Healing with Clay
By Jen Frey We rarely give a thought to Soil. And yet, our health is dependent on the health of the Soil. For our trees, food, and medicines grow in her. Beyond providing the nutrients in our foods, Soil has other healing capabilities, from the benefits of walking barefoot to a paste of mud being used to draw out toxins or splinters.
My favorite Soil healing experience occurred in Ecuador. We went to a special place along a River where the Clay is known for its healing properties. The women divided into pairs. We each took clumps of this beautiful gray-green clay and moistened it with the River water. We then applied it to and massaged it into our partners. This became a really beautiful healing ceremony. Because the clay is known to reduce inflammation, we applied it to the physical aches. But then we went deeper; we knew the clay was drawing, so we massaged it into those areas that were holding old hurts (particularly the Breasts) and lymph areas. Going deeper, we began to decorate each other, bringing out the inner Wild Beauty. For me, Ancient memories were awakened, I could feel myself blending into this Earth, becoming a creature of Earth. When we were finished, we jumped into the water and let it wash the clay off of our bodies, releasing the toxins, the memories, the pains that the clay removed. Of course, there was splashing, singing and laughter too, all adding to the healing process. I emerged feeling rejuvenated and free.
You can create your own Earth healing ceremony. It is nice to do this with others, though it can also be very special to do this alone. Gather clay or mud from an area that is special to you (please be sure that it is not contaminated). If you can, do this outside in a private area. I highly recommend being Naked for this because removing your clothes allows you to be vulnerable in front of others and also to be truly seen, both of which are incredibly healing on their own. Of course, it is important to be with people whom you trust and who you know are capable of seeing and radiating back to you your beauty. (If you are doing this alone, I suggest working in front of a mirror, so that you can see your inner Wild One appear.) If there is no water where you are having the ceremony, then bring some special water with you. If needed, moisten the clay so that it is a thick paste, you want it to be easily spreadable but not runny. Taking turns, apply this to one another, follow your intuition as to where and how to apply it. Of course, if there are physical aches, be sure to put clay on these areas. Massage it deeply or use the clay to write special symbols on each other, whatever feels right to both of you. Say blessings or sing as you apply the clay. Hoot, holler, cry, laugh, allow whatever emotional response is needed. When everyone is decorated, if you can, allow the clay to dry completely, this helps to draw out the toxins and bring blood to your skin, giving you a glow. When it is dry, have fun washing it off one another. Again, it is nice if you have a river that you can jump (and splash) into, if not you can create a sacred bath and use this water to wash it off or dump buckets on one another or you can always wash it off in your shower at home.
Spas around the world offer mud baths and wraps. These are believed to help remove toxins from the body, close the pores, tighten the skin, and help heal skin irritations. Now you can do the same at home and have the added benefit of celebrating with people you Love.