In natural medicine, the element of the earth has been known since antiquity - healing earth, for example, is a true all-round talent for complaints in the gastrointestinal area. It soothes the stomach, absorbs excess stomach and bile acids and toxins of all kinds. It also helps with skin problems and is used in body care. "Dirt cleanses the stomach" - this wisdom from childhood has a true core. But simply calling healing clay "dirt" would not really do justice to this natural remedy. Clay, loam, clay and other earths have anti-inflammatory and heat-removing properties - so they are also used in fever.
Healing earth: Greetings from the ice age
Healing earth consists of loess and loess is rock dust, formed sometime two million to 10, 000 years ago in one of the ice ages, when the glaciers moved over the rock surfaces. The melt water drove the fragments and small particles into the rivers and valleys.
The wind continued to bleed these sediments until they settled down, as for example in the Kaiserstuhl: here the loess layer is 30 meters thick, a light yellow-brown, dusty loose rock consisting essentially of quartz granules. Other important ingredients are minerals and trace elements such as:
Healing earth, as one buys it today in the pharmacy or in the health food shop, comes from the deeper soil layers and contains no further additives. It is finely ground and has a strong suction power - thanks to its enormous surface area: only ten grams results in about 60 square centimeters.
Versatile effect of healing earth
The ancient Egyptians used Nile mud to treat numerous skin diseases. Hippocrates recommended them internally and externally. Pastor Kneipp and the "clay pastor" Emanuel Felke have successfully used the "healing earth" in numerous therapies.
Healing earth for internal use
Many know and appreciate it in heartburn, because thanks to the clay minerals, the ion exchange is supported and excess stomach acid neutralized.
For digestive problems, flatulence, stomach ache, etc., you should drink about a teaspoon per liter of water daily throughout the day. For diarrhea, take several teaspoons diluted in water.
External application of healing earth
In contrast to fango packs, healing clay is applied externally cold, for example:
- acute inflammation
- insect bites
When applying the cold-mixed healing earth pest occurs first a cooling effect, later the fabric is warm. A healing clay treatment stimulates the excretion of metabolites via the skin and promotes blood circulation - hence the heat effect.
Warming effect of healing earth
This warming effect is used in a variety of applications:
- In joint diseases such as rheumatism, healing therapy is used and can contribute to a reduction of swelling.
- In acne healing clay frees the skin from fat and sebum, it is better supplied with blood and bacteria are absorbed. At the same time, it gently removes dead skin cells.
- Warm healing clay envelopes can be used for chronic inflammation of the joints and muscles - but there are also fango and moor.
Fango: Urelement earth without side effects
There is no doubt about the beneficial effects of peloids - this is what is called fango, mud, mud and healing earth. Fango is volcanic rock, it is as well as healing clay full of minerals. Finely ground, cleaned and moist, it is used as sludge to treat painful muscles and joints in the form of hot packs. The tissue is perfused, relaxed and alleviated pain.
Fango and moor have proven themselves among other things with chronic illnesses of the urinary tract, mineral and Moorheilbäder serve however also for the therapeutic support with illnesses of the respiratory tracts and metabolic disturbances.