Green clay is known for its anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and balancing properties. Its origin lies in the decomposition of rocks such as granite, although it is also rich in trace elements such as silicon. The main function of this mineral is to generate collagen. So, if you have an injury, it will help you to heal. This protein holds connective tissues together – skin, muscles, ligaments…
In addition to its therapeutic use, green clay is also used as a versatile cosmetic, specially indicated for oily and acne-prone skin.
Anti-inflammatory green clay is used to reduce inflammation from bruises and contusions. It is especially recommended for sprains. It is often used to treat sprains with thick plasters left to act for hours. However, it is a complementary treatment to the guidelines indicated by the doctor and physiotherapist, and always to treat minor injuries.
In this article, we tell you how to use anti-inflammatory green clay for minor injuries and how it can form part of your recovery routine after an injury, or simply as a wellness ritual.
What is anti-inflammatory green clay?
Green clay is one of the most widely used clays in cosmetics and natural medicine. It is made from the dust of crystalline sedimentary rocks, such as granite, found in riverbeds or areas where water has been washed away. Chemically, it is composed of hydrated alumina silicate and mineral oxides and trace elements such as iron, silicon, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, etc.
The Egyptians used it to treat inflammation and rheumatism. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used it to relieve pain. The Romans and Arabs also used it in ancient times. Nowadays, we are more familiar with green clay for cosmetic use, although its therapeutic properties can help improve some minor injuries.
Properties of green clay
Given its rich composition in minerals, such as silicon, anti-inflammatory green clay will captivate you with its multiple benefits:
Uses of green clay
Anti-inflammatory green clay is very versatile. We recommend that you always have some preparation of this clay in your medicine cabinet – you can also buy it in powder form and moisturise it yourself – so that you can use it in one of these cases:
● To heal minor wounds and cuts.
● To soothe the pain of small burns and prevent blisters from appearing.
● To prepare a clay compress to relieve headaches.
● Diminish acne with clay masks.
● Soothe redness of the skin after sun exposure.
● Soothe the skin after an insect bite.
● Reduce stress with a clay bath. Dissolve 3-4 handfuls of clay in bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the clay in suspension, so it does not settle to the bottom.
● Eliminate foot odour. Use it like talcum powder on your shoes.
● Relieve pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
● Improve muscle injuries and sprains.
● Aid recovery from sprains and strains.
How to use anti-inflammatory green clay to improve minor injuries
You can use anti-inflammatory green clay to complement the treatment your doctor and physiotherapist have prescribed for a minor injury such as a sprain. Prepare a poultice of clay and purified water. You can add extracts of other substances such as horsetail, which reduces inflammation; arnica, which is also anti-inflammatory; and burdock, which with its healing power, helps in the process of fibre rupture (both muscular and ligamentous).
Once the mixture has been made, apply a generous amount to the treated area and cover it with paper. Afterwards, the only thing left is to bandage the area with cling film. You can keep the poultice on for a few hours. You can leave the mixture unbandaged and remove it with lukewarm water when the clay starts to dry. Do not reuse the clay for another poultice, as the clay extracts impurities from the body and may be reabsorbed. To avoid irritating the skin in the area, do not apply the mask for more than five days at a time.
Even if you don’t have an injury, you can still use plasters after an intense workout to restore your muscles. You can also try a bath or a simple massage replacing the oil with green clay.
Recommendations for treating minor injuries or recovering after strenuous exercise
● In case of injury, the first thing to do is to see a doctor. A doctor will assess your situation and the best way to treat the injury, either with physiotherapy or other therapies.
● It is always a good idea to mobilise the muscles and joints involved in the injury, albeit moderately. After exercise, remember to stretch.
● It’s a good idea to include an organic silica-based supplement in your routine. This micronutrient can remineralise and restructure the connective tissue – of the musculoskeletal system – that supports the body. It also has a neuroprotective effect by acting as an aluminium chelator. We recommend two types of products, one to enrich green clay plasters and the other to benefit your whole body:
○ Orgono Sport Gel. This gel stimulates collagen production naturally, thanks to silica. The more collagen you produce, the faster the injury will heal. Apply the gel and massage before applying the anti-inflammatory green clay poultice.
○ Orgono Sport Recovery is a silica-based supplement supporting collagen production from within. When combined with the glycine in this product, silica is more effective.
● A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, exercise, and adequate rest will help you maintain a strong body. If you are suffering from an injury, foods such as berries, broccoli, nuts, oily fish, mushrooms and beetroot, among many others, will help you regenerate tissues from within. This is the best way to keep injuries at bay.
As you can see, anti-inflammatory green clay can help you recover tissues damaged by exercise or complement treatment to heal a sprain or other minor injury. And if you combine these remedies with organic silicon and a healthy lifestyle, the results will come sooner.