These tiny organisms have been around for billions of years and play major roles in chemical and biological processes.
Diatomaceous earth is a powder produced from diatomite, a sedimentary rock composed of the skeletal remains of single-cell aquatic plants called diatoms. Diatomite represents a very rare occurrence – a mineral silica that has an elaborate structure worked by nature into a labyrinth of tiny holes. No other silica source that is mined or chemically prepared has such a structure.
- The key to the exceptional properties of diatomite lies more in the microstructure – each diatom is peppered with thousands of holes, usually of three distinct sizes, ranging from a few microns in diameter down to submicron diameters. The number and sizes of holes vary with the species.
- Our Australian sources DE is the smallest known in the world (a very important factor i.e. the smaller the more effective)
- Because it is made up of tiny, sharp, very hard phytoplankton, DE works well as an abrasive.
- It attaches to the protective waxy outer coating of bugs/pests and absorbs it or scrapes it away, causing them to dry out and die.
- DE can be used to kill slugs, beetles, and other unwanted pests in the many crops.
- It helps to reduce parasites
- It carries a negative ionic charge.
- The thinking behind this is that positively charged bacteria and parasites (plus some viruses) may be attracted to it like magnets are attracted to one another.
- Because of its shape, the pathogens get trapped in the center and carried out of the body. It is also rich in silica, which is essential for healthy teeth, bones, hair, skin and nails.