"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Mud, Herb Paste, or Bentonite Clay Paste: for Teeth and Bugbite relief!

I wrote a post for Bulk Herb Store's blog about using their bentonite clay toothpaste for bugbite relief!

Click here to see it!

Bulk Herb Store has a great recipe for toothpaste. It looks like mud and it has multiple uses. :) I've made it according to their directions, and lately I made it with some modifications. A friend came by as I was about to start grinding things up with the mortar and pestle, and she eagerly jumped in to help!

Recipe (mirror measurements from BHS's recipe)

My buddy Cecily* and I made it this way (more or less):

  • Gather all the ingredients
  • measure and set aside the bentonite clay
  • put the water on to boil
  • grind the hard herbs (cloves, cinnamon)

  • in a pot, boiled these together for about an hour: cinnamon, cloves, green tea, peppermint
  • in large a glass measuring cup we put the the baking soda and salt, then poured the strained herb water over it, as we wisked. 
  • next we stirred in the clay, mixing until smooth. It may be all lumpy like this -->
    at first; just keep going!

Stored in a glass jar, we (anyone in the house who comes asking!) use a fresh popsicle stick for each use (whether is be for cleaning teeth or stopping an itch).

We call it Herb Paste- or just plain MUD! :D

The difference between this and Bulk Herb Store's Bentonite Clay Toothpaste is most notable in the flavor.  There are no sweeteners used, it has less of a mint flavor, and more a green tea and cloves taste.
ingredients (in order of use)
  • local cinnamon
  • cloves from the next state over
  • green tea
  • peppermint OR wild sage
  • baking soda
  • unrefined sea salt
  • (optionally: add 5-15 drop of tee tree oil or peppermint essential oil) 
  • bentonite clay

Have some fun in the midst of your paste making!  :D
For more information, which I found at the Bulk Herb Store, (on bentonite clay, baking soda, and other options for irritations and itches), go read the post! :D

Do you ever use mud for health? Have you brushed your teeth with it? Would you be willing to rub it on a bug bite? Leave a comment saying why or why not!

*fictitious name in use

*edited/updated 20.may.13 This post is linked on Nourishing Simplicity: Natural Living Monday Blog Hop at . :]