We have been processing both Sacred Clay and the new AquiTerra Clay using a more refined processing method, although the color of the new Sacred Clay is more golden orange than the former version due to its improved oxidation state, partly as a result of the new wet method of processing the clay.
The iron oxides in the clay require time and moisture to convert to the bioavailable form of ferrous oxide required by the hemoglobin of the blood and cells of the body.
We have had a supply of the unmilled Sacred Clay raw material for some time, but had no practical way to refine small batches into human grade material – until recently. Developing methods to refine AquiTerra paved the way to try them out on our raw material source of Sacred Clay(same source as the former version).
It worked, and so the current, more refined version of Sacred Clay is now available.
Read further to discover more about how these two clays compare and how you can access Sacred Clay as a stand-alone product and in a preblended combination product with AquiTerra and Ancient Plant Minerals. The three sources together combine the advantages of each mineral source to provide a tasty, comprehensive mineral supplement.
The History Behind the Discoveries
While searching the Crater Lake area for additional clay sources, we discovered the AquiTerra deposit adjacent to the Ormalite deposit. We knew from analysis that this clay had similar properties and origins to Sacred Clay but with a higher percentage of Kaolinite.
Our earlier experiences with AquiTerra revealed that it worked better than Sacred Clay on the skin, in facials, on wounds and insect bites, in tooth packs, and for the stomach and intestines, with one exception: amounts over a tablespoon (a teaspoon for the more sensitive) showed it to be slowing to the bowels.
Kaolinite was at one point used commercially and in the medical world for loose bowels and to draw poisons out of the body. Kaolinite has a long history of being one of the more popular clays for internal use, but in this age of digestive difficulty, it must be used with discretion.
AquiTerra tastes better than Sacred Clay, yet we are getting lots of feedback from clients that Sacred Clay is still more potent for them as an internal detoxifier and in the bath. The new, more refined version of Sacred Clay is being reported as even more effective than the former version. This makes sense, given the more refined processing method, yet time will tell regarding what we will be able to confirm as we are able to further our experimentation and analysis.
We have recently expanded our Sacred Clay production operation again, and continue to develop new methods to increase our daily production volumes to meet the growing demand for the new version of Sacred Clay.
We are now producing Sacred Clay for internal & external use, and as a 3-way blended product of Sacred Clay, AquiTerra Clay and Ancient Mineral Blend. This product is called Clay Water Minerals and is now the central product of our Clay Water Mineral Drink.
When we find a superior version of clay (or herbs), our preference is to use it in the areas that it excels. We are beginning to understand the fine lines of benefit between Sacred Clay and AquiTerra. While they can both be used in all the same ways to produce beneficial results, we are discerning ways we believe each one out performs the other, at least to some degree.
Sacred Clay in the bath and as an internal/external detoxifier & mineral source.
AquiTerra for the skin and for loose bowels (it can be slowing to the bowels with increasing amounts, which is its primary drawback for those experiencing constipation regularly).
Both have very small particle sizes ranging mostly from 2 microns to .2 microns. Both have almost no grit at all compared to the former Sacred Clay that had some sandiness at the bottom of a glass.
The Truth About Building Physical Health
Even though we find these earthen resources to demonstrate benefits to the body, it is important to understand just how those benefits actually take place. When we consume something, whether it be a chemical or a food, it does not remain the same throughout its duration in the body. The body goes to work digesting (breaking apart into millions of particles) the substance in order to extract useful elements or compounds (nutrition). With these nutritive building blocks, the body assembles the metabolic compounds it needs to build and maintain optimal health. Toxic substances are filtered out of the body and nutritive substances are used to build health.
Bottom line is, it is not possible for an herb or clay to heal the body. Only the body can do this, thus the importance of full spectrum nutrition from whole earthen resources like herbs and clays.
