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- What Is Diatomaceous Earth, Anyway?
- How Do I Know DE Is Safe?
- What Does Diatomaceous Earth Do for the Body?
- Does DE Kill Insects?
10 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth+−
- How to Take DE
- Where to Buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (& How It Tastes)
Tell your kids it’s “skeleton powder.” Or that it slashes and dehydrates bugs to death! If you have boys especially, they may look at your natural pantry with a whole new respect!
You won’t be lying … Diatomaceous Earth (or DE for short) is all that and more! Here are all the (not so gory) details on this natural remedy wonder for anyone with pets or a family.
What Is Diatomaceous Earth, Anyway?
DE is, as mentioned, a white powder naturally occurring from the fossils of diatoms (a type of algae found in river bed and lake beds). The diatoms form a very hard shell of silica in a tubular shape.
When dry, Diatomaceous Earth appears very fine and soft to the naked eye but microscopically it has some very unique qualities:
- High Silica Content: These fossilized diatoms have a very high silica content (which is used to build hair, skin, and nails).
- Hard as Nails … or Diamonds: DE is very hard (only two points lower than diamonds on the hardness scale). It looks like a tiny cylindrical tube with many holes in it when viewed through a microscope.
- Holds a Strong Negative Charge: DE has a very strong negative charge, which makes it purifying and beneficial in several ways.
Since the 1960s DE has been commonly used in things like toothpaste, as an anti-caking aid, for clarifying beer or wine, and to eliminate pests naturally. In fact, you’ve likely consumed products that contain traces of DE without even knowing it! While I’m usually not a fan of hidden ingredients, DE is one we don’t need to worry about.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of controversy … not all of it warranted.
How Do I Know DE Is Safe?
In this article, I’m referencing Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which the FDA classifies “Generally Recognized As Safe” for human consumption, even when pregnant or nursing. It is NOT the industrial grade type used in pool cleaning. Much of the misunderstanding about the benefits of DE stems from the difference in these two types. The industrial grade is toxic to humans and should be avoided. It is also toxic to workers who collect it.
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is purified and amorphous, not crystalline. It is inert and harmless (as long as you’re not an insect with an exoskeleton).
What Does Diatomaceous Earth Do for the Body?
For the human body … and even for animals … DE is an ally. Thanks to its strong negative charge diatomaceous earth binds to unwanted toxins in the digestive tract. On the skin, it acts as an oil binder, a purifier, and an exfoliant.
For unwanted bugs and insects, it’s quite another story.
Does DE Kill Insects?
In a word, yes! Many use Diatomaceous Earth as a natural pesticide. Its sharp and strong structure allows it to puncture and drain the exoskeleton of insects from their protective fats and oils on a microscopic level. This causes them to dehydrate and die (while humans and animals are left completely unharmed).
10 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth
Some sources claim that DE is a cure-all for everything from parasites to viruses and everything in between. They claim it eliminates free radicals, remineralizes bones, and halts aging in its tracks.
I haven’t found any research to back up these claims, but there are studies on silica and other compounds found in DE. These are the benefits that seem credible based on the available body of evidence:
1. As a Natural Alternative to Pesticides
Most pesticides and insecticides work by poisoning the pest. Unfortunately, chemicals that are harmful to small pests can also be harmful to humans and carry risks. Insects can also develop immunity over time.
DE works mechanically on:
Just sprinkling a little DE around the house bonds to and absorbs parts of the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of these insects, causing them to dehydrate and die. Sprinkle a perimeter around the exterior of the house and also indoors where problems are observed.
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act classifies DE as safe for household use. The Environmental Working Group classifies it as safe for household and beauty use as well.
2. To Treat Fleas on Pets
I will be forever grateful for DE and its help when we had a horrible flea infestation. We adopted a rescue kitten and she brought along a few thousand close friends … FLEAS.
The fleas quickly infested the entire apartment we were living in at the time and with a new baby and toddlers, it was a HUGE problem. I didn’t want to use any type of harmful pesticide either since my kids were crawling around on the floor.
To stop the flea outbreak, we sprinkled DE all over our carpet and soft surfaces several times a day. The only potential concern with DE is irritation from inhalation, so I wore a dust mask when sprinkling it around the whole house. I worked the powder into the carpets and let it sit for about an hour. Then, I vacuumed it up. I repeated this a few times a day for 4 days until the fleas were gone. (Yes, this is a messy process!)
