Clay Mask Benefits
There are many benefits to using Mineral Mud, and it is much more than a wonderful, soothing, cleansing, face mask. First-aid care with mineral mud is easy, safe, and effective. Mud has many actions, for example, it cleanses deeply and draws out the toxic matter, while at the same time exfoliating dead skin cells.
Mud is antiseptic, destroying harmful bacteria without attacking the surrounding healthy cells. Its regenerative qualities promote the regrowth of healthy cells and minimise scarring. It has a soothing action on pain. It is stimulating, as it brings oxygen-rich blood to the surface of the skin, helping heal injuries quickly.
Research also indicates mud therapy reduces water retention around areas of tissue damage and speeds recovery after a major injury or surgery. Where many other therapies don’t seem to work, try mud, you may be amazed at the results.
How to use a clay mask
There are several ways in which you can apply healing mineral mud, the most common being poultices, compresses, or directly onto the wound or afflicted area.
Mineral Mud Poultice
Place a piece of gauze or cloth (or even paper towel), folded in two, using a wooden spoon spread an even layer of mud onto the prepared cloth, thickness depending on the wound, and place on the area to be treated.
Mineral Mud Compress
To use as a compress, soak a fine bandage in the thin mud. Squeeze out the excess water. Wrap the soaked bandage around the injured area, not too tight, and cover it with another bandage. For even more relief try applying a layer of mud on top of the injury before applying the compress.
Mineral Mud Directly on the wound
Apply mud with a clean brush directly onto the affected area. To minimise the risk of infection, it is best to avoid using your hands.
Healing Bumps and Sprains With Mineral Mud
Apply a thick layer of mud to the injury. When the mud dries rinse it off. Continue reapplying mud until the pain stops. If the injury is swollen, eg sprained ankle or knee, apply mud compresses until the swelling goes down and the pain stops.
Healing Itches and Stings With Mineral Mud
Bring instant relief to itching bites and stings by dabbing mineral mud onto the affected area. Minerals in the mud draw out infection while healing affected skin cells.
Healing Blemishes, Freckles, Spots and Warts With Mineral Mud
Treat warts, blemishes, blotches, age spots and sunspots with mud. Dab a small amount of mud onto each spot and the surrounding area. Repeat applications as often as possible. With time and a little effort, blemishes will fade and, with perseverance, may even disappear.
Healing Abscess and Boils With Mineral Mud
Do not touch the affected area as this may impede the healing process. Apply mud poultices, renewing them every 1-1/2 hours. A poultice helps pus eliminate through the outlet of the infection (boil or abscess). Once the abscess has “ripened” apply regular clay poultices. Do not cover with anything that does not let it breathe. To reduce/eliminate scarring, continue mud applications, even when abscess or boil is dry.
Healing Sunburn With Mineral Mud
Mineral mud soothes burned skin, relieves pain, draws out the heat, diminishes redness and prevents blistering. The mud removes dead skin cells then repairs and rejuvenates cells damaged by the sun. Applying mud to the burned areas as soon as possible may assist in avoiding problems in the future like skin cancers and melanomas.
Apply a thin layer of mud to the sunburned area as soon as possible. If the sunburn is severe, rinse off before the mud dries or apply as a poultice. Repeat the process until all the heat has been eliminated. This may take up to two or three treatments.
Healing Minor Burns With Mineral Mud
Burns are treated in a similar way as sunburn, however, it is best not to apply mud directly to the skin especially for severe burns. Apply mud to gauze or paper towel in the first instance. If the burn is very bad and the skin is broken don’t run it under running water as the skin may become even more damaged, soak it in a basin of cold water instead, then apply mineral mud using a poultice. Continue applying mud after the pain has gone to prevent scarring.
Healing Headaches With Mineral Mud
Headaches, sinusitis, ear inflammations, apply mud to the nape of your neck. For migraines, use poultices alternately on the nape of the neck and forehead. Warm mud may work better on some headaches than cold mud. The mud works well on its own, however, adding a few drops of essential lavender oil may also help. If a headache is caused from neck problems continue applying mud from the temples down the side of the face and neck and around to the back of the neck up to the hairline being sure to cover the tender area at the base of the skull.
As you have so much area covered you might as well cover your face too, then sit comfortably and relax. Relaxing the muscles in your face, neck and shoulders will help to soothe your headache and improve your posture. Once the mud dries, rinse off. Whether applying a face mask, compress, poultice, or directly onto the skin, there are many benefits to using Mineral Mud. I hope you enjoy discovering how safely, effectively, and efficiently mineral mud helps the healing process. © Linda Philip