19 Known Uses for Diatomaceous Earth
Though our primary detox pathways are through the liver, kidneys, colon and lymph system, our skin and lungs also assist with detoxification. We don’t want to block our body’s ability to sweat with antiperspirants, but we can keep things sweet in the underarm area by neutralizing odor. Diatomaceous earth is great for this. And because it tends not to be quite as alkaline as baking soda – which is commonly used in homemade deodorants – it is often preferred by individuals who have experienced rashes or irritation after application.
Sprinkle a little DE over your toothpaste for extra deep cleaning power. Because it is gently abrasive only a little is needed to effectively remove stains, and it should only be used every once in awhile.
3. FACIAL SCRUB & MASK
Because it is very fine, diatomaceous earth makes a gentle facial exfoliant and mask. In addition to it’s main component, silica, DE also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium and phosphorous. Since minerals can be absorbed through the skin, this is a wonderful way to complement a mineral-rich diet.
To use: Mix about 1 tablespoon of diatomaceous earth with water, milk, aloe vera juice or diluted honey to make a thick paste. Using your fingertips, lightly massage the paste onto your face using small, circular motions. Allow the paste to set for 1-2 minutes, then gently remove with a warm washcloth using small, circular motions. This last stage is when most of the exfoliation occurs. Follow with toner (if you use it) and a moisturizer.
4. SUPPORTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
Silica, which is a type of silicon, is essential for collagen formation. In one study, animals that were supplemented with a small amount of highly bioavailable silicon had a 12% higher collagen concentration than animals who weren’t.
Silica is found in many foods, such as leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, and asparagus, and of course diatomaceous earth is about 80-90% silica.
5. NOURISHES HAIR
In this study, supplementing women with a bioavailable form of silicon (choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid) increased the strength and thickness of their hair. Because it is less bioavailable, the silica found in diatomaceous earth has to be consumed in higher quantities than the choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid. However, some people think this is a good thing because it is thought to have cleansing properties.
6. STRENGTHENS NAILS
Along with gelatin and biotin, silica is essential for building strong, healthy nails.
7. SUPPORTS HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
This study suggests that diatomaceous earth may be beneficial for lipid metabolism and cholesterol levels. Who knew?
8. STRENGTHEN TEETHS AND BONES
Silica is essential for the formation of the hard outer enamel that protects our teeth, and according to this PubMed article it is likewise beneficial for overall bone formation and health.
9. FOOD STORAGE
DE is added to grains and legumes such as wheat, maize, beans and barley to prevent spoilage. It keeps food dry, prevents mold, and protects against pests like weevils and beetles.
10. GARDEN PEST CONTROL
Diatomaceous earth can be used to kill slugs, beetles, and other unwanted pests in the garden. Here’s how to use it. However, please keep in mind that it should be used wisely, because most bugs are beneficial and we want to preserve their habitats.
I can’t help but giggle a little when watching this video on how to treat pets for fleas using diatomaceous earth, but it has some very good info . . .
Something to keep in mind is that it’s also important to treat any carpet pets come into contact with, plus areas they like to nap in, etc. Here’s how to treat your carpet and home for fleas using DE.
12. NATURAL FLEA POWDER
Speaking of fleas, guess what the main ingredient is in this natural flea powder for dogs and cats? Yep, DE.
13. COCKROACH, SPIDER, TICK AND EARWIG CONTROL
Diatomaceous earth is approved for use against all of these home pests. Experts recommend using a hand duster to puff it into cracks and crevices where bugs are likely to hang out.
14. FRIDGE DEODORIZER
Just like baking soda, a small container/box of diatomaceous earth can be left in the fridge or freezer to neutralize odors. Needs to be replaced every 1-2 weeks.
14. GARBAGE CAN DEODORIZER
Sprinkle in the bottom of the can to help neutralize odors.
16. STAIN REMOVER
Because of it’s highly absorbent nature, diatomaceous can be sprinkled on oil-stained clothes to help soak up the oil.
17. SPILL CLEAN UP
Just like with clothes, diatomaceous earth can help soak up oil stains on carpets, driveways and garage floors.
18. SCOURING POWDER
The gentle abrasive nature of DE has long made it a favorite for polishing silverware, serving pieces and jewelry before buffing. (source 1, source) It can also be used on other hard surfaces such as sinks, bathtubs and countertops. You can use a 50/50 mixture of diatomaceous earth and baking soda – just keep in mind that DE turns brown when wet so it will look like you’re cleaning with dirt. It works beautifully, though, and it’s easy to see where to rinse as well.
19. DETOXIFICATION SUPPORT
The ability of diatomaceous earth to attract and bind to bacteria and parasites has made it very popular in the water filtration, and many people believe that this quality also makes DE a helpful supplement for detox support. Although there isn’t much research available on this subject, some physicians have found it helpful in clinical practice and recommend it for this purpose. For example, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut & Psychology Syndrome, recommends it for general detoxification, although she notes that it should not be taken by individuals with severe digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. (source)
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