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

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Posted by Kari (Stephenville, Tx Usa) on 08/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.


General Feedback
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.


Good Sleep

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Posted by Jazz452 (Uk) on 10/09/2017
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You go to sleep quicker cause you don't sit down much when taking DE, energy levels are higher, which makes you fitter and don't really need as much sleep. That's my findings anyway.


Gray Hair

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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

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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 :)


Hair Loss

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Posted by Tahiti (Baltimore, Maryland) on 03/12/2012
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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.


High Blood Pressure

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

Replied by Cyn
(Venice, FL)
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.


Hot Flashes, Hamstring Strains

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Posted by Peggy Sue Chan (South Houston, Texas, USA) on 08/17/2009
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I buy mine at a feed store, 50 lbs for $21.00. It's real name is Diatomite Silica. You can buy it at nurseries and garden centers, too, but for far more expensive. We drink ours.

I don't have hot flashes when I drink it. I took several tablespoons twice daily, and the next day the flashes quit. I vacationed in the Carribbean without air conditioning for two weeks, and the flashes still didn't happen.

I also quit having gluteal hamstring pulls--

I have no idea why they quit the day after I began taking the silica. I'd had them for 5 years previously, as long as I'd been running. However, four months ago I changed my running form from heel strike to forefoot strike, and the hamstring pulls never recurred, even without my taking silica. Strange, but my knees and ankles quit hurting when I changed form, too.

When I quit taking silica, however, my hot flashes returned.

I can't tell what else silica did for me because I am not aware of having any other health problems.


Insects

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

Replied by Janie
(Usa)
12/21/2014

I used DE also to get rid of fleas. I had been trying for at least a year and nothing worked. I put DE everywhere in the house and everything was dusty. I left it there for about 7 days. The vacuum cleaner also broke when I tried sweeping everything up but at least my fleas were gone. I bought a new vacuum cleaner and everything is fine. I recycle all the DE from the vacuum cleaner and threw it in the backyard to get rid of fleas in the yard. I probably overdid it in the house and just use too much. If I ever do it again I will use less. I also noticed that it got rid of the ants that were nonstop coming through the window.

Replied by Roxana
(Mesa, Az)
04/20/2015

when using DE it should be lightly powdered and vac weekly. I have used it for six months with no problems to my vacuum.

Replied by V
(Sd)
08/02/2018

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


Joint Pain

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Posted by V. (Sd) on 08/02/2018
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Using one tablespoon a day of DE with water got rid of joint pain within a couple days. The food grade DE is bad ass. Brush teeth with it and is used for non-chemical form of pest pest control.


Joint Pain
Posted by Emily (Canberra) on 07/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, try diatomaceous earth. Just drink in juice. Is a powerful detoxant and helps with joint pain.


Lice

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Posted by Jean (Texas) on 07/25/2016
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You can put DE in your Shampoo and hand soap. And, say good bye to lice and so much more. Works like a charm.


Mites

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 11/18/2014
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Few years ago a small miserable looking cat was brought to me. She had been on death row but rescued in time.

Her coat was sparse semi long and neither grey nor brown, age unknown. Recently my interest in DE was aroused once again and hear what transpired.

I found she had mites badly so I applied Ted's mite treatment twice and with success. But winter approaching I lightly dusted her coat with DE. In a few weeks I noticed not only there were no more mites, but her coat was full and thick. Actually, it did not take that long. All my pets had been given DE mixed in their wet food for about two months and their coats look healthy and shining.

Next is me. Their testimony says it all. I will use it internally and externally for sure. Make sure it is food grade. I bought DE at an agricultural feed store. It is also online.

The testimonies on this item are awe inspiring. I am well pleased.

Namaste, Om


Mites
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
10/09/2013

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:

https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/dog_mange_cure.html

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.


Mites
Posted by Angieb123 (Salem, OR ) on 06/27/2009
3 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Kay
(Washington)
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.



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