Eggshell Nutrition & Calcium Content:
Egg Shells In Garden:
When I was a student, our school had a beautiful rose garden that produced beautiful large roses. Eggshells from the hostel was regularly used as a manure and it kept the plants healthy.
When I had my own garden, I started using eggshells regularly. Eggshell powder helps regulate soil acidity along with adding nutrients to plants. We can also soak the egg shell powder in water overnight and then use the water next day to spray the plants.
We can use egg shell powder for plants like tomatoes, peppers and brinjal, it will greatly help prevent blossom end rot. I also like to add egg shell powder to potted plants.
What To Do With Egg Shells?
I always used to think eggshells can only be used as a fertilizer but few months back I read a research paper that proved beyond doubt that eggshell powder can be internally consumed to increase our bone density. Regular use greatly prevents osteoporosis and you can read the study that proves it here.
Eggshell powder can be used for skin, teeth and hair care too. Since it is rich in calcium, using it in the form of face pack, gives a nice glow to our skin. Applying the powder as a hair pack makes our hair glossy and shiny. Using it as a tooth paste removes plaque and tartar from our teeth naturally!
How To Make Eggshell Calcium?
To make eggshell calcium, first take 10 to 12 eggshells. When making eggshell powder, try using only organic, farm raised country eggshells for best results.
If you have boiled the eggs, then we do not need to boil the eggshells again. But if you are using the eggshells after making omelettes then I would suggest washing and boiling for 10 minutes to get rid of any bacteria.
This step is especially necessary if you are using regular eggs. Then sundry till crisp and powder immediately in a dry mixer to a fine powder and store in an airtight box.
Eggshell Powder Dosage:
Consuming Egg Shell Powder Side Effects:
Some Common Questions Regarding Egg Shells:
a. What happens if you eat the shell of an egg?
Since egg shells contain calcium carbonate, when we eat it, it will get converted to calcium and carbon dioxide. If there is excess calcium, it will be excreted from the body.
b. Is it harmful to eat egg shells?
It is not harmful to consume egg shell powder especially if you boil the shells to get rid of any bacteria before powdering. But please don’t over dose on egg shell powder.
c. Can eggshells regrow teeth?
Egg shells are mainly calcium and minerals, all ideal for helping in regrowing teeth. So yes, it will help regrow teeth if we take egg shell powder.
d. Can you get salmonella from egg shells?
Yes there is a possibility if you use egg shell powder made from egg shells without boiling in water first. Some people use egg shells after making omelettes to make egg shell powder, please never use unboiled egg shells for making egg shell powder.
e. Do egg shells digest?
It is hard to digest egg shells as it is but if we boil the shells and then powder it finely, it is easy to digest. So always use finely powdered egg shell powder to prevent digestion problems.
f. Is calcium from egg shells safe?
Like I mentioned before, if we boil the egg shells before powdering and also if we consume it in the proper dosage, it is perfectly safe to consume egg shell calcium.
g. Can we give dogs egg shell powder?
Yes, we can. Dogs, if given the chance will swallow tons of whole eggs in a minute and experience no harmful effects at all. But still I would suggest making the powder like I mentioned above and sprinkling it on their food.
5 Top Uses, Benefits & Nutrition Of Eggshells For Hair, Skin, Teeth & Garden:
1. Eggshell Face Pack:
Take 1 tsp of eggshell powder in a bowl. Add in enough unprocessed honey to form a paste. To use, apply this face pack all over the face, let it dry completely and then wash it off. When you use eggshell as a face pack, you will find it is almost similar to using rice flour face pack and it leaves the skin smooth and glowing !
2. Eggshell Hair Pack:
For the hair pack, take enough eggshell powder in a bowl depending on the length of your hair. Now add in enough curd to form a thick smooth paste. To use, apply all over the hair, wait for 15 minutes before washing it off. This eggshell hair pack makes the hair shiny and glossy.
3. Eggshell Fertilizer:
Like nitrogen and phosphorus, plants need calcium to thrive and it’s deficiency could lead to stunted growth, twisted leaves and dark spots. One easy and cheap way to give your plants calcium is by adding eggshell powder. To use eggshell powder as a fertilizer, mix it with potting mix while planting. You can also stir the eggshell powder into the soil.
4.Eggshell As a Calcium Supplement:
Eggshell powder can be used a replacement for calcium supplement pills. Half tsp of the eggshell powder contains around 400 mg of calcium. Consume the eggshell powder depending on your body’s needs.
The calcium will help regrow teeth, prevent osteoporosis and joint pain. You can add the eggshell powder to smoothies and drinks. It is popularly added to coffee. It can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar and consumed along with water.
5. Eggshell For Teeth:
Eggshell powder is great to use a toothpaste. To make toothpaste, mix 1 tsp of eggshell powder, a pinch of baking soda in a cup. Add in enough unrefined coconut oil to form a paste. Weekly once use this paste to brush your teeth, it will help get rid of plaque and tartar from teeth and will make it whiter and brighter.