Most of the times when we think about how good eggs are, we focus on the actually egg itself. The egg inside, the whites, the yolks, how nutritious they are, while never giving a second thought to the humble eggshell. This is a same because the egg shell can do so much, and if you’re not using it to it’s fullest affect, yo are missing out!
General information about the eggshell
An egg shell is made of calcium carbonate, which is also the main ingredient in some antacids. Each medium-sized egg shell has approximately 750-800 mg of calcium.
The shell forms 9-12 percent of the total weight of an egg, and contains pores that allow oxygen to enter in and carbon dioxide, in addition it allows moisture to flow out.
The color of the shell of an egg is representative of the breed of hen that produces the egg. White hens produce white eggs and brown hens produce brown eggs.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that brown eggs have more nutrients than white eggs
Amazing uses of eggshells
1. Nutrient Mask for youthful skin
Crush the eggshells and let them dry completely. Take a mortar and a pestle and grind them into a fine powder of them. Beat another egg and separate the yolk from the white portion. Now, mix in the eggshell powder with the egg white and whisk thoroughly. Use this all over your face and allow to dry. Then, wash off with cold water. This will nourish your skin and make it firmer.
2. Treating skin irritations
Put an egg shells in a small bowl of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for a couple of days. Apply the mixture on minor skin irritations or to relieve itchy skin .
3. Powerful cleaner
Egg shells can be a wonderful abrasive (and they are non-toxic) For those hard to clean pots and pans. Mix with a little soapy water for powerful cleaning.
4. Garden fertilizer
Egg shells are rich in calcium and other minerals that help your garden thrive. Crush the egg shells into small pieces and sprinkle into each hole before planting. Then sprinkle additional shells around the base of your plants every two weeks.
5. Pest control
Crush the egg shells and spread them around your vegetables and flowers to defend them from slugs, snails and worms. These soft-bodied creatures do not like to slip on sharp pieces of shell. The smell of the eggs will also deter cats and small rodents.
6. Crushed eggshells for the best coffee you have ever had.
Add some crushed egg shells to the ground coffee before you prepare it, and make it taste less bitter. When you have finished with the coffee, you can throw the coffee grounds and the shells on your plants as fertilizer.
7. Home calcium supplement powder
Simply bake your egg shells at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool and grind to a fine powder. Add your supplement (one teaspoon or less) to your favorite smoothie or juice once a day.
8. Fortify your pets
Dry the egg shells at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Then put them in a zippered plastic bag, seal it and crush the shells with a roller until a fine powder is made. Put this in your dog’s food as a great calcium supplement to help your bones and teeth.
9. Mineral Supplement
Soak the eggshells in lemon water for a few weeks by storing them in the refrigerator. Then add a few shakes to your natural juice for extra minerals.
10. Remineralizing teeth
There are studies on the use of comfrey root and fresh (organic) egg shell to re-mineralize teeth. This is possible by making a calcium-rich vinegar. You can do this by adding calcium-rich herbs such as (nettles, horsetail, alfalfa.) to an organic egg shell ground with apple cider vinegar.
Leave this mixture to rest for at least six weeks in a cool dark space and then drain t it. But the calcium from the peel are now infused into the vinegar which can be used as regular vinegar in the salad dressing, cooked vegetables, etc.
11. Strengthen the nails
Turn clean egg shells into a powder and add a little to your nail polish to strengthen your nails. Put the powder in your hand lotion for a smoother texture.
12. Say goodbye to wrinkles with this easy eggshell remedy
Take some eggshell powder and put it in trays of ice cubes with water and rub it on your face to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This works surprisigly quickly and leaves your skin dewy soft.
13. An instant cure for cuts
If you do not have a Band-Aid to hand, simply open an egg, remove a shell and wrap the inner membrane around your cut. It will not only harden and stop the blood flow, but will keep bacteria out while letting air in to allow the wound to heal.
14. For the well-being of the hair
Take all the white membranes from the eggs and store them in the refrigerator, then add them to the blender with a little avocado and water, process until a homogeneous mixture is made, then apply it on the freshly washed hair and let it act one hour, these Mask will serve to nourish hair and give it more shine .
How to Make Egg Shell Flour
Ingredients and equipment:
1 carton of organic pasteurized chicken eggs
1 coffee grinder
1 small bottle with safe and clean cap
Use your eggs as you normally would, keeping the shell on the carton to make your supplement. When you have your dozen shells, rinse well in water. Remove whites that might be stuck but do not remove the membrane as these have additional nutrients.
Fill a storage pot with about 6 cups of filtered water and bring to a boil. Carefully put your egg shells in the water. (This will destroy any harmful pathogens). Leave to cook for 10 minutes. And now strain the water to keep the egg shells.
Spread the shells on a glass or stainless steel baking sheet and allow to dry overnight. In the morning, put in a 200 degree oven (Fahrenheit) for about 10 minutes to completely dry.
Once finished, put a few peels in a coffee grinder and operate until they are sprayed in granular form. Continue until all shells are powdered. Store in a tightly closed container in the cabinet away from heat or moisture.
You can see more homemade remedies prepared with eggshells in the following video: