Healing earth is extracted from loess, a type of rock (sedimentary rock). The main areas of application are the gastrointestinal tract as well as the skin, muscles and joints. Accordingly, healing earth can be used internally or externally. It is also used as a natural care product, for example as a peeling or mask.
Since there are so far only a few reliable scientific studies on healing earth, its effect is considered insufficiently proven from the perspective of conventional medicine and its use as an alternative medicine or complementary medicine procedure.
In naturopathy positive experiences with healing earth have nevertheless been gathered over centuries. In addition, it is considered to have few side effects and is well tolerated, so there is no reason not to try healing earth for minor complaints - for example, heartburn after a hard-to-digest meal. Healing earth is available in pharmacies, drugstores or health food stores without a prescription.
Note: Complaints that occur very violently or that have been around for a long time should always be clarified by a doctor.
Healing earth - a brief overview
In the following section you will find the most important information in brief.
- What is healing earth? Healing earth mainly consists of loess (sedimentary rock), which is dried at 130 degrees Celsius, finely ground and sieved.
- Internal application: Due to their high mineral content, healing earth is primarily associated with acid-binding properties. Due to its fine structure, it should also be able to bind various substances such as poisons, bacteria, gas, excess bile acids, nutritional fats and liquids, which are then excreted via the digestive tract.
- External use: Healing earth is said to have anti-inflammatory, decongestant, analgesic, itchy, calming, drying and calming effects. Bacteria and wound secretions should also be bound.
- Application areas: The internal application It is recommended for heartburn, irritable stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation and for binding cholesterol from food. The external application can be used, for example, for inflammation in the area of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. tendinitis, rheumatic complaints, arthrosis), as well as for bruises, bruises, tension, insect bites, allergic skin irritations, neurodermatitis (atopic eczema), psoriasis (psoriasis), skin blemishes, skin blemishes , oily hair, dandruff or cellulite.
- Side effects: Healing earth is considered to be well tolerated and has few side effects. However, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, cramps in the lower abdomen and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract may rarely occur when used internally. Skin irritation may occur with external use.
- Contraindications: Known hypersensitivity to loess preparations as well as severe disorders of kidney function, acute diarrhea with high fever and / or blood admixtures (Attention: in this case please seek medical advice immediately). Children under the age of two should not take healing earth; Medical advice should be sought as a precautionary measure before external use.
- Important NOTE: Please note that the effects of healing earth have so far largely been based on experience and have only been insufficiently proven by scientific studies. If necessary, decide after consultation with your treating doctor whether healing earth is suitable for your complaints for sole or accompanying use.
History of the healing earth
The use of earth has a long tradition in naturopathy. The ancient Egyptians are said to have used the mud of the Nile as a cover for joint diseases and skin problems. Today we know fango packs as a similar type of application. The well-known doctor of antiquity, Hippocrates, allegedly gave young mothers healing earth to cleanse them internally. Hildegard von Bingen also used different types of earth in her therapies. Many animal species instinctively ingest soil, presumably to ingest minerals and better digest their food.
The well-known pastor Sebastian Kneipp not only treated with water, but also with clay, for example for skin diseases. Adolf Just, a well-known German naturopath, recommended that loess should also be used internally. “Clay Pastor” Emanuel Felke, Just's student, also worked intensively on it and was particularly successful with the use of healing earth. When Felke was a child, he saw a dog with serious skin injuries wallowing in clay. To his astonishment, the wounds healed after a few days.
Production of healing earth
Healing earth mainly consists of loess, a sedimentary rock. After loess has been broken down, it is dried at 130 degrees Celsius. The high temperature ensures that germs are killed and do not get into the product. The loess is then ground and sieved very finely.
Ingredients and effects
Healing earth contains many minerals and trace elements. The exact composition varies depending on the mining area. Among other things, aluminum, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and silicon are included, as well as trace elements such as copper, manganese, nickel, selenium and zinc.
When used internally Due to their high mineral content, healing earth is said to have acid-binding properties. Thanks to its fine structure, healing earth should also be able to bind various substances from the environment: toxins, bacteria, gas, excess bile acids, nutritional fats and liquids should be bound by the healing earth and excreted via the gastrointestinal tract. By binding liquids, it is also said to have a “stuffing” effect in the event of diarrhea.
