Diatomaceous Earth Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 22, 2014

General Feedback   3  0   

Posted by Sheri (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA) on 03/10/2012

[YEA]  I was surprised to NOT find food grade diatomaceous earth on this website. Can be used for all sorts of issues, with great results on arthritis, parasites of any kind (internal or external) pet issues, and much much more. Has even been reported to regrow hair in balding spots and restore color to graying hair. Do a web search on FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. This is NOT the same as pool grade (swimming pool) or for filtering purposes. The food grade is NOT the same as you would use in your garden or lawns, however it will still give the same results for any flea infestations, or any other bug problems. Do a search!! Well worth your time. This product is all natural and very very inexpensive. If you can find it locally, great! (Shipping will be at least as much as the product itself, because it is very dense. ) Send your results!! Sheri

EC: Quite right, Sheri! We've seen enthusiastic support for diatomaceous earth (DE) as a remedy for all sorts of insect and general health issues. We've created a new page to gather all the remedies together. Thanks!

Posted by Tahiti
Baltimore, Maryland
[YEA]   Hi! I started using DE about two months ago and really like the results! My hair is growing in where it had thinned out or was missing altogether. I take it two to three times a day (one heaping tablespoon in a full glass of water). I use it in my shampoo for my hair. But you must drink a lot of water during the day or you can run the risk of severe constipation! This happened to me in the beginning and I won't let that happen again! I read that it takes up to three months to rid your body of parasites using DE. I'm anxious to find out! I also use it in the bath and in my facial cleanser as a mask. Thanks for opening up a page for it! I'm sure you'll get a lot of positive responses. I have neither heard nor read of any negative effects of using DE. I am anxious to hear of other people's experiences in using DE. Thanks again, EarthClinic.

Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 12/23/2011

I would not recommend consuming DE to anyone with Mercury/Amalgam fillings in their teeth. DE will chelate.

When I took DE for the first time to cleanse, I immediately had a metallic taste in my mouth, at first I thought it was the taste of the DE, but I did some reading and found information on DE's chelation properties. I have since had my fillings removed, so I'm interested in trying DE again.

Posted by Nancy
Allentown, Pa, Us
I'm trying to understand you- does this mean in drinking de will loosen or take out the mercury in my teeth? Because I have lots of old fillings and the dentist won't take them out because I'm allergic to anesthetics and my medical coverage won't approve oral surgery to remove them and fix the teeth I need to fix. I been drinking de for a month now. Hoping n praying due to many medical problems I have. I did read on ehow.com that de causes kidney problems n lung silicosis, cancer, has any1 read this b4. And I'm talking about food grade de perma guard. I really need miracles due to severe n many health issues. but if I must stop due to mercury in my teeth then I must stop it.
Posted by Ray
Vendome, France
May be it's too late to mention this since it was posted in 2012. You can contact earthworkshealth, the most reasonably priced DE seller. They have loads of information concerning DE.

Posted by Kari (Stephenville, Tx Usa) on 08/16/2010

[YEA]  Diatomaceous Earth is completely safe to use, as long as it's human/food grade and NOT pool grade. Most garden stores sell it as well as a plethora of websites. My only suggestion is to not put it on your carpet. Some people have a lot of luck with this, it mostly just made my vacuum cleaner sound [permanently terrible. It still runs fine, there's just a terrible noise when it's running and I can't seem to figure out the real cause (I've taken it apart down to the motor). Also, it's not healthy to breathe in ANY dusts, so wear a mask and remove your pets until the dust settles. Otherwise it's okay for you AND your pets to consume, it's okay to put some on your pets coat (although use caution, it can dry them out). It is a natural dewormer and will rid your animals of every worm EXCEPT for heart-worms. You need about 1 tsp for cats and small dogs, 2 tsp for bigger dogs... 1 tbsp for humans. It really has a lot of benefits. I strongly urge you to research it. I've found the best remedy for fleas is this... Make sure you've found a successful treatment for your animals. I had to switch spot-on treatments because the one I had been using for years was no longer effective. Then you need to treat the infected areas.. Best method for me? Frequent vacuuming. 3-4 times a week, every day if you can manage it. Make sure you throw the bag out or empty the canister outside. I also recommend NOT bathing your animals in chemicals... If you feel it's necessary to bathe them, try to use something like the original Dawn soap, and make sure the first place you get wet and put soap is around the neck... Fleas will always try to travel up to escape... You should never put soap or lots of water on your pets face, so treat the neck FIRST and get it good and lathered. If you wouldn't use it yourself, you probably shouldn't use it on your animals.