We also killed the fleas on the kitten by carefully dusting her with DE a few times a day, avoiding the eyes and nose.
We now dust all of our animals with DE before and after going hiking with them in the woods, or if they show any signs of fleas.
3. Fighting Bed Bugs
Were you hoping bed bugs weren’t real? Well, sorry … they definitely are and don’t discriminate against even very clean homes!
DE is well documented for its ability to eliminate bedbugs. Even pest control companies sometimes use DE for removing bed bugs safely. Follow these steps if you see or fear bedbugs. For good measure, I sprinkle DE on mattresses each time I change the sheets to help ward off bed bugs and other pests.
4. As a Source of Silica
DE is 84-90% silica with over 20 trace minerals that are difficult to obtain in today’s world and needed by skin, teeth, and hair. A study from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Pharmacy showed that silica may help increase hair growth and thickness when taken regularly. The skin also uses silica and deficiency may lead to dry or brittle skin.
Studies show that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue, though the specific form in DE is not well studied. Evidence shows a positive association between dietary silicon intake and better bone mineral density, though the exact reason is unclear. One theory is that silicon helps the body synthesize collagen (which the body uses in joints, connective tissue, bones, and skin).
More research on the direct effects of DE on silica levels is needed, but silica itself is indisputably good for hair, skin, and nails.
5. To Assist in Detoxifiction
This is where claims start to get murky. On the one hand, there are thousands of products that claim to remove “toxins,” without clearly defining what “toxins” are. Since “toxins” is a term that could apply to a wide range of substances, these claims are difficult or impossible to measure.
On the other hand, there is evidence that diatomaceous earth may have a measurable affect on several substances that harm the body, including reducing aluminum and other heavy metals.
DE’s high silica concentration may also contribute to the detoxification claims. Some evidence suggests that silica may help fight free radical damage in a similar way to antioxidants. This may be due to its ability to remain stable and carry a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged free radicals. Though largely unproven by actual research, this mechanism is likely the basis of the claims that it reduces oxidative damage and has anti-aging effects.
6. To Fight Parasites and Bacterial Overgrowth
When a family member was battling SIBO his practitioner had him drink DE daily to help bring his gut bacteria back into balance. There isn’t much research on DE’s ability to remove parasites in humans, but it is well documented in animal studies.
In one commonly cited study The Oxford Journal of Poultry Science examined DE’s role in reducing parasites and improving egg quality in organic and free-range chickens. The study essentially concluded that hens fed DE had better eggs and fewer parasites relative to controls.
If you happen to be a chicken struggling with a mite problem, DE is a great remedy. The method in humans is less clear, but many people have used DE internally to fight other types of intestinal parasites. Anecdotal reports abound of DE’s benefits in human parasites as well, but more research is needed.
7. As a Way to Reduce Cholesterol
Amazingly, the most well-researched benefit of DE for humans is not often mentioned. In fact, the only study I found that looked at DE as a dietary supplement dates from 1998 and examined its role in improving cholesterol levels. The results are fascinating:
- Participants all had a history of high cholesterol
- They took diatomaceous earth multiple times a day for 8 weeks
- At the end of the study, the subjects total cholesterol had got down by 13.2%
- LDL (“bad”) cholesterol decreased the most
- HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased slightly
The researchers concluded that while the results were promising, further studies are needed with larger groups and a control group. Anecdotal reports abound of people who used DE to help with cholesterol levels. A family member saw a 30 point reduction in blood pressure numbers from using DE.
8. In Sensitive Skin Deodorant
I’ve been making my own natural deodorant for years now (using this recipe) and love it. Some people react to the baking soda in the recipe, likely because it is so alkaline and may irritate certain skin types. This recipe is a great sensitive skin alternative using diatomaceous earth in place of the baking soda.
9. To Fight Foot Fungus
DE is naturally drying and may reduce moisture. I couldn’t find any studies to back it up, but a friend claimed that sprinkling it in her socks daily helped her beat a decade-long battle with toenail fungus.
10. Mixed in Beauty Products
A bonus use for DE!
