Quite simply Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized remains of ancient algal shells called Diatoms or Phytoplankton. Diatoms are the grass of the waterways of the planet. Much in the same way grass is the staple food of land based herbivores. Diatoms (algae) are the foundation basis of all aquatic life and form the most plentiful group of individual species known to man. There are more types of Diatoms in the world than all land plants combined.
The Diatoms living in the waterways absorb minerals and elements from water enabling them to ‘build‘ their tiny shells. Consequently, the fossilized remains have captured and contain the some 15 trace minerals used to form the shell. As they die the microscopic diatoms drop to the bottom of the waterways and form deposits of essentially marine sediment.
Just like all animal and plant groups there are many different species of Diatoms – potentially some 25,000 types world-wide. Some Diatoms are salt water based, others are fresh water based. Salt water based DE is generally used for industry as a filtration aid, paint and chemical additives. This salt water form of DE is known to be harmful to humans and animals and should only be used for their intended industries.
Fresh-water DE is considered to be ‘Food Grade’ and has been shown to have a myriad of uses. For a number of decades fresh-water or food grade DE has demonstrated to have excellent health benefits for mammals and plants when used correctly. Of many hundreds or possibly thousands of deposits of DE internationally, only a very small percentage of them are actually fresh-water based and consequently can be rated as ‘Food Grade'. The Diatomaceous Earth sold at MORE2U is imported from Perma-Guard in the United States and is considered to be one of the finest and purest in the world.
Perma-guard’s Fossil Shell Flour deposit is 89 - 95 percent amorphous silica. As well as being very high in silica percentage it also contains 15 essential trace minerals including phosphorous, selenium, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron.
DE is a desiccant. It absorbs moisture – some six times its own weight.
DE is death to bugs – every-time! However, the insect must come into contact with DE in order for it to work. As a result Fossil Shell Flour is used extensively overseas in domestic and commercial applications as a natural insecticide with OMRI organic registration. Despite Fossil Shell Flour having a debilitating and eventual fatal effect on bugs and insects it does not harm its warm blooded host and has no negative impact on mammals.
Poultry, Pets and Livestock can be dusted or brushed in DE as a chemical free aid to rid themselves of external parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites and lice. As well as external parasites it also has positive benefits on internal parasitic control for poultry, farm animals, domestic pets and equestrian applications. Fed daily the hard and sharp honeycombs of the DE lacerate internal worms to which they release their grip on the intestinal walls and get passed out with the rest of the waste.
Silica alone is in fact crucial to bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels. Silica exists in the blood stream and important organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs. Silica won’t build up in the body as it is water soluble and easily absorbed by the intestinal wall and rapidly excreted. Daily consumption is therefore necessary.
No studies to date have found negative side effects from too much Silica. Mixed with your animals normal feed it promotes improved health, well-being, vitality and productivity when used on a daily basis.
In 1939, the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Professor Adolf Butenandt, proved that life cannot exist without Silica.
In the 2003 book "Water & Salt" Dr. Barbara Hendel stated: "Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health!"
Silica is the most plentiful element on earth, following oxygen; but there are very few foods that contain an adequate amount to supply the quantity your body needs. Silica is crucial to bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels. Silica is even located in the blood itself and important organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs.
As well as the trace minerals, Fossil Shell Flour particles are negatively charged (rather rare). Heavy metals, bacteria and viruses, pesticides and drug residues are often positively charged. As the tiny particles of DE sweep through the digestive tract they attract or draw in the positively charged nasty’s, capture them within their framework and consequentially pass them out as waste. Regular consumption of DE can therefore have the potential to have a detoxifying effect on some users.
Like all new introductions exercise caution and introduce slowly, increasing dosages gradually over time until reaching the desired level. As individuals, environments and situations are all unique we recommend considered fine tuning to achieve maximum benefit. Make sure plenty of fresh water is consumed daily along with the DE to avoid constipation.
Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon per day
Adult Cats - 1 teaspoon per day
Puppies - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon p/day dependent upon size and breed
Small Dogs under 15kg - 1 teaspoon per day
Medium Dogs 15kg – 35kg - 1 tablespoon per day
Large Dogs over 35 - 50kg - 2 tablespoons per day
Giant Dogs 50kg - 2 heaped tablespoons per day
Cattle, Dairy Cows, Pigs - 2% of dry feed ration per day
Chickens, Pheasants, Quail - 5% mixed in feed per day
Goats, Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas - 2% in grain per day
Horses, Ponies, Donkeys - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
Zoo animals - 2% in daily feed
Two legged mammals - 1 heaped tablespoons + per day(start with 1 tsp daily for 1st week)
5 litre ‘pump up’ type sprayer - 20gms or 60mls
15 litre Backpack sprayer- 60gms or 180mls
200 litre automatic sprayer - 800 - 900 grams
Crop application - 1 – 2.5kg p/acre
10 litre bucket ‘brush on’ - 2 cups or 500mls
10 litre watering can