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Is a naturally formed sedimentary mineral rock. It’s derived from the remains of diatoms, or oceanic unicellular algae. Diatoms are over 30 million years old and are formed from the cementation of microscopic algae-like plant remains into the earth’s surface.
In 1836 or 1837, the peasant and goods waggoner Peter Kasten discovered diatomaceous earth when sinking a well on the northern slopes of the Haußelberg hill, in the Lüneburg Heath in north Germany. Until the First World War almost the entire worldwide production of diatomaceous earth was from this region.
So basically it’s dirt! What is so great about it?!?
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is very rich in silica (85%), a trace mineral vital for bone health, artery health, and almost all vital organs. After Oxygen and Carbon, Silica is the most important and present compound in nature and the human body. Silica plays a huge role in lots of body functions and it has an immediate relationship with mineral absorption. It has a whole host of benefits for not only us but animals and in the household which I will list below.
For the body:
- Eliminates bad bacteria and toxins to help heal your gut. So it improves digestion and helps you have regular bowel movements and aids in liver and colon functioning.
- It’s great as a whole body detox and assisting in the removal of toxic metals.
- Healthier-looking skin, hair and nails. It even helps your hair grow faster. And because diatomaceous earth is a strong abrasive, it is often used as a toothpaste and facial exfoliator.
- Helps repair and keep vital lung tissue while safeguarding the lungs from pollution. By maintaining or rebuilding the elasticity of lung tissue, silica reduces the inflammation in bronchitis.
- 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.
- For dogs and cats it helps give them cleaner skin and protection from fleas.
- In recent controlled trials (Endicott-Davies 2010) chickens were fed DE to test the effects on external parasites, live weight and overall health and well-being of meat chickens. When assessed against a control group, chickens fed DE were noticeably larger, healthier and free of parasites. While the pens of the control group had lice in and around the sleeping areas, and lice was present on the chickens, the chickens that were fed DE were parasite free as were their pens. The smell emitted from the droppings was much lower than that of the control pens. It is recommended that Diatomaceous Earth should include 15% of the feed given to chickens for the DE to work efficiently.
- In pigs it is mainly fed to improve feed conversion efficiency, reducing the odour of dung.
- For dogs daily inclusion of DE in food strengthens teeth, bones, tendons and improves the function of organs such liver and kidneys. This leads to improved metabolism with resultant health and vitality increase.
For the Household:
- Is an effective bug eliminator. DE works by mechanical action, disrupting their waxy shell, making them more prone to eventual death by dehydration. This includes bed-bugs, fleas and termites.
- DE will also purify any room it has been applied in by detoxifying the ambient air.
Diatomaceous earth is available in two different grades: food grade (meant to taken internally by humans) and non-food grade (used in industrial practices). DE has been used in household, beauty, food and pesticide products made for killing or reducing toxins, insects, rodents and bugs since the 1960s.
How to use Diatomaceous Earth
I purchased the Heal Your Gut food grade Diatomaceous Earth from Biome Eco Stores which is recommended by health and wellness guru Lee Holmes from Supercharged Food. And the directions on the back are: Using a dry spoon, mix 1 level tablespoon in water, juice or smoothie, twice daily. Ideally consume before meals. Also included on the back of the packaging is a yummy looking smoothie option. I just drink it in water. It tastes like you are drinking dirt so if that isn’t your thing try it in juice or a smoothie. I like it in water cause it reminds me of the time I tried Kava in Fiji. For me I got it for improved gut and digestion health and well, lets just say, the results are obvious.. It says on the packet ” Gently sweeps clean your insides”, it really does.
As an exfoliator:
- Mix diatomaceous earth and some water in a bowl (roughly 1 part DE to 3 parts water).
- Choose whether you prefer a mask or a facial scrub. If you want a mask, just add more of DE to the mixture. If you want a scrub, just add more water to dilute the solution even more.
- Whatever you have decided, spread the mixture across your forehead, your nose, your chin, and your cheeks.
- Leave it on your face for 2-5 minutes, allowing it to dry.
- Finally, thoroughly wash your face with some water and a wash cloth. And that’s it, my friend. You should be good to go now—your skin, delicately exfoliated by the sweet action of diatomaceous earth.
As bug control:
- Indoor use: Lightly coat a thin layer of Crawling Insect Control in cracks and crevices; behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans; in and around sewer pipes and drains, and window frames; and in attics and basements.
- Outdoor use: Place in areas around patios, outdoor sills, window and door frames.
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It really is nature’s super dirt! There isn’t much it can’t do for you. So have I convinced you to include it in your life?