Posted by Dewan (Waxahachie, Tx , Usa) on 11/28/2009

In response to doglover in NC, NATURAL diatomaceous earth does not emit a poisonous vapor. All it contains is ground up diatoms (fossils). It is about 86% silicon, so you don't want to breathe the dust (like any other dust). However it can be very drying, and may cause dry skin. It is included in some dog foods at about 2% by volume. Swimming pool DE is another story, it IS toxic. Do NOT use it anywhere except in the pool filters.

Posted by Lisa (Blakeslee, Pa,) on 10/11/2009

Diatomaceous earth works by slicing apart the vector, being it fleas,...what have you. It's not for indoor use, and if it works in this way, can you imagine how healthy it is to breathe it in. By all means, try neem oil, if you are looking for something natural and safe.

Posted by Kira (Saratoga, NY) on 12/23/2008

I bought my "food grade Diatomaceous Earth" off of Ebay. There's lots of people selling it there. The private websites wanted a minimum order placed that was too high for me.

High Blood Pressure   1  0   

Posted by Ray (Payson, Utah) on 02/04/2010

[YEA]  I read that diatomaceous earth would lower high blood pressure. About a month ago I started taking 2 tablespoons of DE in about an ounce of lemon juice (bottled lemon juice most of the time) and some water. My blood pressure had been 160/100 for years; 2 weeks ago my wife (RN) took my BP and it was 122/80 and tonight it was 112/68. Has anyone else tried this?

Posted by Anon
Hi Ray! I hope your experiment with Diatomaceou Earth has been going well! I would like to know how your blood pressure is keeping. Is it under control with the help of DE? Do you also have to watch your diet to keep your B/P under control? Thank you. My e mail address is: ferruhdirigal(at) gmail(dot)com

Insects   1  0   

Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx) on 05/20/2011

[YEA]  We used this with AWESOME results. Get food grade DE (it's relatively cheap), and sprinkle around the beds and baseboards. No type of DE is safe to inhale, you can use a mask if you like, but I didn't bother.... There weren't clouds of it wafting up or anything.... It's like a powder. Bugs were gone that night and haven't come back. It's been over a year, and we're bed bug free. But if you have animals you may want to try a different method, or lock them out of the room if you're lucky enough to only have one room infested. The other grades of DE are heat treated or have additives, and the shape of them has changed so they don't work as well, but they work wonders for pool filtering and agriculture. And the food grade DE is supposed to have other health benefits if you add it to your diet.... Just don't be stupid and snort it.... Very bad for your lungs!

Posted by Shari
Ventnor, Nj
Hi, if Diatamaceous earth is good for bed bugs, how do you sprinkle it and still sleep in the same room without damaging your lungs?

Posted by Angie (Chesterfield, Va, Chesterfield) on 10/02/2010

I have recently moved into a house surrounded by lots of woods and we have had a lot of trouble with really big roaches - they don't get into food or anything, just come in the bathroom and near sinks - someone told me if they are that big diatomaceous earth is not effective - they are about 4-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Anyone have any experience w/ this?

Posted by Jacquelynna
Cincinnati, Oh
5 Posts
@Angie, I know it has been awhile since your post but I wanted to throw in my two cents and say that in my experience the size of the bug is not important. A few years ago I lived in an old apartment surrounded by lots of foliage, and the space underneath the front door was literally at least an inch and a half (letting in all sorts of bugs! ) I literally dusted a thin line of DE across the carpet there, and after that, the only time I saw bugs inside, they were dead. Which yes, was pretty gross, but better than having them crawl around. Good luck.

Posted by Cleoppa (Cleburne, Tx) on 08/28/2010

[WARNING!]  I've long been a fan of DE. I know it can do wonders, but it has been less than helpful with my recent problems. In trying to discourage fleas and roaches when I was on vacation, I spread it on my carpet. Not only did it not seem to discourage the bugs, but my vacuum cleaner started smoking when I vacuumed it up. There was still dust floating around for days (which really isn't healthful to breathe). I will definitely never try that one again!