I personally love using diatomaceous earth on my skin in beauty products. My skin tends to be naturally oily, so I often add a little bit of DE to homemade facial cleansers and face masks to remove some excess oil. Bonus: It makes a nice natural exfoliant!
Cautions and Risks
It is VERY IMPORTANT to only use food-grade diatomaceous earth for consumption. Other forms of DE are not considered safe and can be harmful to the lungs if inhaled. Many of the misconceptions about diatomaceous earth comes from confusing these types. Food grade DE is recognized as safe by both the FDA and the EWG. Industrial grade has many uses but is not safe for human use or to inhale!
Avoid Inhaling INDUSTRIAL Diatomaceous Earth
Studies have shown that long term exposure to industrial DE can be dangerous. While it isn’t a good idea to inhale any form of powder, the same level of caution isn’t necessary with food grade DE, as this National Pesticide Information Center fact sheet explains.
Diatomaceous “Detox” Reactions
DE may cause die-off symptoms, so it is important to work up slowly. Some people don’t respond well to DE, and I always suggest working with a knowledgeable health professional for any kind of acute problem or when doing any kind of detox.
How to Take DE
At our house, adults take 1 tablespoon per day on an empty stomach (we worked up to this from a teaspoon over a period of weeks) and kids take a teaspoon per day (they started with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon).
Where to Buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (& How It Tastes)
We use this brand since I was able to verify that it is food grade, though many local co-ops and feed stores carry food grade DE as well. It has a chalky/silky consistency and tastes like a very mild mixture of dirt and chalk, but we are able to just mix in water to take it daily. It can also be mixed into juice or coconut milk.
I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on the internet. Diatomaceous Earth has been recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, but it is not intended to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any disease, so use at your on risk.
Have you ever use Diatomaceous Earth? What did you use it for? How did it work? Share below!
Discussion (425 Comments)
You mentioned it helps skin. I have mild rosacea. Would DE help with this? Thank you for any help you can give me regarding how to clear up rosacea.
Also thank you for your great website. Each day I do my morning devotions and then check your website. God bless you and yours.
My mother had rosacea. After several months of giving up grains, it is completely cleared up. When she tried re-introducing grains, it started to come back. So she gave up grains again and it is completely gone. We think it is specifically corn, in her case, but not sure.
I have had mild rosacea for as long as I can remember. Low stomach acid can be a contributor to rosacea….if you have been told you have acid reflux, you probably have LOW stomach acid. Read the section on GERD in the book “Gut Solutions”. I am trying to follow the dietary recommendations in that book (I am not perfect at it yet…there’s a lot to avoid!), and my rosacea looks much better. Hope this helps!
It totally agree Kelly. I had hietal hernia and rosacea. also had terrible acid reflux. So I thought. I tried antacids but they did not help at all. ended up in the emergency room. No help there. Read a good article on low stomach acid and decided to try a few things. Next time i ate i drank a little dill pickle juice to see if it would help. It did some so i bought some betaine hcl. Benefits were remarkable for me. All my symptoms got better. Even my rheumatoid pain. Not a doctor either. But sure did help me.
I did alot of reading on roseacea. I have had a strong feeling it was wheat related. I cut out all wheat, in everything and it is in everything. My roseacea has cleared up perfectly. Good luck to you.
Wheat and other grains today are infected with ergot, a type of black fungi that grows on the plant.
Egypt recently stopped imports of grains because of this problem. You may want to search this information so that you can be informed on it.
David Lamar Shumway
On these matters of Leaky Gut, wheat allergies, etc. check out Jeffrey Smith’s Responsible Technology web site and the Restore web sight.
One thing that Jeffery has revealed is that non-GMO wheat is sprayed with glycosphate before harvesting to dry it.
Dr.. Zach Bush has studied these types of health problems for years and has developed Restore as an effective remedy.
My son had rosacea his entire life, until we cut out gluten and corn. Now, I know he’s snuck something, cause his arms and cheeks break out.
100% pure sweet almond oil. Nightly rub into your skin/hair and rinse in the morning! Works wonders and clears many many skin ailments!
I use it to natural worm my horses
Yes, As I do for the last 20+ years started listening to natural people. D/E (food grade – nothing else in it but DE) is great for all in the household, barn animals (pets, livestock). I get mine from Pure Earth because they told me they get it from the only mine that only does food grade there. So there is no human error to be had.
