Diatomaceous Earth for Hair, Skin, Nails, Joints, Detoxing

| Modified on Feb 13, 2023
Side Effects
Posted by Vanessa (London, UK) on 02/13/2023
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I have been taking a teaspoon of DE in the morning for nearly two months. It causes severe constipation. The only way to relieve it is when I stop taking it. I'm drinking lots of water but it makes no difference. Also, haven't seen any improvement in my nails?

DE and Amalgams
Posted by Elle (Florida by way of the Bronx) on 10/12/2022

Hi, I know you wrote this in 2021 but since it looks like no one else answered I decided to. I also have fillings from when I was a kid. I swear I never needed them. There was a lot of malpractice back in the day. Was told I needed the fillings and glasses as was told to almost every kid in my neighborhood and our parents trusted the doctors and never asked questions.

I was scouring around for information and found a few on the reviews on Amazon and blogs. One woman said that she uses it with 4 mercury fillings and she uses it as normal. Drinks it every day. Then I read one that said because they have fillings they use a straw to drink it.

I've done it both ways. Started just drinking it as quickly as possible in about 6 ounces of water. Now I use a straw. I'm still not at 1 tablespoon though. I'm going slowly. Just got to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

I wasn't drinking enough water throughout the day and was very dehydrated and had constipation as well. My large cup of coffee daily also contributed.

Used liquid IV a few times and slowly sipped on water throughout the day and it's gotten better. Also started on blackstrap molasses recently and that cured the constipation immediately lol. I'm anemic and am taking the BM and just ordered desiccated liver to help that.

Have you been on the DE since you posted your question? Is it going well?

Posted by Sabata (Spotsylvania ) on 08/15/2022

You are not drinking enough DE for your body. I'll bet you haven't drunk DE long enough to see improvements or even enough DE.

Let me give you an example. Although I don't have fibro I suffer from body pain immensely without DE and Boron. Not sure what so have as I do not trust Dr's and haven't been to. Dr's in over 20 years. Nonetheless, I have to take at least 8-10 tablespoons of DE and waited for a few weeks and my pain was almost gone, about 90% of it. Then when I added boron and reaching to about 1 teaspoon daily the rest of my body pain was gone in literally a couple of days. After 8 months I noticed my hair was growing something I have been suffering from for r over 10 years, I almost went ball as a female 😞 but thank the Lord for DE my hair is now back to about 95% when I added boron my head started to itch the feeling of needles poking my head which is hair growing all at one time. I still have inflammation problems and know it will go away within time.

Everyone is different and requires large dosage to even start to address deficiencies in their bodies.

Now I know you have fibro and need to take a much larger dosage to even begin to feel a relief. You haven't given DE enough time and or taking enough of it to address you body issues. So you give up 😞 I would rethink what you are doing and try again only this time keep on upping your DE dosage until you start to feel a relief. I would highly recommend adding Boron at least 2 full teaspoon of the powder not the watered down liquid crap, that won't touch you at all. Don't give up and trust that DE along with Boron will help you in a big way and will eventually heal you. Boron (the 20 mule team) brand only.

Loose and Fragile Skin
Posted by Phdebolt (Mi) on 07/29/2022
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I started having problems with my skin.

It was becoming thin and would tear and bruise very easily. The first couple days of taking a teaspoon had my stomach feeling rough. But after a week that was completely gone. I think it was clearing out my colon. My bowel moment has been so much better. But the greatest thing is my skin no longer tears and the bruising is gone... I am amazed. My energy is alot better and also my sleep.... wish I would have been taking this years ago... I tell everyone I know what it has done for me.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Leah (England United Kingdom) on 06/04/2022

I have the same thing coming out my skin and they are worm parasites I think hook worm or pine worm. They look like squid sometimes shiny and slimy. I have them In my hair too but they seem to burrow into my neck and back and feet. I'm using the DE now and it's making them come out more which is annoying but I know I need to get rid of them. Go see a dermatologist who can diagnose if you have parasites. What you described is exactly what I have.

