Diatomaceous earth (DE) is made of the fossilized shells of diatoms. It is like an ancient kind of algae. These microscopic shells mostly consist of the mineral silica which accumulated in freshwater lake and then formed the huge silica deposits. When mined and ground into the powder, then we can call it as diatomaceous earth. Actually, diatomaceous earth is also known as diatomite, kieselgur or kieselguhr.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) consists of several different grades, such as food grade, pest control grade and pool grade. Do you know what benefits of each grade? Diatomaceous Earth food grade is edible diatomaceous earth. It is as a health supplement for the human and pets. Besides that, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) food grade can be used externally as an exfoliating ingredient in homemade soaps to face wash or other DIY healthcare products. The next grade is Diatomaceous Earth pest control grade. It can kill carpet beetles, bed bugs, ants, ticks and other pests in your home, lawn, garden and yard. There are many brand of Diatomaceous Earth that may added the chemicals to make it has ability for killing insects more quickly, so when you use you Diatomaceous Earth, you have to careful not to inhale or ingest it. The last, Diatomaceous Earth pool grade, it can filter impurities, even in water. Once you want to use it, please wear a dust mask.
By the way, what are dangers of ingesting Diatomaceous Earth (DE)? Not all Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is edible and not all Diatomaceous Earth (DE) safe to use around your house. There are types of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) which dangerous if we ingest or inhale it. Those types are Diatomaceous Earth pest control grade and Diatomaceous Earth pool grade. So if you use that Diatomaceous Earth (DE), you have to wear a mask. If you ingest or inhale Diatomaceous Earth (DE), it may damage your lung and cause temporary respiratory irritation such as coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing and eye nose throat irritation.
In addition, Diatomaceous earth food grade is the purest Diatomaceous earth (DE). It has negative side effect if you ingest or inhale it. Instead, Diatomaceous earth food grade is tend organic and safe to consumed and used by human and pets. There are many people consume Diatomaceous earth (DE) food grade because it has many benefits for healthy. It contains of the high silica content and traces minerals which make it as a health supplement. Even, there are also some people who take Diatomaceous earth (DE) food grade as one of the ways to detox. The texture of Diatomaceous earth (DE) which is coarse microscopically can absorb toxins from your body. Diatomaceous earth (DE) food grade is also offers similar benefits for your pets. If you give it for your pets like cats or dogs regularly, so your pets will get benefits from Diatomaceous earth (DE) Food grade. It is able to improve metabolism, appetite and digestion of your pets. So, if you have pets, give Diatomaceous earth (DE) Food grade for them.