- Published: Sunday, 02 April 2017 07:38
- Written by Granny Ann
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The kits to dye the beloved Easter eggs cost on average $3 - $6 each which includes a pretty box and six chemical dye tablets. This year before you purchase the kit, flip that pretty box over and take a look at the ingredients.
We all know the dye seeps through the shell and into the egg white because we can see it. It is scary to think that you are soaking the eggs your children will eat in chemicals found some household cleaners and other chemicals that are banned in some states.
But why soak the eggs in chemicals to dye them, when scrapes from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices that most people will have on hand. Even kits, require the consumer to provide the eggs, vinegar, and water, so why not provide a safe dye too.
Method # 1 – Blender
Remove the end of the blender cup, move the rubber ring to below the blade, place tape counterclockwise around the rim of the quart jar. Place hot water and colorant in the jar, place the end of the blender cup on the jar, return to blender, blend on high speed for 5 minutes. Be careful when removing the jar, it may be very warm. Strain plant matter out, add 2 teaspoons vinegar, and mix well. Let cool before adding boiled eggs. Repeat for each color.
Method # 2 – Stovetop
Place water and cut up colorant in pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, strain out plant matter, add 2 teaspoons white vinegar, and mix well. Let cool before adding the boiled egg. Repeat for each color.
Once the dye is ready, place the eggs in the dye for several minutes or until the egg is the desired color. The longer it soaks, the darker the color. To make a design on the eggs, before you place the egg in the dye jars, use a beeswax, unscented candle, crayon, or other safe wax to draw on the dry eggs.
Herbs, Spices, Fruits and Vegetable for Colorant (Make sure that anything you use for dye is food grade and organic if possible).
To keep things more interesting for pre-teens, make their eggs brown and black so the eggs blend in and are harder to find.
Tinctures can be made with different solvent (called menstruum). Tinctures are the most common method for taking herbal medicine. When making the tinctures, first select the solvent needed to pull the healing properties from the plant matter (flowers, leaves, roots, etc.) based on best practices for the herb(s) and the patient. Making tinctures is a little more complex than just selecting on of the menstruum below and adding herbs.
When making a tincture fresh or dried herbs can be utilized. Most tinctures recipes call for the use of alcohol that is 80% proof (40% alcohol and 60% water). The main difference between using fresh and dry herbs is you have to account for the water inside the herbs. To determine the amount of water, take 100 grams of fresh herbs and use the oven/toaster oven to dry the herbs. Now weight the herbs again. The difference in current weight (50g) and the original 100g, so in this example the herb contained 50% water. You can use any amount to compare weight of fresh and dried, but I like to use 100 because it makes the math easy enough to do in my head.
Now if you are thinking this sounds a little complicated… we still haven’t covered that some herbs require a stronger than 80% proof alcohol. Plants like Lavender, Milk Thistle, Myrrh, rosemary require the use of Everclear or 190 proof corn grain moonshine (if legal in your state).
Tinctures should be done utilizing guideline that are being adopted by the herbal community, this way when you buy a tincture from one person, it is the same from the next herbalist.
Keeping a log of the basic information about ingredients and recipes utilized to make each tincture.
Store the tincture in a dark colored bottle in a dark cool location and the tincture is good for 2 years, dry herbs are good for 1 year stored in air-tight jar, and fresh herbs are only good for about a week stored in the refrigerator.
If you are the consumer, you should keep a log of all herbs you utilize and discuss it with your doctor “BEFORE” starting a new herbal regiment, also do your homework and study the herb, write a list of questions to discuss with your doctor. Anytime you see a medical professional, make sure you tell them the herbs and any prescription medication you take. Some herbs and prescription drugs are not compatible.
Herbs growing in the backyard are the best because the owner knows what has been done to the plants piror to harvest.
Here is a list of 40 medicinal herbs that can grow in a windowsill or backyard.
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