Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, also known as kieselgur/kieselguhr, is usually found in a fine powder form and is made up of fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their tiny skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Silica is a very important trace mineral that plays a big role in hair, skin & nail health. DE is consumed for many different reasons and can be used internally and externally on the body, used for pets, plants, and so much more.
Read below for 10 different uses of Diatomaceous Earth and how to apply them daily for a healthier and more natural lifestyle!
10 different ways to use DE
-Hair skin & nail health
DE is high in silica which works to promote and maintain healthy collagen production and cell regeneration
DE literally works like a broom and sweeps through your entire digestive system
-Parasite and bacteria cleansing in humans and pets
DE is said to have the roughness of a diamond and is sharp enough to cut through parasites, bacterias, and yeast it comes across when ingested. Safe enough to use in both humans and pets
-Flea powder for pets
For two weeks apply DE to the entire body of your pet (avoiding eyes, ears, and nose, etc.) make sure to rub it down into their skin. also apply to beds, rugs, couches, and other upholstered household items
-Treatment for arthritis and joint health
The silica in DE helps treat arthritis naturally by reducing inflammation in the joints, maintains and promotes healthy collagen levels, and rejuvenates the elasticity of tissue to restore natural flexibility
DE helps remove toxic waste from the digestive system and can remove backed up matter sitting in the colon resulting in weight loss and less bloat/irritation
-Organic pest control
Can be sprinkled around soil, plants, fruits, vegetables, etc.
-Natural odor absorber
DE can be used just like baking soda to absorb odors in things like garbage cans and refrigerators
-Tooth and gum health
DE is used as a main ingredient in natural toothpastes, since it is high in Silica which helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Silica also may prevent bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss
-Facial scrub or mask
Mix DE with water, milk, aloe or honey to create an exfoliating mask full of vitamins and minerals like silica, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and phosphorous
Here’s what I use. You can get it at some local health food stores or you can find it online at Amazon or Vitacost.