I was looking a couple of weeks ago for a natural alternative to Front Line and Advantage flea control for my dog and cats. I found last year that these expensive flea medicines were no longer working on my animals. I don’t know if the fleas worked up an immunity but for some reason I would still find a flea or two a week later. While I was researching, I discovered diatomaceous earth and how people were using this product to kill fleas and other pests. Diatomaceous earth(DE) is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica and over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Today, silica deposits are mined from these areas. DE kills fleas and larva by cutting their exoskeleton and sucks the water out of their bodies. Much safer than the toxic alternative. While researching further about this silica, I discovered it has many health benefits for humans. I want to share the cool things I learned and have provided a link to the DE website regarding killing fleas and some health benefits it has for pets but in this blog I want to concentrate on the health benefits it has for humans. https://www.diatomaceousearth.com/diatomaceous-earth-for-pets
Food grade diatomaceous earth is a gentle abrasive and highly absorbent. It is almost entirely made of silica, an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature and is one of the cheapest and most versatile health products on the market. DE works as an amazing supplement for a couple of reasons: it helps move things out of your intestines and it helps promote healthier hair, skin, bones, & joints.
DE can actually help create more bowel movements and detox(colon cleanser) your digestive system. Kaayla T. Daniel PhD,CNN and Galen D. Knight wrote a book Mad as a Hatter which shows how diatomaceous earth can pull heavy metals from the body. Here is the link to excerpt http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/mad-as-a-hatter/ (You’ll have to copy and paste since I can’t get it to directly link). Increased collagen production supports healthy digestion allowing your body to absorb more nutrients and flush out more unnecessary waste.Collagen helps support a healthy metabolism and helps you manage weight by your curbing appetite. Collagen helps promote joint health and can reduce joint pain over time and strengthen the cartilage that cushions our joint movements. Studies show that DE, when taken daily can help promote healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Instructions for internal use, add 1 tsp. of DE to 12 oz. of fluid mix well and drink immediately. You can work up to 2 tsp. twice a day. Do this first thing in the morning and 2 hours after dinner. Preferably on an empty stomach. It has a light chalky taste so you can add to smoothies or yogurt also. To me it has no taste. Increase water consumption to counter act the detox effects. I add lemons to my water which helps with liver detox as well.
Silica may help with skin problems and injuries such as itching, rashes, abscesses, boils. acne, callouses, warts, eczema, burns, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores. For skin problems, just mix with water and apply. Wait 2 to 3 minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat dry.
DE is also excellent for beautiful hair and nails. The part of DE that our bodies absorb is actually a primary ingredient in many expensive hair supplements found in drug stores. If you have thinning hair, you can begin to see new hair growth in just a few weeks of. DE silica is essential to strong nails and it only takes a few weeks to see the difference. The amount of silica in DE is enough to give your hair, skin, and nails a healthier look and feel. Silica plays an important role in promoting healthy bones, skin, teeth, tendons, blood vessels, nails, and hair. More on diatomaceous earth http://diatomaceous.org/
Quick recipes for uses of DE:
Toothpaste enhancer– Add a pinch of DE to your toothpaste. Helps decay of bones and teeth plus reduces inflammation.
Metal cleaner or soft scrub for shower, sinks, and faucets– Make a paste with DE and water. No toxins to deal with.
Face mask and cleanser– Make a paste with DE and water apply to face in circular motion, wait 3-5 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Mix with your favorite face cleanser for gentle exfoliate.
Refrigerator/freezer odors– Put some DE in container and place in refrigerator or freezer. It works the same as baking soda.
Carpet stains– Cover stain with DE food grade-lightly work in stain and let set for 2 hours than vacuum up.