Would you take this if you had a leaky gut? I’ve been diagnosed with leaky gut and fear this would make it worse.
We have been using first milking colostrum to rebalance the immune system and to heal and seal the gut. Colostrum has many benefits to adults as well as children.
Where do you get your colostrum?
I used Great Lakes gelatin to help seal my leaky gut. I’m able to eat a wider variety of foods now.
Leaky gut is usually caused from parasites and worms burying through the leathery, mucus covering your intestines and bowel, they wriggle through that in through your intestine, leaving little burrows that slowly toxify your body causing all manner of symptoms. So using DE will scrape off the mucus, the leathery coating taking with it the nests and mass of wriggling life within it, leaving the clean surfaced bowel to repair. So go for it.
I plan on it now
Not always. Most leaky gut is the result of undiagnosed chronic Candidiasis in the gut, which mimics parasites, but with even more side effects, such as allergies, asthma, mental fog, chronic uti’s, hair loss, horrible skin issues, mostly celiac related, but also millia and breakouts on my face, weird, slow nail growth with ridges, joint aches and pains, clavicle shoulder, neck and back pain, arthritis, fungal infections (nails, feet, jock itch, vaginal yeast infxns, even food sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases, such as Celiac disease. The one (and only!) thing I didn’t have were…parasites. I did several parasite cleansing programs over the years and I’ve always been clean.
I’m an RN, and I’ll tell you, most doctors won’t treat Candidiasis or even admit it exists, so they aren’t taught anything about it in school, except only as it pertains to HIV/AIDS pts, and there’s no money to be made from it as there’s little to prescribe safely, long term, to get rid of it once it has started branching out into your gut wall. I used to joke with my friends at work, that my patients were doing better than me!
I’ve had chronic Candidiasis for 20 years, since 1997, and I was so toxic, I’d break out in hives any time I ate.. didn’t matter what. Everything made me break out in hives and they started connecting until they were the size of quarters, my lip (either top or bottom, would get so large i looked like a blow up doll, and bloated (2 measurable inches in 20 minutes!) anytime I consumed any solid food! My allergist told mei was crazy when I brought up yeast/candida, but then came back with my allergy results: I’d reacted measurably to over 4 PAGES of FOOD allergies, as well as every tree, grass and plant known to man. Six solid months of just juicing, no solid food, and the hives finally went away, but i didn’t lose even a pound. Went the rounds from dr to dr, but noone has time to investigate anymore. They just tell you not to come back-there’s nothing else they can do.
After everything If been through, I decided to go into nursing so i could at least take care of my own health, and be in a position to possibly find one of those few, rare doctors who still care and are willing to investigate what’s really going on with you, rather than just throw a single diflucan at you and escort you out the door.
I’ve been detoxing on and off for years; most recently for over the past 6 mos; doing bone broth, green smoothies, raw, organic, flax seed, chia, hemp seeds, bee pollen, turmeric, no meat, no processed foods, no veggie oils, no sugar, no dairy, no coffee, detox baths, all homemade bath and body (organic) products, himalayan salt inhaler, lemon water…. even enemas (coffee and soap suds) have had little to no effect! I was determined to hang in there for the long haul, though, because after 20 yrs, I can’t expect to get rid of it in less than 1-2 yrs going the natural route…. but then I tried DE.
Once I added the food grade DE to the mix, I finally feel like I’ve had a breakthrough. Small, at this point, but after suffering everything i named above (except jock itch, obviously), I’ll take it. My stomach’s gone down for the first time in three years, I’m not bloated, in pain, fatigued, drained,
Trish, to cure your Candida check out The Whole Journey website https://thewholejourney.com/
I wonder if there can be gout ??? My husband has gout and recently had a huge volcano-shaped lump form on the back of his heel. Turned out it was a big flare-up of gout collecting crystals of [uric acid???] right at the place where the Achilles tendon joins onto the bone. It was hard & very painful. So now he is on a different gout medicine Rx. (I prefer natural things, he prefers Dr-type things.) We were surprised at the diagnosis because we thought gout is always in the joints. We don’t know the reason for his gout.
I wonder if some of your other issues might be factors… you don’t mention specifically what they are…
I hope you have found something that helps!! ice? warmth? essential oils?
