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March Patter - Celebrate Spring with Natural Easter Egg Dyes!
We welcome Spring with rituals that remind us of the renewing of the earth. The seasons of the year are good examples of this. We observe how the trees discharge their leaves in the fall and new growth occurs in the spring. Our bodies use the fruits and herbs to help us cleanse and renew. These cycles help us become aware of how life is constantly cycling and we are a part of the earth.
Eggs represent a new life. Coloring eggs has been a part of spring celebrations since medieval times. Dyeing eggs with natural mediums offer opportunities for experimentation and discovery. Peak your child’s curiosity for tasting new foods and herbs by exploring natural egg dyes. Each has dietary and medicinal benefits in addition to the beautiful colors they produce; helping our bodies cycle through the natural detoxifying that coincides with the changes of the seasons in order to renew and rejuvenate.
Hints before beginning:
Wash uncooked eggs before hard-boiling to remove any oily coating that might prevent the dye from adhering.
To avoid staining cover the workspace, wear rubber gloves and apron or old clothes.
||Natural Dye Color
||Medicinal properties of the foods and herbs
Cranberries & Raspberries
|Helps with digestion and immune function
||Used in hot climates for insect bites & parasites
Cleanses liver toxicity,
Helpful for psoriasis, is an anti-inflammatory
Paprika, Chili Powder
|Orange to brown
||Best for equalizing blood circulation
Purifies and moves the blood, warms the body, wards off dis-ease
||Calming effect on muscles, nerves, reduces high blood pressure
Sleeplessness, anxiety & depression
Reduces arthritis pain
Strengthens uterine muscles
||Skin conditions, allergies & asthma
||Cleanses bowel, an antioxidant
|Parsley, Spinach Leaves
||Blood strengthener & purifier, eyes, diuretic, asthma
|walnuts (pellicle – the brown skin)
||Improves blood vessel elasticity, sudorific (sweat inducing), worms
|Strong coffee, tea
||Stimulant, blood alkalizer, cleanse bowel, antioxidant, bronchial dilator
Yellow (onion skins)
|Full of minerals, strengthens the body and grounds the energy of the body, stabilizes moods, alkalizes
Improves digestion by increasing absorption and assimilation
NATURAL FOOD DYE RECIPE – Boiled method (makes 4 cups)1-3 Tbsps herb or up to 4 cups chopped fruit or vegetable (add more for a deeper hue)
4 cups water
2 Tbsp white vinegar (per 4 cups water)
Choose herb or foodstuff; mix with water and vinegar. Bring to a boil. When color emerges, add eggs and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Eggs are colored and cooked at the same time. The heat allows the dye to saturate the shells, for intense, uniform colors. Remove eggs with spoon, pat with paper towels, and dry on a wire rack. Adjust the recipe for the number of eggs you use. For instance, I used just the outside paper skins from two yellow onions in 4 cups of water and vinegar and still got a good color.
If the eggs are not sufficiently dyed after they dry, return them to the dye for more time or refrigerate them overnight in the dye.
Rub naturally colored eggs with a little olive oil to give them a gloss.
Enjoy Spring! Find time to gather your family to celebrate the arrival of spring, earth’s renewal and acknowledge the blossoming of your children and yourself. Look back to see where you were last spring. What have you learned?
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