Side Effects
Posted by Dawn (IN) on 03/07/2022
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Every time I start using Diatomaceous earth in my morning water, my sinuses act like I've got allergies, I get stopped up and so nasally, I've read its part of the detox process How long does it last? It's so annoying having to keep blowing my nose. Am I allergic? I really want to grow my hair thicker its been shedding since I had covid, I did not get the vax either. This is so frustrating.

Receding Gums
Posted by Teresa (Texas) on 03/05/2022
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Diatomaceous earth taken in water daily for several weeks helped tighten receding gums. I think it is high in silica.

Caution: Food Grade
Posted by DREAMER (mi) on 02/09/2022

Dude, you're wrong, must be food-grade diatomaceous earth, works great!.

DE and Amalgams
Posted by Bill (Barton, NY) on 01/25/2022

DE will not help you remediate amalgams from off gassing. Amalgam fillings continuously off gas 24/7. There is only one way to eliminate this as you are aware of. My advice would be to not chew gum, do not drink hot liquids, do not drink acidic liquids. Just the process of chewing encourages off gassing. With that said, you do need to eat and chew your food. If removal of the fillings is not possible just taking DE internally would help soak up some of the oxidation coming off them. Also, psyllium hulls or bentonite clay taken daily would offer some help in elimination. Just remember, as long as you have those fillings they are off gassing with every breath you take. I had my amalgams removed 18 years ago. It is expensive. Fortunately my dentist did my in quadrants so I would do one quadrant and then another a month or two later. Helped financially.

DE Contraindications
Posted by Petal (New Zealand) on 01/18/2022

Hi, I want to know if Diatomaceous earth can be bad if someone has diverticulitis?

Side Effects
Posted by Juliana (Edmonton ) on 01/02/2022
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I started to use about a month + ago Diatomaceous earth powder from the health food store. I noticed immediate help with my sleep and less running to the bathroom at night. However, it gave me 9 out of 10 pain in my both hands as they became very swollen. I couldn't hold the tooth brush or comb my hair. I was devastated. Yesterday I started to take the antibiotics for chronic bronchitis and today the inflammation of the hands stopped.I am not sure why Bronchities antibiotic would help with inflammation of my fingers

.I started DE with 1/4 tea spoon first 2 weeks, then increased to a half teaspoon and then 1 teaspoon.

Now I am back to 1/4 in the morning and the evening. I saw on this website some people had pain in their hands like me..I have been struggling with osteoarthritis which never bothered me badly before. Thank you.

Mixing and Storing DE
Posted by Carol (Ohio) on 11/11/2021

This link tells you everything you need to know about DE.


DE does not degrade from sitting or even when wet because (DE) is a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Composed of the cell walls/shells of single cell diatoms, it easily crumbles to a fine powder.

In fact, the composition of the diatom cell walls are biogenic silica.

The substances used to make diatomaceous earth are safe and taken directly from the sea, since diatom silica deposits accumulate over time in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans.

It usually comes in the form of a white powder and is also used in water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products and farming to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out.

Mixing and Store DE
Posted by Space Case (Madison WI) on 11/11/2021


For my cats, I have 2 and together they go through 1 lb of ground turkey meat every 2 days. Today I pre-mixed their DE into the meat as I prepared it, and then it will be in the fridge for 2 days, being taken out several times a day to put some in their bowls. My question is, will this degrade / reduce the effectiveness of the DE? Many, many thanks in advance!

Caution: Food Grade
Posted by Katzie (Canada) on 10/12/2021

I think this guy means he sells "Pool Grade" D.E. and that is indeed poisonous to the body. Food Grade is called "food" for a reason. This stuff is amazing! Don't be scared. Don't be held up by Brand either - just make sure it's Food Grade. It will work. I am still discovering the wonders of D.E. Happy Healing, everybody!

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Posted by Mindy (Texas) on 09/20/2021

How much and when did you take it? Please share so we can try it. Thanks

Posted by Ali (Wales) on 08/17/2021

I know it's been some time since this comment was posted but joint pains may well be part of the DE detoxification.

