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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Hi, try diatomaceous earth. Just drink in juice. Is a powerful detoxant and helps with joint pain.
You can put DE in your Shampoo and hand soap. And, say good bye to lice and so much more. Works like a charm.
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.
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.
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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?
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.