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Published April 12th 2013
Egg-ceptional - eggs are incredibly versatile
Eggs are a great food source, you can cook them is so many ways such as fried, scrambled or boiled. Eggs are full of protein and contain very little fat, they can be eaten raw or cooked and they are pretty much essential when it comes to baking.
It's true that eggs are a convenient and popular food but they also have many other uses.
1. Hair Product. Because eggs are full of protein, they are a great treatment for hair. Beat an egg up and then massage it through your hair and scalp. The egg solution will treat damaged hair, it can also clean, moisturise and untangle your hair. Be sure to wash the egg out of your hair with warm water.
2. Facial. Both the egg white and the egg yolk are great to use as a facial. Separate the egg white from the yolk and beat up, then apply to your face and neck area. Leave the solution on for about fifteen minutes, then wash off thoroughly. The egg white facial will tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The egg yolk facial will moisturise your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
3. Leather Cleaner. Egg whites are great for cleaning leather products. Beat up egg whites and apply a thin layer to leather. Lightly rub the egg white in. It will leave the leather clean and shiny.
4. Glue. If you are ever doing crafts and run out of glue, grab an egg. Egg whites are sticky and are great to use on paper or cardboard.
5. First Aid. If you get a small cut and don't have a band-aid you can use a bit of egg white. Apply egg white to the cut and as it dries it will create a thin film that will protect the cut and help it to heal.
6. Clean Jewellery. Eggs contain sulphur which is great for cleaning (oxidizing) silver jewellery. Hard boil an egg, crush up the yolk into a small container, place a piece of paper towel over the yolk and put your jewellery onto the paper towel. Seal up the container and leave it for a day. Remove the jewellery and wash carefully with soap. This is a bit smelly but it should remove discolouration and tarnish from silver jewellery.
7. In the Garden. Eggs shells are good for your garden, just crush them up and add to compost or fertiliser. Crushed eggshells sprinkled around the garden will ward off slugs, snails, and worms, they will also keep cats off your garden.
8. Hangover Cure. Eggs can apparently cure a hangover. Just mix up a raw egg in a blender and drink it. The egg can settle your stomach and have you feeling better in no time. Make sure you use a fresh egg, as old eggs might make you feel unwell.
9. Tea Stains. if you have a teapot, cup or thermos that is stained with tea, put crushed eggshell into and let it sit overnight. Then add a little water to it and swish it around before pouring the mixture out. Rinse the teapot, cup or thermos well and you will notice that the tea stains have gone.
10. Seedlings. Egg shells make great containers for small seedlings. You can event keep them safe in the egg container. Once the plants are strong enough to re-pot they are easily removed by cracking the egg shell.
These are just some of the unusual uses for eggs, and there are many more. If you plan to try out some of these different egg uses, for example on skin or jewellery, it might be an idea to test a small area first, just in case you get an adverse reaction.