Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Thanks to our local health food store, Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery (, I recently picked up a fun and informative brochure put out by Frontier Natural Products Co-op on using herbs to dye Easter eggs. I found it fascinating and thought you might too!
For a…
…reddish blue/lavender hue, use hibiscus flowers
…deep gold, use tumeric root powder
…pale orange, use curry powder
…reddish brown, use chili powder
…orange, use paprika
…soft brown, use dill seed
…tannish-yellow, use yarrow
You can also experiment with beet juice or powder, berries, coffee, juice, lemon & orange peels, red cabbage leaves, tea, and onion skins.
For directions on how to prepare each dye, visit
Are you dyeing eggs this year? Any suggestions for how to create natural dyes?
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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

4 Responses to Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

  1. Sheri says:

    I love how when you dye brown eggs they take on a antique look. So fun! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jamie says:

    Last year was our first time dying eggs from our hens and it was so much fun to see how they came out. Especially the dark brown and speckled ones!

  3. Zara Padden says:

    Thank you so much! As a child we always used "natural" dies such as the ones you listed. I was not so fond of it because all my friends eggs were bright and mine did not look like theirs. Now I am so thankful that I grew up doing this, now I know how harmful artificial die are.
    Also Beats are great as well!

  4. Sara says:

    That is so great to read this here! I was researching this for this Easter! The kids love it. So much more fun than the typical dies when the kids can helpp prepare the dye- learn what it is and where is grows, etc… thanks for sharing!