What is Diatomaceous Earth???
You may never have heard of diatomaceous earth before, but chances are you’ve consumed or used plenty of products that contained it. Some common products that contain diatomaceous earth include dusts, powders and pressurized liquids that are used on the outside of buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in human and pet foods.
It usually comes in the form of a white powder and is also used in water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products and farming to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out. It also has the ability to improve the body’s use of calcium, improve bone mineralization, protect joints and fight effects of aging. And that’s not all.
WHAT ??? How is this good for me???
Untreated, pure Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade (85%+ primarily composed of amorphous (non-crystalline) silicon dioxide (SiO2)) is quickly becoming known for an immaculately impressive list of health benefits and non-toxic, no-known side effect origins. Nicknamed the 'grass of the sea' for all aquatic life forms and an ancient treasure in the modern health world, many enthusiastic- silica-advocates are calling it mother nature's best kept secret and a true miracle mineral for human health.
After Oxygen and Carbon, Silica is the most important and present compound in Nature and human body.
We are born with an abundance of Silica in our bodies and we constantly need it until we pass away, for the body to remain healthy and balanced.
Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth
1. Internal Cleanser
Diatomaceous earth works like a natural detoxifying agent within the body, killing parasites and viruses that can contribute to illnesses while also helping to clean the blood. It’s also inexpensive, simple to use and much safer than many store-bought detox products or plans. Some of the benefits of using DE internally include reducing odors, helping to curb gas, cleansing the digestive tract, boosting liver function and absorbing harmful toxins within the blood.
2. Improves Joint, Bone & Ligament Health
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging stated that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue and helps prevent low bone mass (osteoporosis), which is considered “a silent epidemic of the 21st century.” Silica within DE helps with normal bone metabolism and joint formation, with evidence over the past 30 years suggesting there’s a positive association between dietary silicon intake and better bone mineral density. (6) Thus, DE makes a great addition to any osteoporosis diet and treatment plan.
3. Helps Clean & Protect Skin, Nails & Teeth
Since it has natural abrasive qualities and kills parasites, DE is used in many toothpastes, skin exfoliators, polishes and skin scrubs. Just like other beneficial clays — like bentonite clay — it dries out harmful toxins and leaves behind cleaned, smoothed skin with little to side effects. It also seems to have anti-aging effects by helping with the use of calcium in forming strong bones, nails and teeth.
The mild abrasive quality of DE makes it an excellent scrub and exfoliant for the skin.
Despite being abrasive, however, the silica particles are small enough that they do not really cause irritation or trigger allergies on the skin.
Getting in the pores, the silica manages to sweep the dirt that might be clogging it, allowing your skin to breathe better.
4. Healthy Hair
Some people who are experiencing hair loss simply need to increase their silica intake to see the growth rebound. As with many nutritional changes, it can take a few weeks before you will notice any new hair growth, it takes time for new hair to start developing beneath your scalp.
Try adding it with your regular shampoo or perhaps sprinkling some in your hair and massaging it through the scalp.
If you have lice, the routine introduction of DE should kill the lice permanently. Make sure to wash off the DE at the end of the day, thoroughly rinsing it out before reapplication.
5. Supports Heart Health
Research has also shown that food-grade diatomaceous may offer positive benefits for cholesterol levels and encourage heart health. Nutrients such as silicon, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and other trace minerals are available in diatomaceous earth, giving rise to a practically endless supply of health benefits. Most of these nutrients play a role in building and repairing of muscles and bones.
6. Natural Insecticide
DE also helps with the control of pests that might be invading your home. It can target cockroaches, spiders, ants, as well as bed bugs.
With bedbugs, just sprinkle DE on your bed as well as any other area you believe the bugs are residing. Do this every night for about a month to completely kill not just the adults but also possible eggs and babies.
As for the ants, spiders, and cockroaches, sprinkle wherever you feel these little critters are residing. Windowsills, kitchen cabinets, and others are just some of the most common places where this happens.
7. Toenail Fungus
If you have problems with fungus in your feet, try sprinkling some DE in your socks on a daily basis. This should dry up the socks as the DE absorbs the moisture, removing any means of water for the fungus.
At the same time, this actually gets rid of any lingering smell on the sock. You can also try sprinkling the same inside your shoes and be amazed at how well this works for you.
What is it in??
Common products that contain diatomaceous earth include dusts, powders and pressurized liquids that are used on the outside of buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in human and pet foods.
What kind of benefits can you expect from using DE in these ways? These can include:
- improved digestion and more regular bowel movements
- better liver and colon functioning
- improved detoxification and removal of heavy metals
- stronger immune function and protection from illnesses
- a cleaner home, free from parasites, bed bugs and viruses
- healthier-looking skin, hair and nails
- stronger bones and protection from fractures or osteoporosis
- improved joint and ligament health
- improved energy
How to Use
Diatomaceous earth comes in several forms:
- granulated diatomaceous earth, a raw material made from crushing silica that’s usually available as a powder and safe for human consumption
- milled or micronized diatomaceous earth, a very fine form used in pesticides and insecticides
- calcined diatomaceous earth, a heat-treated and activated form used in water filtering and explosives
You can purchase food grade diatomaceous earth from the Diatomaceous Earth website, in some health food stores or elsewhere online.
For Home Use
Step 1: The Bug Squad website recommends you brush and vacuum carpets or any area where you think bugs, insects or fleas could be lurking. This will aggravate them and get them to move, which allows DE to work better.
Step 2: Sprinkle DE powder where needed in your home, yard, your carpets, car, etc. Rub the powder into the carpets with a broom. Use enough to finely cover the surface but not too much that it’s easy to breath in a lot.
Step 3: Let the powder sit for about four to 12 hours before vacuuming. It’s recommended that you repeat this process once a week for a total of three to four weeks.
Diatomaceous Earth has several uses, which is why I now incorporate it into just about everything. It works wonders in our facial cleansers, masks and deodorants AND it helps keep our home ( and our little Wally) naturally pest free.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Crunchy Corner and as always.. Please do your own research to make the best decisions for yourself and your family.