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Easter Eggs
Wellness
Published Friday Mar 30, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with These 4 Superfoods

Food
Recipes

Let’s brighten things up a bit! During this time of year, the tradition of dyeing eggs can be something that sends us straight back to being a kid. Whether you invite your peeps over to dye ‘em, or plan for your fam, a safer solution might be as close as the tea drawer. 

Ditch the chemicals and add even more color to your Easter basket by replacing food coloring with these six superfoods! 


Turmeric

You had me at yellow. When it comes to dyeing eggs, turmeric is top notch. Not only is it the least messy, there’s no prep work and it will give your eggs the most beautiful yellow color! 

 

INGREDIENTS 

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1 tablespoon ground turmeric 
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons white vinegar 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place turmeric in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over the turmeric and let steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to extract the color.


2. Stir vinegar into the dyeing liquid; add the eggs. Refrigerate the eggs in the dye for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day. Soaking longer will give a more vivid color, but limit soak time to 24 hours.


3. Remove the eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon. Rinse of any excess spice residue, then let dry on a wire rack. If you plan to eat the eggs, refrigerate for up to 1 week.


 
Hibiscus

Let spring bloom with stunning blue hues! Pick up some hibiscus to get beautiful shades ranging from robin’s egg blue and turquoise, to denim and midnight blues. 

 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
4 tablespoons dried leaves/flowers
1 tablespoon vinegar 
1 ½ cups water

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring water and dried leaves or flowers to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.


2. Turn off heat and strain dye into a jar or bowl and add vinegar.


3. Add a hard boiled egg to the dye bath and let sit for minutes to hours, depending on dye or desired color. 


 

Beets

Let’s face it, pink is pretty much unbeetable. Make Easter memorable with a recipe that gives your eggs a pop of magenta! 

 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1-2 beets (about ¾ pound)
1 quart water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roughly chop beets.  


2. Combine beets with water, vinegar and salt in a saucepan. 


3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.


4. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing. 


5. Let liquid cool and place eggs in dye, allowing eggs to soak until they have reached desired hue. 


 

Coffee

Love your morning latte? Turns out that cup of joe can actually give you a deep, rich brown color for those Easter eggs! It’s almost like it was meant to bean

 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1 quart strong black coffee (brewed)
2 tablespoons white vinegar


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place coffee in saucepan and add white vinegar.


2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat.


3. Allow ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes.


4. Strain dye into a bowl. 


5. Place eggs in cooled dye.


Tip: For a dark, rich brown boil eggs in black coffee for 30 minutes. For a light brown, soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee for 30 minutes. 


Hop to it! Add some (healthy) DIY to your Easter weekend with these colorful, bright and natural dyes for your eggs. 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Amber Scriven

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body

Acupuncture
Recovery
Expert Advice

Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years. 

Why is this?

While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer. 

So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.

 

More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time. 

Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.

 

Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.

With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better. 

 

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“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.

 

Immediate aftercare.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest. 

 

Between sessions. 
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all. 

I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.

 

Share everything. 
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.  

One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.


So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury. 


Want to try acupuncture, or another wellness service? Download the MINDBODY app to book something new! 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.