Description: For centuries, farmers have known that diatomaceous earth powder is safe and useful for controlling insects and parasites and that it is also beneficial to livestock. Many animals, both wild and domestic, seem to instinctively know this and can be seen rolling in and eating diatomite naturally. Natural, freshwater food grade DE powders are harmless to people and animals but deadly to insects. Only recently have the human health benefits been discovered. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is not actually an “earth” but it is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled plants called Diatoms. 015 Uses For Diatomaceous Earth 1. Deodorant Though our primary detox pathways are through the liver, kidneys, colon and lymph system, our skin and lungs also assist with detoxification. We don’t want to block our body’s ability to sweat with antiperspirants, but we can keep things sweet in the underarm area by neutralizing odor. Diatomaceous earth is great for this. And because it tends not to be quite as alkaline as baking soda – which is commonly used in homemade deodorants – it is often preferred by individuals who have experienced rashes or irritation after application. Here’s my recipe. 2. Toothpaste Sprinkle a little DE over your tooth soap, toothpaste, or homemade tooth powder for extra deep cleaning power. Because it is abrasive only a little is needed to effectively remove stains, and only every once in a while. 3. Facial Scrub & Mask Because it is very fine, diatomaceous earth makes a gentle facial exfoliant and mask. In addition to it’s main component, silica, DE also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium and phosphorous. Since minerals can be absorbed through the skin, this is a wonderful way to complement a mineral-rich diet. To use: Mix about 1 tablespoon of diatomaceous earth with water, milk, aloe vera juice or diluted honey to make a thick paste. Using your fingertips, lightly massage the paste onto your face using small, circular motions. Allow the paste to set for 1-2 minutes, then gently remove with a warm washcloth using small, circular motions. This last stage is when most of the exfoliation occurs. Follow with toner (if you use it) and moisturizer. Special note: Avoid using this scrub near the eyes or on chapped skin. 4. Supports Collagen Production Yeah, you read that right. Silica, which is a type of silicon, is essential for collagen formation. In one study, animals that were supplemented with a small amount of highly bioavailable silicon had a 12% higher collagen concentration than animals who weren’t. (Source: Jarrow Formula’s application to FDA for their silicon supplement, BioSil) Silica is found in many foods, such as leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, and asparagus, and of course DE is about 80-90% silica. 5. Nourishes Hair In this study, supplementing women with a bioavailable form of silicon (choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid) increased the strength and thickness of their hair. Because it is less bioavailable, the silica found in DE has to be consumed in higher quantities than the choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid. However, some people think this is a good thing because it is thought to have cleansing properties. 6. Strengthens Nails Along with gelatin and biotin, silica is essential for building strong, healthy nails. 7. Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels This study suggests that diatomaceous earth may be beneficial for lipid metabolism and cholesterol levels. Who knew? 8. Strengthen Teeth and Bones Silica is essential for the formation of the hard outer enamel that protects our teeth, and according to this PubMed article it is likewise beneficial for overall bone formation and health. 9. Food Storage DE is added to grains and legumes such as wheat, maize, beans and barley to prevent spoilage. It keeps food dry, prevents mold, and protects against pests like weevils and beetles. 10. Bed Bugs Diatomaceous earth is registered with the FDA for use against bed bugs, fleas. Here is a tutorial for applying it throughout the home. A couple of notes: First, the product in this tutorial contains 2% synthetic ingredients. Though it is certainly better than some pesticides used to eliminate bed bugs, I would go with 100% DE before trying it. Second, there are a lot of cautions against breathing in DE. While I would definitely use a mask to apply using the method in the video, I found this statement over on I Breathe, I’m Hungry helpful: “I received an email from Larry Smith, the President of Earthworks, who wanted to clear up the misconception about any dangers of inhaling food grade diatomaceous earth – here’s what he wrote: ‘This is a misunderstanding about food grade DE. There are 2 kinds of DE—food grade and filter grade (used in swimming pool and other filters) Only the filter grade is dangerous to breathe. The “dangerous” part of DE is the amount of crystalline silica that is in it. Filter grade is 65% crystalline silica while food grade is less than 1/10 of 1%! The world health org. has said that diatomaceous earth is safe to breathe as long as the crystalline content is under 2%. Food grade is 20X lower than even that level!!’ So no need to be concerned about any danger associated with using DE for pets, bedding, consumption or anything else – as long as it’s FOOD GRADE! “ 11. Garden Pest Control DE can be used to kill slugs, beetles, and other unwanted pests in the garden. Here’s how to use it. I would repeat the process every 2-3 days to break the life cycle of fleas. 12. Fleas Work outside with your pet and rub in a handful of DE food grade (they love the attention). Then pat or shake off the excess powder. You need to do this every 2-3 weeks. Something to keep in mind is that it’s also important to treat any carpet pets come into contact with, plus areas they like to nap in, etc. Here’s how to treat your carpet and home for fleas using DE. 13. Cockroach, Spider, Tick and Earwig Control DE is approved for use against all of these home pests. Experts recommend using a hand duster to puff it into cracks and crevices where bugs are likely to hang out. I have barrels of lettuce growing and sprinkle it around the rim to stop snails. 14. Fridge Deodorizer Just like baking soda, a small container/box of DE can be left in the fridge or freezer to neutralize odors. Needs to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. 15. Garbage Can Deodorizer Sprinkle in the bottom of the can to help neutralize odors. Also, it leads to the funniest questions if you call Home Depot What Kind Of Diatomaceous Earth Should I Use? Only food grade, never stuff you find at the pool supply shop. Here’s what I buy. How I Take Diatomaceous Earth Internally Most people say diatomaceous earth should be taken on an empty stomach. What this means is somewhat vague, but from what I can tell best practices are to take it: 1. First thing in the morning, then wait 30 minutes to eat 2. Three hours after eating When I take DE, I start with one teaspoon in a tall glass of water (8 oz.) and worked my way up to one tablespoon over the course of a week. Like all of the supplements I take, I schedule breaks from DE so that my body doesn’t get overwhelmed. In the case of DE, I prefer to use it for about a month continuously, then I take 1-2 teaspoons once or twice a week after that. Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
Directions for use: Diatomaceous Earth has a unique, earthy taste, which some find unpleasant. The powder is therefore best mixed with your favourite smoothie or fresh juice. Start with 1/2 a teaspoon and gradually build up to 1-2 teaspoons of Diatomaceous earth powder daily. 3 capsules can be taken twice daily with water. Contraindications: Do not exceed recommended dosages unless on the advice of a healthcare practitioner. Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are pregnant, or on any medication or suffering from any medical condition it is advisable to seek medical advice before starting any new supplement. Store in a cool dry place, below 25 degrees C and keep out of the reach of children. Advice given does not intend to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any form of illness or disease and should not replace any medication. We will not, under any circumstances, accept liability or damages whatsoever, for accuracy, completeness, adequacy, or comprehensiveness of the information reviewed and opinions expressed by us, and arising from any cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, negligence or human error.
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