You may have heard of diatomaceous earth and its many benefits. It's making more and more headlines lately. But what is diatomaceous earth exactly? By Dictionary.com's definition, it's a fine siliceous earth composed chiefly of the cell walls of diatoms: used in filtration, as an abrasive, etc.
Let’s talk about diatomaceous earth in more detail before we go over its many benefits. There are two forms of diatomaceous earth: industrial grade and food grade.
Industrial grade is mainly used for filtration purposes and is not safe to consume by humans. In addition to that, it's also not safe to spread in your yard. Wearing gloves, long sleeves, and protective eye and mouth gear when handling industrial grade DE is recommended, as it's been known to cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation.
However, food grade diatomaceous earth is safe for consumption by humans and for pets. Food grade is also safe to use on your carpets, plants…basically anywhere!
10 Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth
Before I go any further, let’s talk about how much food grade diatomaceous earth you can consume. To start off with, you should take 1 teaspoon of food grade DE once daily with water, preferably on an empty stomach about 2-3 hours after eating. Be sure to drink plenty of water when using food grade DE to make sure your body stays hydrated!
Over the next few weeks, you can gradually increase your dosage. The maximum dosage recommended after this dose increase is 2 teaspoons. When you reach the maximum dosage, it's recommended that you split the dosage up – one dose (1 tsp) in the morning and one dose (1 tsp) in the evening.
Make sure you give your body a break when consuming food grade DE. For example, you can take it for 10 straight days, then take 10 days off. This gives your body a chance to break down toxins and basically “renew.” Now, let’s begin!
1. Body Detoxifier
As time passes we, as a society realize more and more the importance of detoxifying our bodies. A daily intake of food grade diatomaceous earth will help our bodies rid of all the harmful chemicals we unknowingly ingest on a daily basis.
2. Rid Your Body Of Parasites
Everyone on this green earth has parasites in them! Daily food grade diatomaceous earth consumption can rid your body of those microscopic unwanted guests.
3. Boost Your Immunity System
There are many natural ways we can boost our immune systems, and your daily intake of food grade DE can be one of them.
4. Kill Head Lice
Head lice! No one wants that nightmare! But if you have contracted head lice, don't worry! Just sprinkle food grade DE on your head and around your home. You’ll soon be rid of these unwanted pests.
5. Deter Pests In And Around Your Garden
Do you have pests in or around your garden? Sprinkle food grade DE in those suspected spaces to deter those pesky spring and summer pests.
6. Deter Insects From Your Home
Do you have an inside insect problem? Just sprinkle food grade DE around your home. Targeting baseboards, inside cabinets, and/or doorways to interrupt their path of travel is the best way to make sure they'll go elsewhere.
7. Get Rid Of Fleas On Pets And In Your Yard
Does your dog or cat have fleas? Food grade DE is a great, affordable, and all natural option! Just sprinkle your pets to be rid of these persistent pests! The DE actually acts as a cutting mechanism and physically destroys the fleas and their eggs within hours.
Same thing in your yard. Just give your yard a coat of food grade DE.
8. Kill Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can infest a mattress in no time at all! If you have a bed bug infestation, simply sprinkle food grade DE on your mattress, making sure to get every crease. As I said before with fleas, DE acts as a cutting mechanism and will physically destroy bed bugs and their eggs within hours.
9. Deter Bugs Around Your Food Storage
Do you have a great amount of grains stored? If you're worried about a possible bug problem destroying your grains, then add food grade DE to the grains to help deter any pests.
10. Kill Lice On Goats
Like humans, goats can contract lice. Don’t worry, it’s a different type of lice and is not contagious to humans…thank goodness! However, to keep the goats free of lice to begin with, sprinkle their coat with food grade DE regularly.
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