mammals - 1 to 2 heaped tablespoons + per day

 

The above dosages are only a guideline and should be adjusted depending on the situation. You cannot overdose your animals on Bentonite but not feeding enough will not produce the desired effects. Storage - We recommend you store your Bentonites in a non metallic airtight container upon receipt of your shipped product. Bentonite clay powders, water and humidity don't mix from a storage perspective and keeping your Bentonite dry until use will be beneficial to it's efficiency and long term storage.

 

Our Sepifeed BA-200 is a high purity bentonite for removal of mycotoxins in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) 1831/2003 on additives for animal feed, and included in the category of technological additives with E-558 number.

 

 

Disclaimer

Although many of our customers purchase this mineral for internal consumption we are not legally permitted to recommend doing so. This is due to the fact that we are mineral suppliers and not licensed nutritionists, health food advisers or doctors. Some minerals can have an effect on certain medication etc, thus making recommending consumption a dangerous practice.

 

Our Bentonites are either a cosmetic grade clay as used in make-up, skin treatments, soaps etc. Or an animal feed grade clay as used in horticulture and livestock farming. Therefor neither contain any harmful levels of toxins such as Mercury, Lead and Arsenic. I provide a full breakdown of the chemical analysis on the mineral information page thus allowing the customer to make their own informed decision.

 

Please note that we have yet to find a 'Codex' Food Grade Bentonite available to purchase in this country. You will find companies in other countries claiming 'Food Grade' but their countries standards are much lower than those in the UK. In the UK it has to be tested in a government CODEX lab, in small batches, by law (an expensive process for what is often the same clay sold in other countries as Food Grade). Yet, in the US for example, the mineral can be tested in any laboratory and the limits allowed are considerably higher than those in the UK.

 

Ingesting Bentonites

A person who observes nature can witness the fact that animals instinctively use earth to cure themselves. Indeed, we owe much of our discovery in this field to animals. Bentonite Clay is a unique its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. A Czech study shown that bentonite clay added to pig slurry removed 98.9% of psychrophilic microorganisms and 100% of mesophilic microorganisms. And in a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and others. What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the MRSA or other bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics. Bentonites have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium, all of which are essential to health and wellbeing.

Data Sheet Information

Calcium Bentonite Powder (High Purity)

 

Typical Chemical Analysis

    SiO2 57.74%
    Al2O3 18.23%
    Fe2O3 3.09%
    CaO 1.93%
    MgO 4.19%
    K2O 3.03%
    Na2O 1.72%
    P2O3 0.13%
    TiO2 0.39%
    Mn3O4 0.08%
    V2O5 <0.05%
    Cr2O3 <0.05%

 

Typical Properties

    Bulk Density 800-900 Kg/m3
    pH 6
    Swelling Volume 8 ml/2g
    Moisture 14% maximum
    CEC 85-90 meq/100g
    Sieve Analysis
    150 microns Max 5% retained
    75 microns 15-25% retained
    Source: Spain

Sodium Bentonite Powder (High Purity)

 

Typical Chemical Analysis

    SiO2 57.1%

    Na2O 3.27%

    Al2O3 17.79%

    K2O 0.9%

    Fe2O3 4.64%

    TiO2 0.77%

    CaO 3.98%

    Mn2O3 0.06%

    MgO 3.68%

    LoI 7.85%

 

Typical Mineralogy

    Montmorillonite 92%

    Calcite 4%

    Feldspars 2%

    Quartz 1%

    Dolomite 1%

 

Other Typical Properties

    Bulk Density 800 – 900 Kg/m3

    Swelling Volume 29 ml/2g

    Moisture Maximum 14% by weight

    Cation Exchange Capacity 78 meq / 100g

    Sieve Analysis

    Maximum 5% retained on a 150:m sieve

Sodium Bentonite Granules (High Purity)

 

Typical Chemical Analysis

    SiO2 54.7%

    Al2O3 11.6%

    Fe2O3 5.2%

    CaO 4.5%

    MgO 3.8%

    K2O 0.8%

    Na2O 3.1%

    LoI 8.9%

 

Typical Properties

    Bulk Density 1050 Kg/m3

    pH 10.8

    Swelling Volume 20 – 40 ml/2g

    Moisture 10 – 14% by weight

    Sieve Analysis

    Predominantly 2-15mm granules

Wyoming Sodium Bentonite (High Purity)

 

Typical Chemical Analysis
    SiO2 63.10%
    CaO 1.21%
    Al2O3 19.71%
    K2O 0.70%
    Fe2O3 4.15%
    TiO2 0.17%
    MgO 2.28%
    Mn2O3 0.03%
    Na2O 2.02%
    LOI 6.63%

 

Typical Mineralogy
    Montmorillonite 94%
    Feldspars 4%
    Gypsum 1%
    Quartz 2%

 

Typical Properties
    Bulk Density 800 – 900 Kg/m3
    Cation Exchange Capacity 74 meq/100g
    Swelling Volume 26 cm3/2g
    Moisture Maximum 14% by weight

    Sieve Analysis
    Maximum 15% retained on a 75<m   sieve

 

Source

    Wyoming, America

Sepifeed BA-200 (Animal Feed Additive E-558)

 

Typical Chemical Analysis

   SiO₂ 47,3%

   Al₂O₃ 12,7%

   Fe₂O₃ 4,3%

   CaO 5,8%

   MgO 11,4%

   Na₂O 1,9%

   K₂O 2,7%

   LOI (1000ºC) 13,3%

 

 

Typical Physical Properties

   pH 10.5 + 0.5
   Moisture 15% maximum
   Sieve Analysis
   106 microns Max 5% retained
   75 microns 20% retained

 

Origin

   Spain - mined and milled at

   source.

 

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