A long time ago, tiny plants, called Diatoms, lived and died in bodies of ancient bodies of water. They were a unique bunch in that they had exoskeletons made up of silica. As they died, they would fall to the bottom of the lake or ocean, and gradually, all that would be left of them would be the hard outer shell. Years would go by and slowly the Earth changed. The bodies of water would dry up, leaving behind, to all appearances, a powdery, white soil. Upon closer inspection, under a microscope, we are able to see the different shapes the ancient plants had taken by the actual skeletons they left behind.
What modern day people have discovered is that these tiny plant skeletons have many uses. Food grade diatomaceous earth comes from ancient fresh water lakes. This kind of diatomaceous earth is safe to consume, as well as used around food preparation areas. The salt water type of diatomaceous earth tends to be fragile and falls apart easily. This kind is usually harvested and treated with heat and chemicals, making it useful for pool filters and has other uses for machinery and chemical processes. This is the type you don’t want to use anywhere near food.
Some of the many uses of Diatomaceous Earth are:
Provides silica that the body needs for joint, skin, and hair health.
Parasite control by its ability to dry out the soft bodies, under the hard outer shell of fleas, bed bugs, and roaches. Internal parasites, like worms, don’t stand a chance when it is used. Both humans and our companion animals benefit when fed it.
Can be used around food preparation area to prevent roach and other insects. It is safe to consume and dangerous only to the roach looking for a meal.
There are a lot of other uses, the above are only a few.