Clay Packs for Migraines & Headaches

Montmorillonite Clay

Healing Clay Packs for Migraines & Headaches

We had a class on clay packs during our time at the Gerson Clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Calcium Montmorillonite clay (bentonite clay) is the preferred choice of healing clay due to its purity; it comes from the Montmorillon region in France. My brother Jake received clay packs for his migraines and neck pain while at the clinic. He remarked that they helped lower his pain level for both.

Jake with clay pack for his migraine and neckache

Clay packs are anti-inflammatory, good for migraines, headaches, neck pain, fever, arthritis, inflamed lymph nodes, wrinkles, digestive problems, muscle pain and other ailments, explained Dr. Pedro Cervantes, treating doctor at the Gerson Clinic. The packs are also a powerful tool in dealing with toxicity, managing flare-ups, healing crises and dealing with gastrointestinal problems. It is a very effective first line treatment for patients doing the Gerson Therapy.

Instructional video below was filmed at the Gerson Clinic, Tijuana


Excerpt below from the Gerson Institute.

When placed on the skin, clay draws out toxins to the outside surface of the clay (adsorption). These toxins then enter into the clay and sit in between its layers (absorption).

Therapeutic clay belongs to the smectite series; it is a type of clay that swells in water. One of the clays in this series is called Montmorillonite, a type of clay named after the Montmorillon region in France. Montmorillonite clay is extremely fine-grained and thin layered and contains a large surface area. Colors range from white to pale green to yellow-brown or red. For maximum effect, therapeutic clay should be virgin and untreated. You can find clay here.

Montmorillonite Clay

Many Gerson patients use clay to help alleviate symptoms they experience while detoxifying or during healing reactions. Clay can also be used by non-patients to address a variety of conditions

  1. Among the most powerful detoxifying natural substances on earth, this clay compound has a zeta potential and a high drawing power of toxic substances and many other harmful elements from our bodies and many areas of the environment
  2. The clay compound can act as an efficient delivery vehicle for mineral nutrients to the skin and body when applied topically and ingested in tablet/capsule or powder forms
  3. Hydrated to a paste, it can draw oils and toxins from the skin and hair
  4. It is a powerful adsorbent that can attract heavy metals and toxic cations onto the clay particle interior, neutralizing harmful particulates, pathogens, and toxins
  5. It tends to have a relatively neutral to high pH factor
  6. Its particle size includes fine grained colloids and electrolytes
  7. Certain superior deposits contain a portfolio of macro, micro and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, silica, copper, chromium, zinc, etc. all in bio-available formClay can be mixed with water into a paste and placed onto cloth to make a “clay pack” (poultice). The pack is then placed on the skin. Clay can be placed over a tumor, but not on top of an open lesion. See instructions below. Clay packs can be administered twice a day for 2-3 hours (until the pack is dried out) to:
    • Calm hot inflammatory pain in joints
    • Reduce swelling and fluid retention
    • Reduce tumor inflammation
    • Alleviate congestion or spasms in the liver and gallbladder
    • Draw out toxicity, when placed over the liver

    Clay, applied topically, can also:

    • Alleviate headaches
    • Draw out toxins from spider/insect bites
    • Heal boils, pimples, warts and skin rashes
    • Remove glass or splinters embedded in the skin
    • Soothe sprained ankles
    • Stimulate peristalsis in the colon
    • Alleviate toothaches
    • Soothe infected gums
    • Detoxify digestive systems
    • Increase T-cell count
    • Eliminate internal parasites
    • Immune system support

Instructions for Preparing & Applying a Clay Pack

1. Use a wooden spoon to mix clay with warm water to form a paste. Add clay to the water until its consistency is similar to creamy peanut butter. Prepare enough to cover area to be treated in a thickness of about 1/8 inch.

2. Spread warm clay onto a piece of clean, natural, porous cloth (muslin, cotton, flannel, wool) large enough to cover the area being treated.

3. Lay prepared clay pack directly on top of area being treated next to skin. Cover cloth backing with plastic to protect clothing or bedding, if necessary.

4. Tape in place and leave on overnight or until dry, about 4 hours. If clay is very moist or tightly sealed it may not dry.

5. Peel and remove clay when solid and dry. May clean further with a cold wet cloth.

6. Use latex gloves when removing clay to avoid reabsorbing toxins through skin pores.

7. Dispose of clay pack and repeat as needed with new pack.



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2 thoughts on “Clay Packs for Migraines & Headaches

  1. I noticed there is internal and also external clay? If the internal clay can be used topically, what is the purpose or importance of the external clay? Are they from different areas or sources (companies)? Which one would be the best to use for toothaches, and inflammation on different areas and sore spots on the legs.

    Thank You,

    • goodbyemigraine says:

      Hi Becky, thanks for your questions. Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally, you do not need a seperate clay for each use. When ingested, the clay can be used to detoxify interally, absorbing heavy metals, chemicals, toxins, etc. It can also help with diarrhea. There are a variety of clays from different regions, each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). The clay used here in Gerson Therapy is the Calcium Montmorillonite clay. You can read a helpful article about clay varieties here:

      I would suggest using the Calcium Montmorillonite (bentonite) clay for toothaches and inflammation. Note that the clay can cause constipation when used internally, so start with small amount for a toothache. For inflammation, you can make a clay pack and apply it to the inflamed area; leave it there until it dries. Do not reuse the clay pack, because it draws out toxins from the body and into the pack and therefore should be discarded after use.

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