Multani Mitti and its Uses

by Roohi

Find out all about what is multani mitti (Fuller's earth) and the ways you can use it, especially for skin care.

Also known as Fuller's earth, multani mitti, is composed of silica, magnesium, iron, and aluminum. The name 'Multani Mitti' basically means 'mud from Multan', an area which is now present in Pakistan. For thousands of years, this mud has been used as a natural cleanser and astringent. It is also used in modern-day cosmetics and face packs sold for women.

Let's take a look at some uses of Multani mitti right here.

For oily skin

Multani mitti or Fuller's earth is an excellent addition to your face mask if you have an oily skin. Due to its absorbent nature, multani mitti will absorb the extra oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. Its cleansing properties will help in the removal of dirt and grease.


For this, all you need to do is take two teaspoons of Multani mitti and add a few drops of rose water and one teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Make a paste and apply it on the face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

For acne and pimples

The above face pack is excellent for acne and pimples as well. The cleansing and astringent properties of the mud will heal the pimples. At the same time, it will also tighten pores and prevent the appearance of further pimples, leaving your skin clean and clear. You can also add sandalwood powder to the pack for better results.

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For spots and scars

Instead of using a concealer to hide all the spots on your face, use Multani mitti on a regular basis. Just add tomato juice, sandalwood powder, and pinch of turmeric powder to it and apply it on your face. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Regular use of this pack will lighten the scars and leave your skin free of spots.

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For sunburn and prickly heat

Due to its cooling properties, Fuller's earth is an excellent remedy for sunburns and prickly heat. You can mix it with water and apply it on the affected area. It will bring relief in the burning and itching sensations involved with these two heat-related conditions.

As a body scrub

This cleansing mud is excellent for exfoliation. You can use it instead of your regular soap. Just apply it on your body and scrub it gently. It will leave your body clean and glowing at the same time.

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For beautiful hair

A few teaspoons of Multani mitti mixed with olive oil makes an excellent hair pack for treating split ends. It is also good for damaged and dull hair. Just apply the hair mask generously on the hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off. If you can stand the smell of curd, add it to this hair mask for additional nutrition for your hair.


Do not shampoo the same day. Allow the hair mask to work its magic for 24 hours. Wash it off with a mild shampoo the next day. Do this treatment twice a week and you will notice that your hair is fuller, shinier, and healthier.

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For sweaty feet

If your feet get too sweaty in the summers, try using Multani mitti. Just add it to your regular talcum powder and sprinkle it on your feet, especially between the toes. The mud will help in absorbing the sweat and keep your feet smelling clean and fresh.

For nappy rash

Well, this mud is not just good for your skin. It is good for your baby's skin too! For nappy rash, just sprinkle the powder on your baby's bottom. Nappy rash occurs because of irritation caused due to chemicals present in the urine and feces. Multani mitti will help in absorbing the urine and feces produced and reduce the chemical irritation. Furthermore, it is completely safe and natural. So, you can safely use it on your baby's bottom.

Keep a packet of Multani Mitti

So, did you realize that this mud can be such an excellent friend for your skin, hair and your baby too? Well, now that you know what is Multani mitti and how you can use it for hair and skin car, make sure to keep a pack of this mud in your house.

Updated: 06/19/2013, Roohi
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Roohi on 06/07/2013


Thanks for your comment!

Indeed, multani mitti is a cure-all for all skin problems.

WriterArtist on 06/07/2013

I have used "Multani Mitti", it is very effective in treating pimples and removing scars. It also improves the complexion of skin.

WriterArtist on 06/07/2013

I have used "Multani Mitti", it is very effective in treating pimples and removing scars. It also improves the complexion of skin.

Roohi on 03/25/2013

Thanks, Katie! Multani mitti is quite commonly used in India for various beauty treatments. It is considered to be a surefire way to clear and glowing skin as well as beautiful hair.

katiem2 on 03/25/2013

It's always good to learn about a new beauty product that's so healthful. Thanks for the great product review. I've learned something very useful. :)K

Roohi on 11/26/2012

Yes, Mira, Multani mitti is used in quite a few herbal cosmetic products. Quite useful it is. Thanks for stopping by!

Mira on 11/26/2012

There's a cream with clay I use sometimes. I can see why multani mitti is useful.

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