Diatomaceous earth, (DE) is a naturally occurring product that is made from the fossilized remains of sea water plants known as the phytoplankton. These water plants are tiny and single-celled organisms that are believed to be part of the earth’s ecology since the early times. Over time, approximately thirty millions years ago, the diatoms piled up on the sea beds to form the chalky deposits of diatomite. Presently, hundreds of deposits of these DE can be found in different parts of the earth. It is available in both fresh and salt water bodies. Some can be found under the water while others can be found in bottoms of dried ancient lakes. When these diatoms are mined, they are grounded up into powder form, diatomaceous earth. It looks and feel like the talcum powder. It is also good to note that the diatomaceous earth comes in two categories; the food grade and the industrial grade DE.
Health benefits of the DE (Diatomaceous Earth)
Being a naturally occurring product, DE has a lot of health benefits. A majority of people who have used this product have reported overwhelming success from the DE. Thousands of people who have used this product have claimed to have experienced a positive change in their blood pressure levels. Most people have reported that their HBP has gone down. DE has also been reported to lower the cholesterol in the body. Most of the consumers who have used this product have reported to forty to sixty points lower after only two weeks of usage. Hundreds of people are also praising the DE for helping them cut down their weight.
The argument behind this is that diatomaceous earth taken in the morning helps to reduce appetite. DE is widely used in Asia and Europe as health and beauty product for skin, hair, nails, joints, and bones. Other health benefits of the DE includes; enhancing the growth of hair, formation of strong nails, hardening of teeth and gums, tissue degeneration, supports production of collagen, help to detox the body as well as strengthening the body joints and bones. It is also used to make gentle facial exfoliant and mask. These are just but a fraction of many benefits of DE.
The Common Household Uses of the Diatomaceous Earth
- Food storage- the DE is added to grains and legumes such as wheat, beans, barley, and maize to prevent spoilage. It helps to keep the food dry as well as preventing the formation of molds and also protecting the food against common storage pest such as weevils and beetles.
- Used against bedbugs and fleas. It is used to get rid of these insects as well as to prevent their infestations. Spraying the right amount will keep off these insects and kill the existing ones.
- The DE is also used to control garden pests such as beetles, slugs among other harmful pests in the garden. Additionally the DE is approved for use against home pests such as spiders, cockroaches, earwigs and ticks. It is the most recommended in eliminating such of home pests.
- It can be used in place of the baking soda in fridge Deodorizer. A small amount of DE can be used in fridges or freezers to help neutralize the odors. Also, it can be sprinkled in the garbage to neutralize the odors.