What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Fresh water sourced, silica-rich food grade powder also known as fossil shell flour, diatomite and kieselgur. It is a naturally-occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine powder. This fine powder is made up of the fossilised microscopic skeletal remains of hard shelled plant-like algae called diatoms.
Health Leads Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is ‘food grade’ for internal use. Not all ‘food grade’ DE is the same. The shape of the diatoms is very important; they should be tubular with holes in the centre on the walls.
DE should also be from a fresh water source as this forms a harder and sharper shell compared to a salt water source DE. Other ‘food grade’ DE may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay, making the fossil shell flour a grey/brown colour. Health Leads food grade DE has been analysed and we are satisfied that that it is the best form of fresh water DE available.
What does Diatomaceous Earth do?
Diatomaceous Earth has the ability to absorb toxins. It is a natural source of silica which is vital for calcium absorption. Silica has a large number of additional reported health benefits.
As you look at the image (right) you will see that the fossil shell flour is tubular with tiny perforations or holes in the walls. When these millions of microscopic particles move through the stomach and digestive system they absorb and attract bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides and other pathogens. This process is abrasive to parasites, which are dehydrated and killed.
Adult Suggested Usages
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is a great source of silica. Take 1 level scoop per day, mixed with a full glass of water. Diatomaceous Earth will not dissolve, stir well to prevent settling. It is best taken in the morning. Keep hydrated. Do not exceed daily dose. Free 5ml scoop included.
Use against house insects (ants, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, flies, fleas, ticks, etc.). Sprinkle the area which you suspect is infested.
For protection against insects and parasites, rub the powder into the animal's fur, sprinkle on their bedding, etc.
Add to pet food as a safe de-wormer:
Cats: 1 teaspoon per day
Dogs: 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons per day, depending upon the animals size (1 teaspoon for very small dogs).
Horses, cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, etc., will also benefit from the use of DE. Add DE to animal feed to expel parasites. DE acts as a natural mineral supplement. It will also reduce the odour in barns from excrement and prevent larvae from forming in the manure.
For smaller farm animals (pigs, sheep, goats), add about 12g (0.5oz) to their feed. For larger animals (cows, horses), add 25-50g of DE to feed, once a day. For poultry and small animals kept in large numbers add 2% of DE to the food.
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT LET THIS POWDER DIRECTLY ENTER ANIMALS EYES; IT CAN CAUSE BURNING AND CAN BE SEVERE.
To counter this you may want to add the powder to water in a spray bottle. This damps the powder and as it dries out where it has been sprayed, it goes to work. For chickens, water seems to access more places than the dry powder.
Special Precautions for Polish Chickens: These have a dense 'helmet' of feathers on their heads which hold DE powder and systematically drop it into the eyes. If DE does go directly into the eyes you may notice the chicken keeps its eyes closed and appears weak and unhappy; this works very quickly - wash the eyes by inserting drops of clean pre-boiled, cooled water or sterilised milk. (Pasteurised milk carries bacteria - sterilised doesn't). Chickens love to drink this too.
DE is excellent for red mite protection/eradication. Puff into the bedding/feathers but especially onto the perch ends above and below where red mite hide in the day and then come out at night to infest the chicken while asleep. Puff some into the egg box so that when they sit to lay, their vents come into contact with the DE.
Eggs and milk, meat, etc. are unaffected in taste by the animal consuming DE.
Plants & Vegetables:
Natural plant protection against insects: DE is the organic way of controlling insects in the garden, greenhouse, orchard, and other places. Use it for control of slugs, whitefly, beetles, mites, grasshoppers, etc. For use in the greenhouse or outdoors on fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass - up to and including the day of harvest. Ensure coverage over the entire plant, including under the leaves. For young plants, 2 lbs (0.75kg) per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, 5 lbs (1.8kg) per acre may be enough.
Add 7 lbs (2.6kg) of DE to each ton of grain and mix well to kill bugs in the grain.
Health Leads formula
500g Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (94% silicon dioxide)
Other ingredients: None
Health Leads Commitment to You
We will never use known harmful additives, hydrogenated oil, trans fats, colourants, sweeteners, or excipients such as magnesium stearate.
Rarely we may have to use a natural filler but research carefully those we do use, such as organic rice flour.
These efforts are born of our desire for good quality at the best price.
Most orders are sent by either 1st class Royal Mail or if requested by DPD.
We aim to dispatch orders received before 1.30pm (UK time) on the same day, excluding weekends and national holidays.
Next day delivery applies to working days only, guaranteed if a courier is selected and the order is received before 1.30pm.
If you have changed your mind about keeping an item we understand and we happily accept returns within 30 days, as long as the item is unopened and returned in original condition we are happy to provide a full refund for the item or exchanged for goods of the same value. Please note that due to the hygienic nature of some oral and body care products we are unable to accept items back where the packaging seal has been breached. If you have received a faulty item or an item in error, we will see to it that you receive the correct item at no extra cost. Please use the "contact us" page and we will be happy to help.