Diatomaceous Earth – many benefits

Diatomaceus Earth

inexpensive and effective

(NB there are two grades : food grade and industrial grade)

Few people give much thought to lowly diatoms, single-celled marine micro-organisms that are found in abundance in large bodies of water. However, when these tiny organisms die, their skeletal remains settle to the bottom, become fossilized over time and accumulate to produce one of nature’s most beneficial and healthful substances: diatomaceous earth.

What is it?

Diatomaceous earth is often harvested from areas where large bodies of water once stood and is marketed in two grades – industrial and food grade. Industrial grade diatomaceous earth is used for many purposes including water filtration systems in swimming pools. Food grade diatomaceous earth is perhaps best known for its use as a non-toxic insecticide. However, food grade diatomaceous earth offers a host of health benefitstoo.


The sharp points found on fossilized diatom exoskeletons create a safe and non-toxic strong abrasive that scrubs intestinal walls and cuts up any parasites present in the digestive tract. Additionally, as it passes the digestive tract, it attracts and absorbs pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. It also absorbs and removes pesticides, heavy metals, and drug residues.


Diatomaceous earth also has many health benefits due to its mineral content, which consists of about 85% amorphous silica and approximately 20 trace minerals. The silica in diatomaceous earth is effective in preventing premature aging. Silica can also make age spots fade and also helps to repair and maintain lung tissue elasticity.

Regular intake of diatomaceous earth also has numerous other health benefits, some of which include:

*Lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
*Relieving sore joints.
*Healthier skin and hair.
*Healthier teeth and gums.
*Harder nails.

Diatomaceous earth does not have an unpleasant taste. Simply mix 1 to 2 tablespoons daily in liquid or food. Since diatomaceous earth does not dissolve, it may be necessary to stir a few times while drinking to prevent settling. As some people experience high energy levels, it is best to take it in the morning hours.


Diatomaceous earth benefits pets and other animals similarly to the way it does humans, and it can have other benefits as well. For example, rubbing diatomaceous earth on their coats will ward off fleas and ticks and given internally, it is an excellent de-wormer.

When giving pets diatomaceous earth orally, just mix it in their food. Kittens should receive 1/4 of a teaspoon while large cats should be given 1 teaspoon.

The dosage for dogs is as follows:

*Very small dogs should receive 1/2 teaspoon.
*Dogs under 50 pounds – 1 teaspoon.
*Dogs 50 to 100 pounds – 1 tablespoon.
*Dogs more than 100 pounds – 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Diatomaceous earth can also be added to kitty litter and pet carriers to reduce odors.


Gardeners can find that diatomaceous earth is a dream come true. The sharp points scratch the exoskeleton of insects, causing them to dry out and die and the powder also absorbs fats (lipids) from the hard exoskeletons of the insects, drying them even further. It makes an excellent pesticide, effectively controlling aphids, thrips, mites, snails, and slugs without harming worms or beneficial soil microorganisms.


IMPORTANT NOTES: Industrial grade diatomaceous earth, which has larger quantities of a highly crystallized form of silica, should never be inhaled due to possible health risks for the lungs. When using food grade diatomaceous earth externally, such as in the garden or on pets, it is probably a good idea to wear a dust mask and gloves. Breathing in too much food grade diatomaceous earth may irritate the mucus membranes in the nose and mouth and it may dry out your skin. Once the dust settles, it does not pose a threat. Diatomaceous earth can also dry out your skin.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/030688_Diatomaceous_earth_health.html#ixzz17uZsPDrQ

39 thoughts on “Diatomaceous Earth – many benefits

  1. Hi
    I have recently purchase a horse property in Hillcrest Durban.
    We have approx 8000sqm of Fleas .
    How can I get ride of them.
    Would DE food grade be the best answer.
    How offen will i require to apply due to rain etc.
    Where can I purchase bulk qtys

    I will appreciate any answers or solution to the above question that is most cost effective.

    Kindly email me or call me on 084 777 10 54 I will return your call.

    Thank u

  2. Hi. I am suffering terribly with a bird mite infestation for the last 3 months. I heard that Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth will get rid of the mites. I live in Durban. Where can I purchase this product? I need it urgently. Thank you.

  3. I am desperate to purchase food-grade-Diatomaceous Earth! Cld u please steer me in the right direction? I’m in the South of Johannesburg! I need a name and contact details of someone who deals with the supply of this product to the public! Much appreciated! Rose Rosema

  4. I need to know what you’re price is in food-grade Diatomaceous Earth and what quantities u sell it in! Much appreciated

  5. Please help i need to buy human grade diatomaceous earth i am in South Africa East London ……

  6. I work for a company that sales diatomaceous earth all over the US. Would you be willing to put a link up on your page so your readers can easily see where they can purchase it at?


  7. Oh dear grelmins abound! Definitely no message on the phone.
    I am sorry to say I do not have a supplier in Johannesburg but
    have a lead in CT. I will e-mail you! 🙂

  8. I am looking for Din johannesburg. You telephone only takes a message, but nobody gets back to me
    +27 72 934 9060

  9. Looking for where I could buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in the Randburg Gauteng area please.

  10. I am an organic pest control product supplier based in kzn Uvongo, we stock and supply food grade diatomaceous earth all over the country, this product is fantastic, we use it in our home, garden on our pets and yes even for ourselves, contact me if u would like to purchase this product! 072 229 3092

  11. Hi Yvonne,

    Is it in Joburg?

    Having read up a bit more on the subject – where could one get Medical Grade Diatomaceous Earth for sale in South Africa with mostly amorphous silica and again, guaranteed less than 0.2% crystalline silica (sand)?

    I’ll email Living Seeds tonight.

    Thanks so much for your reply.

    Be good.


  12. OK, so where do you get Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for sale in South Africa with guaranteed 0.1-0.2% crystalline silica?

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