Kaolin or kaolinite is the name by which white clay is known. Its name comes from the first site discovered in China, the Kaolin hill; although it is a clay that can be found in all parts of the world; including Spain.
Since ancient times, kaolin was used for therapeutic purposes; but nowadays its variety of uses is so wide and different at the same time that it can be used both in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and even in the production of porcelain and paint.
This white clay is one of the most used in natural cosmetics, but its qualities and properties are not only known for its topical and external use, but it is also known for its medicinal and healing qualities when ingested. Kaolin has an important absorbent power due to its high content of silicon, aluminum, and mineral salts, as well as being an excellent antiseptic.
Kaolin is the least aggressive clay for the skin, but no less effective for that.
In facial preparations, it is an excellent sebum-regulating mask, but it also exfoliates the skin by absorbing impurities. It also has a moisturizing effect, since, compared to other known clays, kaolin maintains moisture in the hydrolipidic layer of the skin, softening and calming effect.
We can enhance the properties of kaolin by mixing it with other organic and natural ingredients such as vegetable or essential oils.
It is an excellent ally for the scalp and hair. Applying kaolin mixed with chamomile infusion and a few drops of tea tree essential oil on the scalp, it soothes it and absorbs unnecessary sebum from the skin, as well as all the impurities of our scalp and our hair.
It can be used as a mask on the scalp, making a pasty preparation or diluting it with hydrolats or infusions, as a natural shampoo to clean our hair. Essential oils such as lavender, peppermint or orange can be added.
It is an excellent natural deodorant, since thanks to its ability to absorb liquids, applied in talcum powder, it reduces sweat and eliminates odor due to its antiseptic properties.
By applying it to the body in the form of poultices; decongests and relieves any sensation of itching, burns or peeling on the skin.
Kaolin is an excellent ally against psoriasis and dermatitis because it refreshes the area to be treated and does not dry it out when applied.
The poultices or cataplasms can be worked by zones, but it is not a rigorous protocol since it can be applied extensively without any risk to health. The only thing to keep in mind is whether we add any essential oil or mix it with a plant or herb.
Kaolin is suitable for pregnant women on a topical level and in its natural state, because as I have mentioned before, it is a clay with many benefits for health in general and is not aggressive to the skin.
If you are pregnant, it can serve as a great ally against stretch marks, applying kaolin mixed with argan oil and letting it rest for a few minutes to act.
There is also the possibility of making toothpastes with Kaolin.
If Ingested, kaolin cleanses the body of heavy metals and is an excellent ally for the digestive system due to its ability to absorb bacteria and viruses. It also absorbs gases, toxins, so it is useful in case of bloating or food poisoning.
It is a gastric protector since it helps in case of heartburn, stomach burns, even ulcers, since it regulates acidity and PH. In addition, it is healing and anti-inflammatory, protecting the mucous membranes.
Internally, I always recommend the advice of a professional, and buy certified kaolin for food use. It can usually be found in herbalists or stores specialized in natural cosmetics.
In summary, white clay or kaolin has a high detoxifying, antibacterial and healing power as well as helping to regulate the PH. White clay is a perfect ally to remove impurities from our skin and help it in its cell regeneration.
Here you have a simple recipe, which you can make at home and thus enjoy the benefits of kaolin.
Kaolin and Lavender Deodorant.
With these ingredients we will obtain 50ml of deodorant
- A teaspoon of almond oil
- Kaolin clay (quantity required)
- 45 ml of lavender hydrolat
-15 ml of rosemary or calendula extract
-8 ml of vegetable glycerin
-1 gr. alum stone powder
-20 drops of clary sage, rosemary or ylang ylang essential oil
We will need two bottles or containers. In the first one, a glass bowl, we put the hydrolytes, the alum powder and the glycerin; to these we add the kaolin until it forms a mass of semi-liquid consistency.
Meanwhile, in the other, we mix the essential oils, the almond oil, and the extract of our choice.
Then we incorporate it into the first one, stir everything and pour it, preferably in a roll-on.
I hope you liked this post, until next time, take care of yourselves and pamper each other from the root!