Things to Do With Eggshell (Calcium) Powder
I recently wrote an article about how to make your own calcium powder using eggshells. I thought I would write a follow up article about some great ways to use your homemade calcium powder!
Uses for Calcium Powder
Calcium Powder as a Dietary Supplement
Of course, you can use this homemade calcium powder as a daily supplement! I would start out with a small amount--about 1/2 teaspoon for an adult and make adjustments up to 1 teaspoon from there. The average adult needs between 1,000 and 1,500 mg of absorbable calcium daily. The amount of calcium in 1/2 teaspoon of eggshell calcium provides roughly 90% of your daily calcium, give or take plus other minerals. If you are using more than a 1/2 tsp and up to 1 whole teaspoon of calcium powder, you may want to split the amounts between meals. Too much calcium powder may irritate your digestive system.
Personally, I say listen to your body. If you are under a great deal of stress, it may be likely that your body is not able to absorb the calcium you need from foods, so supplementing may be a good idea. At any rate, if you find yourself craving foods rich in calcium (dairy, kale, spinach, etc.) then your body is telling you something. You can see a doctor to have tests run to determine if you are deficient in calcium, if you need more specifics. Personally, I just take a little every day for prevention.
***If you don't want to go to the lengths it takes to make your own calcium powder, you can buy quality calcium powders and other supplements that are sustainable created here.
You can easily sprinkle it into your smoothie, add it to soups and stews, or even stir it into a drink. I'm not going to go into all the benefits of calcium and why you need to supplement your diet, however, you can find out more from nih.gov here.
Use to Cut the Acidity of Your Coffee
Yep! That's right! I've been experimenting with this one! I heard that if you sprinkle a bit of calcium powder into the grounds before brewing your coffee, the acidity and bitterness is effectively reduced creating a more delicious coffee that is easier on your stomach. Personally, I find the coffee tastes smoother too!
Use it as a Natural Calcium Supplement for Your Pets
You can sprinkle a bit into your pets' food too. They don't need a lot! We actually feed our dogs each a whole egg from our chickens each day. They don't have a problem consuming the shells. However, if that is a concern for you, the powdered eggshell is very gentle.
Sprinkle it Around Your Plants
You can use it to provide extra mineral supplementation for your house plants or in your garden! Not only does it help provide extra nutrition for your plants, it may also keep the pest problem down, especially slugs and snails.
Make a Face Mask!
This article has directions for a recipe for a skin tightening face mask. The eggshell powder in it provides nutrition for your skin as well as being slightly exfoliating. I try to put this on my face once a week.
Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk
Chalk is very high in calcium carbonate, and you can make your own with eggshell powder! You can find detailed directions PLUS a worksheet in case you are a homeschool mom or a teacher! Here is the article!
If you do wisely choose to make your own calcium powder from eggshells to take as a supplement for yourself or your pets, please be sure to use eggs from pastured organic chickens. If you know someone who keeps chickens, you may be able to use these! Personally, I try to stay away from any meat or egg that is factory raised.
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