In previous posts, I examined the importance of water quality, and explored some unique ways to use clay for skin health. Now, I’d like to expand upon this knowledge, and share one of the most famous clay skin formulas which was born from a much simpler time!
The use of raw apple cider vinegar for health predates the formation of the FDA, and was often a favorite remedy among country doctors. Since it was easy to make it was readily available and extremely affordable. Traditionally, it has been used both internally and externally as a remedy for many of the things that “ails ya”.
Combining raw apple cider vinegar with clay is a perfect marriage, and especially beneficial for skin problems. While an apple cider vinegar clay makes a fantastic revitalizing skin rejuvenating formula, it is also exceptional for conditions such as foot fungus infections, eczema, and tissue damage caused by free radicals. When used regularly over time, it will literally dissolve skin blemishes, which are often cells damaged at the DNA level, and leave the healthy cells alone to proliferate.
The best way to make an apple cider vinegar clay is to start with a clay gel or magma that is already ready to use. Simply take a scoop of clay gel, and place it in a small mixing container. Then, add the raw apple cider vinegar, mix for a short period of time, and it is ready to go! I keep a small amount of ACV in a glass dropper bottle for use with clay.
It is always wise to start with smaller amounts of ACV added to clay. The skin will need time to tone and to adjust to the use of apple cider vinegar. One dropper full or so per ounce of hydrated clay is sufficient to start with. One probably won’t even notice it is there. As the skin adjusts to use, the more apple cider vinegar one uses, the more powerful the therapy. Different clays will hold different amounts of ACV depending upon the clay’s particle characteristics. One can add as much ACV as a clay will hold. Eventually, one will reach a point where the clay rejects any additional ACV.
When ACV is added to a hydrated smectite clay, one should notice that the clay visibly starts to collapse in, as if the clay is shrinking. These are the charge layers collapsing as the clay binds the acid. There is no doubt that the field dynamics and characteristics of the clay are altered by the additional of any acidic substance. Therefore, I limit the use of things like ACV to skin use, and wouldn’t personally use ACV for, say, liver poultice treatments… That is, if I desire the full effect of the clay action for all alkaline or neutral therapeutic clays; acidic therapeutic clays work differently.
Of course, after a deep skin cleansing treatment, I recommend using a high quality skin nourishing cream such as our Facial Mousse by Agape Oils, our Frankicense Serum also by Agape Oils, or our Holy basil and neem ayurvedic skin healing cream.
ACV is one of the only acids I use with clay, due to the fact that it is nourishing as well as cleansing. However, it is not the only acid. In the future, I’ll share some additional unique formulas, including using a very interesting yet controversial hydronium (H3O) solution that I developed for wound care.
I’ll also be discussing the two most powerful therapies in my aresenal: Bio Oxidation therapy and antioxidant therapy.
To learn more generalized information about ACV: Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
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