I know when I gave up gluten, my autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) vanished almost overnight…. and also (to my surprise) most of my arthritis did too. I’m sorry about the painful surprise & I hope you have found something that helps by now.
sorry about the double post, it was accidental
Can this help with pinworm?
I used DE for a few months, taking 1 tsp per day. I started getting lower back pain (as in my kidneys) and started having cloudy urine. I would say that DE has good uses, and I would use it again, but I would be careful. If you start having side effects stop taking it!
I love this blog, and I have started doing lots of things you recommend since I started reading it! I love dry brushing and I tried the epsom/sea salts for my kids and loved how smooth their skin felt afterward! Thanks!
The pain in your kidneys and cloudy urine is a sign of overdetoxifying. Basically that means you need to keep detoxifying but at a slower pace.
The colon is the sewage system of our bodies; it is where most of the waste from our organs, toxins from the environment, poisons from gland secretions & dead cells ultimately end up. Anytime you are detoxing, it is good to get a professional colonic done or do colonic irritations at home with enemas (using coffee instead of water pulls even more toxins). It will carry the poisons out of circulation and relieve any discomfort. Basically, not doing so is the slower more painful way to detox.
DE is well known to detox the body of excess bromine and fluoride – which can take up to 2 years to eliminate. The indicator that DE is working on removing these particular toxins is cloudy urine! So, keep taking it and purge those poisons from your body as best you can tolerate. Good luck!
Wow Nan! Did not think about that. But makes perfect sense. Clever girl!
I have been taking DE for about 2 months. What I have noticed is the texture of my skin is soft and silky and my tendonitis pain in my knee is virtually gone. I have my father using it pre/post rotator cuff surgery and his surgeon was amazed by his recovery. It’s not expensive and it is an essential nutrient no longer readily available in our current diet.
I was so excited when I first read about diatomaceous earth since I have s family with several illnesses/diseases, but everyone was hesitant to try it until I did! Well, I started on it and I wish I had something positive to say about my results but sadly, that’s not the case! By the second morning my thumbs were both locking up and I now have a huge hard bone like nodule that is very painful! I stopped taking it after a couple weeks and contacted the company I bought it from to see if they’ve had ANY other reports similar to mine, which they haven’t. They said to start back up because it could be toxins building up, but start at a very low dose, which I did. I took it for a couple more weeks and it didn’t help my module any whatsoever, but in fact it only got bigger at that point so I stopped completely! I’m not saying it don’t work becauseI read so many websites and a slew of reports from people that went from being in bed constantly due to arthritis to being able to get up and do for themselves again so I don’t know where things went south for me. If anyone had a similar reaction, please, I’d Love to hear your story! At this point, I think I’m the only one that has had this reaction, that I’ve been able to find anyway. I still have the hard nodule 1 year later and might I add that I never had anything like this prior. I’ve been to the Dr’s and no one knows what it is to this day, even with xray’s done so I’m at a loss as to what happened but ours
It seems as if you really didn’t give it enough time to work ,sometimes the body will fight detoxing be getting worst than better, and if you read most reviews people say they don’t get results until after a few months.
Sounds like you have a ganglion cyst.
It may be trigger finger. Look it up and see if your symptoms seem like it.
Can you please expand on your use of DE? How much do you take, when and how ? I am considering trying it.
I use DE very successfully to rid my thumb-sucker of pin-worms. We are staying on a steady dose to continue to keep them at bay. I have found this to be the MOST effective treatment alongside all the hygiene stuff. Also using on my ds who has several food intolerances. Thanks for all your great posts!!
How old is your son? My son is 2 and also has them as well as
My 6 month old who NEVER has his hands out of his mouth. Can I give it to them this young and how much? Thanks,
Freaked out and panicking!
Did you ever get a reply? My 2 year old has pin worms now and I’m wondering what to do…
I’m not a doctor but I don’t know why you couldn’t give it to a 2 year old. Just put it on his food and be sure he gets plenty of liquids. Makes sense to me.
I used it for my entire family. My husband and I started in 1tspn evey morning and worked up to 1 Tablespoon, daily.
For our children, we gave them 1/4tspn and worked up to 1tspn daily. Within the first 4 days we saw pinworms both dead and alive coming out of our two year old when she had a bowel movement. The only way we actually knew was bc she was still using the training potty chair and I cleaned it out. After about two weeks, everyone’s stool looked healthy again.
