My Dust Bath

We got baby chicks a couple of years back, and enjoyed it so much that we got another batch last spring. They LOVE the moment they’re big enough to be outside in the dust– their little wings become paddles, splashing their backs in the funniest little flurry, digging themselves into good, clean dirt. I watched  7- and 5-year old little girls imitating them this summer, and the smiles on their faces mirrored the birds’ obvious relish for their bathing ritual.

So I took a bath in dust & ashes the other day… only I added water to mine– no kiddin’ LOL! There are several types of clay that come in a powder form, or “dust.” Different clays have different healing properties, but the gist of it is that they pull out toxins through the skin when applied externally, whether in masque form, or in a bath. Some of them can be taken internally, too, and pull out toxins from the “inner skin”, or gut lining. Helps slow down loose bm’s, and a few types of clay help the body to assimilate nutrients better than consuming the food without it. I like Bentonite clay for baths & masks in external applications, and Zeolite clay for internal use. It’s kind of an “intuitive” dust– gives what the body wants, and takes what it doesn’t want. It’s often fed to livestock to improve their nutritional uptake and efficiency. It’s not the tastiest stuff in the world, but when ‘ya need it (digestion moving too fast, or not getting all the nutrients you need out of your food), it’s gold. In fact, there have been times in history when certain types of clay were considered to be of more value than gold… gold can have healing properties, too, but that’s another topic for another day.

Yom Kppur was the Day of Atonement– the day when the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies, and the whole nation (except for sickly folks, children, and pregnant or nursing mothers) would fast and focus on turning away from the things they’d messed up on, asking YHWH to forgive them and make it right again. We celebrate this fast as best we can. There were a few years there when I wasn’t in any shape to do much more than give up honey (we already don’t use sugar & a myriad of other things). This year I did a modified fast with a bath in dust and ashes. The ashes piece is activated charcoal– also known to draw out toxins, both transdermally and internally. ** I realize that bathing is prohibited by some sects of Judaism on Yom Kippur, but, in the spirit of purification, humility, and turning away from the pollutants in my life, I went ahead and “repented in dust and ashes”, like Job said,

1Then Job answered the LORD and said,

2“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

3‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
“Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

4‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’

5“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;

6Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes.”

I kinda figure a guy who went through hell-on-earth and sores on his skin, and then said to the Almighty, “but now my eye sees You”, might have a clue on how to repent when you’re looking for healing. Understand, now, that this is not a “go thou and do likewise” post. It’s just a “this makes my skin ailments better” and “this is the direction I’m pointed” explanation of some Natural Miracles.**

A spot in Torah that points me in the same direction is the part where God forms man out of the dust of the ground. There seems to be something good and “grounding” about re-connecting with Earth. Everything from statistics on mental health rates of various professions finding that people who work closer to the earth (potters, gardeners, etc.) have a lower incidence of mental illness than other professions, to the general relaxed feeling we get from walking barefoot on dirt, sand, or even concrete or an earthen floor– it’s all Earth, and it’s all “grounding.” Anytime I feel like I’m just “buzzing” too much, it can do wonders to just find some good, clean dirt. I highly recommend it 🙂

Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)   so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

** I’m no rabbi either, so please don’t take my experiences and journey as your Rx for Kosher living 😉


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