Where Does DE Come From?Diatomaceous earth is the waste product of unicellular algae. Over a 30 million year period, it has taken the form of white sedimentary rock that is typically harvested from the bottom of oceans, lakes, and rivers around the globe. After it is harvested and dried, DE is a fine, white dust.
In 1836-1837, Peter Kasten was the first to discover DE while drilling a well in Hausselberg Hill, which is located in Luneburg Heath, Germany. Until the first world war, most of the worldwide production of diatomaceous earth was from this region.
- Marine deposits have been worked in the Sisquoc Formation in Santa Barbara County, California near Lompoc and along the Southern California coast.
- Additional marine deposits have been worked in Maryland,Virginia, Algeria and the MoClay of Denmark.
- Freshwater lake deposits occur in Nevada,Oregon, Washington, and California.
- Lake deposits also occur in interglacial lakes in the eastern United States
What Has Diatomaceous Earth Historically Been Used For?Throughout its history, DE has been used in chemistry labs for various experiments and procedures when filtering very fine particles. Diatomaceous earth is also used in the filtering processes for drinking water. Fish tanks, swimming pools, beer, wine, sugar, syrups, and honey are all filtered in a medium containing DE.
What Is Diatomaceous Earth Predominantly Used for and Known for at the Present Time?The usefulness of diatomaceous earth ranges from an internal one (as a natural medicine or supplement), to a solution you can apply in-and-around the house in order to protect yourself from unwanted vermin. DE, amazingly, can also be made into a beauty product with its special and unique properties highly effective against “aesthetic defects” which tend to appear as Father Time catches up with all of us. Here’s a quick list to showcase its numerous benefits:
- Help the body function and regenerate itself properly
- Detox the body and kill parasites
- Have an attractive and improved physical appearance
- Kill bugs, ants, fleas, and the like
#1: To Help the Body Function and Regenerate Itself ProperlyDE is very rich in silica (85% of it), a trace mineral vital for bone health, artery health, and almost all vital organs like the liver. We used to be able to get our silica from nutrient-rich foods. Unfortunately, traditional farming methods have depleted the soil and the possibility of filling our needs through traditional I-eat-and-my-body’s-needs-will-be-met has become a somewhat utopian thing of the past. That’s why this white rock has become so fascinating to so many people. Silicon, calcium, sodium, magnesium, and iron are only a few of the trace-minerals that you’ll find in the white powder, all of which promote bone and muscle growth. People fighting high cholesterol will be satisfied, too, as it’s known to have a regulating effect on cholesterol levels.
#2: To Detox the Body and Kill ParasitesWithin a few months of taking diatomaceous earth most will rid the body of all parasites and most toxic metals as well.
#3: To Have an Attractive and Improved Physical AppearanceAnother interesting facet of diatomaceous earth is that it can be used as a fascial mask and exfoliant.
#4: To Kill BugsThe benefits of DE truly seem endless at times, and then again there’s still much more to cover. DE is useful against any type of insect infestation you might have in your house. Bugs adapt to conventional pesticides and become immune to their killing agents. DE works by mechanical action, disrupting their waxy shell, making them more prone to eventual death by dehydration.
Diatomaceous Earth Is Not Profitable to Pharmaceutical CompaniesIf this product is so great, why haven’t you heard about it before?
The reason most people remain unaware of this earth’s blessing is because of money. It’s as simple as that. Big business and influential pharmaceutical companies, can only profit from a product if they possess the exclusive rights to its merchandising. That certainly won’t happen with diatomaceous earth since the product comes directly from the earth’s soil.
The Difference between Diatomaceous Earth and Any Other AlternativeWhat makes DE truly stand out though for its aficionados, and therefore makes it an essential addition to any person’s health cabinet, is its “silica-argument.”
Silica is the most important trace-element in human health.” – Dr. Barbara Hendel.Life cannot exist without silica. Food grade DE is approximately 80-85% silica. When you take into account that most people are silica-deficient, although still holding over 7 grams of the mineral in their bodies (more than any other trace-element, even iron), you begin to understand its importance a bit better.
Issues/Illnesses Where Diatomaceous Earth Has Been Shown to Be Helpful
- Osteoporosis: As silica helps with the absorption of calcium, taking a silica supplement along with a calcium supplement can effectively offset chronic illnesses like osteoporosis, which are due to chronically depleted calcium stores.
- Detoxifying the body
- Losing weight
- Revitalizing the skin
- Promoting hair growth
- As a cough decreasing agent
- Fighting kidney stones and healing infections of the urinary tract
- Reducing inflammation in the intestines and stomach
- Protecting vital lung tissue from pollution and restoring its elasticity
- Normalizing hemorrhoidal tissue
- Preventing side-effects of menopause like stress
- Killing bacteria and parasites
Diatomaceous Earth Is Completely SafeFor example, DE makes your body bug-free, not with a chemical but by physical action. The hundreds of particles that attack the insect are so small, so microscopic, they cause no harm whatsoever to people or pets. So it’s completely safe to ingest orally, as long as it’s food grade!
Calcined vs. Non-Calcined/Amorphous vs. Crystalline/Food Grade vs. Non-food GradeFilter grade DE is great for (like the name says it) filtering, but should under no circumstances be ingested or inhaled as it’s very dangerous for your health. This version of the white powder starts by being food grade DE with at about 85% amorphous silica, but then it’s heated to about 1000 degrees. The purpose of this is to make the exoskeletons of the diatoms much harder, which makes for improved filtering properties. The process causes the amorphous silica in DE to turn in to crystalline silica. It’s now called “calcined” diatomaceous earth and is 60% crystalline. The world health organization says DE needs to be less than 2% crystalline silica in order for it to be safe. You don’t want to ingest or inhale this form of DE (though it’s not good to inhale any DE). Also, in order to be considered food grade, the diatomaceous earth (food grade) has to have arsenic levels below 10mg/kg and lead levels below 10mg/kg.
What If I’m Taking Medication?Reports have been extremely positive with or without medication. DE doesn’t seem to interact at all with pharmaceutical drugs, maybe in part because DE essentially operates through mechanical action only (by tabbing and mangling the little buggers).
So How to Use Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)
#1: Internal Use
- First week: 1 teaspoon of DE in a glass of water or favorite juice, first thing in the morning (the body needs time to get used to it).
- Week 2, 3, and 4: 1 tablespoon of DE in a glass of water, again, first thing in the morning.
- For the next 3 months, take 2-3 tablespoons of DE every single day.
- Stop taking it for one whole month. In other words, you don’t take anything on the fourth month.
- Start again with 2-3 tablespoons per day for the next 3 months.
#2: External UseStep 1: Mix diatomaceous earth and some water in a bowl (roughly 1 part DE to 3 parts water).
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Whatever you have decided, spread the mixture across your forehead, your nose, your chin, and your cheeks.
Step 4: Leave it on your face for 2-5 minutes, allowing it to dry.
How to Use Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous EarthCrawling Insect Control is a good way to control ants, bedbugs, box elder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, fleas, grasshoppers, millipedes, slugs, and silverfish (Never ingest it orally).
- 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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