Posted by Raymond (Brooklyn, Ny) on 12/15/2009

Try Diatomaceous Earth to kill Bed Bugs and Roaches

Mites   2  0   

Posted by Beth (California) on 10/08/2013

I have a question about diatomaceous earth. I took 1 TB today in water, hoping to get rid of the mites/ parasites, that are under my skin. Driving me crazy... It's just the first day of using it, but do you know how long it takes before you notice a difference? I can't tell any difference today, but it's just the first day. It would be helpful for my state of mind, to have an idea of how long before I would feel a change in my body. (meaning less mites moving around, because they're dead) I was so hoping I'd see an improvement on day 1, but can't tell.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
652 Posts
Hey Beth!

You may find more noticable results with DE by dusting your skin with DE at bedtime in the areas where you feel the mites are active. Also, Ted's Borax solution for mites may also provide more immediate relief for you.

Read up here:


This is a *super effective* remedy for skin mites and many who suffer from mite related rosacea find rapid relief and resolution of their mite related condition after using this formula.

The basic formula is as follows and the ingredients can be easily obtained at the supermarket:

One 16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

Borax - found in the laundry aisle, the plain one not the scented kind

1gallon distilled water [or filtered from home - just as long as its not chlorinated; you will only need 32 ounces of water]

Pour the brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide into a big jug; now use the empty bottle and fill it up twice with the filtered water and empty that into the jug; this gives you 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add to this 1 cup of the borax. There will be undesolved grains of borax when you mix it up - this is what you want, as it means the liquid has dissolved the borax crystals to the point where it will hold no more borax, ie a 'saturated' solution. You can heat the solution [I put the jug in a tub of hot water to warm it up] and then pour it into a small dish tub and try soaking an arm in the solution, or use a wash cloth to absorb the solution and slop it onto an area and let the sopping wet wash cloth sit. You want the area you treat to be wet and soaking with the solution for at least 10 minutes, 30 minutes is better. After this allow the area to air dry, do NOT towel it off.

The borax is a miticide, and the hydrdogen peroxide is a penetrant which allows the borax to get into the dermis and folicles.

Some folks will purchase a 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide and dilute it to the 1% solution in a bath tub and then add borax until the crystals stop dissolving and treat their entire body at one time. Please read up on Ted's Mange cure for more details on how to use the borax solution to your best benefit.

Posted by Angieb123 (Salem, OR ) on 06/27/2009

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been suffering with bird mites from coming into contact with infected birds. I have tried almost everything. I have tried Diatomaceous Earth and it seemed to work although I was tired of dust being in my hair and throat and I have these bugs all over me and the kids. Has anyone had any success killing bird mites?

Posted by Pamela (Houston, Texas) on 12/28/2008

[YEA]  Thanks for Earth Clinic I was totally free from mites pick up from handling fire wood. My doctor had prescribed medication that I had read on Earth Clinic was very toxic and didn't work that well. I didn't want any part of this if I could avoid it. I also read someone on Earth Clinic recommended Diatomaceous Earth which I have used for years for internal parsites with great success. I decided to try the diatomaceous earth first. Wasn't real sure it would work because the mites are in my skin not inside of me. Since diatomaceous earth is non toxic I wanted to try it first. Have to interject I did try other topical remedies - different essential oils and others things with no relieve. I am amazed in 3 days of diatomaceous earth no mites. I took 1 heaping teaspoon in a half of glass of water a day. I did have trouble with the mites remaining in my hands. I read in the Young Living desk reference book that equal amounts of peppermint oil and oregano oil would kill chiggers or ticks. I mix these two together and experienced lots of itching for about 30 seconds and then they died. Thanks Earth Clinic and all of those who post here.

Posted by Deb (Oregon) on 11/09/2006

[YEA]  i tried everything, permetherin, ivamex, tea tree oil, lavander oil, washing bedding, cloths, even tried animal remedies. have battled it for 5 months only with temporary relief. Diatomeceous earth is the one that worked. Its' a natural remedy that you can buy at a grange coop or garden store. i use it 3 times a day putting it on with a powder puff or big cosmetic makeup brush. careful not to get in eyes and don't use on face or breath in dust. i used it for one day and noticed a big improvement but i am going to use it for a few weeks to be darn certain they are gone. I washed bedding and vacumed floors, washed rugs all in hot water with soap and borax. I sprinkled mattresses, couches, car seats in vehicles carpets and bedding daily with this diatomecieous earth. Every day I washed used towels, bedding in hot water. the items you cant wash daily (like comforters, pillows) put in dryer for 20 minutes every day.

Posted by Girl
Whittier, Ca
Use a wax warmer with menthol crystals or camphor warming instead of wax. Close off room for a day or two.

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