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Disclaimer: This review was originally written in November 2012 based on products I used regularly. I received a box of products to sample for the updated version of this post. I have always loved Redmond Trading Company, and I am excited to share their products with you in even more detail!
I talked about Redmond Trading Company a lot in the early posts on How We Flourish. I recommended their clay for face masks and homemade toothpaste, as well as recommending Earthpaste if you would prefer to buy their toothpaste. Well, I’m back to tell you how awesome this company’s products truly are.
Right off the bat, one great thing about Redmond Trading Company is that it is domestic. It is based in Utah and all of its products come out of the Utah ground. No outsourcing labor, no foreign products, just good ol’ American goodness (/innate, uncontrollable patriotism). They have amazing customer service and are more than happy to provide you with any information you may request (such as a detailed table of the names and quantities of all the minerals in the clay and salt). All of their products are natural and healthy, which of course is so important to me. And the greatest thing of all: these products work!
Redmond Clay is a bentonite clay, containing both sodium and calcium bentonite, that is believed to have come from volcanic ash that fell into a prehistoric sea. It contains over 60 trace minerals and over many years has been shown to be safe and helpful to its users. Redmond clay can be used for healing both externally and internally.
For external use, you can hydrate the standard clay by adding one part water and one part clay to a jar and shaking. Add one more part water and shake again. Let sit overnight for it to be fully hydrated. Kept in an airtight container, and this clay will last as long as you need it. The hydrated clay may be applied to basically any skin affliction: cuts, bruises, bites, stings, acne, burns, rashes, even aching joints. If you would like, you can wrap the clay in a cheese cloth for a cleaner application. The entire area may be wrapped in a cheese cloth or plastic wrap if you would like to leave the clay on overnight. There are many wonderful testimonies out there about the effectiveness of this clay! I personally love using it as a face mask – it instantly calms my acne and evens out my skin tone.
The clay may also be used in full-body or foot baths and as baby powder (the baby power they sell is the same as the standard jar of clay). The clay is sold in pre-hydrated form under two names, Facial Mud and First Aid; this makes it much easier to use.
To use internally, you may take the capsules that they sell (There are three names but, like the hydrated clay, these are all the same; they are named differently to help people find what they need. For example, I own the Daily Detox capsules), or prepare a mixture of clay and water to drink. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of clay with a glass of water, and either drink it straight or wait for the clay to settle to the bottom. You can also prepare it in large amount at a time and just drink the clear water “off the top.”
Believe it or not, this clay is great for pretty much any stomach/intestinal issue, as well as acid reflux, detoxification, and as a mineral supplement. When I was in college, I wasn’t eating the best food. I found that just two clay capsules with water cleared up any stomach uneasiness I have at the end of the day. A great companion to a digestive blend of essential oils! This truly is “The Healing Clay.”
Real Salt also comes from the ground in Utah. It is mined from an ancient sea – it is sea salt! – but without the transportation from far away or the toxins that are in many of our existing seas. This salt also contains more than 60 trace minerals and no additives such as those found in refined salt. Be aware that while the salt does contain iodine, it does not contain enough to satisfy the FDA. A better place to get more iodine is from natural sources, such as kelp, yogurt, eggs, strawberries, and mozzarella cheese (this is especially important if hypothyroidism runs in your family, as it does in mine).
Learn more about why salt is good for you here. It’s no secret that table salt isn’t good and that way too much salt is added to processed foods. But sodium is essential to life, and Real Salt delivers this sodium in a healthy way. When you reduce your consumption of processed foods and focus more on natural, homemade foods, you can add this salt for flavor. When I was 17, I stopped putting salt on my food and have grew to really dislike the taste of salt. But I love the taste of Real Salt! Their delicious seasoning salts are a must try, too. My husband puts their organic Season Salt on everything!
They also sell tubs of detoxifying bath salts, which help release toxins from the body and absorb minerals through the skin (I feel good just thinking about it!). It is sold as both Bath Salt and Bath Salt Plus, with no additives. The Bath Salt comes from a much more mineral-rich area, where the salt is great for detox and absorption but too hard to eat. The Bath Salt Plus is the same salt with a bit of the Redmond Clay. Just add 1-2 cups to your bath water and relax….The Bath Salt Plus will give you the detox bath of your life….
Other Redmond Trading Company Products
Earthpaste – To learn more about why Earthpaste is such a great toothpaste, check out my recipe for homemade Earthpaste. I love the frugality of my homemade recipe, but I also love the convenience of Earthpaste. It tastes great and works well. My teeth have never felt so clean as when I am using clay and salt to brush them! Best of all, Earthpaste is completely free of all the junk in commercial toothpastes (sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artifical colors and flavors, etc.) as well as ingredients commonly found in natural toothpastes, but still either pose health risks or cause the toothpaste to not work as well (like fluoride and glycerin). It is even safe to swallow, making it great for kids.
EarthCure – I’m going to be honest, I haven’t actually tried EarthCure yet. We don’t use a lot of soap in the How We Flourish house, and we already own a fair amount. But I am very excited about this new product! It is a foaming soap made from all natural ingredients – just glycerin, water, oils, and essential oils. It doesn’t strip oils from the skin, which would make it a great option for winter. It can be used for hands and body.
So there was a lot of information about Redmond Trading Company and their many products, both for healing and pampering. I tried to keep it brief, but I didn’t do great at that and there is still more information and raving I could have given out! If you have any questions about their products and their use, don’t hesitate to ask me or contact the company itself. Not only do I truly love this company’s products, but I really appreciate what they stand for as a company and how much they try to help and connect with their customers.
Have you used Redmond Trading Company products? Which are your favorites?
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