Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is not earth or dirt. It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled aquatic plants (diatoms).
Over the eons, as these diatoms fossilized, they retained their tubular shape and holes. Their shape and hardness produce extremely pure and consistent DE.
There are different grades of DE in the marketplace. Of the 600 deposits in the U.S., only four are considered Food-Grade by the FDA.
Lumino DE is almost pure white and consists of 89-94% silicon dioxide plus 28 trace minerals.
There are also two basic original sources: fresh water and salt water. Our fresh water deposit began eons ago as pure snow. The snow's run off provided the water source the diatoms lived in. Diatoms in fresh water form a harder shell than those in salt water.
The silica in Lumino DE is amorphous. This is silica in its naturally occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs for survival.
The silica in DE becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing.
Seen through an electron microscope, individual DE cells look like old fashion hair curlers, basically a cylinder covered with multiple pointy sharp edges. These points give DE its strong yet gentle abrasive quality. The surface area of the cylinder creates the ability to be a super dessicant.
If DE is such a strong abrasive, why doesn't it hurt pets and people? The answer involves size, skin, and bood vessels. DE points are too small to pierce the skin of pets and people. Healthy humans or pets should have no problems or reactions. All of our DE products (including pet versions) are tested on people. Individuals with severe respiratory difficulties should be careful when dusting with fine powders such as DE, and wear a mask or respirator.
A natural deodorizer for garbage cans, kitty litter boxes, vacuum cleaner bags, refrigerator, and foootwear.
A non-toxic cleanser and absorbent. Use as a soft-scrub cleanser by mixing with dish soap to make a paste.
Silver Polish - mix DE with water to form a paste. Apply to silver, rubbing with cloth, and wash well. Silver tarnish can also be removed by rubbing with dry DE.
It has been reported in scientific literature that DE absorbs and eliminates methyl mercury, E. Coli, endotoxins, viruses, pesticide residues, drug residues, and some intestinal infections.
Silica is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue.
Stimulates cell metabolism and cell formation.
Inhibits the aging process in tissues.
Strengthens elasticity and firmness of the blood vessels and increases the elasticity of lung tissue.
Excellent for repairing damaged and thinning nails, hair, eyelashes, and skin.
Reduces pain from sore joints.