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Herbal Egg Dye

Ladies coloring eggs with herbal ingredients

Let's Color Some Eggs!

Nature is waking up with the colors of spring, and our spice cabinets possess more artful opportunities than we realized! This year, some of our staff took a break at the picnic tables on our campus to explore what sort of colors we might be able to create using readily available dried herbs and spices. It was an experimental adventure. Some colors were subtle, others were a surprise, and there were a few that just didn't quite turn out.

We came away with some gorgeous eggs though, confident in the natural ingredients and the fact that we wouldn’t be eating (or dipping our hands in) anything toxic or dumping icky-soaked shells into the compost. We also came away with some inspired ideas for tons more herbs and spices to try!

Herbal Dyed Eggs in Carton

Basic Egg Bath and Dye Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen organic eggs
  • 2-4 Tbsp dried herb or spice (up to ¼ cup for the “fluffy” herbs like calendula flowers)
  • 1 Tbsp organic white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water

Directions

First, we hard-boiled the eggs. While they were cooking, we brought another big pot of water to boil, and filled the mason jars with herbs and vinegar. Then, we used kitchen tongs to dunk the eggs in their bath. For the dozen eggs pictured here, we used our organic paprika powder, organic turmeric powder, and organic spinach powder to create a blend of sweet spring pastels!

Group coloring eggs using herbal products

The longer you leave the eggs in the dye bath, the darker they will be. Of course, this will all depend on your patience! We only had about 30 minutes to play, but just imagine if you left them in the bath in the fridge overnight ... you could get some nice, deep colors! You could also boil and simmer the eggs in a hot dye bath on the stove if you wanted to do several eggs of one hue, and this would likely make for richer colors. If coloring eggs with young children, however, you might want to have some other fun activities to do while you wait for the eggs to darken.

Paprika water dying egg

Being adventurous with herbs!

A spirit of adventure is a must—this isn’t a quick dip and dye project with synthetic processed dyes, but more of an opportunity to test and try the tints that the natural world has to offer. Enjoy the smells in your kitchen, the amazing colors, and the gorgeously subtle and surprising basket of eggs on your festive table. Try the follow herbs and spices for a rainbow of hues!

Try our recipe for Marbled Tea Eggs!

Hand scooping egg from herbal dye water

Topics: All Recipes, Green Living Recipes

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Written by Friends on March 6, 2013