Ok, can we be real for a sec and talk about the not so awesome stuff of living in the country? Yes, I’m talking about bugs. Seed ticks, fleas, chiggers, etc. The other day, I got bit by sooo many bugs that I was like something has to change. So I started researching and stumbled upon diatomaceous earth benefits.
I’m not going to lie, at first I was super skeptical. Like is this stuff really going to work? Well, let me tell you, YES. I haven’t seen a single tick since.
So what is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white powder. The sedimentary rocks consist of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.
Diatomaceous Earth Benefits
1. Gets Rid of Seed Ticks, Chiggers, and Fleas
Before we get into the amazing benefits of diatomaceous earth, let’s talk about why your land is getting all these ticks. Why is it that some places don’t get ticks at all and others do? After a little research, I found that it has to do with the humidity of the area. Ticks and chiggers don’t drink water, so they have to absorb the water from the air. What diatomaceous earth does is it dries up that extra moisture, and ultimately, the bugs as well.
If you’re like me and need to see it to believe it, check out the video below:
I like to sprinkle it all over my land (except around flowers), starting with the areas closest to my house. I also sprinkle it on my dog and have begun to mix in a teaspoon of food grade DE with her food a couple of times a week to keep the ticks off her. Diatomaceous earth is an excellent natural pest repellant for organic gardens. Instead of using terrible chemicals that kill earthworms, just sprinkle a little bit of this in your garden, and it will repel most of the tiny bugs eating your veggies.
2. It can help offset global warming
What is interesting about diatomaceous earth, is when you sprinkle it, it doesn’t all seem to fall on the ground. I think some of it does get absorbed by the air, and I wonder if this could make areas less humid.
Apparently, climate change is causing more areas to become humid, resulting in more ticks. Which makes me wonder, could diatomaceous earth help offset global warming by reducing the amount of humidity in the air?
Gregory Benford, a professor of plasma physics and astrophysics at the University of California, has one of the simplest ideas for cooling our planet. His idea is to suspend diatomaceous earth particles from 80,000 feet up in the stratosphere. He said it could be tested in a remote island that’s not inhabited first to prove his thesis that it will benefit, not harm the planet.
It might sound crazy, but what’s the alternative?
3. Kills internal parasites
This is super gross to think about, but some people believe that most of the illnesses we have are caused by parasites inside our bodies from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, etc. After living in nature for the past two years, nothing surprises me at this point. There are many ways to kill harmful bacteria living in your body, from eating garlic to taking a small teaspoon of food grade diatomaceous earth with water.
At first, I was a little skeptical to drink diatomaceous earth. I mean it just sounds scary! But then I found out that it’s already in a lot of the organic foods we eat because it acts as a natural filtration. A lot of organic beers and wines will use it instead of fish guts to filter.
Here’s a great video that talks about how to detox your body with probiotics and some diatomaceous earth benefits:
4. Helps Strengthen Bones
85% of food grade diatomaceous earth is made up of Silica, an essential mineral that helps increase Calcium absorption by 50%! Silica is one of the most popular bone building supplements in Europe. Some people will also choose to make a paste of diatomaceous earth and use it as their primary toothpaste for stronger teeth, or you can purchase one like Cali White Toothpaste where it’s the 3rd ingredient.
What are some diatomaceous earth benefits that you’ve experienced? Do you use it? Why / why not?