Aztec Healing Clay, Uses, Benefits, Side Effects

Aztec Healing Clay is an awesome beauty product that is cultivating quite a considerable amount of fame. With several uses and benefits, it still comes at a low cost and the clay is readily available. Read on to learn more on what the Clay is, its uses, benefits for skin, acne, scar cellulite & hair acne side effects,reviews and where to buy

What is Aztec Healing Clay?Aztec-Healing-Clay-Uses-Benefits-Reviews-Buy-Side-Effects

According to, Aztec healing clay is a Bentonite clay that originates from Death Valley, California. Aztec mud is brought into being as a result of volcanic residue/dust deposits that have settled on the earth. As the ash settles for thousands of years, it continually absorbs nutrients and minerals from the earth.

The combination of the ash, minerals and nutrients results to the formation of the clay. The healing clay is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees. At it times it is described by the name Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

Aztec Healing Clay Uses & Benefits

What is Aztec healing clay good for? What are the uses of the clay? Owing to the fact that this clay is Bentonite (calcium, to be specific) clay, the uses and health benefits do not differ that much from what Bentonite offers.

Bentonite clay types differ depending on the mineral content and in this case the focus is on calcium rich type. Other than calcium, the clay is made up magnesium, sodium and trace amounts of a number of other minerals. Aztec healing clay uses and benefits are many. Following are some;

Aztec Clay for Hair

Aztec clay has been known to produce considerable results for hair. Since the clay is a store for a variety of minerals and nutrients, it serves as a nourishing agent for almost all hair types. For years, the clay has been used to clarify and cleanse hair.

Cleansing with this secret Indian clay removes impurities and dirt leaving hair looking pure, clear and natural.It also leaves your hair soft and supple. The clay has an ability to calm scalp conditions such as eczema. In addition, it is one of the best known hair moisturizer and conditioner that you have probably not tried. How does one prepare and apply Aztec for hair recipe? Here are recipes for hair and other uses.

Aztec Healing Clay Acne Scars

Acne Scars

Many popular spa brands have been reported saying that they use Aztec healing clay as a base for treatment masks in their facials. It is also used as body wraps for full body detoxification. Most probably they (brands) have discovered its secret healing ability. So, how does the clay work for acne scars and the skin generally?

When water is added to the clay or when the clay is hydrated, it swells up (this cannot be observed by the naked eye) and becomes very porous. It is a salient characteristic of Bentonite clays. Hydration makes the  molecular and electrical components alter and give off an electrical negative charge. Poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis have a positive charge. The negative charge(clay) will hence attract the positive charges(waste).

Indian Healing Clay lifts the pimple and blackheads into the clay bed to cause accelerated healing and nourishment to the skin with a variety of minerals. What makes this clay a magic cleanser lies in the ability of the clay to absorb  impurities or toxins, heavy metals and other waste products found within.

Its calming, soothing and cleansing effects make it a natural remedy for acne and acne scars, skin discoloration dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Internal detoxification/Cleanse

The clay can be used for internal detoxification. As you might have noticed, it swells and becomes absorbent when hydrated. At the same times it becomes nonreactive: not readily changed by chemical or biological reaction. The mixture is consumed frequently as a means to cleanse and detox the body internally. While inside the body, toxins become attracted to clay.

Once the toxins are attracted, they are absorbed into the clay and passed out of the body. Since the clay is inert or nonreactive, it will not change its structure before passing through the bowels. However, there are lots of debate if it is safe or not safe for internal use. If it is purely calcium bentonite then you can trust it.

If it is indicated on the label as “for external use only” just do as the instructions say since the manufacturer knows the kind of ingredients that the product ships with…some may be harmful.

Dietary supplement

Another possible health benefit of Aztec healing clay is that it can be used or taken as a dietary supplement. As you have noticed from above, the clay contains minerals in nutritionally significant amounts.

It is a fact that if the body lacks sufficient minerals, it will easily succumb to disease. When a dying cell is charged by an electrical current, it will become living once again. Providing the cell with the essential minerals it needs to live, makes the cell itself to regenerate and “nurse” itself back to health.

Relief constipation, gas and bloating

Indian secret clay can be used to  relief constipation, gas and bloating since the  clay is purely a calcium Bentonite clay. Studies conducted by the Digestive Tract Research Group, published in the Singapore Medical Journal, indicated that irritable bowel syndrome patients who took oral calcium Bentonite supplements reported relief from the discomfort and pain associated with the disease.

