What is Diatomaceous Earth?

DEDiatomaceous Earth

The uses and healthy effects of Diatomaceous Earth in powder form (or DE) reaches back more than 5,000 years to ancient China where it became part of traditional Chinese Medicine. Some use it as an additive to stored grain to keep it bug free and to stretch flour stores while other health-conscious individuals use it as an alternative to commonly used chemicals to grow and strengthen the hair, develop elasticity in the skin, harden the bones, and promote general well-being. In an Australian study, DE was found to lower blood cholesterol in humans. It is also an excellent source of plant derived silica. Adding diatomaceous earth to your diet can rid the body of parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions. Initially, you may experience a Herxhemier reaction (The Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction is a reaction to endotoxins released by the death of harmful organisms within the body), which can cause abdominal discomfort and flu-like symptoms. This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. The symptoms disappear after a few days.

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Diatomaceous Earth is also the best natural chelating product available and can used to detoxify the body of mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals, remove poisons from chem-trails, radiation, and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. There are literally hundreds of ways DE is beneficial to humans, animals and plant life alike. As a daily supplement, many believe that it’s most beneficial uses is for internal cleansing

by aiding in the elimination of intestinal parasites, which are not able to develop an immunity to the sharp edges of DE. It has been concluded that the drastic increase of heavy metal poisoning case has occurred in part due to fluoridated water, mercury in vaccines, aluminum based deodorants, particular varieties of seafood, foil wrapping, aluminum cookware, and who knows how many other ways.

Usage
Make sure you use only food-grade Diatomaceous Earth to detox. This ensures that the product has not been chemically treated. DE can be taken for a period of months or years depending on the desired effects. Individual dosages vary and are usually based on size and weight. Reports run the gamut between a heaping teaspoonful in a smoothie two to three times a week to a tablespoon each morning and evening with water. As with all new health routines, proceed cautiously. There can be health problems associated with evacuating too many parasites too quickly from your body.

Dissolve less than one teaspoon for every 100 pounds you weigh in a glass of pure water of about 8 – 10 fluid ounces and take it once a day. Other liquids can be used but don’t mix DE with citrus liquids insuring you avoid a gut reaction. Stir constantly as you drink, it as the substance does not dissolve easily. Drink plenty of pure water, juices and herbal teas throughout the day to help aid the detox process. When mixing your D.E., remember it is texture and weight, more than taste, that will pose the challenge to create a smooth mixture. D.E.’s taste is virtually undetectable, extremely bland, sometimes described as chalky. It is easy to whisk a teaspoon to a tablespoon into a small glass of water and chug it down. Expect a clay-like texture that varies in consistency depending on the amount of water you use. Try adding it to a blended drink. D.E. is similar in weight to protein powder and will mix easily into your blended concoction. Diatomaceous earth can be used in conjunction with other parasite cleanse products or on its own to maintain your system’s health.

Left: Angiostrongylus cantonensis third stage (L3), infective larva recovered from a slug. Image captured under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy. Right: Angiostrongylus adult worm recovered from vitreous humor of a human patient.

Increase the dosage of food-grade Diatomaceous Earth over a number of weeks until you gradually reach two tablespoons per day. This will

help prevent a reaction referred to as “healing crisis,” which can happen during the detox process as the body tries to get rid of toxins at a rate too fast to dispose of them.


Other Uses –
You may feel worse initially as you start the process, but that’s just a sign that the detox is working.

Household Pesticide
• Fill a gallon-sized plastic bag with food-grade diatomaceous earth. Close the bag and ensure that it is completely sealed. Pinch a corner of the bag and turn it upside down. Snip that end with a pair of scissors. Only cut off 1/6 to 1/8 of an inch to create a small hole.
• Turn the bag over and pour the diatomaceous earth out in a long line along the areas of your to be treated. Use along baseboards, along the backs of cupboards, behind the refrigerator, on windowsills and in any nooks or spaces where you have a pest problem. Diatomaceous earth is effective against household insects and bugs (cockroaches, ants, silverfish, etc.) but will not work on mice and rats. Wear protective eye goggles and a face mask while handling diatomaceous earth to avoid getting it in your eyes and lungs.
• Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on your carpets to kill fleas and ticks. Allow it to sit in the carpet for at least 24 to 48 hours in order to expose all pests to it and then vacuum it up with an ordinary vacuum cleaner.
• Dust diatomaceous earth on houseplants, around their pots and on top of the potted soil to control pests, such as spiders, aphids and ants.

In the Garden
• Create a 2- to 3 3/4-inch (about 5 cm to 7 cm) wide swath of food-grade diatomaceous earth around garden plants by using the baggie method to create a slug guard.
• Dust garden plants with diatomaceous earth after it has rained. Diatomaceous earth will not adhere to plants well unless they are slightly moist. You can spray your plants with a mister and then dust, or you can add diatomaceous earth to your sprayer and mix with water. This works well on pond plants and makes application simple. The diatomaceous earth will need to be reapplied after it rains. Minimize the destruction of beneficial insects by applying diatomaceous earth in the late afternoon or early evening when insect activity is lowest. Do not apply it excessively.
• Mix one part diatomaceous earth to five parts water with a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on the trunks of trees to kill off borers and bark-desiccating bugs.

Pet Care
• Mix 1/2 tsp. food-grade diatomaceous earth with your pets’ food (for smaller animals) and 1 tsp. for larger animals, once a day. Diatomaceous earth is believed to help control internal parasites, such as worms. Some pet foods already have diatomaceous earth mixed into them.
• Fill a salt shaker or flour duster with food-grade diatomaceous earth. Ensure that the ports are open so that it can flow freely.
• Dust your pets’ fur with diatomaceous earth, and rub it in to kill fleas and ticks. Avoid dusting in your pets’ eyes and face. One dusting should be enough to treat a short-haired animal, but a second dusting might be required for a pet with longer fur. Wash, dry and comb your pet prior to dusting. Keep your pet calm and on a leash for a few hours before allowing it to resume normal activity. Do not wash your pet for at least a week after an application.
• Apply diatomaceous earth to your pets’ bedding on both sides and around any of the areas where the pet may roam or rest. You can apply it to outside pens, if desired. Be careful not to expose beneficial insects to diatomaceous earth or they will be killed along with undesired pests.
• Diatomaceous earth for pond fish. Apply one cup per hundred gallons of water. This will help prevent parasite infestations of your fish. However it will also kill dragonfly larvae and other underwater insect pond life that you might want to keep.

You can buy Diatomaceous Earth in various places around the internet or you can buy the Uncooked DE Cleanse from the Uncooked Market.

I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical background. All information is presented for research purposes only and should not be substituted for the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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3 thoughts on “What is Diatomaceous Earth?

  1. Remarkable things here. I am very happy to see your post.
    Thanks a lot and I’m looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  2. rira

    would like to know where you buy your Diatomaceous

    • I ordered it from Amazon, but you can get it anywhere online. Just be sure you’re buying food grade diatomaceous earth.

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