What is Diatomaceous Earth? In the simplest terms, diatomaceous earth is a fossil that has been grounded into extremely fine powder. It has its origin from fossilized remains of water plants. Marine phytoplankton have formed an important part of the ecology of the earth since millions of years ago. There is a common belief that diatoms piled up into profound and chalky diatomite deposits – approximately 30 million years ago. These diatoms are the one harvested and then ground to generate a powder that in every sense resembles talcum powder. Recently D.E has been use widely in Africa to help maintain pest under control.
In general, there are two kinds of DE namely industrial and food grade. The former is toxic to both humans and pets. On the other hand, the latter is non-toxic and is usually considered very beneficial on various levels. Today, discussions surrounding industrial grade will end here- might be covered later on, though. Instead, discussions in this article will focus on food grade. The benefits, uses and where it comes from has been discussed in the subsequent sub-topics
What You Need To Know…
This fine powder possesses various traits that make it very unique. For starters, it is rich in silica. Silica provides a range of benefits to the health of humans and their pets. It is also hard, and this too offers incredible benefits to the user, depending on how it is used. Lastly, DE contains negative ion charges. Just like its other traits, this feature renders it imperative to the user. For example, it comes extremely in handy in the reduction of parasites in chicken. According to the experts, this is attributed to the negatively charged ions and its cylindrical shape. In the next sub-chapter, we look at its various uses, arising from these incredible benefits.
What’s Possible With Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is highly useful and versatile. Below are some of the ways through which it is used.
- Used together with regular toothpaste
For additional cleaning power, Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled over your tooth soap or toothpaste. You may also add it to your homemade tooth powder. However, you should use it cautiously to prevent the consequences of its abrasive nature. Just use a little bit of it and not every other time.
- Homemade deodorants
Apart from the colon, kidneys, and liver, the lungs and skin also help in the detoxification process. Deodorants should be made in a way that prevents them from blocking the ability of the body to sweat with antiperspirants. Of the essence is to find a safe and practical way of neutralizing the odor. This is where DE comes in. It isn’t exactly an alkaline like is the case with baking soda. The majority of people use baking soda when preparing their deodorants at home. Diatomaceous earth is extremely useful in making deodorants, particularly for people who have experienced irritation or rashes after deodorant use.
- Facial scrub and mask
Your face shouldn’t be exposed to hard masks and scrubs, for obvious reasons. Due to the subtle characteristic of DE, it is an excellent ingredient for facial masks and exfoliants. Additionally, it contains incredibly useful minerals that are absorbed through the skin. These minerals include copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
- Help to nourish hair because of the presence of silica
- Strengthens teeth, nails, and bones
- Used in the storage of grains and legumes by keeping it dry and mold free