Posted by on August 30, 2014

I went from having very distressing joint pain to becoming an empowered self-healer.  I want to share with you a little story about my journey and share some natural plant and earth allies that have helped me!

I am definitely no stranger to joint pain.  I had multiple ankle injuries when I was younger.  For most of my life since then, my ankle would “pop” and cause a lot of pain.  In 2010, after straining my knee, it would often flare up and cause a tremendous amount of pain.  I was having trouble hiking to my favorite spots, walking through downtown with friends and, on some days, any walking at all was very painful.   Yikes!

I then started to go through a large personal shift.  When I got down to it, I could see that I had been in a place of ill health, stagnancy and self-neglect.  I acknowledged that this did not serve me and began to move towards healing.

I began a little practice of sitting and visualizing myself as the radiant, healthy, conscious and loving woman that I am.  Strong.  Happy.  Aware.  Confident.  Making choices in alignment with my greater purpose.  I began to embody this… and so it began.

During the time of this particular shift, I was enrolled in an herbalism school and began diving deeper into the realm of plant medicine.

I started to make salves using herbal infusions and essential oils.  I experimented with many different blends for my joints.  My favorite herbs to use in infusions are Comfrey, Arnica and St. Johns Wort.  My favorite and most effective essential oils are Cypress, Lemongrass, Helichrysum, and Rosemary.

I also was making horsetail tea, which is awesome for the joints because of the silica it contains.

Eventually, I switched from using horsetail to food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE).  I began using it just when I would have throbbing knee pain.  I noticed that the pain in my knee would almost always dissipate within an hour.  With that and my herbal salve, I was having less pain, less often.  I began using DE more regularly and could feel quite a difference!  I was quickly able to bear my full weight on a bent knee and it continuously improved until I didn’t experience the knee/ankle discomfort at all!

On top of that, I observed other benefits.  My nails grew fast and were very strong, and my skin was noticeably firmer.

Here is some more information that I’ve gathered about Diatomaceous Earth:

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is 85+% Silica.

Reported Health Benefits of Silica/Diatomaceous Earth Include:

  • Joint and tendon health – relief from arthritis pain
  • Bone health – assists with the absorption of calcium
  • Improves teeth and gum health
  • Healthy, radiant and strong hair and nails
  • Youthful skin – If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its youthful look as it supports collagen production and slows tissue degeneration.
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • The removal of “bad” bacteria, parasites, e-coli, viruses, pesticides, heavy metals
  • Fortifies blood vessels. It improves heart and lung health
  • Promotes healthy weight Loss
  • Assists to bring blood pressure to healthy levels
  • Decreases LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and increases HDL (“good” cholesterol)
  • Gently cleanses the digestive system
  • Helps with food intolerances
  • Anti-inflammatory effects in the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Vertigo, headaches, insomnia
  • Sprinkle in your socks for treatment of foot fungus
  • There are more than 1,500 ways DE is beneficial to humans, plants and animals.

What is Diatomaceous Earth? 

This relatively unknown “food” supplement is called Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE. It is a completely natural substance that is rich in naturally occurring silica, a mineral whose list of documented health benefits continues to grow as more research is being conducted.

Diatomite is mined and ground into a powder. This all natural powder is called Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or fossil shell flour. It is made up of approximately 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 3% magnesium 2% iron and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized shells of microscopic water-dwelling organisms known as diatoms. Diatoms are one-celled plants (algae or phytoplankton) that are the primary food source for marine life. These plants have been part of the earth’s ecology since prehistoric times, yet their species still exists today in both salty and fresh waters all over the world.

It was established in the 1940s that life can’t exist without Silica. In Dr. Barbara Hendel’s  book “Water & Salt,” she states: “Silica is the most important trace element in human health.”

Food grade diatomaceous earth is a very fine powder and mixes easily into liquids and foods.  Some people take a teaspoon or a tablespoon two or three times a day (up to a total of one quarter cup per day) for best results. Mix it into water, juice, smoothies or other foods.  It sort of resembles putting a spoonful of baking soda in water and drinking it! Silica is water soluble; hence, once you get it into your body it easily absorbed via the intestinal wall and is also rapidly excreted. It does not accumulate in the body, so consistent daily supplementation is important. Studies have not found any negative side effects from too much silica. Its safety and extensive range of uses makes silica one of the most important minerals used in complementary therapy and alternative medicine. Regular supplementation could make a significant difference in your health. 

Being approved by the FDA, Diatomaceous Earth has absolutely no dangerous side effects. It can be used by nearly anyone.  As with any other health supplement, talk to a doctor before using DE. You might have some intolerance to it, so it’s advisable to not risk your health. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers can use it as long as their doctor has agreed.

DISCLAIMER: “This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Discussion of Diatomaceous Earth health benefits is based solely on personal experience and testimony shared by individual DE users and this company cannot market or label DE as a human health supplement with specific medical claims.”