French Clay – What is it?

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French clay is renowned for its healing properties and much literature, including scientific one, has been written about its medicinal properties.

Clay is a natural element that has been used by humans and animals since the beginning of time.

Animals will eat clay, drink water from a hole filled with clay and roll into it for various reasons.

According to Nadia Kotchenko in her book “Les bienfaits de l’argile”, there is a small parrot in South America who eats highly poisonous berries and is able to survive this feeding regime by eating large amounts of clay.

Clay is said to be able to drain infections by “drawing” them out, to have cicatricial properties, soothing actions and be a detoxifying agent.

It is quite common to see animals rolling in mud to protect themselves form insects, to cover their wounds or when they feel hot.

We only use French clay for its renowned benefits and quality.

French clay comes into 7 colours: white, red, yellow, pink, blue, gray and green, the green one being the most known and used as a remedy.

Clay has a high mineral content that varies depending on the type and colour of clay. Green clay is an illite which contains more than 40 minerals, the main ones being Silicon, Calcium, Aluminium, Magnesium, Cobalt, Manganese and Potassium with traces of lithium and copper.

All these ions are magnetic and attract and oppose each other creating around them a natural electromagnetic field. In this field, bacteria get caught and destroyed. The uniqueness of the constitution of clay provides its therapeutic properties. It is a fairly complex subject beyond my knowledge so I will leave it to the experts.

Other coloured clays have different mineral content and various strengths in the electromagnetic fields than the green clay. It is said that green clay produces the strongest one, making it the most active and valuable as a therapeutic ingredient. The others seem to have a slower, less powerful field, making them less active and more suited for cosmetic use.

Recent studies have found that it has antibacterial properties and although scientists still do not understand how it works, there are many documented cases where clay was used to treat Buruli ulcers known as flesh eating disorder (or Bairnsdale ulcers in Australia) with phenomenal results. Thank you to the Brunet De Courssou family for their amazing work in Ivory Coast and for documenting so many cases! The site for the buruli ulcer project is one I highly recommend as long as you can cope with the gruesome pictures.

The French green clay has powerful properties and is highly efficient in wound healing. Please read the animal cases article to learn more about using clay with animals.

Chemical analysis of Argiletz Green Clay – Superfine – Illite

Argiletz Green Clay – Superfine – Illite
Silicon dioxide 49.7
Aluminium oxide 14.2
Calcium oxide 8.9
Iron oxide 5.6
Magnesium oxide 2.3
Potassium oxide 4
Titanium oxide 0.48
Phosphorus oxide 0.14
Chromium 70
Lithium 102
Manganese 433
Copper 18.5
Selenium 5
Zinc 65
Boron 50

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