Natural Dyes for Easter Egg Coloring
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 30, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Ditch the Dyes!
Eggs have long-been associated with spring and a symbol of fertility and new life for many traditions. If you celebrate Easter, instead of artificial dyes, try coloring your eggs with natural dyes from food.
Bring each ingredient (separately) to a boil with 2 cups of water, then strain the colored water into a cup and let it cool. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each cup of dye to ‘fix’ the color, and then dip the egg into the cup, leaving it in until it reaches the desired color.
Gold: Handful of yellow onion skins
Yellow: 2 tablespoons turmeric or a handful of carrot tops
Green: Handful of coltsfoot
Blue: 2 cups chopped red cabbage
Pink: 2 cups chopped beets
Purple: 1 cup frozen blueberries
Brown: 2 tablespoons coffee grounds or 4 black tea bags
What are your favorite natural dyes?
Info revised from: motherearthliving.com and epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/easter/natural-easter-eggs
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan