Diatom earth (purified / food graded) and Diatom (crude / feed graded)
What is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic substance made from crushed diatom fossils. Diatoms also known as diatom are a class of single-cell algae with an external skeleton of pebble. The skeleton consists of two lids of superimposed dishes of silica, found in freshwater, brackish water and salt water. The silica dishes remain in the sediment after the cells die. There are around 10,000 different types of diatoms, the size varies from 10 to 100 micrometres. Diatomaceous earth is 100% natural and mined from the bottom of rivers, lakes and seas. It is also called: silica, silica gel, silicon, silicon dioxide, silicea, E551 and dissolved in water: called silica.
The crude diatomaceous earth (Diatom / feed graded)
The diatomaceous earth is used as a food additive for: cows, calves, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs, cats, pigeons and other pets.
The diatomaceous earth has been used for decades as a wormer in the digestive tract of animals. For an optimal result, the diatomaceous earth must be provided long enough so that all the eggs that have just been laid have hatched, because the diatomaceous earth does not come through the hard eggshell of the worms. The advice is to provide diatomaceous earth for at least 60 days in the general dose of 2% of the dry feed weight the animal eats. The diatomaceous earth fights the insects and parasites, because it penetrates the hard armor of the insects and parasites. Holes then appear in the insect's armor, causing them to dry out. The larvae are controlled in the same way.
Recommended quantities per animal species:
• Horses: 2% of the total weight of the daily portion of food. (10-30. Per day) Advice pony 5-8 g, horse 10-15 g, cure lasts about 2 months maintenance dose with long use 5 g pd
• Dogs: 1 tablespoon in the daily food for dogs heavier than 25 kg. Small dogs: 1 teaspoon (young dogs from 6 months of medium-sized breeds or larger). For smaller young dogs 1/2 teaspoon.
• Cats: 1 teaspoon in the daily food.
• Rabbits: For the small and middle breeds; ¼ teaspoon in the daily food. ½ teaspoon for large varieties.
• Guinea pigs: ¼ teaspoon in the daily food.
PAY ATTENTION! Do not give Diatom to small pregnant animals such as cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.
Administering as a mineral supplement
The crude diatomaceous earth contains a wide range of natural minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphates, sodium, titanium, potassium, silicon, aluminum, etc.
The diatomaceous earth consists of 150 million year old single-celled shellfish with a skeleton of almost 100% silicon. Within naturopathy, silicon is seen as an enhancer to the entire system, therefore indispensable to make treatment a success. High concentrations of silicon can be found in the body in the connective tissue and the tissues derived from it such as bone, cartilage, tendons, skin, hair, hooves, blood and lymphatic vessels, liver, kidneys and lungs. Silicon supports the strengthening of the connective tissue by its ability to bind water. Horses with diarrhea or water after the manure have also benefited a lot from the Diatom.
A positive water balance guarantees that sufficient nutrients are absorbed and helps connective tissue and blood vessels to preserve their elasticity. Because there are fewer minerals in today's roughage, the diatomaceous earth is a good addition to food.
Further effect in food
- It acts as an anti-caking agent which makes the food particles stay separate from each other. This allows optimum nutritional intake, both bacterially and enzymatically.
- Improves protein digestion, prevents ammonia development.
- Prevents eating sand or licking horses.
- Dehydrates the stomach and intestinal environment and protects and improves the stomach and intestinal wall condition, indirectly this has a preventative effect on intestinal parasites. In many cases, it removes prolonged diarrhea and water after the manure.
Sources: De Baroen and various public internet publications.
More information can be found in the herbal wiki