TAG: Clay

The Resurgence of Building Basics

Nature's Own

What comes from nature can be returned to nature without harm to the environment. This is the comcept behind “living” houses, whose designs incorporate (if not consisting of completely) natural, low tech materials. Natural materials have been used in building construction since ancient times and are now part of a resurgence as sustainability becomes necessary and desirable. In fact, about half of the world’s population currently lives or works in a building constructed from earth based materials. There are numerous raw materials being used in sustainable home designs today, but we’ll focus on the main four. Those being: tree bark, adobe, rammed Earth, and straw…. read more

Drinking Clay

Healing properties of clay

It sounds strange, however, there’s a new craze. Actually, let me correct that, an ancient craze that’s becoming cool again. Drinking clay. The thought of drinking clay doesn’t really float my boat, but of course if it’s good for you, then I will most probably jump on board. The Ancient Egyptians, known for their innovative regimes, were lovers of clay. They used it medicinally and for embalming. The Incas had drinking clay as part of their diet. The Aboriginals use clay as part of their rituals. Clay has been commonly used as a purification method. In baths it is known… read more