Dyeing Easter eggs is a huge tradition at our house, and with a three-year-old at the forefront of this great adventure, it's important to us that the "dyes" she use not be dyes at all, but natural ingredients from the earth. Here at the Accidental Purist we are all about (if you haven't deduced this by now) using, consuming, or applying topically as fresh and pure of ingredients that we can find, short of becoming farmers ourselves.
Natural dyes for Easter eggs are just such an opportunity, and the colors and natural hues one can use are endless.
Some color ideas:
- Dark Blue: Dried herb Hibiscus flower (you can order on Amazon for 99 cents!) boiled WITH your eggs for 12 minutes.
- Purple/Blue: Boiled purple cabbage or boiled blueberries mixed with 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pale turqoise: Boiled green cabbage
- Pink: Boiled beets
- Brown/earth shades: Coffee or Black Tea Grounds mixed in spring water
- Light yellow: Cumin mixed in spring water
- Light orange; Ground turmeric in spring water
- Black: Activated charcoal in spring water
- Pale light lavender: Boiled blackberries
Mix these ingredients in separate boils and add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and have a dipping party.
Most of all, enjoy the beautiful hues and shades that only the cleanest ingredients can render. Let us know what egg colors you came up with! The possibilities are endless. Happy holidays!