We didn’t start DE for parasites, we started to maximize our health and it proved true that we all needed a parasite cleanse too.
How much/often do you use? I have a thumb sucker and another toddler who have pinworms AND food intolerances. How do you use for four intolerances?
I use it in my chicken coop for buggie control, sprinkle it in nestboxes, in their food, and around the coop. Food grade DE is available at chicken feed sellers…Tractor Supply also carries Food Grade DE.
Walmart sells it as well. It comes in a 4lb food grade bag put out by a company called Harris.
We used it when my son contracted pin worms. We would sprinkle it on his bottom before bed and when the worms came out at night (eek!) they would get dusted with the DE and die!
This is really interesting because horses have pinworms but i have only used DE internally. To use it externally is a great idea. Get those bugs when they come out to lay their eggs! Gotcha! The parasite issue in animals has become very serious. In the twenty years that they have been treating with toxins the bugs have prevailed and become stronger. Now the drugs have become so toxic a certain % of animals will die. There are stations of sheep in New Zealand that have been wiped out because of these super bugs. They adapt really quickly.
Do you know that pinworms will go away by themselves if you will keep the kid from reinfestation? For that you need that your kid avoided to put his hands in the mouth after scratching his bottom.
Pin worms dont go away on their own, they dig right into the mucus lining of the bowel and breed, This is where alot of leaky bowel comes from, they eat right through. They are born to breed, so going away, Julia, where do they go? They fully infest
If you put it in his food the worms that are in the thousands inside him, will be killed. You are only getting the odd straggler that comes out. So you are not fixing the problem, the problem is inside him. They nest and lay 200,000 eggs a day in the mucusy plaque that lines the intestines from stomach to anus and that is km long, so the ones you catch on the outside, are but a couple going for a midnight stroll.
better used in food, so it cleans him out from stomach to anus, instead of just getting the odd few that come out at night. Go to the source (the bowel)
Oh my goodness! I want to try this but am worried it’s not safe? I think my 6 month old has pinworms. Do you think I can put it in his diaper at night given his age?? Thanks!!
I want to thank you for this info, backing it up with info you’ve gathered & not being afraid to point to it. I also like the fact that you State: “I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on the internet.” That means alot to me because there are alot of “Wannabees” & People who post things that worked for them; yet have no background in a Set Field. Just because it worked for them, doesn’t mean that it will work for someone else. I look forward to reading more Material from you. I do need help in the area of Digestion; but what my doctor keeps doing is giving me pills for this & pills for that. I want an Organic & Natural Way to Help myself & get off of the meds.
Great uses I just don’t know how often to use it.
CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME ??? I bought Diamaceous Earth for my animals here at my farm. I was given the amounts to give each type of animal but not the frequency. Can anyone tell if this is daily, weekly or monthly and can it be given in their water? We own chickens, dogs, cats, and alpacas.
any feed back on amounts and frequency would be wonderful. Thank you
I give my large dog (50+ pounds) 1.5 teaspoons per meal (1 tablespoon total per day total), I give my small dog (less than 50 pounds) half a teaspoon per meal (1 teaspoon total per day). The barn cat gets a full teaspoon per day as well.
The above website gave me more information on how to use DE for my pets
I wouldn’t recommend feeding your pet DE. I sprinkled my dog with it last year, while it did ward away ticks and fleas, he licked his paws (and the DE) and ended up very ill from an UTI (plus dehydrated) and a high vet bill.
All I can say is use with caution, please. I even sprinkled it outside in our yard, he walked through the yard, so there was a risk of him getting it on his paws that way, also.
Was it food grade? That makes a big difference.
Problem with your dog is that he didn’t drink enough.The DE tends to dry you out and you MUST drink! Increase fluids!
My vet said this, about FOOD GRADE DE……….Sprinkle over there dry food about 1 tsp- 1 tbs of DE (depending on how big they are) once every day for a week, and do this every 1-2 months to kill any parasites in the animals body. You can use it on all animals and its actually better that deworming your pet cause it kills all parasites and not just worms.
