The History of Clays
Many generations before ours have believed in the powers of clay, which has been widely used for centuries, with the first recorded studies on the medicinal uses in 60 BC by the Romans. Most early research focused on the physical properties of clay minerals, and the benefit to the digestion or protection, cleansing and physical regeneration of the skin. The Egyptian pharmacopoeia. from the time of the pharaohs, included Nubian clay; it was used for mummifying corpses because the Egyptians knew of its purifying qualities and it is almost certain that these were not reserved solely for the dead! It has amazing healing powers, which have lain undiscovered for a long time.
The healing powers and virtues of clay are being rediscovered in the last century. This naturally occurring product has the ability to repair damaged tissues, at the same time eliminating accumulated toxins from the body. The great German naturopaths, Kneipp, Kuhn, Just and Felke have advocated the use of clay within the context of natural medicine and studies have been done based on it’s natural antibacterial properties and its use in treatment of Buruli ulcers. (Buruli ulcer is a flesh eating disease that is borne by Mycobacterium ulcerans, a bacterium related to leprosy and tuberculosis. Mycobacterium ulcerans produces a lipid toxin, mycolactone, which destroys the fatty tissues under the skin (George et al., 1998; 2002). The infection is immuno-suppressant, so no pain is felt as the mycobacterium grows and destroys adipocytes (fat tissue). No white blood cells are called to attack the disease, so no inflammation occurs.)
In this age of increased pollution and chemical products, Argiletz active clay is a natural way of wellbeing, beauty and vitality. Its reputed ability to rebalance a weakened system is supported by European medical reports and discussed by Raymond Dextreit in "The healing power of clay"
The clay known as "argile" can be green, red , yellow, pink, white etc. each one has its own unique properties and it is important to choose the one which best suits the condition of the persons skin. They can all be used for face masks, cleansers, body masks and wraps.