the Scientist: Minerals|
Mineralogy is a part of geology that specializes in the study of crystal structure,
chemistry, and physical properties of minerals. Mineralogically, Azomite is a
rhyolitic tuff breccia, a complex silica ore.
It is a hard rock formation
created from a volcano that erupted about 30 million years ago. The magma and
ash was highly mineralized. Volcanic ash, mineral dust, and water combined together
creating hard rock high in minerals. This formation was covered by a shallow sea.
Later earthquakes brought the rock to the surface in a hill formation
that geologists call a "hogback". Pink Azomite is now mined there in Utah.
the Scientist: Chemicals|
Chemically, Azomite is a "hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate" (HSCAS) containing
other minerals and trace elements which the National Research Council recognizes
HSCAS is listed in the United States Code of Federal Regulations
as an anti-caking agent that is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) by the United
States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This photo is a closeup of
raw Azomite ore.
Historians: Tribal Legends|
Americans realized the healing powers of "painted rocks" in Utah. They traveled
great distances to dig up some of the rock and bring it back to their tribes.
They dug it into the soil with maize (corn) seed. They also used it in medicinal
In the late 1930s, Rollin Anderson, a geological prospector, became
interested in the Native American legends about powerful pink rocks in Utah. He
sold the crushed rock. By 1942, he had completed several field tests with the
pink powder and was sure of the great benefits to plants and animals.
photo is where the Azomite is mined.
Grow Better with Azomite Powder|
"The first tomatoes we planted with the dust came up fine and healthy, whereas
the controls were attacked by hideous long green worms. On the Azomite plot, not
a worm. The plants were stronger, held fruit well, and had great flavor. Once
you've tasted a vegetable grown with Azomite, you're spoiled for life. The beets
in the control plot were juiceless and woody." -Rollin Anderson
is 2 groups of tomato plants. The plants on the left had Azomite added. Those
on the right did not.
Test Azomite Rock|
Anderson took some Azomite samples to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Dr. Charles Head,
a scientific expert at the United States Bureau of Mines. Dr. Head found the ore
contained a wide variety of minerals.
It reminded him of the caliche rock
from Chile and Peru from which the world's finest nitrates were mined. Dr. Head
believed that much of the benefit plants were deriving from caliche rock was not
from nitrates, but from tiny amounts of trace elements.
Health for Plants, Animals and People|
"We have ganged up on nature by taking the attitude that insects are invading
our fields and destroying our crops. So we kill the bugs, thinking it correct.
Instead, we are killing ourselves. The bugs are only destroying our crops because
we are not feeding the crops their proper food. And the same thing holds true
for livestock and humans. Many nutritionists and physicians theorize that there
is only one disease- malnutrition; that all other ills derive from it. We are
not giving ourselves, our livestock, or our plants the natural trace elements
needed to grow and prosper the way our Creator intended." - Rollin Anderson
is a photo of Echinacea.
Dusts for Soil Health|
Dr. Julius Hensel was a pioneering agricultural scientist during the late 1800s.
He studied the benefits of micronized rocks (rock dust, stone meal) as a soil
amendment. In his book "Bread from Stones", he showed the importance of adding
trace minerals to soil.
He concluded that chemical fertilizers and pesticides
do not treat the root cause of insect problems. Instead they harm the plant. Insects
only attack weak plants so pesticides are not needed on plants with proper nutrients.
Trace minerals feed the soil microbes making the best tasting fruit and
vegetables from plants that are free from disease and more drought tolerant.
for Use by Organic Growers|
Azomite is listed by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) for certified organic
production. A great soil amendment for farmers and gardeners.
raw materials used in producing products, how/where they are processed, and the
quality of the end product. You are assured of a pure fertilizer.
does not burn plants ("burn" is leaf scorch due to over-fertilization
usually of nitrogen). It is not a synthetic chemical. It is 100% natural with
no additives or fillers.
Natural Trace Minerals for Soil: 0 - 0 - 0.2 (N - P - K, Nitrogen - Phosphorus
Soluble Potash (K2O) 0.2%
Calcium (Ca) 1.8%
Chlorine (Cl) 0.1%
Sodium (Na) 0.1%
This photo is Hosta.