Diatomaceous earth (DE) is your opportunity to turn fossils into medicine. How cool is that? DE is the fossilized remains of diatoms–marine algae that leave behind exoskeletons made up of silica. Effectively, diatomaceous earth isn’t too different from sand, but the health benefits and overall usefulness of diatomaceous earth are much greater.
Diatomaceous earth is perhaps most famous as a natural insecticide that is safe for use environmentally as well as in direct application on pets and people. DE dehydrates insects, killing them and their larvae. This has made it an effective alternative as a anti-flea remedy for many pet owners. It’s good for mites as well, and in both cases it can be sparingly dusted on your pet to kill off and control the insects. In the same way, it can be used internally to kill intestinal parasites.
Here is a summary of some of the uses we have found for Food Grade diatomaceous earth. If you have been using diatomaceous earth, please let us know how it’s been working for you.
Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefits
- Detoxing for metals and parasites – DE removes heavy metals and kills parasites. Among other benefits from this detox is a possibly reduced risk of Alzheimer’s as aluminum may increase the risk of developing this disease.
- Regulates bowels, cleans out the colon and reduces gastrointestinal inflammation.
- Some have said that the detoxifying effect has also reduced their cholesterol and blood pressure.
- DE helps to repair and maintain lung function and can help reduce coughing
- Regular use of DE has helped some deal with food intolerances and those who are on the GAPS diet.
- DE can be used to treat for head lice.
- DE sprinkled inside socks acts to help keep feet drier, useful if fighting foot or nail fungus.
DE Benefits for Pets
- Killing fleas is one of the most popular uses of DE. Fleas can never become resistant to DE, because the DE cuts and dehydrates the fleas.
- Sprinkle DE on carpets and pet bedding; leave a few hours and vacuum up. Repeat once a week for a month.
- Farmers have been adding DE to animal food for many years because it is an effective de-wormer.
DE for Home and Yard
Bugs, bugs and more bugs – DE is able to kill many of them. Bed bugs, fire ants, sugar and carpenter ants and flea beetles are some of the pests we’d rather not live with which can be sent packing with DE.
Sprinkle DE across doorways, behind cabinets, or wherever they seem to be hiding.
Be certain to purchase only Food Grade diatomaceous earth, as the type of DE sold for use in pools is unsafe for health uses.
Continue reading to learn feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have used Diatomaceous Earth to heal many of their ailments and if they experienced any side effects from this therapy.