Fighting the family worm disaster with Diatomaceous Earth

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Worms. I’m sorry, this isn’t the most enjoyable subject material, but if you’re a mum or dad with  school aged children, you may already be familiar with this unsavoury situation. If you haven’t experienced it in your family yet, it’s time to get informed so that when the problem rears its ugly head you know exactly how to tackle it. I also have some great news on a natural way you can rid your body of these pesky critters before resorting to drugs.

Pinworms, also known as threadworms are the a parasitic worm and the most common worm infection in Australia, the UK and the USA.  Kids are more likely to pick up an infection than an adult, probably because of children’s tendency to put their fingers in their mouths, and you may notice worms emerging in your family when your littlies begin day care and school. An annoying truth of the childhood worms experience is that once a child is infected, other members of their household are also likely to get pinworms unless strict hygiene practices are observed.

Threadworms are spread by children scratching their bottom and carrying the worm eggs back to their mouth with their hands. They can also be spread indirectly through food and dust. The eggs can survive up to two weeks outside the body, and once these eggs are swallowed, they hatch in the small intestine and travel down.

Despite the ugly reputation, a pinworm infection is relatively harmless and can be easily treated.

What to look out for

Signs of a pinworm in children include

  • Tiredness, or generally feeling “out of sorts”
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Lowered appetite
  • Itchy bottom, especially at night
  • Small white worms appearing around the anus
  • White worms in stools

Home care practices

When you notice an infection of worms, you can help reduce the spread to family members through

  • Discouraging scratching the bottom
  • Keeping everyone’s fingernails trimmed and clean. A nail scrubber is a good option.
  • Washing hands with warm soapy water after the toilet
  • Laundering bedding in hot water
  • Vacuuming the house often to remove eggs

Ridding the body of worms naturally

Diatomaceous Earth is a brilliant first step alternative to over the counter drugs and is something that I personally consume regularly to rid my body of parasites, especially during travel overseas or if I suspect an infection. It’s been very effective in gently cleansing my digestive system. And a clean digestive system is the starting point for overall body and mind health. It’s also a beautiful all-rounder for family gut health and cleansing and because it is a food not a supplement, it's safe for adults and children.

Diatomaceous earth is one of the best natural, food based anti-parasitic medications. It works by attracting bacteria, fungi, viruses, pesticides, drug residues etc to absorb them. The hollow cylinder structure allows pathogenic bacteria to become trapped and passed through the body. Larger parasites found in the stomach are actually cut up and killed by the Diatomaceous Earth particles!


My naturopathic grade, Diatomaceous Earth, also known as organic fossil shell flour or as I like to call it Dinosaur powder, also contains 15 minerals that are beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. With its detoxifying properties, you and your children will be able to absorb these minerals much more effectively!  Being high in silica it has the added benefits of better hair, skin and nails too.

One tablespoon of diatomaceous earth taken by an adult, once a day for seven days, can be extremely effective for killing parasites. When used on children, bear in mind that height is a better indicator of the size of their G.I. tracts than their weights. Thus, a child who is 4 feet tall should take 2 teaspoons, and a child who is 2 feet tall should take 1 teaspoon.

You can simply add your appropriate dose to water or juice twice a day, preferably before meals. You can even add it to smoothies or sprinkle it on top of your children’s cereal as it’s completely free of additives, fillers, sugars, artificial sweeteners or preservatives!

Love Your Gut, Diatomaceous Earth is a safe food grade product and of the highest D Earth grade. When using it, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and always consult your health care practitioner when treating children.

Find out more about my Love Your Gut Powder here.

69 Responses to “Fighting the family worm disaster with Diatomaceous Earth”

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Lee,
    I’m going to Africa for 3 months and was wanting to know if you think I should be taking Diatomaceous Earth and how many packets do you think I need.
    Thanks for the info.

  2. Julia O'Sullivan says:

    Thankyou for this info,Lee. I’m in my 60s, and when we were children ,living on a farm, my mother used to dose us regularly for worms. I take a herbal remedy every now and then. When l suggest to my kids they should dose their children, they think I’m criticising their parenting. My grandmother used to tell my mother it was time to dose the children for worms as we were apparently picking our noses!! So thanks to Nana we were all subjected to nasty stuff on our porridge ! I will pass this info of yours onto my family along with a packet of DE.

  3. Nola Robertson says:

    Just wondering Lee, is DE kosher,? these fossils what were they when they were alive? they are fossilized what?

  4. Amanda says:

    Hi Lee
    Do you sell this in Melbourne stores please?
    And instead of mango could you suggest a winter fruit for your smoothie recipe?