Over time calcium deposits around the body inappropriately. We don't always notice it until it's built up enough to trigger arthritis, etc. Silica is apparently part of the nutrients that are necessary to ‘orchestrate' calcium into the bones & teeth, etc, so it may be that the silica in the DE is pulling the inappropriate calcium deposits out of the joint tissue for transfer into the bones or anywhere else it's needed, which may trigger temporary pain.

Posted by Ali (Wales) on 08/17/2021

Cloudy urine may actually be a good thing. Many think that urine should always be clear, however when the kidneys are filtering properly, there should be fluid also coming out of the lymphatic system that may well contain expelled white blood cells & other detritus. That helps to keep the lymphatic system clear & flowing which is good. If the urine is cloudy it may just mean the body is detoxing correctly.

And small amounts of blood in the urine is not necessarily bad either. It may just be rogue blood cells being expelled from the lymph, or even a bit of blood triggered as parasites detach. Obviously, if it's a lot & doesn't stop & it or other issues get worse then the DE would need to be stopped & further investigation done.

I just wanted to highlight that these may simply be, like other issues we may be spooked by, such as nausea, headaches, odd pains, fatigue, etc, temporary detoxification symptoms.

Painful Teeth, Rotting Wounds
Posted by Chirka (Gurgaon, India) on 07/02/2021
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Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (FG DE) for rotting or painful teeth and rotting wounds

The fastest acting use I have experienced for FG DE is for teeth. I have a lot of teeth problems from a narrow jaw and bad dentist interventions. When I get a tooth pain, I place a wad of DE (made into a dough like blob with a drop of water) on the offending tooth, clamp down my teeth and go to sleep. Right as rain in the morning. And this is the report with everyone I've prescribed it to. Unfailingly. But use it the first sign of pain you get.

What more, two teeth that the dentists said have to be pulled off six years ago are serving me fine after my having given them the DE wad treatment for a week continuously.

The DE just pulls out any kind of necrosis.

And that's the second great thing I've seen it work its magic on. It also saved the paw of my cat, which was just rotting and the digits were falling off. Dipped her paw into DE, and the whole thing became a hard lump. But finally, the paw stopped rotting and whatever was left of the paw was saved.

Same thing with another cat I recommended it for. Another cat had an anal sac, with a hole as deep as the first digit of my index finger, and a foul smell. I stuffed it with DE multiple times in a day. After two days reduced application to once a day. By the seventh day, even the scar was barely visible.

EC: Thank you for your post! We have cross-posted it to all applicable sections; wounds (pets) and tooth abscess (people).

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Chris T. (Albuquerque, NM) on 03/26/2021

Yes, 3 weeks of taking it and my husband's hair has returned to being BLACK by 95%! Still can't believe it.

Gray Hair
Posted by Chris T. (Albuquerque, NM) on 03/26/2021
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Diatomaceous Earth! (Food Grade) My husband and I started taking it in a glass of water daily for its health benefits, and his Salt and Pepper hair is 95% black again over the course of 3 weeks. I had come across people claiming it restored their hair color, but dismissed it as silly. But low and behold, his black hair is back!

Hair and Skin
Posted by Mike (Kent, UK) on 02/15/2021 22 posts
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This post is about silica but maybe it would be best to put it under diatomaceous earth? I don't know.

Anywho, I take silica and it's great! My skin is so smooth and soft! And looks nice in general. It's like a little miracle! I think it makes my hair thicker too.

DE... I don't fully trust DE because it gave me some bleeding but then I've had some issues with haemorrhoids so maybe it's to do with taking it when you have those. I'm not sure.

Either way, silica is something that has had noticeable benefits for my body, so I just wanted to share that info with others in case it helps them too :)

Thin Hair
Posted by Mark (Amherst) on 02/11/2021

How much do you take and when?

DE and Amalgams
Posted by Baise (New York) on 02/10/2021

Can I use DE while having 6 amalgam fillings?

