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

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8 User Reviews
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Posted by Pam (Mesa, Az) on 10/29/2017
0 out of 5 stars

After drinking diatemaceous earth for the first time I immediately have a metallic taste in my mouth...is this from the DE?

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Posted by Cassie (Fl) on 08/25/2017
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Diatomaceous earth definitely did not go well with me.

I'm currently having a really bad reaction to it...I can hardly breathe....then again the reason I'm using it instead of harsh chemicals is because I have auto immune disease and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity)....I don't know what to use anymore... anyway I've read great things about this stuff like it can be used to detox yourself...the I read something about the cancer society considering it a caricogenic that can cause lung cancer if used too long or if your body respiratory system is already weak.....

Replied by Janet


Here is Ted's remedy for detoxifying to rid yourself of chemical sensitivity. I have it myself, mine is from mold and Ted addresses that in a separate email in this same chapter. It diminishes with time as you get more and more well.

My daughter has it also, from her digestion issues, for her exposures were solved with these supplements, we have used this group of supps for any crazy reactions to things and they diminish the crazy pretty quick.

  • 500mg Bromelain
  • 500 to 600mg NAC N acetyl Cystine
  • 500mg Quercetin

My lung function has improved over time using hydrogen peroxide inhalation method, ln Search box on E.C. Bill Munro inhalation therapy.


Replied by Dee

If you are using a powder, you have to take care that you don't shake it up and inhale any of it because it will cause issues with breathing and possibly the lungs. We are meant to inhale oxygen and not foreign particles floating through the air and this is no different. When you are trying to use DE, you must be careful how you handle it and don't shake up the container of dry powder before you open it because if you do the powder is usually so very fine it would be easily inhaled into the lungs. I hope this helps. I take it and I was diagnosed with MS.

Replied by Suzy
(Nova Scotia)

I also am super sensitive to chemicals and thinks it's auto immune. Can you tell me how to get diagnosed?

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Posted by Tassi (Berkeley, Ca) on 01/24/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I have been buying and using diatomaceous earth since about 1990, with great results for getting rid of fleas, mites, etc. I also have tried taking it internally over the years, with no results I could discern, so I never kept it up longer than a few weeks at a time. I gave it another try recently that turned out not so great -- perhaps being considerably older now has something to do with it, body is more fragile in general than it used to be, and my intestines are not in great shape. I took it (food grade of course) because I was having severe diarrhea (which I eventually figured out was caused by taking Concentrace trace minerals) -- and the DE did help with that issue.

I was happy and planned to keep taking it indefinitely, just on general principles and its good reputation (plus having just bought a giant bagfull). I think I took it, working up to 1 T twice a day, for about 3+ weeks, but then I started having twinges of pain in the intestinal area, on the lower right side, then on the left side as well. This was scary. I happened to have this book from the library (see excerpt quoted below), and based on its advice I quit taking the DE plus started a regimen of vigorous daily exercise to "shake loose the guts" (10-20 squats and full prostrations) and that seems to have worked, there are no more pains after several weeks now.

below is excerpted from book: Medical Medium, by Anthony William, p. 251 re Diatomaceous Earth:

it doesn't do a single useful thing for your gut. it can actually be quite dangerous for your health, if you're sensitive and have a health condition.

Diatomite clings tenaciously to the sides of your intestinal tract and colon, and severely interferes with their ability to absorb nutrients from yr food.... damages yr hydrochloric acid and kills good bacteria..... followed by long-lasting gastric spasms and pain.

It can take months to shake loose from your intestinal tract.

Replied by Art
844 posts

In reply to Tassi (Berkeley, Ca),

I take DE to control my cholesterol and while I do not take it everyday anymore, I haven't had a problem with taking it over the years.....gastrointestinal or otherwise other that it could have a tendency to constipate me at high dose, low water intake and low magnesium intake, but given the nature of DE, that could be expected. According to the following study, it may not take as high of a dose as some people take in order to have positive effects in humans. As you can see they got good benefit with just 750 mg per day where as many people talk about taking multiple grams per day in the 10 to 20 gram range or more.

