What is diatomaceous earth? Why does it matter if it’s food-grade or not?
Ashley Benson, Baytown, TX
Diatomaceous earth or DE is an under-rated and mysterious material that is very handy all around the house – inside and out. If you want to know what is diatomaceous earth and how to use it, keep reading.
A white powder made from diatoms and silica, diatomaceous earth is a mix of fossils from little algae-like creatures and an absorbable mineral. And yes, it matters a lot if you use food-grade diatomaceous earth or not if you plan to consume it.
For example, the industrial-grade version won’t have benefits for your health, and it may have impurities you wouldn’t want to eat. Instead, use that kind for your garden or to ward off pests.
Now, this natural product is good for your overall health a lot of reasons. To illustrate, you can take it to detox, improve your joint health, and even use it as a deodorant. Furthermore, some people like to mix their own toothpaste with it. Others make face masks to purify their skin.
But, diatomaceous earth also reduces cholesterol, helps the heart function, and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Adding some to your food is an excellent way to make use of its beneficial properties.
As for using it around the house, try it to protect plants in your garden from pests. Also, it can get rid of bed bugs and kill fleas and ticks on cats and dogs, as well as kill grain mites and spiders. Food manufacturers use diatomaceous earth to protect food storage, and you can, too. Sprinkle it where you find creepy crawlies that aren’t welcome in your home.
Should you happen to raise chickens, you can feed them small amounts to help them lay stronger eggs. Plus, it kills their internal parasites to keep them healthier.
To wrap up, explore using diatomaceous earth to eliminate odors, remove oils stains from clothes, and keep your silver from tarnishing. For more ideas, see the article I mentioned above.