I take it daily and give it to my dogs daily. This is to replace silica in the body and must be taken daily as it clears parasites in the GI tract and is eliminated daily. Hope this helps. Please don’t be afraid of it; you can’t take too much. It does not interfere with any other supplements or medication that I can find and I have researched DE extensively. I’m 47 and my skin looks like I’m 35! You’re going to love it. I started with 2TB each morning and then increased it to 4 TB (1/4 c) taken twice daily. You won’t believe how healthy you’ll feel. Oh and as an added bonus, it’s great for gums/teeth. I have two long snout giant breed dogs that no longer have bad breath and their teeth get no yellow build-up.
You must use food grade! It WILL NOT make your pet sick! Been feeding it to my dogs and horses for 8 years now for parasite control.
Did your dogs teeth lose the plaque that was on their teeth before you started giving them DE? How much do your dogs weigh? And how much DE do you give them? Do you sprinkle it on their food? What kind of food do you feed them?
It doesn’t hurt to back off it for a couple days a week. I take it during the week and then I don’t on weekends. I think the body needs a break from it at times. Be sure to increase your liquids while taking it. Especially if the weather is hot!
I read this post and many others and gave DE a try. I take 1 tsp DE & 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar mixed in 1 cup of water, then followed by another cup of water in empty stomach. But I started getting stomach ache on lower right side every time I take DE. Any idea why that might be, since you’ve been taking it for a long time. I appreciate any help/thought/ opinion.
You took 4 ts in the morning and 4 ts later in the day
So a total of 8 ts a day ?
How do you take it? In water?
I wouldn’t put it in their water, it doesn’t dissolve, so will sink to the bottom and they wont get it, put it with their dry food. Adults will end up on probably 1 tablespoon twice a day. Children 1 tsp morning and night, small dogs 1/2 tsp daily, alpaca’s Id take a punt at a large tsp twice a day, but none of you should stay on this permanently. 4-8 weeks on and 6-10 months off. Watch what is coming out, look for remnants of parasites, although most of them get chopped up by the job the DE is doing. Reason being, if all the mucus and leathery plaque with parasites are removed, then this abrasive powder shouldn’t be tearing away at your bowel and stomach wall. It is used to get garbage off the wall, so once its off, stop using it. They are like mini cheese graters rolling over and over in your gut, so animals and humans alike are to go off it for about 6-10 months and on it for 1-2months
Wow, Judy! Yours is the first comment I’ve read that says you should STOP using DE for a period of time, that no one should be using this on a permanent basis! And all I’ve been reading/hearing is that folks are taking DE daily, all the time! Are they just not aware that they shouldn’t be doing this or are some people more able to tolerate DE on a permanent basis?
I agree with some of what you are saying Judy – except 10 months off is way too long. I give DE to my outside cats but I only give it to them 3 days straight and then back off for the rest of the month. Then the first of the next month, I give it to them again for 3 days. Its enough to help them with parasites and keep them healthy. I mix it into their food and sprinkle it on the dry food. I don’t really measure for them but probably use about 1/4 tsp per cat. Since there are about 10 outside cats, I’m not sure how much each one gets but they seem to get enough. It does its job.
Thanks for the fyi! Where did you get this info? My 2 year old has eczema and I was wondering if this would be a good try for her…but is this an on and off again thing long term? 1 month on 6 off, for how many cycles. (I’ve seen her lick dirty rain water outside off the playhouse and slide…after a struck diet of basically meat, veggies and fruits In wondering if I should cleanse her body too…of possible parasites) Do you think a cleanse with DE is okay even if there are no parasites?
Did you get any side effects when you first started using it? I have been taking a teaspoon in water for four days and have become quite ill.
It’s safe to use daily, works really well.
Go to dirtdoctor.com for organic info on a whole range of gardening and farming topics, as well as using DE on animals and the garden.
Hi Carolyn, Hope your doing well 4 yrs on. How are your dogs travelling?
I’m a doggy person, lots of research for my FB group over the last 10 yrs.
With the research I’ve done on internal parasites, its evident that worms are more active at full moon.
And so my protocol has been, 2-3 days before full moon, give my dogs a dose with their meal, (or in their drinking water). And I continue until full moon is over, for another two days. I do this at every full moon.
I do quite a few things for their natural protocols.
I take it once a day. I drink a heaping teaspoon in a little glass of water followed by a tall glass of water. The key is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It has does wonders for my life!
