Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth Clay:
Multani mitti (fuller’s earth clay) is a natural, yellow colored greasy clay that has been used by Indian women for centuries to take care of their skin and hair. Basically known for its healing and cleansing properties, fuller’s earth clay has the capability to decolourize oil or other liquids without chemical treatment. In ancient times, fuller’s earth clay was used by fullers (people who clean wool) for ‘fulling’ or cleaning wool.
Origin of fuller’s earth clay is believed to be from ‘Multan’ – a city of Pakistan; probably because of this, it is popularly known by the name of “Multani Mitti” in India and Pakistan. In other countries, it is known by the name of ‘Fuller’s Earth Clay’, ‘Bleaching clay’ and ‘Whitening Clay’.
Fuller’s earth clay has great composition of minerals such as- Kaolinite, Calcite, Attapulgite or Bentonite. It is very rich in magnesium chloride which helps to reduce skin problems.
Uses of Multani Mitti:
Uses of fuller’s earth clay are not new for people; they are using it from centuries to take care of their skin problems like acne, blackheads, pimples etc. It is an excellent formula for glowing skin and is very good for hair too. Most important thing about this clay is that it is very safe and does not have any side effects at all.
1. Multani Mitti for Skin Health:
Multani mitti is very good for skin health because it removes all the impurities and dead skin cell. It is a traditional ingredient, by using which regularly, you can make your skin radiant and glowing. Fuller’s earth clay is full of magnesium chloride that helps to remove acne, black and white heads and pimples.
There are different methods of using this clay as facial masks such as-
1. Face Pack for Soft and Shiny Skin:
– Multani Mitti with Rose water:
Simply, make a smooth paste by using half cup of clay powder and 2 tbsp rose water. Then apply it on your face and leave it to dry for 15 minutes. After drying the pack, wash your face with cold water. To get good results, apply this face pack at-least thrice a week. It nourishes skin. You can even use milk or glycerin in place of rose water.
– Fuller’s Earth Clay with Almonds:
For almonds face pack, soak 2 almonds in milk overnight ; grind it in the next day morning and mix half cup of multani mitti. To make smooth paste, add 2-3 tbsp of milk in it and apply over your face and neck. Let it to be dry and then wash with normal water. It removes dead cells and impurities from the skin.
– Multani Mitti and Tomato Pack:
Mix a little amount of Chandan (sandalwood) powder and a pinch of turmeric (haldi) powder in 2 tbsp of fuller’s earth clay and add some tomato juice to make paste. Then apply this paste on your face and wash after 10 minutes with lukewarm water. It makes your face clean and eases tension line on face.
2. Face Pack for Oily skin:
Multani mitti absorbs the excess oil and reduces the chances of pimples. If your skin is oily, apply its paste on your face daily or on alternate days. By using it regularly, you can get rid of blackheads and pimples. Make a paste of multani mitti (2 tbsp) and chandan powder (1 tsp) by adding some milk in it. Apply this paste on your face for 20 minutes and then wash with normal water.
3. Face Pack for Dark Spot:
To remove dark spots from your skin, make paste of fuller’s earth with mint leaves (pudina) powder. Simply, mix 1 spoon dry mint leaves powder and 1 tbsp of multani mitti powder with curd to make paste and apply on your face. Leave it to dry for 20 minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water.
4. Face Pack for Tanned Skin:
If you want to clear sun tan and pigmentation due to excessive exposure of the sun, mix some coconut oil in 2 tsp of multani mitti and apply on affected area. Then scrub it after some time and wash with normal water.
5. Face Pack for Rough Skin:
If your skin is rough, apply fuller’s earth clay pack with egg. To make paste, mix multani mitti (1 tsp), curd (1 tsp) and the white portion of an egg; apply this paste on your face for 20 minutes. Then wash with lukewarm water thoroughly. Apply this paste on your face twice a week.
6. Face Pack for Scar Marks:
If you have scar marks on your skin, use of multani mitti with papaya pack is an excellent remedy. Mix some mashed ripe papaya (1 tbsp) and honey in 2 tsp of multani mitti and make paste. Apply this paste on your face and leave it to dry; then wash it thoroughly with normal water. With a regular use of this pack for few months, your skin will be clean and shiny.
7. Pack for Wrinkle-less Skin:
If you want wrinkle less skin, apply multani mitti pack thrice a week on your face. To make paste, mix one spoon of carrot pulp and 2 tsp of olive oil with some multani mitti. Apply this paste on your face and leave it to dry; then wash with normal water.
