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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using real food ingredients, and without any chemical laden food dyes. It’s easy and the colors are so vibrant and fun!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Growing up, painting and decorating eggs was one of my favorite Easter activities. I’ve always loved coloring and colors, in general, and I still find dying eggs a very fun and relaxing activity that I look forward to.

These days, I don’t use artificial dyes which are filled with chemicals and toxins that are linked to hyperactivity, cancers, kidney failures, and various other health risks. Did you know that in Europe, most foods with artificial coloring come with a warning label?

Because of this, I dye Easter eggs naturally with dyes made with fruits, veggies, and other food items that you may easily have in your kitchen already. The result isn’t as strong and even as artificial food dyes, but I prefer the rustic and speckled look of these eggs more and I think they are far more beautiful.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

I especially love how the blue turned out. I made the dye for it using red cabbage leaves and the result is such a gorgeous and vibrant shade of blue. My second favorite is the purple eggs made with grape juice, which turned out with a very cool, uneven design that makes them look almost galaxy-like.

The whole process is so easy and it’s something you can do as a family, even with little kids. And you won’t have to worry that they might put the dye in their mouths, as all the ingredients are 100% real food. But if you want to cut time and use prepackaged dyes, you can purchase these natural, plant based food dyes that are toxin free.

If you do decide to dye Easter eggs naturally, let me know how they turn out! I love getting comments from you guys of what you think of my recipes or tutorials, whether they are positive or negative (in a CONSTRUCTIVE way). It helps me improve my content and keep growing as a blogger!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Natually

Author: Jean Choi

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using real food ingredients, and without any chemical laden food dyes. It's easy and the colors are so vibrant and fun!

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Ingredients

Hard boiled eggs

  • Brown shelled eggs for color green
  • White shelled eggs for all other colors
  • Water
  • Ice

Dye base

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

For red/deep pink

  • 2 cups shredded beets

For orange

  • 2 cups yellow onion skin

For yellow

  • 1/4 cup turmeric powder

For green and blue (use brown eggs for green and white eggs for blue)

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage

For purple (omit water for this one)

  • 2 cups grape juice

For brown (omit water for this one)

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee cooled

Instructions

Hard boiled eggs

  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot over medium high heat.  

  2. Gently lower the eggs into the water so they don't break, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes.

  3. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath.

  4. Once the eggs are done cooking, transfer them to the ice bath for at least 15 minutes. 

For red/deep pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue

  1. Place 2 cups of water and color ingredient in a saucepan. 

  2. Heat over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. 

  3. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.  

  4. Let the dye liquid cool for one hour, then strain. 

  5. Place the liquid in a jar or a glass container, then add vinegar.

  6. Add the eggs into the dye then place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  7. Once the eggs have dyed to your liking, carefully remove from the dye and place on a paper towel lined plate and let them air dry. Try not to wipe or smudge with your fingers until completely dry. 

For purple and brown

  1. Combine the color ingredient and vinegar in a jar. 

  2. Add eggs to the dye.

  3. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 

  4. Once the eggs have dyed to your liking, carefully remove from the dye and place on a paper towel lined plate and let them air dry. Try not to wipe or smudge with your fingers until completely dry.

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Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

This homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask has amazing anti-aging and hydrating benefits, with nutrient-packed ingredients like match and spirulina.

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

As the weather gets colder and drier, my skin is definitely feeling the effect and it’s in need of a bit more love and care. I already have naturally dry and sensitive skin, so I’m always looking for new treatments and masks that’ll help with hydration and wrinkles. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m way more picky about choosing my products and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this homemade super antioxidant face mask worked to moisturize my skin, as well as give it that dewy glow.

Benefits of Antioxidants for Skin

Not only is consuming antioxidants beneficial for our health and our skin, topical application also works extremely well to:

  • Increase blood flow in the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and repair sun damage
  • Reduce inflammation so your skin tone looks more even, while keeping acne at bay
  • Neutralize free radicals that break down collagen and help maintain the skin’s elasticity and youth

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Ingredient Breakdown: Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Raw honey: Full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, raw honey is great for acne treatment and slowing down aging. It’s also the main ingredient in this face mask that helps to moisturize and nourish the skin, giving you that dewy glow afterwards.

Raw apple cider vinegar: Because of its acidity, raw apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your skin to keep it from getting too dry or oil. It also has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to reduce bacteria and acne.

Matcha powder: Matcha is not only delicious for drinking, it’s great for skin care because it is full of antioxidants and also contains caffeine, which is known to constrict the blood vessels and help with circulation. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects and has been known to be helpful in treatments for rosacea and cystic acne.

Spirulina: Spirulina is a type of freshwater algae that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Taking it internally is known to be extremely beneficial for detox and the same goes for using it topically. It reduces free radicals, bacteria, and toxins from the skin, while promoting skin metabolism for faster healing and skin cell turnover.

Chlorella: Chlorella is also an algae with a high concentration of antioxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals. It greatly reduces oxidative stress and naturally increases vitamin A and C in your skin, which protects the cells and helps you looking younger.

