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All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes

While I am guilty of using the $2 all-in-one egg dying kits from the supermarket (I found one that has glitter, wax sticks AND stickers), I also understand why many of my health conscious friends refrain from indulging in this festive holiday tradition. What’s the point of a healthy organic diet if your going to ingest a bunch of artificial dyes around the holidays? And lets face it, no matter how hard you try, some of the dye always leaks through to the eggs.  To my delight, after a little research, I discovered that there are plenty of all natural dye options already in your kitchen.

Bluish-Gray
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Jade Green
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Green-Yellow
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Orange
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Red-Orange
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

Pink
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Lavender
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Not overly complicated, and this way everyone can have fun.

Images and recipes from here and here.

 


Natural Nails

One of the blogs I like to start my day with is I go by Katie written by Katie Kukulka.  I really enjoy her short, photo based posts, that are a informative about everything from living as organically as possible and collection antiques, to book reviews and easy recipes.

One of the things that keep popping up in her posts is a nail polish brand called Scotch.  This polish has an incredible resume, it claims to be Vegan, Cruelty-free, Gluten-free, Fragrance-free, Toxin Free, Paraben Free, Hypoallergenic & Biodegradable.  While I didn’t know that some of those terms needed to be applied to a nail polish, it made me feel more altruistic just reading the brand information.  I haven’t had the privilege of testing out the products myself, but a selection of the colors have made their way onto my “to buy” short list.

Katie’s three color review:

NEAT – a sheer pink when applied once gives your nails a pretty & refined translucent pink hue. If you apply it multiple times it can become opaque but you risk brushstroke lines if you don’t let it dry between layers.

KILTLIFTER – a bright pinkish, magenta red that goes on opaque with one coat. My new all time favorite for toes 🙂

HEATHER BLUSH – (not pictured above) a grayish taupe brown that went on very sheer though with my skin tone made my finger nails look bruised. If you have an olive or tan skin tone this polish could look lovely & natural.

*I know the $14.99 price tag might make some shy away from trying this product, but remember, every little step we can take towards a healthier lifestyle makes a difference.

Images and color review from here.