For external use Medicinal clay is said to have an anti-inflammatory, decongestant, analgesic, itchy, calming, drying and calming effect. Bacteria and wound secretions should also be bound. If it dries on the skin, there should be a slight suction effect, which could, for example, "transport away" an inflammatory effusion from the inside out.
Healing earth can be used for various ailments:
The internal application It is recommended for heartburn, irritable stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation and for binding cholesterol from food.
The external application can be used, for example, for inflammation in the area of the musculoskeletal system (this includes, for example, tendinitis, rheumatic complaints, bruises, bruises or arthrosis) as well as tension, insect bites, allergic skin irritations, neurodermatitis (atopic eczema), psoriasis (psoriasis, psoriasis), skin impurities Skin or cellulite.
Healing earth is generally considered to be well tolerated and has few side effects. Some studies have examined whether the content of toxins such as lead or aluminum in healing earth could be hazardous to health. The investigations showed that the amounts contained in healing earth are normally below the recommended level as a health hazard and therefore do not pose any health risk. This applies to both internal and external use.
The following side effects were observed in a study on the use of healing earth for irritable stomach or irritable bowel syndrome:
- Lower abdominal cramps
- other gastrointestinal symptoms (gastrointestinal complaints)
In order to be able to assess more precisely how often these side effects occur and whether they can actually be attributed to the healing earth, further studies are required.
It applies to all healing earth applications that if the symptoms worsen, the healing earth should no longer be taken; if used externally, you should wash off the healing earth. If in doubt, have your complaints clarified by a doctor before you continue taking or using them.
Important NOTE: So that medication is not bound by the healing earth and its effect is canceled or diminished, it should be taken at least one to two hours apart. If you are taking medication, please discuss possible interactions with your doctor before taking medicinal clay.
- If you have had a sensitive reaction to loess preparations in the past, for example due to a rash or itching during external use, you should not take or apply healing clay.
- In the case of severe kidney function disorders, healing clay must not be taken.
- In the case of acute diarrhea, which is accompanied by a high fever or contains blood admixtures, you must also not take healing earth. Instead, see a doctor as soon as possible to clarify the symptoms.
- Children under the age of two should not take healing earth. As a precautionary measure, medical advice should be sought before external use.
Use of healing earth
Regardless of whether you want to use healing earth internally or externally for health complaints or as a purely cosmetic measure: You should only use healing earth that is medically approved. If necessary, get advice before buying.
Healing earth can be taken as powder, capsules, granules or tablets. It is primarily known as powder. This is available from fine to microfine, loose or in sachets. Healing earth is intended for internal and external use. If you do not want to take medicinal clay in powder form, you can use capsules. These are a good alternative, especially when on the go. Healing earth granulate is another variant, especially for functional gastrointestinal complaints. The granules are swallowed whole with plenty of liquid in the form of tea or water.
The large receiving surface of the healing earth, which results from the dust-fine, small granules, is intended to enable use for rejection. This fine soil is said to be able to absorb and bind toxins, cholesterol and fat in the intestine, so that they can then be naturally eliminated from the body.
In the case of diarrhea, drinking healing earth water should stop the loss of fluid, bind possible pathogens or toxins in the intestine and lead to excretion. In this case the healing earth has to be used more often. In the case of severe and / or prolonged diarrhea, possibly with blood admixture, a doctor must be consulted.
Also with constipation (constipation) healing earth should bring relief. However, it is important that you take it with enough liquid.
Colon cleansing should be supported by taking healing earth.
The earthy powder contains many minerals. These are said to help neutralize excess stomach acid. Digestive problems such as a bloated stomach, heartburn, mild stomach pain, an irritable stomach and irritable bowel should also respond well to the intake of this powder. In addition, you can try out a body wrap with healing earth here. Complaints that worsen or last more than a few days, however, must definitely be taken by a doctor.