In the book that you refer to, do they give links to studies that confirm what they are saying about DE having no benefit for the gut? I'm curious because if it is bad for me I would like to know that for sure, but I have never seen studies on FGDE that have said as much. If they do list studies, could you provide the links to them? Thank you.


Eur J Med Res. 1998 Apr 8;3(4):211-5.

Diatomaceous earth lowers blood cholesterol concentrations.

Wachter H1, Lechleitner M, Artner-Dworzak E, Hausen A, Jarosch E, Widner B, Patsch J, Pfeiffer K, Fuchs D.


In this study a potential influence of diatomaceus earth to lower blood cholesterol was investigated. During 12 weeks we monitored serum lipid concentrations in 19 healthy individuals with a history of moderate hypercholesterinemia (9 females, 10 males, aged 35 - 67 years). Individuals administered orally 250 mg diatomaceous earth three-times daily during an 8 weeks observation period. Serum concentrations of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels were measured before study entry, every second week during the period of diatomaceous earth intake and 4 weeks after stop of intake. Compared to baseline (285.8 +/- 37.5 mg/dl = 7.40 +/- 0.97 mM) diatomaceous earth intake was associated with a significant reduction of serum cholesterol at any time point, reaching a minimum on week 6 (248.1 mg/dl = 6.43 mM, -13.2% from baseline; p<0.001). Also low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (week 4: p<0.05) and triglycerides levels decreased (week 2: p<0.05, week 4: p<0.01). Four weeks after intake of diatomaceous earth was stopped, serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides still remained low and also the increase of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol became significant (p<0.05). Diatomaceous earth, a bioproduct, is capable of reducing blood cholesterol and positively influencing lipid metabolism in humans. Placebo-controlled studies will be necessary to confirm our findings.




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Posted by Mijas (Ireland) on 04/23/2016
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Just wondering if anyone has used Diatamaceous Earth for months or years? Have you had any adverse reactions? I'm reading some good reports, many have die-off reactions, but I wonder if it is actually safe to take long-term?

I've been taking it for a couple of months, I did notice some die-off, but I have recently been thinking that it may be affecting my mood. I get bad dreams if I take it at night, so I am taking 1 tbsp in water in the morning. I drink tons of water with it and it has definitely helped with constipation. I get to sleep faster but then I wake up with an unusually low mood. I also feel very tired early in the evening, which was previously my 'high energy' phase.

Replied by Timh
2103 posts

M: First thing come to mind is "silicosis" or way too high levels of Silica as Diatomaceous Earth is predominately Silica.

If you are using D.E. for the removal of intestinal parasites you will need to greatly reduce it and introduce other natural remedies for this condition.


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

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Posted by Kelly (Nashville, Tn) on 03/24/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I have been using the food grade DE for about 2 1/2 weeks. I noticed the complete opposite from what I keep reading everyone else's experienses. My nails are more brittle, no difference in hair and I am breaking out. (Which I am not prone to). I know everyone's body is different but I am not sure why I have not gotten any positive results yet. Has anyone else gotten negative or no results?

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Posted by Seven6 (United Kingdom) on 10/21/2014
0 out of 5 stars

Hello , I started to use diatomaceous earth now for 5 days and I'm already noticing headache, pain in the eyes and dry cough. I am sure that diatomaceous earth caused it , I have to inform that I'm useing only freshwater food grade level spoon per day, and I never inhaled it, but these symphtoms really scared me, has any one experieced any thing like it ? and if so what could caused it ? and why ?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Seven6, maybe you are taking too much for your body. Start VERY small.

Replied by Kimberly

We have used DE for over a year now for many different ailments on both our pets and our selves with positive response. My 76 year old mother takes it twice a day she has severe arthritis in her knees since taking this she now is up to walking a mile a day. I was so happy to find DE. I hope it's not what's causing your ailments.

Stronger Nails

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 12/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I always thought I had good nails but after taking DE only for a week, boy are they growing strong and long. Now I am waiting to see how my hair will grow better.

The testimonies of users are impressive.

Namaste, Om

Thin Hair

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Posted by Minks7 (Eagle River, Alaska) on 05/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Hi. This is about diatomaceous earth-food grade for thin, breaking, slow growing hair. I'm 62 and found this when I was trying to detox my kidneys and liver. It had a great side effect. My hair which has always been a little longer than my shoulders and no more is now down to my waist. It's still fine but healthier and faster growing. Where my hair was thinning it has regrown. Also my nails are a little stronger and definitely healthier.