I use DE everyday as part of my skin care regime, and it has worked wonders on clearing up acne and evening out my skin tone. For awhile there, I was in rough shape with my sensitive/oily skin. Every cleanser I tried (and I am not talking your average store bought chemical crap) either didn’t work or just lead to massive breakouts and endless frustration. But… then I discovered the wonders of DE, and my face has never been happier (or more clear). 🙂
I simply mix some in with my cleanser and wash my face like usual everyday. I also use it to make a mask that I apply once a week (just mix DE with water until a paste forms, rub onto skin in soft circular motions, leave on for 2 mins., and rinse). BAM. Acne problems solved.
Seriously, I love this stuff….
I have even been adding it to my natural homemade deodorant recipe, but that’s another story.
The best part is that DE will help pull toxins out of the skin. Double BAM.
Everyone’s skin is different, and you have to find what works for you, but I would definitely recommend giving this a try!
(Note: if you don’t have oily skin like me, I would recommend adding very small doses to your cleanser until you know if it will be too drying or not for your skin type. You can always work your way up. Sometimes I let the mix sit and mellow a little longer on my skin when I have super oily days). Hope this helps!
Interesting. I wonder if this would work for rosacea since rosacea is a bacterial infection with no known cure…. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!
look up demodex mites.. they’ve been linked to rosacea and acne even psoriasis..
I would think, that if you took DE internally as well as mixed with any cleanser you may use or as a mask.. with a lil tea tree oil.. it wouldn’t hurt and possibly may aide in healing rosacea!
Joyce, I have had had many different skin issues mainly due to being undiagnosed as celiac for years. Rosacea was one of the problems I dealt with along with others. I have tried everything, prescription medication that didn’t work and actually made things worse at times and finally decided to go to just natural solutions. I read about adding DE to lotion as a possible relief. I added it to Black Soap lotion and added along with that a few drops of tea tree oil, (an option you may or may not want to consider yourself due to allergies, etc.). The ratio was four parts lotion to one part DE. I have had amazing results. You might try that and I wish you good luck.
I was just diagnosed today with. A very mild Diverticulitus .spent the day in ER because I had constipation.. And very sharp pain in left side waist/hip area!
I also have Rosacea .Im a red head with pale skin and moles. 46 year old female. Also deal with a virus! Was wondering if consuming food grade diatomaceous earth would help to heal my virus and Rosacea and intestinal tract!??? Anyone!??? Thank you !! Muchly!! ??
it would not hurt to try DE food grade in small amounts like 1/8 tsp once per day then twice per day if no adverse affects then 3 times per day. Check with your physician first is a must because if you are taking prescription medications there may be no way to judge results. Keep reading all that you can in multiple sites with many ideas. be careful with herbs tho. get the big picture. there may be some you tube videos that may help because holistic Dr.s post videos there and the Health ranger has lots of good information too. do not give up because I found a solution to a muscle problem from an injury through research and all of the information has paid off.
Did it work for your rosacea? I suffer from rosacea also and am always looking for something to help. Thanks!
Honestly, rosacea is a food reaction. Most commonly dairy, sometimes gluten & alcohol. Please consider testing 🙂
What is your recipe for your pit stick that you put diotanaceous earth in. I would love to know your story.
One your website you are recommending difference DE food grade options. Which one is the best?
Thanks, we love you and your insights and info. Congratulations on the new baby!!!
Fermented foods could help with restoration of gut bacteria. Try saurkraut, keifir, natural yoghurt, etc. Homemade is good, and fun!
Robyn, “I am not a doctor” either, but speaking of digestion and getting of pills, I am so with you! I love homeopathic remedies! …. chia seed, flax seed, oat bran, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar also aide in digestion for many people (myself included). Good luck!
I hear you sister ! I’ve been telling people that the doctors and pharmaceutical companies just want to keep pumping us full of pills. I’m sick of them shoving medications down our throats when I KNOW there’s got to be something better. AND NATURAL. I just happened onto Wellness Mama by accident, a HAPPY accident. I’ve got so much to explore inside these pages. Thank you for giving us an alternative. AND… DE is such a mystery to many people. I’ve asked several people where can I find it and they looked at me as if I were speaking an alien language. Just received my first shipment. Going to use it now.