Did you know in ancient times, women used natural ways to add color to fabric and as make-up? The Madder root dates back 5,000 years used as a dye in linens. It was also fed to sheep to dye their wool. In Ireland, women piled a paste of simmered madder roots on their fingernails to stain them and give the nails a rosy glow. Another plant that has been used for its rich red color is the beet root. The garden variety has been used in America the last few hundred years as a food additive to lend color to juices, salad dressings, candies, spaghetti sauces, and fruit fillings. The sea beet is the European beet that was used for thousands of years for its color and as a vegetable. Beet root powder is the dried ground root added to cosmetics for color. Here is a simple all-natural recipe for blush. You will need these ingredients:
* 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder,
* 1/4 teaspoon rosehip powder
* 1/2 teaspoon madder powder
* 2 teaspoons beet root powder
Mix the first ingredients together. Slowly add the beet root powder until you have the desired color. Blend well and place in a container. Apply with a make-up brush. Monterey Bay Spice Co. is a good source for these ingredients.