    • lee says:

      Yes we do. We are in the following stores in Melbourne: About life (Port Melbourne), Prahran Convenience, Healthy Life Prahran, Healthy Life Chadstone, Healthy Life Fountain Gate, Healthy Life Broadmeadows, Clea, n Living Fitness. I would use banana.

  5. Cathy Black says:

    Can you supply stockists in Sydney please?
    Does Rawsome at Hornsby stock it?

    • lee says:

      Here is our current NSW stockist list: About Life – Surry Hills NSW
      About Life (Bondi Junction) – NSW
      About Life (Grocery) NSW
      About Life (Lane Cove) NSW
      About Life Crows Nest NSW
      About Life Double Bay NSW
      Adora Healthy Living NSW
      Always Organic NSW
      Avalon Wholefoods Store NSW
      Bagga’s Pharmacy Newcastle NSW
      Blooms The Chemist – Paddingto NSW
      Brunswick Heads Health Foods NSW
      Coco’s Wealth of Health NSW
      Dee Why Discount Vitamins NSW
      Dr Earth Health Foods (GoVita) NSW
      Dr Earth Health Group Pty Ltd NSW
      Dubbo Health Food NSW
      Eddie’s Pharmacy NSW
      Fourbody NSW
      Gloucester Health Foods NSW
      Gnc Livewell (Broadway) NSW
      Gnc Livewell (Town Hall) NSW
      Go Vita Batemans Bay NSW
      Go Vita Darlinghurst NSW
      Go Vita Hurstville Westfield NSW
      Go Vita Lane Cove NSW
      Go Vita Narellan NSW
      Go Vita Newtown NSW
      Go Vita Strathfield NSW
      Go Vita Windsor NSW
      Goodness Me Organics NSW
      Green Hills Organics NSW
      Health & Happiness (Go Vita) NSW
      Health Emporium Bondi NSW
      Healthland NSW
      Healthy Life – Bondi Junction NSW
      Healthy Life Brookvale NSW
      Healthy Life Group NSW
      Healthy Life Lake Macquarie NSW
      Healthy Life Lismore NSW
      Healthy Life Lismore NSW
      Healthy Life Maroubra NSW
      Healthy Life Sylvania NSW
      Healthy Life Wagga NSW
      Healthy Living Bathurst NSW
      Herbal Serenity NSW
      Hills Organics NSW
      Honey Pot Health Foods The NSW
      Hyper Whole Foods NSW
      InHarmony Health Foods NSW
      InHarmony Health Foods NSW
      Kombu Wholefoods NSW
      Lane Cove Shop NSW
      Lettuce Deliver Organics NSW
      M&C VITAMINS-Quality Discount NSW
      Manly Health Foods NSW
      Mr Vitamins (Go Vita Chatswood NSW
      Mrs Watson’s Organic Cronulla NSW
      Myherb NSW
      Myherb NSW
      Myherb NSW
      Myherb NSW
      Narrabri Pharmacy & Health Foo NSW
      Nelson Bay Health Foods NSW
      Newcastle City Health Foods NSW
      Newtons Pharmacy NSW
      Nourishing Hub NSW
      Nourishing Source NSW
      Nutrition Boss (Miranda) NSW
      Nutrition Boss (Shell Hbr) NSW
      Panacea Whole Foods NSW
      Priceline Pharmacy – Casula Ma NSW
      Queanbeyan Health Foods NSW
      Rainbow Organic Penrith NSW
      Rainbow Organics NSW
      Rawesome NSW
      Santos Trading NSW
      Santos Trading – Mullumbimby NSW
      Shining Health NSW
      SuperSupps CC NSW
      Taste Organic – Naturopathy NSW
      Taylor’s (Thirroul) NSW
      Terry White Chemist (Lismore) NSW
      The Apothecary’s Pantry Pty Lt NSW
      The Eco Shop NSW
      The Natural Food Market NSW
      Thurns Pharmacy NSW
      Total Health Central Coast NSW
      Totally Active Healing Centre NSW
      Vitology Natural Health Centre NSW
      Wholefood Mona Vale NSW
      Your Vitality Vitamins/Supplem NSW

  6. Mandy says:

    Lee, just wondering if this is suitable to be used whilst gut healing like your program or GAPS?

  7. Sandra says:

    Hi Lee

    Do you do deliveries to UK, please?

