What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Not really an herb – Diatomaceous earth (DE) is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural and wonderful substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Today, silica deposits are mined from these areas.
Not all Diatomaceous Earth is created equal
Diatomaceous earth is sold as either food grade or non-food grade. You will want to buy amorphous food grade diatomaceous earth. After inhalation of amorphous diatomaceous earth, it is rapidly eliminated from lung tissue. However, crystalline diatomaceous earth is much smaller, and it may accumulate in lung tissue and lymph nodes and can be very harmful. DO NOT BREATHE IN DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. This is like tiny razor blades in the lung and can increase your chances of lung cancer. Good Diatomaceous Earth contains about 90% silica or more, 4% alumina, and around 2% iron oxide. The higher the silica the better. The grayer the earth, the more clay has been mixed in with it so be careful to choose more white or off-white earth.
Benefits of consuming Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth contains fifteen natural minerals (one of which is silica- silica is anti-aging), which are good for the body, especially the skin, nails, and hair. With its mildly abrasive properties, Diatomaceous Earth acts as a detoxifier to rid the body of mucus, molds, toxins, and other impurities on the intestinal wall, thus cleansing the digestive tract and helping to expel bowel movements. It helps you poop, but does not cause diarrhea or stomach cramps. It also cleans the blood. This earth is very effective in treating the body of intestinal worms and parasites more effectively than other types of de-wormers. It is VERY effective in eliminating parasites and controlling Candida in the body. If you have parasites or worms in the body, you may get sick while consuming this because as the parasites die in the body, the body naturally will react with vomiting or nausea.
How to consume Diatomaceous Earth
Start with 1/4 tsp in 2-4 oz of water, mix and immediately drink. I usually do this right before bed and everyday. 🙂 With all the pollutants in our environment these days, consuming this daily is a good habit to get into. 🙂 Start this once a day and after a week you may up it to 1/2 tsp-1 tsp. Do not consume more than a TBSP of DE or you will most likely suffer from constipation. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER while consuming DE. Take a Selenium supplement while you take DE. DE contains a very minimal amount of lead that is usually expelled with the DE, but Selenium helps to rid your body of any excess lead that is not expelled with the DE.
Diatomaceous Earth as a Pesticide
Farmers have used Diatomaceous Earth for years on their animals! Dead bugs (diatoms) to kill bugs. I know, sounds crazy but it really works! Sprinkling this stuff in your gardens to control bugs or carpet and bedding to get rid of bugs is not only safe for your plants and family, but the DE acts as little razor blades against any bugs- cutting them up instantly. Leave it on carpet and bedding for an hour or longer. You will want to wear a mask (so not to breathe it in) and rub it into the carpet and bedding to make sure you’ve eliminated any pests.
If I’ve left anything off about DE that you want to know about, drop me a line in Contact and I’ll try and answer your question! DE is truly great stuff, I keep this on hand all the time! 🙂