The also established the clay can still act as a laxative. Calcium Bentonite has also been associated with the treatment of food or metal poisoning, and dysentery. []

Other Aztec Healing Clay Uses & Benefits

  1. Aztec secret healing clay can be used externally as a treatment pad or compress to aid soothe cuts, wounds, bruises, muscle damage and pain associated with carpel tunnel. Other external conditions that Aztec can treat include rashes, insect bites, psoriasis and eczema.
  2. Aztec clay is also used in cosmetics. It is often used in a number of commercial beauty products. Some of the other cosmetic uses for the clay include treatments for blemishes, cellulite, eczema and wrinkles.
  3. Another benefit of using this clay is that it is cheap meaning that you will probably save some bucks and it will offer a fresh mask every time you use. Fresh because it comes in powder for meaning that each time you will need to create a new fresh mask.

Aztec Healing Clay for Cellulite-Does it work?

Can you use Indian Healing Clay to get rid of cellulite?  Some individuals claim that this method works but unfortunately this is information is based on personal opinions. There is not enough ‘real’ data to back it up. What this clay does is tightening your(skin) cellulite prone areas. This will make your cellulite disappear temporarily. The fact is, the fat deposits are far too deep under your epidermis for the clay’s shrinking powers to ever reach.
For this temporary effect, mix the clay with some apple cider vinegar to form a thick paste. Apply it to your cellulite areas  and leave it to dry.  While the clay dries your  skin will tighten. Soak in a tub filled with warm water for not more than 20 minutes to soften the clay and rinse it off.

Aztec Healing Clay in Stores, Where to Buy & Reviews

Aztec Healing Clay and Reviews for Skin and Hair

“I really like this product it does leave your face red only few minutes. You only use once a week my face feels and looks better helps control oil. Packaged good will order more”, Amazon reviewer.

“Love this mask. Bought it on a whim after getting a severe breakout from a new supplement I’ve been taking for an bum shoulder. I mix it with apple cider vinegar as my face is not sensitive and incredibly oily. Noticed a difference with in the first use. The breakout went down a lot and the redness was gone. My only complaint is that its a nightmare to wash it off.”Amazon reviewer.

On Makeupalley product review, a user says that the product is cost effective. The use believes the product is enough to be used for some time.“I doubt that i’ll run out of this product soon!” the user notes. “i use it with brag g’s apple cider vinegar with some of water. The mask takes a moment or two to dry but i highly recommend not to “crack” the dry layer. My close friend and i attempted this and we broke out badly in the morning the first time after use! limit frequency 2 times for every week for skin to adjust.” the reviewer adds

“I purchased this product because I wanted to stop using so much shampoo on my hair. It was amazing… I applied it in sections and massaged my scalp in to to really cleanse the hair scalp. My result was super and really clean hair…”verified reviewer at

Where to Buy Aztec Healing Clay

Where can you buy Indian secret healing clay?  The clay is readily available on,,,, wholefoods, amongst others. You may want to shop top rated Aztec clay products

Aztec Healing Clay Side Effects& Cons

Are there any known side effects, cons or disadvantages of using this clay? As in the case of other clays, there aren’t any known side effects of the Aztec healing clay when used correctly. However:-

  • It may feel tingly or itchy. This may be uncomfortable to some folks but its normal. These feeling are attributed to the detox process.
  • You experience skin reddening after use but it turns normal after a short duration of about 30 minutes.
  • Some users claim that after drying it hurts to take off. You might want to soften it with warm water before you scrub it
  • You have to make the mixture yourself. Some consider the whole process of mixing a messy work.Not everyone enjoys the procedure especially when other brands come ready made.
  • When this clay mask created with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, the smell of the mixture may be unpleasant to some individuals.

Have you tried Aztec healing clay? If yes please share with us your experience in the comment section. If you have not yet tried it, this is the greatest opportunity you have available to give it a try.

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  1. Used it on hair and face and had great results on both. Both were extremely clean and fresh. My face was a little red but it was so clean and soft. My curls( 4c ) clumped nicely and were very soft and manageable. I’m starting to drink it because of the detox benefits. Love and will use forever

  2. I was reading this looking for good information. I thought I was getting a nice and honest depiction of this product until I read that cellulite fat is “too deep in the epidermis”. The epidermis does not contain fat cells.

    1. Hi Heather. Thanks for the correction. That was typo it should have been “under” not “in”. Hopefully you got the point.

  3. I used it on my hair not know I wasn’t supposed to comb my hair while the clay was in my haor. A significant amount of my hair came out. I’m on my growth journey. And this was a huge set back. I love the other benefits but won’t be using it on my hair anymore. I’m super depressed because now my hair is way thicker on one side then the other.

  4. I had a quick question about the detox process. I was using devacurl nopoo prior once a week along with the LOC method. I wanted to try shikakai, amla, and bentonite clay for my hair since I had been loving the bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and avocado oil for my face. When I used the shikakai, amla, and bentonite on my hair for the first time (five minutes) it became rather itchy for about a week. I use argan oil mousse daily and after googling the ingredients I think this could possibly be a source to react with the bentonite. I’ve since stopped using the shikakai after testing it on my forearm skin and it immediately getting slightly itchy. The itching has lessened two weeks later but it’s still there. Also, I’ve had an increase in the amount of hair I’m shedding (I have very thick hair, curly hair I’m trying to grow out as a guy). Is this part of the detox process and will it stop once it’s over? I decided today to no longer use my mousse and see if that helps since the bentonite gives ample volume but I would like to know if the shedding and itching will lessen after it’s done detoxing.

