Can you believe it’s Easter Week? When I was a little girl, Easter was one of my favorite holidays, not because of the Easter bunny, but because of all the activities that came along with it. You know, the egg hunts, dramatic plays, fun egg dyeing, cute dresses, difficult speeches and bible verses we had to learn; Boy, such memories.
Now that I am an adult I now know that it’s not about the cute bunny rabbit with his multi-colored eggs.
What about you? What special memories do you have about Easter? (Click here to reply)
Back then I didn’t think twice about what we were using to dye the eggs (what kid would?). All I knew was that I got to use my creativity! It’s time we all know the facts of the dyes we use for our eggs. Here are a few…
- They can cause allergic reactions, childhood hyperactivity/ADHD, and even cancer.
- Common dyes such as Yellow 5 and Red 40 are made from petroleum and often fool people into thinking there are real fruits in food products.
- Our consumption of food dyes has greatly increased, with foods like drinks, snacks, cereals, desserts, chips, and more all containing one or more of them.
We are already subjecting ourselves and our families to enough chemicals and artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, juices etc., let’s not continue if we can help it.
Because I’m here to help, here’s a natural egg-dyeing recipe that you can use this Easter. Now listen, I’m all about simple, quick and healthy so this is a recipe that can be made in 30 min. or less.
Here’s What You Will Need:
- Olive oil
- Turmeric =yellow
- Onion skin =brown
- Birch leaves =light green
- Beetroot peel =brownish-red
- Grape juice =purple
- Red cabbage, whole leaves =purple
- Red cabbage, chopped =blue
- Beetroot juice =pinkish-red
- Spinach leaves= dark green
- Carrots or Paprika = orange
This is What You Would Do:
Bring water, a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (it won’t flavor the eggs), and a colorant to a boil in a saucepan. Add the eggs. Play around with the boiling time and the amount of colorant to get different shades and color intensity. After dyeing, allow the eggs to cool down and dry. Rub with the olive oil to make them shiny.
Tip: Try making patterns on the eggs. Before dyeing, wrap the egg in a piece of a nylon stocking with flowers or leaves in there. Or you can simply wrap rubber bands around the egg. You can also draw patterns and letters with a candle or crayon. Whatever you do, get creative.
Now that you have a natural recipe, dye up and Happy Easter!
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