Post by Contributing Writer, Katie
Egg shells are one of those things usually end up in the the garbage. Well I’m here today to tell you to NEVER toss them away again! They are like gold! I am always trying to find ways to waste less and reuse what I already have. Egg shells fit right into that category.
Egg shells are full of calcium! Each medium sized egg shell has about 750-800 mgs of calcium plus magnesium, iron, manganese, sulphur, phosphorus,silicon, gelatin, collagen and zinc. That’s only a few of them; egg shells contain 27 microelements that are able to be absorbed by your body.
They are possibly the best form of calcium and easy for your body to digest and absorb. Egg shells have been used in treatment of arthritis and joint pain. The composition of an egg shell is similar to that of bones and teeth.
It is always best to use eggs from chickens that have been pastured if possible. Second best are ones that have been feed organic soy-free feed. I use eggs from my own chickens that are fed veggie scraps, grass, bugs and organic soy/corn-free feed.
Here Are Some Ways to Use Egg Shells
Powdered Calcium Supplement
- Carefully wash your egg shells in warm water to remove the egg white. Don’t remove the the membrane, it contains important nutrients for your joints.
- If you want to can soak the egg shells in boiling water for 5 minutes to remove pathogens. (I don’t)
- Let them dry.
- Once they are dry put the egg shells in a blender or coffee grinder to make a powder, a coffee grinder works best.
- Store in a glass jar.
- Add ½ a teaspoon a day to your favorite beverage, apple sauce, etc.
- If desired you can pour a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice over the crumbled egg shells to break them down and makes them softer and forms calcium citrate.
Liquid Calcium Supplement
Mix 4 tsp of your powdered calcium supplement with 2 cups of hot water and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Cover and let cool. Strain the liquid into a glass jar and keep in the fridge. Take a teaspoon or two a day.
When using egg shells as a supplement it is beneficial to take it with fermented cod liver oil which is high in vitamin D as it helps absorb the minerals. Calcium is good for you but don’t take more than the advised amount, your body can only handle 500 mgs of calcium at a time. It is also better to take your calcium with food.
Water Kefir Boost
When brewing your water kefir, add a clean egg shell for an added mineral boost.
Less Bitter Coffee
Adding an egg shell to the filter when you make coffee makes a less bitter drink. Added bonus: both are compostable!
Add egg shells to your bone broth for an added health benefit.
Next month I will be sharing more ideas on how to use egg shells.
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Mexican Wildflower about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.