What are the uses & benefits of Diatomaceous Earth?

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally-occurring, unique type of powder formed by fossilized algae. Because the cells of the algae contain high levels of silica, 80 to 90%, the dried sediment created from these fossils are also very high in silica. Diatomaceous Earth is widely used for industrial purposes (filter grade), such as water filtration, especially for swimming pools. It is also used to remove unwanted particles from drinking water and to control insect infestations.

In recent years it has also been used as a dietary supplement (food grade diatomaceous earth), promoting several health benefits. DE is natural, highly purified and designed to be safe for human and domestic animal consumption, and suitable for household use.

Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade, 5L
Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade, 5L

Can Diatomaceous Earth be used as insecticide?

Diatomaceous Earth is often used as an insecticide. The finer Diatomaceous Earth is purified, the more effective it becomes. Being so highly purified means it is an effective product for organic, non-toxic household pest control.

As it comes into contact with an insect, the silica removes the waxy outer layer from the insect’s exoskeleton. Without this layer, insects cannot retain water and therefore die of dehydration.

What are the benefits of Diatomaceous Earth?

The main benefit of Diatomaceous earth over other forms of pest control is that it is a completely organic, easy-to-use product. It is harmless to the environment, humans and domestic animals.

DE claims to have the following health benefits:

  • Cleanses the digestive tract
  • High in trace minerals
  • Promotes bone health & supports healthy digestion
  • Boosts your brain & protects nervous system from free radicals
  • Lowers blood cholesterol concentrations & hormonal imbalances
  • Relieves Arthritis & other joint-related pains
  • Naturally contains silica, which is abundantly found in hair, skin, nails
  • Attracts & removes toxins, heavy metals & parasites
  • Reverses or prevents many illnesses, chronic diseases & ailments

Diatomaceous Earth is smooth and tasteless, and can be consumed with water, juice or in a smoothie. DE claims to be an effective detoxifier for the entire body - while soothing and purifying the digestive track, it also balances bacteria in the colon and assists the absorption of nutrients in the gut.

Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe for humans to consume, however, it should not be inhaled. It can cause inflammation and scarring of your lungs, known as silicosis.

What is Diatomaceous Earth suitable for?

Pest Control - Indoor & outdoor environments: Diatomaceous Earth assists in the control of ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, earwigs, mites, spiders and other crawling insects.

Grain & Feed Storage: Diatomaceous Earth assists in protecting your grains, flour, seeds and animal feed from weevils and other crawling insects. Diatomaceous Earth prevents mould and absorbs moisture to preserve stored grains.

Gardening & Lawns: Diatomaceous Earth assists in the control of garden pests such as ants, beetles, aphids, crickets and other crawling insects. Diatomaceous Earth is earthworm friendly. It is also rich in plant available silica and other trace elements that improve plant growth and immune system to fight off diseases and parasites. Diatomaceous Earth provides protection for seeds, improves germination rate, inhibits mould and supplements with mineral and trace elements.

Odour Control: Diatomaceous Earth is highly absorbent and assists in controlling odours in pets bedding, rubbish bins and compost heaps. By reducing odour and killing larvae, Diatomaceous Earth reduces fly and midge infestations.

Abrasive: Diatomaceous Earth is a mild abrasive and can be used to polish metals by adding it to detergents to create rubbing compounds.

Pets & animals: Diatomaceous Earth assists in protecting cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, rodents and livestock from fleas, ticks, mites and worms.

Tick & Fleas: Diatomaceous Earth assists in the control of ticks, fleas, mites, lice and other pests on pets, poultry and other livestock.

Dewormer: Diatomaceous Earth assists in controlling internal parasites (worms) when ingested. It has a mechanical action which means that the parasites can not build up a resistance to it.

Detox & immune protector: Diatomaceous Earth frustules are highly positively charged while harmful bacteria, viruses, heavy metals and other toxins are highly negatively charged. As Diatomaceous Earth passes through the digestive tract, it binds with all the toxins which are then expelled in the faeces. Bio-available silica and trace elements boost the immune system and metabolism.

Minerals & trace elements: Diatomaceous Earth has over 35 minerals and trace elements with bio-available silica being the most significant

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