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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.
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
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?