When losing weight, healing earth water should also have a supportive effect, since it is said to have the property of binding nutritional fats in the intestine. The powder also has a high silica content, from which connective tissue, hair and nails can benefit.
Healing earth can also be used for gargling. This should help, for example, for a sore throat and bad breath, as well as a mouthwash for inflammation of the gums or mouth. Concentrated healing earth water is used for this.
The external application of healing earth in the form of envelopes and compresses differs in warm and cold applications. Whether a cold or warm application is used depends not only on the type of complaint, but also on what the patient finds comfortable.
Warm applications increase blood circulation, relax the muscles and alleviate pain.
Cold applications have a vasoconstrictive effect (“contracting the vessels”), also relieving pain and are said to have a dampening effect on the metabolism.
The powder is mixed with cold or warm water to a thick paste, applied directly to the affected area and covered with a cloth.
Another possibility is to spread a slurry onto a damp cotton cloth, which is then placed on the skin, covered with a dry cloth and possibly also wrapped with a woolen cloth. The porridge can also be applied to the skin as a thin layer with a brush, for example on the face. In the meantime, there is also finished healing earth paste that does not have to be mixed separately, but can be used directly from the tube.
In the case of inflammation in the area of the musculoskeletal system, such as tendinitis, rheumatic complaints, bruises, bruises or arthrosis, a cold healing earth layer is recommended.
In case of abscesses or purulent inflammation of the skin, a try with a cold healing earth envelope is also recommended. This should remain on the painful area for about half an hour; the application can be carried out several times a day. It is important to pay attention to your own feelings. If the envelope feels uncomfortable, it should be removed. If the symptoms do not improve or even worsen, you should quickly seek medical advice.
Warm compresses are preferred for lumbago, muscle tension, hardening and pain in the spine.
Other areas of application for external use of the healing earth are insect bites, allergic skin irritations, neurodermatitis (atopic eczema) and psoriasis (psoriasis).
Wraps of healing earth are said to stimulate blood circulation and stimulate the metabolism in the tissue, which can also have a positive effect on the treatment of cellulite.
A full bath with healing earth is said to promote blood circulation, calm itching and supply the skin with important minerals. For this purpose, about eight tablespoons of healing earth are added in succession while the water runs into the tub. Since this is a spa, the duration of fifteen to twenty minutes should not be exceeded. Then it is showered and rubbed off, which additionally supports the blood circulation. Afterwards a little rest is announced.
An additional peeling effect is achieved by not removing the powder immediately, but first drying it and then washing it off with a damp cloth or showering it off.
Note: If you have rashes, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, wounds or skin irritation, you should avoid exfoliation.
Partial baths are also possible. Two to three tablespoons are needed for the feet, and about five tablespoons for a hip bath.
Healing earth baths can be carried out up to three times a week as long as there are no circulatory problems.
Tip: The bathtub should then always be rinsed with clear water and additionally cleaned with a suitable cleaning agent so that the healing earth leaves no traces.
External use also has its place in cosmetics, for example for oily, impure skin. A porridge is mixed with cold water and applied to the face, leaving out the eyes and lips. When completely dry, this face mask can be removed with lukewarm water. The skin should be better supplied with blood and thus the metabolism should be stimulated. Individual larger pimples can be dabbed with a little healing clay porridge several times a day.
Healing earth can also be used for a peeling. To do this, a thin paste is applied to the skin. As soon as it has dried, it can be rubbed off with a damp washcloth.
Hair and scalp can also be treated with healing earth. This can be particularly helpful for oily hair and dandruff. For this purpose, a paste of healing earth is applied to the scalp and hair and massaged in. If the hair is very greasy, the whole thing can take effect for up to twenty minutes, otherwise shorter; meanwhile you can wrap your hair with a towel. After the exposure time, the porridge is rinsed with lukewarm water. An additional use of shampoo is not necessary.
Washing your hair with healing earth water is also possible. The naturally pure loess is said to bind excess sebum, open the ducts of the glands and thus counteract the formation of dandruff. In addition, a healing earth application should give hair shine.
Dosage and intake
When dosing both internally and externally, you should always adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for use and, if necessary, coordinate these with your doctor. (kh, sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
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