Welcome to My Herbal Backyard!

My name is Ann Berryman and I am  a registered nurse and an integral part of the Wellness U Team as a practice administrator and nutritional herbalist at Upper Cervical Wellness Center. I am excited about the opportunity to share some of my favorite herbal remedies through our online “My Herbal Backyard” a series of all-natural solutions for healing, cleansing and much more.

As a Master Herbalist, I am always looking for new ways to help my body detox. Over the years I have completed juice cleanses, gall bladder flushes, liver cleanses, dietary cleansing, and an extended herbal cleanse. Why the variety of cleanses you might ask? Change in the diet, supplements, and forms of detox are necessary because the body has a way of settling into a routine and getting used to the forms of detox that you use. It is important to change the way we detox and to allow times of rest for our body in between the detoxes.

I was recently introduced to Diatomaceous Earth as a form of detox when researching natural ways to eliminate parasites and fleas in cats! As I conducted further research I also found it was safe for human consumption as long as it was Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.

So what is Diatomaceous Earth?

“Diatomaceous Earth consists of diatoms, a type [of] hard-shelled algae which is a fossilized deposit of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called Diatoms…….Diatomaceaous Earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder.”1

Essentially, this powder is made up of tiny sharp fragments that are so small they will not harm animals or humans, but will puncture parasites, causing them to die. There is also a chemical reaction that occurs in the exoskeleton of bugs and parasites that causes their shell to dry up and results in death; making it an excellent pesticide and effective against fleas and small insects.

For me and you, the benefits for performing a detox with diatomaceous earth include liver detoxing, cleansing of the blood stream, antiviral properties, and antiparasitic properties. It is a strong antioxidant due to its negative charge that attracts toxins and helps eliminate them from the body. 2

Diatomaceous earth is also effective against viruses and is often used in water filtration products.2 Due to its high silicon content diatomaceous earth is beneficial to bones and joint health!

How do you use Diatomaceous Earth for a detox?

As in any form of detox, it is wise to start slowly to prevent stirring up too many toxins at once. I began with one teaspoon in 8 oz. of water each morning, followed by an additional 8 oz. water. I also did my best to wait an hour before eating or wait to drink it two hours after eating. After the first week I increased to one teaspoon morning and night. I did experience some mild detox symptoms such as slight headaches and achy joints at times. The advantage of the additional glass of water is having no problems with constipation on this detox!

As far as taste, I personally think it tastes like chalk and also resembles a light dirt flavor! I have used it for 6 days on/one day off for the month of November. Remember, like all forms of detox this is not intended for extended use and should be used in an on/off cycle.

A caution to make note of when using diatomaceous earth: Do not inhale the powder! This is because it can be a respiratory irritant to the more fragile lung tissue of humans and animals alike.

I really enjoy taking the time to care for my body and experiencing the changes that a good detox brings to the body! Remember, there are many forms of detox so don’t worry, yours doesn’t have to taste like dirt!

  1. Diatomaceous Earth Powder. Bulkherbstorecom. 2016. Available at: https://www.bulkherbstore.com/diatomaceous-earth-powder-1-2-lb. Accessed November 2, 2016.
  2. Axe D. The Most Versatile Detoxifier Around. Dr Axe. 2016. Available at: https://draxe.com/diatomaceous-earth/. Accessed November 2, 2016.

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