I know some people have commented on this but I realize that it's just people's opinions based on what they think is right. I've read every single post on DE on this site, but I haven't come across anyone who explicitly said they have amalgam fillings, they have used DE and have improved their health. So if there's anyone out there who has these toxic fillings and has also successfully used DE please can you respond to this post?

Please no posts telling me I need to get rid of these fillings. I know that better than anyone else and there's nothing more I want to do, but it's not cheap, especially since I need to go to someone who specializes in the removal of them and I can't afford it right now, but hopefully I will in a couple of years. I can't find anything on the internet on this topic and would appreciate any help. Thank you very much.

Deeper Sleep, Fewer Trips to Bathroom
Posted by Suzanne (LV) on 01/31/2021
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I started using Diatomaceous Earth a couple of weeks ago. Started with 1/4 teaspoon in a glass of water and now I am up to 1 teaspoon. I take a heaping teaspoon in half a cup of water and then drink another half a cup of water. I take it in the late afternoon.

I can't tell yet about my hair and nails growing more quickly like so many other people, but two benefits I can report right off the bat:

1. Deeper sleep

2. Fewer trips to the bathroom... from 2-3 typically down to 0-1. That's an improvement!

Side Effects

It definitely dries out my skin so I take omega three oil. Still need to work on drinking more water.

The other side effect is that my finger joints feel just a bit stiff. If I stop the DE, that stiffness goes away. Interesting. I am not sure why since DE is supposed to help with joints due to its silica content, right? Any thoughts on that? Thanks.

DE Contraindications
Posted by Hot Wheels (Medina, OH) on 01/28/2021

Does anyone have diabetes 2 & takes DE? Does your doctor approve? What benefits have you experienced?

Diatomaceous Earth Side Effects
Posted by Mel (Salmon Arm, B.C. Canada) on 01/27/2021

I would recommend taking milk kefir to keep the bowels moving in a normal fashion and keep your stomach from bloating. This will make the experience of taking DE more enjoyable.

Posted by Kay (Washington) on 01/26/2021

Hi Angieb123,

my response is years behind, and I hope you have found relief!

My story: I petted my daughter's turkey and immediately felt something along my hairline. I used dry borax, added water in my hand, and applied as a shampoo to the scalp. Just once and it solved the issue. I read somewhere that Dr. Hulda Clarke recommends a citric acid rinse to keep the eyes free of the borax. I put like 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon to a quart of water, rinsed my hair and body, and voila, no more issue.

Candida and Parasites
Posted by Orabelle (Pittsburgh, PA) on 01/26/2021

Any current information on DE available? I'm very interested to know how things are going.

High Blood Pressure
Posted by Cyn (Venice, FL) on 01/26/2021

No I have not. But I will start tomorrow. My blood pressure has been very high too..It never used to be. Thank you for your input.

Posted by Cindy VR (San Diego, CA) on 01/25/2021

For the acne, try removing all sources of fluoride. Toothpaste, mouthwash, city water, etc. In her book The Hidden Cause of Acne Melissa Gallico traces the science that proves a huge percentage of ance worldwide is caused by fluoride. It made a massive difference in her health and skin when she was able to remove all fluoride from her diet and cosmetics. According to the reviews a lot of other people have had the same results.

Candida and Parasites
Posted by Sandra (North Central Washington) on 01/12/2021
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Hi, Paul (Rad_city (Brea, Ca):

I am an 84 yo female. Many years ago, I was given a bag of FG DE by a friend in Utah. I started using it. I don't remember any problems and didn't notice any benefits. Sometime back then (about 6-7 years ago I had a heart attack and now have a stent. While reading your story, I remember one of the nurses (in a surprise filled voice) saying over and over, "Look at her skin, look at her skin. It's very young."