  8. Rach McNulty says:

    Do you have this stocked anywhere in WA? Thanks

  9. Cathy says:

    Hello Lee

    I have just started using DE but I have also drink apple cider, lemon and water in the morning plus a probiotic at night is this all ok I dont want to cancel any goodness!
    Love your books☺

    • lee says:

      The good thing about DE is that it helps the absorption of your other foods 🙂 so you can use it to help get the most benefit of what you are eating and the probiotics too. I would take it an hour either side of the probiotics

  10. kira says:

    Since a week I’m Healing my Gut and just purchased amorfe DE at my local organic shop in Belgium. Now home, I actually read on the can that it’s an insecticide, consisting of “silicomdioxide” 89g/100g.

    Is this the same powder as what you advice to take? The description match what you describe, but like to be sure before taking insecticide.

    • lee says:

      Hi Kira,

      I can assure you our d earth is very safe to consume. It is the highest quality food-grade and meets all the criteria set out by Food Standards Australia.

      Like salt, d earth has many grades. Salt comes in pool-grade which is dangerous to consume or inhale all the way to Himalayan Salt which is very beneficial to consume.

  11. Amanda says:

    Hi Lee- is this safe to take while pregnant?

  12. Yulia says:

    Could I please have you Brisbane stockists. Thank you

  13. Sarah says:

    Hi, is it beneficial for 4 year old to have as a general health tonic for development ? Or do very young children have enough silica stores. If it’s good how often per week and how much?

    • Lee says:

      When we’re young our silica stores should be high. If you are looking to boost stores this would help and also it is wonderful for gut health.

  14. Angela says:

    cn you give DE to a baby at 15 months

    • Lee says:

      HI Angela,

      I can’t recommend giving DE to babies though I know people who have done so. Best check with your doctor. Even though it is a natural food, when it comes to babies its always good to get your doctors advice. Lee

  15. Isabel says:

    Why I read on diatomaceous earth : This product is not intended for children under 18?

    • Lee says:

      The food grade version in small amounts 1/4 to 1/2 tsp is safe for children but if you are worried it is always best to consult your doctor or medical practitioner.

  16. Nicola says:

    Hi… i’ve tried using it to get rid of words in my kids.. the challenge has been getting them to take it even in juice…my question is will it still work if I add it into cooked food… eg a pasta sauce or something like that?
    Many thanks

  17. Anne says:

    Hi, would this be safe to give to a 12month old, small dose for short time to help detox heavy metals after vaccinations? If so how much would you recommend and for how long?

    • Lee says:

      I would speak to your doctor if you are worried although having said that this is a food not a medicine and 1/4 tsp for 14 days will be sufficient.

  18. Celiana Rodriguez says:

    Hi Lee,

    I have a 18 month old boy and I’m suspected he has worms, because he was a good eater and now he don’t want to eat anymore, he has poor gain weight. He’s underweight for his age. So, can i start giving him DE?

    He’s 21 pounds, how much and how often?

    Thanks Celiana!

    • Lee says:

      Hi Celiana, thanks for reaching out.

      Have you consulted a doctor? That would be the first thing to do.

      As for the powder, it is safe for young children (it’s a food, not a medication). I’d start with a 1/4 teaspoon. It is a natural way to help worms.

  19. Andy says:

    Hi Lee,

    Is DE good for tackling/removing food intolerances (Gluten/Dairy)? Also, should this be taken continuously for months or do we see results pretty soon? Thanks

    • Lee says:

      Hi Andy,
      it can help improve the function of your gut so will help alleviate symptoms but won’t necessarily get rid of food intolerances. It’s a food, not a supplement, so it can be taken continuously x

  20. Tarnia Nelson says:

    Hi I am looking for other alternatives as I have been struggling for sometime to rid my childrens bodies of worms. Can de kill worms like tape, flukes round worms and hookworms as I read your not specific with what parasites it can erradicate

    • Lee says:

      HI Tarnia,

      Personally, I’ve had great success with our powder for kids worms. Also, I’ve read a lot of reports about how good it is for all internal worms. I just don’t have the specific research to back it up.

      The best news is that my powder is a food (not a medicine) so it’s worth a try.

      Lee x

  21. Hachol says:

    Should you ease into taking it, or just an adult can start right away with a tablespoon?

  22. Tamara says:

    Hi Lee, I have two questions: 1. Does DE decrease the effectiveness of probiotics? 2. Does DE kill healthy gut flora in addition to parasites? I make a shake with kefir (probiotic) daily, and would like to add in DE, but I once read not to take it within an hour of taking a probiotic. Do you have any knowledge about this?

    • Lee says:

      Hello 🙂 it’s ok to take both. The Love Your Gut Powder separates the good and bad bacteria and keeps the good bacteria (probiotics) on tact.

