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Use Turmeric Dye for Naturally Safe Play Dough & Paint

Turmeric was traditionally used to dye cloth and applied to the skin for ceremonial temporary tattoos. (xii.1)

You might want to try it to color homemade play dough or hard-boiled, unshelled eggs:

To make the dye: (xii.38)

  • Add ¼ cup of turmeric powder to 2 cups of water and stir.
  • Cook over low heat for 60 minutes.
  • Cool and strain off any bits or clumps of powder.

To make the play dough: (xii.38)

  • Add a few drops of the turmeric dye to a cup of clear water.
  • Mix in 1 cup of cornstarch.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator (if it dries out, just add a few drops of water).

To make homemade finger paint: (xii.38)

Grate a bar of natural hand soap with a cheese grater to make ⅓ cup of soap flakes. Dissolve in ½ cup of boiling water.

Mix dissolved soap with the following:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup cold water

After it thickens, add drops of turmeric dye to color. You can divide the mixture into separate bowls and use other natural food dyes to create other colors (using the recipe above but substituting foods such as beets, coffee, blueberries, etc. for turmeric).


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