Kat from Alaska

Replied by Stonefieldsian
(Auckland, New Zealand)

Hi, how much do you take everyday? Thanks.

Replied by Mark

How much do you take and when?

Thin Hair
Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/06/2015 22 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Diatomaceous earth, I believe because of the silica, I'm 99% sure was making my hair thicker. However, I had to stop because it was also giving me bleeding which started when I started taking it and stopped when I stopped.

However, theoretically any silica should work I suppose. Best of luck!

Replied by Ali

Whilst the bleeding seems a bit worrying, it's possible it could have been caused by parasites as the DE was attacking them. When they let go of the gut wall they could potentially trigger a bleed. Or the DE could be breaking down polyps or even a tumour or something in the gut. It may not be the actual DE that is causing the bleed, but what it is dealing with.

The test may be to see if it stops over the course of a few days. Maybe taking less DE for a while would help. Can't be sure on any of this, but just thinking outside the box......

Tips on Using DE

Posted by Myway (Wilmington, De) on 12/20/2014

I have been using food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for quite some time for both myself (supplementation and bug killer) and cats (fleas) but wanted to give everyone a tip on it's use that may make application easier and inexpensive. Purchase a plastic mustard or ketchup bottle from the dollar store (here in US). These bottles are either yellow or red...anyway, they have the small hole at the top. Fill the bottle about 1/4th way with DE.

For Flea Prevention: start at the head of the cat or dog and go to the tail with a line of the DE from the bottle. Rub it in. Do this once a week during flea season. Once a month during off season. DE is not a cure-all in my opinion, it is part of the prevention. Again, you don't want you or your pet breathing this stuff in so, the environment for application should be very calm. Wrestling a cat and trying to apply this stuff would kick up the dust. It is non-toxic but you don't want it in you or your pets lungs. If your cat is a mixed martial arts specialist, try something else. I also use an old rouge brush - dab it on the back of the neck of one cat who comes by occasionally.

For Ants: Try to locate the entry point of your ant infestation and squirt a small amount of DE in the corners of the house where they are coming in. The ants or bugs will die with contact of this stuff. I had ants coming into certain parts of the house...I watched them and figured out where they were coming from. Problem solved. No need for pesticides. Remember, if you apply DE to the outside of the outside, it will have to be reapplied if there is moisture (rain) or very high humidity. It will wash away.

By the way, I am asthmatic - DE has not bothered me at all when used in this manner. If I had carpets, a respiratory compromised person or small children, I personally would not put it on the floors. This is just my opinion.

Good Luck!

Replied by Anon

If you have ants coming into the house, check for a water leak. I did everything under the sun to get rid of ants and couldn't, then found I had a small leak. Fixed it and no more ants.

Replied by Claire
(Westport, Ct)

Thanks for the great tips on diatomaceous earth! I was just thinking - beauty supply stores would carry empty plastic bottles that would work the same as a mustard container.. check the hair coloring section.

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Posted by Artistwifey (California) on 05/27/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Red earth is fine, it has calcium bentonite in it which gives a geisha color. Google calcium bentonite--my research shows its goodstuff. I use diatomaceous earth in AM and the red earth brand later in the day.

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Posted by Tg (Al) on 01/22/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Go to your local animal supply store/farm supply company. Look in the area that deals with flies and other bugs---I see it in huge (50 lb) bags for $15 at my local Tractor Supply. The label will say food grade. It is used in grain stocks to keep weevils from developing in feed corn, black oil sunflower, dog/chicken/other kinds of feed. They are very helpful and will gladly show it to you if you ask. This kind of store is everywhere--esp since people are having chickens in the city.

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Posted by Jenny (Il) on 01/21/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I use earthworks health food grade

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Posted by Frank (Spartanburg, Sc) on 08/30/2013

I am responding to the person looking for D-Earth in food grade. I found it at "Tractor Supply Store". They were very knowlegeable of this product and assured me that it works great.

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Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskachewan) on 08/25/2012

Hi: I was wondering if you could tell me where u get your DE?

Thanks, Mary