I have recently purchased some DE for use in the chicken coop and in their feed. Since I bought the DE I have been constantly finding out new information about it that is just too good not to share!

The first thing that attracted me to it was the fact it was organic (being made up of Fossil Shell Flour) and 100% safe for people, pets, and the garden. When someone told me that they took a teaspoon of it daily in water and noticed a marked improvement in vitality, I just had to find out more.

The company that I bought the DE from supplied an information brochure that explained a bit about it. The following is an excerpt from that brochure. To find out more visit their website at www.denz.co.nz

What is it?
"Fossil Shell Flour (FSF) is 89-95% amorphous silica as well as containing 15 essential trace elements, including calcium, selenium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. A natural Product composed of ground Diatomaceous Earth (fresh water type).
DE is the fossilized shells of a single phytoplankton known as "Diatoms".
There are so many species of Diatoms they have been referred to as "the grass of the water ways".
Although microscopic, the constructed form of a Diatom resembles that of a tiny cylindrical cheese grater.
Diatoms are extremely hard and sharp. On the hardness scale, Diamonds are a 9, FSF is a 7.
Beware! SALT WATER DE (Crystalline Silica) is toxic to humans and animals alike." 
NB: Please ensure the DE you are buying is 100% FOOD GRADE DE

How does it work?
The elemental composition of diatoms combined with their negative electrical charge are the propertes that give rise to the amazing array of applications and benefits found by FSF users around the globe.
Animal Health
As these Diatoms pass through the GI tract of animals and mammals alike they not only supply the host with silica (essential for organ and connective tissue elasticity) they also clean the digestive passages. By breaking down excess mucus deposits, attracting and binding heavy metals and lacerating internal parasites to the point of rejection. This paves the way for improved overall health, better feed conversion and mineral absorption.
Pest Control/Insecticide
Immunity over time is not possible
FSF is DEATH TO BUGS. Can be applied as a powder or mixed with water and sprayed. FSF uses mechanical action to lacerate and absorb insects body fluid causing dehydration and death. FSF is the ultimate chemical free internal/external parasite control solution.

NB: DE is also deadly to beneficial insects as well as pests as it is non-selective. Be careful when applying to plants that there are no beneficial insects present in your garden ie. bees, praying mantis, ladybugs etc. It is best to avoid using it during the flowering/fruiting season.

FSF has a zero withholding period when fed to livestock or when applied to fruit and vegetables. Apply, harvest and eat all in the same day.

I also recommend reading this website which gives evidence of peoples testimonials of the benefits of taking DE daily in their juice or liquid daily.

If you do mix it with water or a drink, you’ll need to stir the mix to ensure the DE does not settle and start to thicken. Most DE users take about a quarter cup a day or take DE in supplement form. Another beneficial aspect to DE is that it any extra DE you take will naturally be removed. Therefore, you do not have to worry about overdosing on DE in anyway.

The only health warning that this product comes with (that I can find) is the fact that it is a fine powder (like baby powder) so please do not try inhaling it, considering the hardness scale of the diatoms. When using on animals it is advised to cover your face with a mask to prevent accidental inhalation.

Apart from that, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to include a teaspoon (or a tablespoon) a day in your drink. I know I'm going to try it! And I will let you all know the results :-)

EDIT: I started taking DE in a glass of water the same night I wrote this blog and then another teaspoon a day every day since. The Verdict? It definitely works! I woke up the first morning feeling very refreshed and spent most of the day doing housework (a big improvement!) I did so much though, that my legs started to get a bit sore towards the end of the night so if you find yourself feeling more energized try to pace yourself. Today is mothers day so I took the oppurtunity to give my tired legs some much deserved rest :-)


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