Things to Do With Eggshell (Calcium) Powder
OK---You've made your own inexpensive, high quality calcium powder, and you now have some information about why it's so good for you. But what else can you do with calcium powder? Here are seven ways to use calcium powder that are healthy, natural, inexpensive, and good for you!
I recently wrote an article about how to make your own calcium powder using eggshells.---And here is a follow up article with even more ways to use this white gold!
You may also be interested in finding out why magnesium is vital to your health and how to make your own magnesium oil for a high quality and inexpensive option.
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7 Uses for Calcium Powder
1) 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.
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. OR, visit my article on how and why to make your own calcium powder.
2) 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!
And guess what? Not only is your coffee less acidic and tastier---it is also healthier because of the extra calcium you're getting!
3) 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.
If you plan to give your dog calcium powder, just cut the adult dose in half (unless you have a very large dog). You can find out how much calcium powder to give in this article. OR--just take a look back at number one above!
4) 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.
Many people just toss their eggshells out into the garden, and this is not necessarily a bad thing---BUT if you take the time to create calcium powder, you'll have a much greater impact on keeping pests away from your plants (the sharp edges of the powder will kill them) and the shells will disintegrate into the soil much more quickly.
5) 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. It's a GREAT mask for mature skin, I can tell you!
Did you know that many movie stars over the decades have used eggs to help firm and tighten their skin? Yep! Before fancy, expensive plastic surgery and fillers were in vogue, more natural methods were used.
6) 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! I haven't actually tried this (yet), but I have plans for this to be one of the projects I do with my grand daughter(s) this summer! Here is the article!
7) Use it as a Soft Scrub or Cleaner
Calcium powder makes an excellent scrubbing medium. And if you combine it with some vinegar, you'll find it cuts through just about anything!
Final Thoughts on Eggshell Calcium Uses
You can see how this simple and practically FREE practice of making your own eggshell calcium has many great benefits. Is it worth your time to do this? Only you can decide that. However, being a scientist at heart, I think giving it a try is a great idea! Then you can decide for yourself if it's something you want to invest precious time into.
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 because I truly believe they are worse for you than just being a vegetarian. NOT that being a vegetarian is bad, mind you---but I've given that lifestyle a try, and I just couldn't go without my natural meat protein. So now we raise our own!
At any rate, making your own calcium powder is not only interesting and fun, but will benefit your whole family. Also, if you are raising kids, what a great experiment for them to try! Especially if you homeschool, you can work this right into your curriculum very easily.
Any other thoughts you have on this practice---I think we'd all love to hear! Please leave comments in the comments section!
Hugs, Self-Reliance, and Natural Health,
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