Well... I just realized something. After quite a few years of not taking DE, I began noticing that the skin on my lower right calf, my skin had become sort of cellophane. I have figured that was because my right leg has for some years now been somewhat numb. So, holy cow, I just realized that that skin now feels soft and supple for a few days since I started using DE about 2 weeks ago!!! When I quit taking it I was still putting about 1/4 tsp in my Chihuahua's food every day. She died this past summer at the age of almost 17. This was right after her vet gave her a big dose of antibiotics. Most of her life she had no health problems at all. I was just about to discontinue the use of DE. Now, I am convinced to continue it until I get the heck otta-here, if you get my drift. I usually put it in my morning coffee. I am now considering My EmergenCy in place of the coffee. Thank you Paul you have done me a great eye opener, and I hope many others will get your message also.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Carly (Canada) on 11/24/2018

Frequent consumption of Moringa seeds can cause cancer. The moringa leaves and roots are safer.

Side Effects
Posted by Kip (Usa) on 10/02/2018

Silicosis is "lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica, " not "way too high levels of silica."

WHO study on toxic levels of silica (silicon dioxide) estimate "The probable lethal dose of silica (oral) for man is over 15 g/kg bw.". So for a 150lb person (68kg), one would have to ingest over a kilogram of silica, and even that is theoretical. http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v05je04.htm

Accidental Inhalation of DE
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/24/2018 235 posts
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I just wanted to share on the 'hazards' of breathing in food grade Diatomaceous Earth, while making capsules of the stuff recently I was tamping down to fill more and trapped dry DE burst out of capsule machine going into my face, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and as I gasped in nervousness, my lungs. Apart from a mild stress from reading too many warnings, I had no ill effects, I did not wipe my eyes, nose or mouth, as at first I froze, not knowing what I should do. I did think well any bacteria in my nose will die. I will still take care with DE, but will absolutely not freak out about accidentally breathing it in.

Posted by Ali (Wales) on 09/23/2018

Yes, I believe DE works by strengthening the body and making it inhospitable to parasites. But it is a gradual process. It may well aggravate them at first. But DE is also a detoxer so it may even be shifting stuff in the lungs. It may not be hatch-out at all.

I would love to know how you got on and whether the DE helped.

Nail Growth
Posted by Ali (Wales) on 09/23/2018

This may be a detox response. Most ‘illnesses' are not illness at all, but the body purging. Coughs, colds, zits, rashes, boils, sweats, fevers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, tears, discharges, etc, are all purging outlets. When given the tools & opportunity the body will purge unwanted matter if it is able.

Having said that, ensure you are not breathing in the DE dust when you put it in the water. I find it floats everywhere as I put it in the water, so cover the glass with my hand or a cloth for a minute or two until it's settled. It's not good to breathe in any dust & DE is no exception.

Side Effects
Posted by Janet (In) on 08/06/2018


I suspect you are pushing out toxins. I did. DE groups on FB discuss this often.

Bone pain joint pain, excess toxins, from environment and from medications.

I tried many things during the time I used it. To ease the problems I tried, clay, Ted's alkalinity drinks, lecithin and cilantro.

Not much helped. My face and neck was a large red lump. Think makeup or perfume area. Over a lifetime I can only imagine how toxic those things were.

It took 2 months plus for it to settle down.

If you do this to lower cholesterol, keep in mind your brain needs it to function. We were successful at doing it by using Ted's alkalinity drink. Lecithin and cilantro, 2x a week.

You can literally see your toxic load leave and feel it. It depends on how you want to go about it. If your joints are especially painful, there is excess calcium and possibly mycoplasma pushing out. Being displaced by the silica.

Horsetail herb is another choice to get silica. Not as dramatic as DE.


Side Effects
Posted by Jeani (Lubbock, Tx) on 08/06/2018
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Diatomaceous earth-I started taking 3 days ago to lower cholesterol. The first day I took 1 tablespoon. Felt terrible; headache, dizzy, ears stopped up etc. The Second day took 1/2 teaspoon twice. Felt bad again.

Today I've taken 1/2 teaspoon and won't take anymore. Still feel dizzy, ears feel stopped up etc. And I seem to be getting ear wax coming out of my ears! Is this normal? Can anyone help me, please?

Posted by V (Sd) on 08/02/2018

Don't use a lot DE on the carpets. A little does a long way.