If you are looking to purchase Spirulina and Chlorella, I highly recommend Perfect Supplments’ Aquatic Greens, which is a combination of these 2 superfoods together in their highest quality. I use it for skin care and in my smoothies when I need a bit of a detox. Don’t forget to use GREATGRANDMA10 at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order!

I’ve been using this Super Antioxidant Face Mask weekly for about a month now, and I can immediately tell how much smoother and hydrated my skin is after each use. I also love that I know what all the ingredients are in this homemade mask, and I hope it becomes your go-to toxin-free and effective solution to your skin problems!

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 face mask
Author: Jean Choi

This homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask has amazing anti-aging and hydrating benefits, with nutrient-packed ingredients like matcha and spirulina.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together.

  2. If the mask seems too thick, add a little bit more apple cider vinegar until it reaches the right consistency.

  3. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser and pat dry with a towel.

  4. Apply a thin layer of the Super Antioxidant Mask on your face. 

  5. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

  6. Apply your favorite moisturizer. 

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How to Make Beeswax Candles + Why I Don’t Buy Scented Candles

Store bought scented candles are often harmful for our environment and our health. Find out why I don’t buy scented candles, and how make beeswax candles at home!

How to Make Beeswax Candles

I’ve been making my own candles for several years now and I love this therapeutic process, as well as being able to control the ingredients that go into each one. I have always loved scented candles as much as any basic gal and the pleasant smells they can fill the house with. However, it was just a few years ago when I learned about how harmful they can be.

It’s important to realize that when we burn candles, the materials that make them are released into the air and we breathe in that air. If there are harmful ingredients in the candle or even the wick, there’s no doubt that we inhale the toxins which can negatively impact our health and the environment. Here are a few reasons why I don’t buy scented candles and how to make beeswax candles at home:

How to Make Beeswax Candles

 

Why I Don’t Buy Scented Candles

Wicks containing heavy metals. You would think that candle wicks are just cotton, but especially with older candles, heavy metals like lead are added to firm up and make the wicks burn longer. It’s crazy to me that they would allow us to burn lead in our homes, which is a huge contributor to indoor air pollution and health problems. Adding heavy metals to candles have been banned in 2003, but there are still many candles out there with toxic wicks, especially when you see metal wires in them.

Candles made with paraffin. Most scented candles are made with paraffin wax, which is a petroleum byproduct and a known carcinogen when burned. Benzene and toluene are the two main chemicals that are released from burning paraffin wax, and these are known to cause respiratory problems, lung cancer, and even cause damage to the central nervous systems.

Use of synthetic oils, dyes, and scents. Various chemicals and additives are added to candles to make them slow burning, give them a bright color, and add a strong scent. These also release toxic fumes that are also found in varnish removers, paint, and lacquer. I would rather avoid them altogether instead of risking the damages they can cause, especially if you have small children or pets around.

Soot particles cause further damage. Not only are standard chemicals harmful to our health while burning, they also leave behind black soot particles on furniture, walls, floors, or any other nearby surfaces. These small particles can get trapped in our lungs when we breathe them in and be a major cause of respiratory problems, much like smoking cigarettes.

Making candles at home is easy! While it may seem complicated, the process is actually quite simple and fun, and it’s a much healthier and cheaper way to enjoy burning candles at home.

How to Make Beeswax Candles

 

Making Candles At Home

While you can make soy candles, I like to avoid them because soy is genetically modified most of the time. My first choice when it comes to wax is beeswax because it’s slow-burning naturally and completely safe.

Beeswax is also known as nature’s air purifier because it releases negative ions when burned. Any kind of air contaminants like dirt, pollen, and pollutants carry positive ions. When negative ions from the beeswax meet the positive ions in the air contaminants, they are neutralized and this purifies the air naturally. Such a cool process!

How to Make Beeswax Candles

How to Make Beeswax Candles

How to Make Beeswax Candles

When making beeswax candles, make sure the beeswax pellets you buy states “100% Pure Beeswax” on the label. Otherwise, if the word “pure” is used without the percentage, they are most likely mixed with paraffin wax.

Also, since beeswax is naturally slow-burning, it’s important to buy medium candle wicks which are sturdier and slower to burn out. Make sure to buy wicks that are 100% cotton to avoid burning any metals into the air.

Once you have the equipments, the process is a breeze. Here’s how you can make beeswax candles at home that are safe, healthy, and smell like heaven!

How to Make Beeswax Candles

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Jean Choi

Store bought scented candles are often harmful for our environment and our health. Find out why I don’t buy scented candles, and how make beeswax candles at home!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Before you begin, stick one side of the wick sticker on the bottom of the wick tab and the other side on bottom center of the jar.
  2. Place a small hole in the center of a strip of masking tape that's longer than the width of the jars. Thread the wick through the hole and stick the tape across the opening of the jar, so the wick is centered in the middle of the jar. Repeat with the above steps with the remaining jars.
  3. In a double boiler, or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water over low heat, combine beeswax pellets and coconut oil.
  4. Heat until completely melted, about 30 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and add essential oils, if using. Stir together to combine (I used a popsicle stick so I can throw it out afterwards).
  6. Pour the wax into the prepared jars.
  7. Let cool for 24 hours.
  8. Cut the wicks to about 1/2 inch and remove the masking tapes.
  9. Light and enjoy!

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