    1. Hi Liam,
      Thanks for your contribution.
      Pure Argan oil mouse is thought to be safe. The most likely cause of itchiness and hair fall or shedding is the ingredients with which most hair
      products are made up of. For example substances like alcohol may lead to unhealthy hair or in fact hair loss. Some users who react to metals(especially those in clays) may also experience side effects such as allergies.
      Well, all you need to do is give more than a thorough look to the ingredients of any hair product before buying. Now that you already have an idea of what may be causing the itching and hair shedding, you should be sure that the side effects will disappear after the detoxification process. Please feel free to share the results with us.

  5. I used the Bentonite clay for the first time a couple of days ago. I have been natural for about a year and a half. I also suffer with low porosity fine hair, which was shedding more than I would like (for some unknown reason). I used the Bentonite clay with ACV and left it on my hair for about an hour to an hour and half (covered with two plastic hair caps and a silk scarf.) (I had to run some errands.) As I was rinsing it out of my hair, I could not believe what was happening! The tangles just melted like butter on a hot griddle! (Smile … big!) And this was after three (3) weeks since my last wash. And I might add, I did not detangle before applying the clay. (Usually I experience a rather large ball of shed hair.) I am absolutely delighted! My hair felt a little thicker (fuller) and there was very little hair loss (or shedding) as well! Was able to style without any problems or resistance! I just love it!!! I plan on using it weekly. Is there any harm in doing so?

    1. Hi Sandi Chapple, thanks for you contribution. There is no known harm of using the clay weekly. So,you can definitely use it. However stop using it when you notice any harmful effect.

  6. Is it really ok for internal use? As what written in the label, it’s “for external use only”. Pls clarify. Thanks

    1. Hi Rexlyn, if the label says so, then go with that. The manufacturers know the ingredients they have added that probably may not be safe for internal use…according to studies however, calcium Bentonite supplements can be orally for internal detoxification.

  7. Why is it impossible to find the materials lab report of mineral analysis for Secret Aztec? Is that true, if not where is it posted?

    1. Hello Billy, Yes it true that information on lab report of the mineral analysis of the clay is scarce. Note, it is basically Calcium Bentonite. Checkout out this book. It may be helpful.

  8. Hello I’m a new user of the Aztec secret and I really like the mask, I’m wondering if this clay is safe to use as diy toothpaste? I have been reading about the benefits of cleaning your teeth with it and I would love to try it!!

    1. Hello Paola, note that aztec clay is Calcium Bentonite Clay.You can try it. A number pf individuals use Bentonite for for oral health. Please remember to come back and share your results.

  9. hello I have the aztec indian healing clay as depicted above and i really wanna use it for internal detoxification but it says “for external use only” i saw the previous comment that was replied with to go with whatever the label says but i am curious as to if it’s still safe to take this specific brand internally (like mixed with water) even if the label says other wise?

    1. Hello Amelia, thanks for dropping by Durablehealth. If the label says for “external use only” then that is what you ought to do. The manufacturer may have included an ingredient that probably isnt good/safe for internal use. It is not recommended. However, if there’s a way you can contact the company that created the product, then that will be better. At least they can give you information on the ingredients and why they are not safe for internal use.

  10. Hi, I have been using this product for a toothpaste based on the recommendation of a friend and I am also worried that the label states “for external use only”. I product that I use is the same one that you show in your picture in this post “Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay” and when I tried to contact the manufacturer about more detailed ingredient list or their opinion about using this product as a toothpaste they did not reply. I also looked at “book” that you recommended to Billy above and found this was really just an “ad” from the above company about this product. My question is who are the experts who write Durablehealth and what are your educational backgrounds and qualifications to list yourselves as experts. I would also like to know if you have any actual information about this product from an actual journal or scientific study. Thank you for any information you could provide.

    1. The product can be used both internally and externally. It is also important to remember that it works for someone else it does not mean it will work for too.

  11. I know this was written awhile but I wanna double check something. I just bought 2 jars of this clay to consume interally but there’s a warning on the package that says FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Your article says something different…

    1. Hello Anna, thanks for your concern. What is safe for internal use is pure calcium bentonite clay. If there are other ingredients, which only the manufacturer knows, then it may not be safe.

  12. I’ve used this twice and I have been breaking out a ridiculous amount. Big blemishes all over my face. Does the clay have a purging effect?

    1. Hello Sara, thanks for your contribution. Blemishes is a rare side effect of the clay. So far so good not a lot is known on the clay and purging effect. Do consult your doctor for details.

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