Eggshells are not for Easter anymore. There are many cool healthy things you can do with your eggshells beyond arts and crafts. These are 5 things you can start doing today but there are dozens of other ways you can use eggshells, eggs and egg cartons in everything from home care to health care, beauty and gardening.
Why should you even care about re-using eggshells? As it turns out, eggshells and the membrane underneath the shell have many vitamins and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D. Studies have shown that these vitamins actually help improve bone density. Every time you through your shells in the garbage you are throwing away a great inexpensive source of vitamins!
- You can use powdered eggshell as a calcium supplement. Boil shells and let them dry out on clean rag. Do not remove the membrane. Crush the eggshells using a coffee grind, nut grinder are food processor until it becomes a powder. Store the powder in a container away from light. Ideally this is the same place you store your vitamins. You only need 1/2 teaspoon a day to get your recommended amount of calcium. It is good if you can take this with Vitamin D3.
- Add the powder to egg whites and apply to your face for a skin tightening mask. Wait until the egg whites have completely dried before washing off with warm water.
- Add egg shells to your coffee grounds in the filter to make your coffee less bitter. After you finish your coffee you can throw the grounds and the eggshells into your garden or compost.
- Add eggshell powder to soup broths or stocks for an extra boost of calcium.
- Add powdered eggshells to dog food for an extra boost of calcium. Some people even use to help dogs if they have diarrhea.
So what have you been using your eggshells for? Let us know if you have any other cool uses. One last tip, whenever possible use organic or free range eggs. Using organic will reduce pesticides or antibiotics occurrence in the egg and free range eggs allow chickens to be exposed to the sun which increases the vitamin content of the eggs in general.