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What is Fuller's Earth-Benefits and Uses of Fuller's Earth

A Botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys researching and writing about topics that interest her.

Fuller's Earth

Fuller's Earth

Fuller’s Earth is a type of mineral clay that occurs naturally in the earth’s crust. It is off-white in color and is made up of fine-grained particles.

Fuller’s Earth is also known as Earth Clay, Oil Absorption Clay, Bleaching Clay, or Whitening Clay.

In India, Fuller's Earth has been used as a beauty product since ancient times and is known as "Multani Mitti."

Fuller's Earth - The Origin of the Name

Fuller’s Earth has the capacity of attracting and drawing out impurities to the surface. In ancient times Fuller’s Earth was used to clean raw wool. This cleaning process was done by soaking the wool in a mixture of Fuller’s Earth and water to draw out oil, dirt, and other impurities from the wool fibers.

This process is known as “Fulling.” The person who carried out the Fulling process was called the Fuller. This process brought about the name "Fuller’s Earth."

Nowadays, Fuller’s Earth is used in the cosmetic industry for skincare to a great extent.

Composition of Fuller's Earth

The main component of Fuller’s Earth is a clay mineral called Montmorillonite. Montmorillonite is composed of tiny particles of hydrous aluminum silicates.

Montmorillonite results from volcanic and hydrothermal activity beneath the earth’s crust and can absorb huge quantities of water.

Other minerals such as Kaolinite, Attapulgite, and Palygorskite are found in Fuller’s Earth. It also has traces of minerals such as calcite, dolomite, and quartz.

How Does Fuller's Earth Remove Impurities

Fuller's Earth removes impurities through a process called adsorption. Adsorption is a chemical process by which one substance attracts and holds the particles of another substance when they contact each other.

Adsorption is different from absorption. In the case of absorption, one substance is dissolved and absorbed by another substance when they contact each other. For example, tissue paper absorbs oil.

Fuller's Earth for Skin Care

Fuller’s Earth is very effective in the treatment of skin affected by acne. It also helps to treat oily skin conditions. Fuller's Earth is a naturally occurring substance and is safe to use on the skin.

When Fuller's Earth is applied to the skin, it draws out oil, dirt and absorbs the excess oil on the surface of the skin. Due to this property, Fuller's earth is very effective in the treatment of oily skin, skin with acne, or acne-prone skin.

It helps to reduce pigmentation and dark patches in the skin and also helps to refresh and improve the blood circulation of the skin.

Fuller's Earth is applied as a hot plaster to the infected skin to aid the removal of pus and to reduce inflammation. It is also used to treat bedsores.

Fuller's Earth Facials for Skin Care

Acne Skin

Fuller's Earth - 2 tablespoons

Rose Water - 1 tablespoon

Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon


Oily Skin

Fuller's Earth - 2 tablespoons

Sandalwood powder - 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon

Rosewater - 3 tablespoons


To reduce dark patches on the skin.

Fuller's Earth - 2 tablespoons

Yogurt - 2 tablespoons

Gram flour - 1 tablespoon


For glowing skin

Fuller's Earth - 2 tablespoons

Mashed papaya - 1 tablespoon

Honey - 1 teaspoon


To treat pimples and scars.

Fuller's Earth - 2 tablespoons

Neem powder - 1 teaspoon

Rosewater - 3 tablespoons

Lemon juice - 2 teaspoons


Other Uses of Fuller’s Earth

Fuller’s Earth is used in many household cleaning products due to its capacity to draw out dirt, oil, and grease impurities.

Fuller’s Earth is used in the manufacture of the following -

  • household cleaners
  • filters
  • stain removers
  • manufacture of kitty litter
  • automotive industry to clean up oil spills
  • process of refining edible oil
  • manufacture of lubricants used in oil and gas drilling rigs

Recently Fuller’s Earth was used to decontaminate soldiers who were exposed to chemical weapons.

During the production of a movie, Fuller’s Earth is used for scenes involving special effects. Plastic balls filled with Fuller’s Earth are used to create dust clouds and are designed to be fired from paintball markers.

References

fullersearth.com

herbco.com

naturalnews.com

bedfordshiregeologygroup.org

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 25, 2014:

tillsontitan am glad you came to know about Fuller's Earth, thank you for your lovely comments and thanks for the many votes.

Mary Craig from New York on November 24, 2014:

I'd never heard of Fuller's Earth either! There are so many things we don't know about and yet they are so beneficial.

Your hubs always teach us...and they teach us especially good things!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 18, 2014:

teaches12345 thank you. Fullers Earth is great for skin!

