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

Multiple Cures Reported

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Posted by Sheri (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA) on 03/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

food grade diatomaceous earth 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.!

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!

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Mike (Plant City, Florida) on 12/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have used Diatomacious Earth in the yard to get rid of fleas. Tics and red ant. I have also fed it to my dog, a teaspoon a day for a few days, in his food, to get rid of worms. People eat this, although much more expensive from health food stores, for worm and parasite prevention. The pool DE will/can cause cancer. I buy DE also known as FFP at feed stores.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Sherri (Rockford, Il) on 08/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

DE is great, the itching was horrible and got rid of my mites/scabies in a day, was wonderful! Can't express enough how amazing this stuff is for this and other health benefits.

We take food grade DE found it at our local garden center. Just to list a few other things it helped us with...

More energy, great poops, husband has hair growing in areas that were receeding, his hair does not look as grey, He no longer has a big belly, he has lost weight, no lower back, shoulder or knee pain, have not had other pains he was taking handfuls of ibuprofen for on a daily basis, no longer taking allergy med's, no more antacids and we eat spicey foods daily, skin and nails look better and grow fast!

We do not have the morning smokers cough either.

Give it a try, the itching will stop and you will be soooo relieved and you'll love the other benefits too:)

We are currently taking 1 to 2 Tbs of this daily and have been for 4 months now, we mix it with V8 Splash (stir well) and drink it down in a shot, rinse glass with cold water and drink what remains in the cup.

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Posted by Webuddy (Bangor, Me) on 04/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I use Diatomaceous Earth. FOOD GRADE kind. It is mined from fresh water deposits and does not harm people or animals. Dont breathe in the dust while you are applying it as it is unsafe for your lungs. Once it is applied it is fine.

It is amazing! My daughter and I both drink about 1 Tbs a day with plenty of water, or sprinkled in yogurt. It has helped our digestive systems as we both have issues with constipation and diarrhea depending on the day.

I also made a paste with 1 Tbs DE, 3 Tbs water,1 Tbs olive oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil and used it as a face mask. Rub on gently and let dry for about 5 minutes and wash off. Skin is smooth and soft!


For my pets I use DE to get rid of fleas. I brush it into their fur making sure it doesn't get in their eyes or face. I also mix a couple teaspoons in their wet food to get rid of worms. I do this every other day. Also, I put it on my rugs and the bedding and leave it there a few days then vacuum up a couple times a month. This has taken care of a severe infestation that has not returned since started.

This is a product that is worth doing a search on the internet about. DO NOT USE POOL GRADE. ONLY FOOD GRADE.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Christine (Bronx, New York) on 01/20/2010
5 out of 5 stars

stomache ulcer

I am so amazed by the fact that , for years i have gone to the doctor for a terrible stmache ulcer that i had. I was diagnosed at the age of 25. I was told that my ulcer was caused by a bacteria, H. pylori. Anyway, i was prescribe on numerous occasions, prevacid and prevpac.The prev pac cause me to get a yeast infection and bacteria vaginoisis that would not go away no matter what. finally, after years of suffering and research, i decided i was going to treat myself. I bought Diatomaceous earth, Clay (Terramin), and powdered wheatgrass. I mixed the diatomaceous earth together, half and half. The wheat grass did not taste so hot so i bought empty capsules and stuffed the wheatgrass in. Every morning before i eat i would drink a tablespoon full of my DE and clay mixture in an 8 ounce glass of water. I also at the same time take 4 of the wheatgrass capsules. I do this every morning and everynight before bed. within 2 week the pain in my stomache was gone. my yeast infection disappeared. the horrible smell caused by the bacteral vaginoisis disaapeared with only a small amount of discharge remaining. Also i suffer from fibroids and i no longer feel them nor the pain that they cause.

Nail Growth

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Posted by Willistine (Mt Laurel, Nj) on 06/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I've been taking a /tsp of DE for a week my nails are growing. I went up a heaping/tsp and I'm getting a headache behind my left eye 3 days now but I don't want to stop.

Replied by Mama To Many

If you were not having side effects maybe you should go back to that?

If it is a detox reaction consuming plenty of water and Epsom Salt baths may help you get past this.

More isn't always better---sometimes just a small amount of a remedy over a longer period of time is best in the long run.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Ali

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.


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Posted by Jazz452 (Uk) on 10/09/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Yes DE does work for parasites, sure they will scatter they hate it, but they need to return to the gut to breed and if you keep taking the DE they won't return. Problem is you need to take for at least 90 days consecutive, well worth it.

Posted by Zennish (Florida) on 03/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking diatomaceous earth to regrow hair and detox toxins and heavy metals, but noticed an effect on my strongyloides parasites infection I thought you might need to know.

When I take DE, I start to cough, but it's not a die-off cough, it's the same cough I get when I have what I call a "hatch-out" of new strongyloides about every ten days that migrate to my lungs. This is a cough straight out of the lungs, not from dry throat or sinus drainage.

