pronunciation lesson: diatomaceous – dia-to-may-shush
I received a couple jars of diatomaceous earth (food grade) from Brother’s Complete to try. I planned on dusting our dogs, because it’s a natural and effective flea killer and repellent, but I had just treated our dogs with a flea treatment from Only Natural Pet.
My contact at Brother’s Complete got on a back and forth about raw (you know me) and during our awesome chat, she told me that she takes diatomaceous earth, a spoonful in her tea or in a glass of water or juice. I didn’t know that humans can take it too.
I looked it up. Yep!
Diatomaceous Earth is a great detox for humans and leads to…
- Natural weight loss
- Strengthens hair, skin, nails and teeth
- Colon cleanse
- Joint health and tissue regeneration
- Lower high blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Stimulates metabolism
- Reduces and removes age spots
- And on and on and on
How much diatomaceous earth do I take?
I’ve read that some people mix a spoonful in their drink (coffee, tea, juice, etc) daily. Some people treat it as a natural detox and take it for 7 to 30 days. How long the detox takes depends on the person. There doesn’t seem to be any hard and fast rules on this that agree – surprise surprise – beyond that diatomaceous earth has amazing health benefits when ingested by humans and animals.
I’ve been mixing a spoonful in my morning tea daily and I do feel more relaxed, happier, lighter and more energized. I have lost weight (I also reduced my daily caloric intake and increased my exercise).
How does it taste?
There really is no taste, just a texture. Like dust on your tongue. Have you ever be caught in a breeze of blowing dirt and some got in your mouth? That’s it. It doesn’t dissolve in liquid like sugar, so you have to keep stirring it or it’ll settle at the bottom.
What are the side effects?
Nothing that I found online or when speaking to people who take it. One thing I experienced was the feeling that I was coming down with a cold. I never quite got there, but I would feel light flu or cold symptoms for a couple hours and then they’d go away. This happened for 2 days. It’s part of the detox and I’ve experienced this in the past with other detox programs.
Back to the flea killer…
When it comes to fleas, from what I read, the dry (and it has to remain dry) diatomaceous earth sticks to the flea’s endoskeleton and dries them out. You can dust your dogs with them, dust their bedding, or dust the yard. Keep in mind that morning dew renders it ineffective, because it has to stay dry – so I doubt that we’ll be doing this unless we hit a dry spell here in the Pacific Northwest.
A holistic vet whom I respect uses diatomaceous earth in the yard, but not on her dogs, because she shared that minimal vaccinations and a raw food diet makes dogs less appealing to fleas. Fingers crossed! More for ME!!!
Flea, the blogger for Jones Natural Chews, sent me a hilarious blog post about one dog owner’s experience with diatomaceous earth, check it out: There Ain’t Nothing Going to Survive the FleaPocalypse
Use with our dogs…
After having tried it for a couple weeks with no ill side effects, I’m going to do the following:
- Each dog will get a sprinkle in their food; I think a spoonful is too much for them, so they’ll share a spoonful
- I will dust each dog after they dry from a bath (I want to at least try it once)
- I will dust their bedding
- I will dust the shaded areas they love on dry days
A warning thanks to Vlad & Barkley’s Dee – if you have honey bees that frequent your property, don’t sprinkle this product in your yard. We don’t want to bring harm to honey bees, because they’re endangered.
I’m pretty excited about this option and looking forward to seeing how well it work’s for our family. Have you tried diatomaceous earth?