Dianna Mendez on June 18, 2014:

This is the first I have heard of Fullers Earth. I like the uses, especially for the dark spots. What a great idea.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 07, 2014:

rebeccamealey thank you the Fuller's Earth mask is good because it is natural.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 07, 2014:

I never heard of Fuller's Earth..til now. I would love to try the mask. Thanks!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 04, 2014:

Levertis Steele am glad you came to know about Fuller's Earth.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on June 04, 2014:

I have a container garden and a raised bed because my soil seems to be all clay. During dry spells it seems as hard as bricks. BUT, I have never heard of fuller's earth nor its uses in all of these products. I am amazed and enlightened!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 04, 2014:

midget38 thank you for your visit and the share.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 04, 2014:

A great hub for the ladies! Sharing, Nithya.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 02, 2014:

Pamella99 Fuller's Earth is great for skin and has many other uses. Thank you for stopping by.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2014:

This is great information as it is all new to me. I had not heard of Fullers Earth, but it sounds like it can do wonders for your skin. Very useful hub.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 01, 2014:

suzettenaples thank you, Fuller's Earth works wonders for the skin and am glad you came to know about this.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 01, 2014:

This is such an interesting and informative hub! I have never heard of Fuller's earth before or where it is found. Your home remedy facial mask recipes are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this. I usually do use a clay facial mask on my own face, but I buy it at the store. Thanks again for your info!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 01, 2014:

Victoria Lynn am glad you came to know about Fuller's Earth, thank you for stopping by.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 31, 2014:

Wow, I've never heard of fuller's earth. That's neat that it has so many uses. A very interesting and informative hub!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 30, 2014:

praseito30 thank you for stopping by and the vote up.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 30, 2014:

I have never heard about "fullers earth" thanks for sharing with us. Great hub and voted up!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 30, 2014:

Nell Rose yes it must have been in her beauty routine. Thank you for your visit.

tobusiness thank you for stopping by and yes a girl needs all the help.

daborn7 thank you and am glad you came to know about this.

Rosalie O'Neal from California on May 30, 2014:

Wow, I have never heard of the stuff, that is really interesting. I may want to check some of this stuff out really soon. Thanks for sharing!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 29, 2014:

I knew some of this information, but I've learned a great deal more. A very useful hub, well done.

I loved the recipes pinning for later, a girl needs all the help she can get. :)

Nell Rose from England on May 29, 2014:

Hi Vellur, this brought back memories! my mum used to use it, probably in her beauty routine, but I do remember her mentioning it! interesting stuff! voted up and shared! nell

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 29, 2014:

DDE thank you for stopping by, Fuller's Earth is unique and natural.

mary615 thank you for stopping by, thanks for the vote up and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 29, 2014:

I had heard of Fuller's Earth as a child, but I've never used it. I can't remember what my mother used it for, but I remember seeing it in the house.

Very informative article.

Voted UP, and will share (if my button is working today!).

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 28, 2014:

Extraordinary! I had no idea what Fuller meant. Your thoroughly researched hub taught me more about a unique mineral. Voted up!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 28, 2014:

Alicia C thank you and yes Fuller's Earth is amazing in many ways.

always exploring thank you for reading and yes Fuller's Earth is useful in many ways.

tirelesstraveler thank you! Using Fuller's Earth makes you feel like you are at the spa I guess, thank you for your visit.

Judy Specht from California on May 28, 2014:

I have used Fuller's Earth and was imagaining being at the spa having a facial. Your article was a refreshing break:)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2014:

I've never heard of Fuller's Earth, amazing how many products use it. Thank's for the info.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 28, 2014:

Thanks for sharing the interesting information and the recipes, Vellur. Fuller's Earth sounds like a useful substance!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 28, 2014:

travmaj your mother and sisters were very wise! You can try it out. Thank you for your visit.

Meisjunk thank you and yes you can make your own with Fuller's Earth as an ingredient.

billybuc thank you for your visit and am glad you came to know about this.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2014:

I've never heard of it, but I'm impressed by the number of uses for it. Thank you for this information.

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2014:

Wow, this is great information. You definitely did your research on this; thanks for sharing! I think I'll just be looking into making my own little remedies.

travmaj from australia on May 28, 2014:

This brought back memories for me - when I was growing up my mother and her sisters always used fuller's earth mixed with witch hazel and used it on their faces (like a mud pack) Thinking back they all had great complexions. I must buy some and give it a try. Thank you for this.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 28, 2014:

Jodah thank you, fuller's earth is used in many ways especially in skin care.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2014:

What an amazing and useful substance Fullers Earth is Vellur. I had heard of it but not what it was used for. Thanks for the information.

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