I'm not breathing in the dust. I am very careful about that. I wear a mask when I'm handling it, and I put my dosage into a spoon, put the spoon into the water, and let it become completely saturated before I stir it, still wearing the mask. I drink the cup of water with the DE, then immediately follow up with another cup of water, which I also use to swish around my mouth and wash any residue left there into my stomach. There may be a tiny bit that is inhaled in this process, but not enough to cause the cough.

I think this new cough is caused by strongyloides dying and depositing their eggs, which hatch out in massive numbers and migrate to the lungs. The more DE I take, the worse my cough gets. It's a vicious cycle. Kill them in the digestive system (I'm hyperinfected), and they multiply and just get worse. Then you kill those and the cycle starts all over again. I keep thinking that if I just keep taking the DE every day, killing the adults and juveniles, it will eventually help, but I wonder if I'm just fooling myself.

So this is my experience. Hope it helps someone.

Replied by Suzy

Don't give up, I had a similar scenario. After a year and a half they are gone now.

Replied by Ali

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.

Posted by Tamara (Dallas, TX) on 11/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using DE for three weeks now.. U have to drink alot of water as it is very forming...I use it to assist with parasites.. When I feel them worming around, I take two tbsp with water and in about 20 minutes, they slow or stop. Afterward, I grind two garlic cloves for more peaceful nights. At times, it brought the worms out and made them run for the border... but I have noticed my skin is clearing. I don't itch anymore either. I also used pineapples(fresh) coconut oil, flakes, water (all of coconut) to start the process of elimination of worms.. I will continue to take D/E as it has many health benefits I am told. No side affects, only if you don't drink enough(lots) of water.

Posted by Palma (Navarre, Florida, Usa) on 08/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

To ALL who have problems, and posted here for help.

I have purchased FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH for internal parasites (husband, myself, and two cats). And we also use it to "dust our carpets, beds, and even plants. It works by dehydrating the parasites, and works on most all types, including tapeworm.

Besides killing parasites, it has good health benefits for humans & pets, and is safe for children.

For adults: At bedtime take one heaping Teaspoon in 8oz warm water, then follow with another half glass water.

For children and also for small pets dosage is 1/2 teaspoon in 8oz warm water followed by additional half glass of water. I would do this for 30-45 days. Tapeworms will often come out in pieces. Can sprinkle directly on pet's food and mix it up if they won't drink the water.

The website I purchased from also sells a duster container which the DE can be poured into to easily dust beds (also kills bed bugs) and carpets. Dust lightly on carpets, as it can clog vacum if sprinkled too heavilyI would suggest a GOOD QUALITY intestinal/colon cleanse after 45 days, though not necessary. We purchased Dr Natura colon cleanse. A bit expensive, but very good.

As for the Diametrous Earth, we bought from Wolf Creek Ranch website. They also give detailed information on dosage and other uses. It has stopped my itching in areas of my body. Avoid getting it in eyes. Can also be lightly sprinkled on pets fur to kill fleas etc. I offer the two brand names as I know their quality, but there are other good ones out there, I am certain. DE MUST BE PURE FOOD GRADE.

Posted by Doomed (Washington, Dc) on 03/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Please use food grade Diatomaceous Earth. I have used this substance and this is what happens:

(1) It will give you serious constipation if you don't consume an equal ratio of soluble fiber and drink lots of water with it.

(2) It will definitely scare the worms right out of your gut and into your other organs. Claims of one pooping tons of shredded worms are false. You probably won't see anything pass out of your bowels. It will simply eliminate the sensation of the worms slithering around in your colon because the worms will evacuate to other parts of your body.

(3) It's best to use this in conjunction with a proper diet ...vegan or vegetarian is best...and a diet free of sugar and lard.

(4) This will not cure anyone of parasites but it will manage the condition in your gut (only).

(5) A good holistic approach to managing round worm infection would be to ingest:

-Drink teas containing distilled water and avoid tap water altogether

-Drink original Green Tea daily

- Drink raw garlic tea daily....let a few pieces of raw garlic steep in hot water for about 15 minutes then drink it

-ingest Odorless Aged Garlic tablets daily

-ingest Black Walnut and Wormwood tincture daily

-Eat lots of green leafy raw vegetables (that have been properly washed!)

-ingest Goldenseal tea periodically

-ingest Fenugreek tea periodically

-Eat lots of plain yogurt daily

-DO NOT consume ANYTHING which contains sugar or sugar bi-products...This would include High Fructose items (Worms ADORE sugar and so does cancer)

-Step up your personal hygiene and make sure that you are not reinfecting yourself.... If you infect a housemate, your problem is compounded and they may or may not seek treatment too and your recovery will take that much longer

-Continue to educate yourself about legitimate treatments out there and follow them if you feel it will benefit you

Foremost and above all, please seek help from a physician. If you think your physician is an idiot, seek out the opinion of other physicians... Just don't stop trying to get your health needs met simply because some ass tells you that he or she cannot find anything wrong with you.

Good Luck!

Replied by Joe Boxer

That is not true. It does kill worms in all areas of the body- even the lungs...Farmers have been using it for years on the food of livestock for deworming.. It works and too bad for you.