      • Katie says:

        Lee, I have the 100% FRESHWATER DE
        Is this the right stuff for myself and my children to mix into the food I cook.
        Also can I mix it into Greek Yogurt?
        Like the above question I read the same, only to drink it in a glass of water an HR before or 2hrs after eating

        • Katie says:

          It is the Food Grade 100% Freshwater DE …What is the freshwater part and did I order the right stuff

          • Lee says:

            Hi Katie,
            Yes, our Love Your Gut powder is Food Grade 100% Freshwater DE (other brands may or may not be). They are sourced from previously freshwater lakes, rivers etc. It’s an important distinction. I’m not sure salt water deposits are of the same food quality.

            Our powder is a food and it’s safe.

            I hope this helps.

            Lee x

        • Lee says:

          Hello yes you can mix it into food. Lee

  23. Lindsay says:

    How can I be sure that there is no lead in DE?

    • Lee says:

      There are heavy metals in most things although D earth is actually good for getting rid of heavy metals so its ok to take.

  24. Sarah says:

    Hi Lee, i am on day 3 of using your DE. I see there is some mixed advice in what you say regarding taking it with a probiotic. In one answer you tell someone to take it 1 hour either side of taking a probiotc but in another answer you say it’s ok to mix into a smoothie with a probiotic. Also, in this thread you say to start with a teaspoon and work up, yet the instructions on the pack say take 1tbl twice a day. I’m pretty confused now, could you please clarify?

    • Lee says:

      No problem at all. Some people like to start slowly so I recommend one tsp daily for a week and then one tbs twice a day. You can have up to 1-3 tbs twice a day but most people prefer 1 tbs twice a day. It doesn’t affect whether you take it with supplements or not but personally I take probiotics in the evening before I go to sleep. But you can take this with our without other ingredients. Some people like to seperate it some people like to do it all at once it depends on your preference 🙂 lee

  25. Aida says:

    Does this powder work for b.hominis and D.fragilis? Both my kids and I have it…

    • Lee says:

      Hi Aida,

      Hello 🙂 I have no specific scientific research on whether our powder works for b.hominis and D.fragilis but we have feedback from users that it helps with restoring balance and good bacteria in the gut and also attracting negative bacteria and parasites such as b.hominis and D.fragilis. We will be conducting research into this in the near future.


  26. Emily says:

    Do you ship to South Island New Zealand? If so, what is the cost?

  27. Thank you Lee… I’m in a wormy situation right now and thankfully I have some DTE with me… I have just started taking it again and might need to give it to my toddler. Would you believe I found a worm in my poo and he seems fine. As I live in many weird countries I suspect I co-habitate with many parasitic friends (UGH)… so back on the DTE I go. And I have a friend coming to Bali soon so I will get her to bring me some of yours as I will run out.

  28. Melissas says:

    Is this okay to take while breastfeeding?

  29. Portia says:

    Hi, my family takes this product. I have tried telling friends to try it for worms but they say Combantrim is easier and works well. Are there any stats or suggestions that the combantrin ingredients are bad for us?

    • Lee says:

      Hi, I’m not familiar with the ingredients of Combantrim. I know it is a Pharmacy Medication.

      The difference is the LYG powder is a food (not a medication). The powder is not concocted in a lab to target worms though I it works very well. It may not be as effective or fast as Combantrim but I much prefer giving my kids natural remedies to chemical ones if they’re available. It’s just a personal preference.


  30. Justine says:

    Thank you for all the info! I am so glad to hear it safe for kiddos! I have been searching everywhere for how long yo use this. Thank you for posting 7 days! My question is how often? When you are feeling symptoms? Once a month? I truly appreciate all your knowledge! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Glory says:

    Just found out my 9 yr old has pinworms and came across your site as DE has been suggested to my numerous times. I’m assuming you don’t ship to Canada? Lol. I’m sure I can find a similar product here. Wondering what treatment protocol you used for your own kids? And did it completely eradicate them? If so, how long did it take?
    Thank you 😊

    • Lee says:

      Hello, the powder is available in the USA but we currently song ship to Canada. I used the powder for a month and cycled it one month on one month off for three months and it worked well. Lee

  32. Katie says:

    Hi! Your guideline for dosage I read was to go by height for children, but adults was recommended a tablespoon. At what height is a child considered an adult, please? (I have a 14yo son who is my height.) Thanks in advance

  33. Kate M says:

    Why only 7 days? Can I not take DE continuously? Various parasites have various cycles and I’m afraid only taking for 7 days is not enough. Thank you!

    • Lee says:

      Yes it is gentle enough to take it for a longer period. Children can have it for 30 days on and then cycle it so 30 days off. Lee

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