of the more official names of white dirt are clay dirt, white clay,
kaolin, porcelain clay, china clay, chalk, or the long winded scientific
name aluminum silicate hydroxide. Whichever name you choose, it's still
are many uses for this natural product. Kaolin (white dirt) is used
medically to treat diarrhea, dysentary, cholera, and is also used in
paper making, paint, fiberglass, porcelains and ceramics, china, and
toothpaste. Some of the most popular products that have been made with
kaolin (white dirt) are Kaopectate, Rolaids, Di-gel, Mylanta, and
Some people have actually been known to eat Clay
Dirt regularly and not only like the taste but crave it. It has been
said that the taste of white dirt is akin to the fresh way that the
ground smells when it's real dry and a little sprinkle of rain falls.
-Dirt-eating is an ancient tradition that is
practiced all over the world and although the demise of the practice has
been predicted for many years, it still persists, particularly in rural
areas of the South.
"Geophagy" the scholarly term for clay-dirt-eating,
is practiced by both blacks and whites but is most commonly associated
with black women, particularly during pregnancy. The clay-dirt-eating
tradition appears to have been handed down from generation to generation
and several years ago it was not uncommon to see women gathered
together to eat
a pan of clay dirt.
an ABC News article claims that eating clay dirt actually might be good
for you and experts claim that the habit of eating clay dirt may be
beneficial for pregnant women. to quote from the ABC News article:
the practice is rarely if ever recommended by medical professionals,
some nutritionists now admit the habit of eating clay dirt may have some
real health benefits.
possible that the binding effect of clay would cause it to absorb
toxins," said Dr. David L. Katz, nutrition expert at the Yale School of
Medicine and a medical contributor for ABC News.
ability to absorb plant toxins is well documented. Jared Diamond,
professor of geography and physiology at the David Geffen School of
Medicine at UCLA and author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of
Human Societies" has written on clays that are especially good at
binding with plant toxins."
You can read the complete article by clicking here.
White Dirt (kaolin) has also been used as a natural, chemical free shampoo.
soaking about 4 ounces of white dirt in water. After about 2 hours the
clay will absorb the water and become soft and pliable. Mix the clay
thoroughly so that all the lumps are broken up and it becomes a smooth,
this paste into your scalp and hair, applying as you would an ordinary
shampoo. Rub for about 5 - 7 minutes, then rinse.
If you feel the need, you can rinse, then re-apply the paste before the final rinse and wash off.
information available on the web, you should use this kaolin shampoo
twice a week and your hair will be as smooth as silk. Your hair will
reportedly feel better and be softer, smoother and silkier than when
treated with commercial conditioners.