Replied by Ray

Distilled water is dangerous for the health. It should be used only for mixing other substances such as H2O2, but never drink as regular water because it leeches minerals out of the body and the body becomes dehydrated and will attack your kidney and heart to start with. DE works very well on many kinds of parasites. One should study about water or about anything before posting an opinion for it's dangerous for other people who believe you. I'm very happy with DE that works not only for me but my dogs and horses. I read several articles about Neem oil that it shouldn't be used by pregnant women. Is it true?

Replied by Timh
2100 posts

Common water filters are limited in efficacy, so the best way to get "pure" water is distillation. Most people who use Water Distillers add Ionic Major & Trace Minerals to the finished product.

Replied by Artistwifey

I distilled my own well water for 10yrs-for the most part one can get minerals in their food, especially if you eat fresh food often.

Replied by Timh
2100 posts

This sure goes against the health minded professionals saying that our mass produced corporate agriculture practices are deficient in minerals.

BSM, raw or cooked Liver, Brewers Yeast, and Bee Pollen are the superfood exception to the rule of mineral depletion. Ionic Trace Minerals from Utah's Great Salt Lake is a superior source of major & trace minerals.

Replied by Jo

Hi Ray!

I've been drinking only distilled water since 1976. I do not drink tap water which is full of antibiotics, fluoride, chemicals, hormones, lead, bacteria, viruses and other goodies. Forty of the major spring water companies now add fluoride to their products.My health is superb. I take no pharmaceuticals, lots of nutriceuticals, and trace minerals. My mineral levels are fine, and I look (based on comments from others), 20 years younger than my chronological age. Since humans are 75% water, water is the most important thing we consume. I do eat intelligently, and I am a happy person, both of which I believe add to general good health.

One US naturopathic doctor says that no one who drinks distilled for more than 20 years will live to tell about it. Well, if you do the math, you can see that this is absolutely incorrect.

I will be buying a Berkey water filter and using that since I believe that level of filteration produces absolutely clean water. But until then, I will continue drinking a gallon or more of distilled water a day and recommend that others do the same.


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Posted by Helpplz (Tempe, AZ) on 06/23/2009

This sounds like what i wanna try. So it is totally harmless to rub all over yourself and sleep in it? How long should i leave it on? Can it be purchased at a farmers co op or the home depot? Are you fully cured? How much should i buy? Anyone else have sucesss with this?

Replied by Cee
(Minneapolis, Mn)

Never, never use anything but food grade diatomaceous earth. The kind that is purchased from feed stores and garden centers may NOT be FOOD GRADE. Always check the labels. I would not use this to dust my sheets, carpet etc. Breathing the dust is harmful. Do your own research folks!!! Don't just blindly follow a review. Use wisdom!! If used responsibly, DE is an amazing product!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

HI U CEE,,,,,,,,, first, Diatomaceous Earth is a mined product so how do you get to food grade? I buy my DE at the co-op in 50# bags. It says on the bag that it is food grade. I maybe wrong and if so, will do something different in the next life. But for the here and now I have a brain and will use it.

Our idol, Bill Munro, used the brown bottle H2O2 to cure two cancers. Now our PC crowd now says we cannot use that. He lived to be 89 and I'll take that any day. We continue to out smart ourselves. Like our current news, there are gamesman in this world. You just must be smart enough to determine whose playing games. That is the reason I'm into survival, I trust no one including myself. That is the reason I shave in front of a mirror so I won't let me cut my own throat.

ATS ======ORH=====

Posted by Alice (Odessa, Texas) on 02/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Diatomaceous cured my scabies : After being diagnosed w/scabies and given Permethrin, which made me very ill, I tried Neem, tea tree oil, kerocene! all kinds of things till I remembered I had Diatomaceous Earth DE fossil Shell Flour ( food grade ) in my house ,I used to use it on my cats for fleas until switching to a topical for less trouble.I decided to completely dust my enviroment and body w/ it to see if that worked! DE kills mites of all kinds by acting like ground glass inside them destroying their innards, but is safe to humans and pets, make sure you get the FOOD GRADE and not the one for pool filters which is dangerous! Get a large winter type sock with loose weave, fill it w/ the fossil flour and walk your house patting it, you will see it clouding and falling to the floor, use on furniture and any places you freguent often, like your PC. I dusted my comforter on both sides good, to keep from washing it all the time! Same for pillows although mine are in sealed garbage bags. Last try to keep yourself dusted from scalp to soles of feet for at least a week,a ll crawling sensations will disappear along with biting, from here on in I'm keeping my house dusted as the fine film blends in on carpet and furniture, in case of other types of mites. Neem is still a good shampoo additive, one dropper full to your handful of regular shampoo,well Good luck to all.

Side Effects

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Posted by Jeani (Lubbock, Tx) on 08/06/2018
0 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Janet


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 Don (Georgetown, Ontario) on 11/03/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I have been having some good and bad things with Diatomaceous Earth. The bad being a healing response perhaps I want to incorporate borax and was wondering if they work well together. and how to do together or apart..........thanks Don.

ps you don't cover apricot seed pits