Diatomaceous Earth Information and Use

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Known worldwide for its extremely pure quality, our "Food Grade" Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an eco-friendly naturally organic material from the purest fresh water source. Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled plants called Diatoms. Not all deposits of diatomaceous earth or the diatoms present in those deposits are the same.

The shape of the diatom must be tubular with holes on the walls. It is important to have a consistent shape diatom without any unwanted sediment and it must be fresh water because the diatoms form a harder shell and is less fragile than those in salt water. Salt-water deposits contain a mix of diatom species. These deposits shapes and sediments are inconsistent, making them unusable for our products.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plant(phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. These deposits are mined from underwater beds or from ancient dried lake bottoms. Diatomaceous Earth has many uses

Only a few Diatomaceous Earth deposits are "food grade". Other food grade deposits may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. After analysing many other "Food Grade" deposits we are satisfied that our Diatomaceous Earth is the purest form of Diatomaceous Earth.

 

Pest Control

To insects DE is a dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect's protective covering drying it out and killing them when they are either dusted with DE or if it applied as a wetable powder spray. If they ingest the DE it will shred their insides.

 

Farm Use

Diatomaceous Earth is High in Silica, Absorbent, Porous, Long Lasting, Environmentally Friendly, pH Neutral, Sterilized, Natural and Reusable, all factors necessary for health plants, while still being cost effective for the grower.

 

Animal Use

As a feed additive for livestock, birds, pets, and humans (reported to eliminate parasites, and add 14 trace minerals to the system, reduce odors, remove harmful bacteria from the upper intestinal tract, reduce fly hatch, and stop animals from licking holes and chewing fence posts). Also can be used as a soil conditioner.

 

Anthelmentic (De-Wormer)

Natural freshwater diatomaceous earth is used in agriculture for grain storage as an anti-caking agent, as well as insecticide. It is approved by the US Department of Agriculture as a feed supplement. It is also used as a neutral anthelmentic (de-wormer). Some farmers add it to their livestock and poultry feed to improve the health of animals. "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth" is acceptable as organic feed additive for livestock.

 

Human Use

Silica is available in a number of foods, such as wheat, oats and barley. However, it often is depleted from foods due to processing, making supplementation necessary. Silica supplementation has been shown to help the body in numerous ways. Material supplied by Eidon, based in San Diego, CA points out that silica has a variety of health and beauty care (HBC) benefits. It has demonstrated an ability to help the body deal with dry skin and associated conditions, brittle nails, hair thinning, dandruff and burns (including sunburn).

 

Filtration

The most common use (68%)[citation needed] of diatomaceous earth is as a filter medium, especially for swimming pools. It has a high porosity, because it is composed of microscopically-small, coffin-like, hollow particles. It is used in chemistry under the brand name Celatom or Celite as a filtration aid, to filter very fine particles that would otherwise pass through or clog filter paper. It is also used to filter water, particularly in the drinking water treatment process and in fish tanks, and other liquids, such as beer and wine. It can also filter syrups and sugar. Other industries such as paper, paints, ceramics, soap and detergents use it as a fulling material.