The Geological Origin of Sacred Clay & AquiTerra
Both Sacred Clay and AquiTerra are derived just a few miles from the mystical regions of Crater Lake, Oregon, a long held sacred space of the Native American Indian. The name "AquiTerra" translates to "water-earth", representing the hydrothermal (underground aquifer) influence involved in the making of this clay geologically. Both Sacred Clay and AquiTerra Clay were formed as a byproduct of underground aquifer water interacting with underground or surface molten lava or ash. The resultant steam and pressure transformed certain volcanic minerals into clay over a short span of 10,000 years or less – and most likely took place within the last 50,000-250,000 years (compared to several hundreds of thousands to millions of years to form more common clays via typical weathering processes).
The geological term for this process is “hydrothermally altered” and is likely part of the reason these two clays have always shown such beneficial effects, both in the garden and on the body.
The Various Products Containing Sacred Clay and AquiTerra
We are currently producing the Sacred Clay for internal use and for bath purposes as a stand-alone product.
Black Beauty will continue to contain Sacred Clay.
Silica Rich seems to outperform AquiTerra in the farm & garden. So, the well proven benefits of Silica Rich (granulated raw Sacred Clay for agricultural purposes) will continue to be provided for the farm & garden, and Sacred Clay for the bath and as an internal detoxifier, while AquiTerra is our preferred source on the skin, and specifically to slow the bowels when excessively loose.
The Combined Clay Water Minerals contains Ancient Plant Minerals, Sacred Clay & AquiTerra, and can be used both internally and externally, but is not practical for the bath as a combined product. Its main function is to provide minerals for the body from diverse sources in a tasty blend. Each mineral source works synergistically with the others to balance their combined effects.
Cost Factors Related to Greater Refinement
Due to the high cost of infrastructure acquisition and the development of new refinement methods which require much more effort and time, yet produce a much more refined product, our price levels per pound are higher than before.
Of course, the new versions are lighter in weight now for the same volume, so an actual pound of clay goes farther, yet due to overall costs we are unable to provide as steep a discount as before on the higher volumes of clay.
As this process becomes streamlined we anticipate being able to reduce prices, although we are not sure how long this may take, nor to what degree it will affect the prices in the future.
So, more specifically, how do Sacred Clay & AquiTerra compare?
1) AquiTerra Clay (based on geological analyses this year) is predominantly kaolin (65-70%) in a naturally occurring blend of kaolin, illite, rectorite (illite/smectite & illite/vermiculite), minor amounts of geothite, & trace amounts of lepidocrosite. There is no evidence of pyrophyllite in AquiTerra (and more recent geologists are also questioning whether there is any pyrophyllite in Sacred Clay. New analytical equipment of the last 40 years seems to refute the 1980's geological assessments).
Sacred Clay has more rectorite, illite and goethite, but less kaolinite. Further analyses with more advanced analytical equipment are being performed to confirm in as many ways as we can to obtain the most accurate assessment of its natural constituents.
2) AquiTerra has a smoother taste and goes down easier, although the new refined version of Sacred Clay is smoother and tastier than the previous. AquiTerra has a mild taste with a subtle caramel flavor. Sacred Clay is stronger with the mineral-like lemony flavor. Sacred Clay contains sulfur and will also have a slight sulfurish smell.
3) What was formerly 1 lb. of Sacred Clay (a standard one month supply – approximately 32 tablespoons) is now 10 oz. of AquiTerra for the same volume and 12 oz. for the same volume of Sacred Clay. Each one supplies a standard one month supply when taking 1 tablespoon (15 ml) per day. The finer particle size of both AquiTerra and Sacred Clay translates into improved mineral nutrition and more effective results in the areas of each clay's specialty of use.
4) AquiTerra is noticeably uplifting when consumed in water, more so than the Sacred Clay, most likely due to its higher naturally occurring ormus content. Sacred Clay does have a subtle lifting experience at a tablespoon (15 ml) or more, however, an upliftment can generally be experienced from AquiTerra with any amount, even a teaspoon (5 ml). Both contain electrolytes which increase stamina and muscle/organ/gland performance.
5) Those sensitive to the energetic vitality of a product, and those able to see the auric field of people and products, may notice that the electrical energy of both Sacred Clay & AquiTerra are fairly high. Sacred Clay was previously recognized as the highest energy clay known to certain intuitives, second only to Ormalite (which was estimated by to be at least four times more accelerated than Sacred Clay by some experienced in the field of subtle energy).
