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Clay Poultices - Leaving on to Dry [message #48] Sun, 12 April 2015 08:59 Go to next message
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We have been successfully treating a severe calcaneous break with comfrey and green clay packs twice a day. We have been leaving the clay on to dry and would like to know if this can be harmful in any way ( we have read differing reports on this).

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Re: Clay Poultices - Leaving on to Dry [message #49 is a reply to message #48] Sun, 12 April 2015 09:03 Go to previous message
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Hi Elizabeth:

Generally speaking, it's best to remove clay just before it dries completely. Why?

1. Dry clay loses nearly all of its therapeutic properties.

2. Dry clay upon the skin has an increased drying effect to the skin.

3. As wet clay dries, it increases in density and can cause some tissue damage to wounds. It can also stick to healing tissue. This doesn't apply to clay used as an ointment, or even clay dusting; but it does apply to thick poultices.

So, there is no real risk of anything "bad" happening, we're only really talking about minor irritations that can easily be avoided. There are many cases where one would need to leave clay on long enough to dry. For example, overnight application of a clay poultice can easily dry out.



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