8. Pack for Pimples:
To remove pimples, firstly, grind some fresh neem tree (Azadirachta indica) leaves (8-10 leaves) with the help of water; then mix it with some multani mitti to make paste. Apply this paste on pimples for 10 minutes and then wash it with cold water.
2. Benefits of Multani Mitti for Hair care:
Multani mitti is a mild yet effective cleanser; our ancestors used it as a shampoo for cleaning hair. Multani mitti helps to condition hair and make it soft and silky. It also helps to remove toxins from hair and scalp and clears dandruff.
Multani Mitti Hair packs:
1. For Dry Hair:
If your hair are dry, apply this pack on your hair once in a week.
- Multani mitti 4 tbsp
- Honey (shahad) 1 tbsp
- Curd (dahi) 1/2 cup
- Lemon (nimbu) Half piece
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly; apply the paste on your scalp and hair length and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash with normal water thoroughly; you can use light shampoo to wash hair if required.
2. For Oily Hair:
For oily hair use fuller’s earth clay with Reetha (Soapnut) powder. Soak equal amount of multani mitti and Reetha in water for half an hour. Then wash your hair by applying this paste on your scalp and entire hair length. It will make your scalp clean and hair shiny.
3. Anti- Dandruff Hair Pack:
Fuller’s earth clay is an excellent remedy of getting rid of dandruff. For making anti-dandruff hair pack, collect –
- Multani mitti 4-5 tbsp
- Soaked Fenugreek seeds (methi) 5-6 tbsp
- Lemon juice (nimbu) 1 tbsp
At first, grind soaked (overnight) fenugreek seeds to make paste. Then, mix it with multani mitti and lemon juice. Now, apply the paste on your scalp and entire hair length. Leave it for half an hour and after that wash your hair with normal water. Apply this pack once a week regularly for few months to get relief from dandruff completely.
Fuller’s earth clay and orange peel powder pack is also very good to remove dandruff. Simply, make a paste of 4 tbsp of multani mitti powder and 2 tbsp of orange peel powder by adding some water. Apply this paste on your scalp and hair and wash your hair with this pack twice a week.
4. To Control Hair Fall:
For controlling hair fall, use multani mitti with curd and black pepper powder.
- Multani mitti 4-5 tbsp
- Plain Curd (Dahi) 2-3 tbsp
- Black Pepper Powder (Kali mirch) 1/2 tsp
Make a paste by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and apply it on your hair; leave it for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with mild shampoo. With a regular use of this pack for few months, you can get rid of hair fall problem completely.
5. For Strong and Healthy Hair:
To make your hair strong and healthy, mix equal quantity of reetha (soap-nut) powder and multani mitti powder (approx. ½ cup each) and soak it into water for half an hour. Then add 1 tsp of lemon juice in this paste and apply on your hair and scalp for 20 minutes. Then wash with normal water by rinsing with finger tips. Use this hair pack twice a week regularly to get good results.
6. For Itchy Scalp:
If you have some itching problem on your scalp, collect fuller’s earth clay and other ingredients .
- Multani mitti 2 tbsp
- Orange peel powder 2 tbsp
- Pomegranate peel Powder 2 tbsp
- Gram Flour (chana) 2 tbsp
- Curd (dahi) 1 cup
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and leave it for some time. Then apply the hair pack on your scalp by covering roots well. After 20-30 minutes, wash it off with normal water.
3. Improves Blood Circulation:
Fuller’s earth also helps to improve blood circulation; you can use it on any part of body to improve blood circulation.
4. Heat Relief or Burning Sensation:
Fuller’s earth clay helps to reduce sunburn effects. Its paste (mixing with water) can be used on whole body to calm down the burning sensation and the effects of hot temperature during summer season. It is a good remedy to stop nose bleeding (nakseer); put a small piece near your nostrils and inhale the smell by breathing deeply.
Multani mitti is an excellent home remedy for prickly heat (ghamori). Make paste of multani mitti powder with water and apply over the prickly heat. Let it to be dry (20 minutes) and wash it off with cold water.
5. Cold Compress:
Multani mitti is also used as cold compress for the treatment of various problems such as- muscle cramps, burns, menstrual pain, insect bites etc.
Side Effects of Multani Mitti:
Multani mitti or fuller’s earth clay is an excellent clay used in various traditional home remedies that has no side effect at all. But if your skin is excessively sensitive or dry, it is better to test the pack by applying on a small portion of the skin.
Because of its cooling properties, it is advisable not to use over chest, otherwise it may cause respiratory problems.
All the information given above is only for the purpose of knowledge, not for business. Results are not guaranteed; it may vary from person to person. In case of over sensitive skin or allergy to any ingredient, it is better to test before use.