6) Both AquiTerra and Sacred Clay have less grit than the former version of Sacred Clay due to our proprietary wet classification (sifting) process to extract the larger particles before drying. (Dry milling methods grind hardened clay rocks & clay sand into powder resulting in a greater chance of sedimentary grit and a characteristically heavier end product).
Wet classification allows for room temperature particle size reduction, eliminating concerns over heat buildup during standard dry milling processes. We exclude the sand & rock, passing it on to the agricultural side of our operation. This classification method does increase production costs, and is a slower operation, but we feel the effort is worth it, since the final result is a significantly enhanced quality clay product, especially compared to other clays on the market.
7) Drying the clay is performed at settings high enough to kill potential pathogens, but low enough to retain most of its energetic properties. The clays are dried at 220ºF (104ºC) using infrared, convection & conduction. Most other clays are typically dried at much higher temperatures which denature the product in various ways (possibly explaining why some clays have a "dead" feeling about them).
Hydrothermally produced clays are commonly created in the earth at temperatures of 200ºC (400ºF) and above, so this low drying temperature is well below its original creation, leaving its inherent properties intact.
8) Only a few seconds of milling is required to break down the processed and dried AquiTerra and Sacred Clay into a fine powder.
9) AquiTerra appears to have an improved edge over Sacred Clay when applied to cuts, bruises, spider bites, mosquito bites, rashes, etc. (though Sacred Clay possesses excellent properties in this area as well). A relatively more rapid healing has been observed upon application of AquiTerra to open wounds and reddened skin. AquiTerra also adheres more strongly to a wound in a protective way similar to a bandaid.
10) When AquiTerra is applied to the skin, as in a facial, a remarkable softness to the skin is a common after effect. When doing a test with each clay on one half the face, we noticed a certain softness with the Sacred Clay, yet the AquiTerra side was significantly softer and appeared more hydrated.
11) AquiTerra is more slowing to the bowels than Sacred Clay, especially for those sensitive in this area. This is AquiTerra's primary drawback for most people, although ideal for those with loose stools. The greater the quantity consumed of AquiTerra, the more slowing it tends to be. (Kaolin Clay has traditionally been used to slow loose bowels for this reason.)
Mixing Ancient Mineral Blend with AquiTerra offsets this effect to degrees. The Clay Water Minerals mixes AquiTerra, Ancient Plant Minerals, and Sacred Clay, which seems to strike a balance in overall advantages of each mineral source when consumed at 1 tablespoon of the blend.
For those that tend toward constipation, Ancient Mineral Blend and Digestive Bitters is highly recommended to help normalize bowel transit times (both of which are recommended for our daily health maintenance programs).
12) Both Sacred Clay & AquiTerra can be used as a tooth powder for brushing and for packing inflamed or loosened teeth. The difference is, for a small percentage (mostly those with extensive antibiotic use and therefore soft tooth enamel), the Sacred Clay would darken the teeth during the first 6-12 months of usage (until the enamel was rebuilt by the mineral nutrition provided by the clays). AquiTerra does not produce this effect of darkening the enamel. Repeated daily use of AquiTerra as a tooth powder, however, can produce a hardly noticeable yellowing cast, though this is easily removed with most any other toothpaste or gritty mineral source (like Ancient Mineral Blend).
The Combined Clay Water Minerals blend makes an all around best choice as a toothpaste replacement, as it contains all three.
13) AquiTerra is found within 8 miles of the Sacred Clay location which is 15 miles from Crater Lake. So, geologically they are in close enough proximity to have been formed as a result of similar volcanic activities, thus may contain similar properties, though not identical.
The entire region has been influenced by both volcanic activity and the sacred energy of Mt. Mazama/Crater Lake for millions of years. The subsurface has a highly active aquifer system in place even to this day. Hydrothermal activity characteristic of this area was involved in both clay formations, lending to the exceptional properties contained in each clay source.
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