Alkanet Root

Wildharvested & Kosher Certified

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  • Alkanna tinctoria
  • Origin: India
Alkanet Root


Common Name

Standardized: alkanet

Botanical Name

Alkanna tinctoria (L.)
Plant Family: Boraginaceae


Alkanet root is primarily used as a dyeing and coloring agent, in particular for fabrics.

Parts Used

The root is the part used in traditional dye crafts.

Typical Preparations

For oil based products, infuse oil by placing approximately 1 TBSP in ¼ cup of oil. Shake or stir daily for a few days, then strain out the root. Heat may be used to help speed up the process. Ratio of Alkanet to oil will need to be altered according to product being made. Adjust amounts as necessary.


Alkanet root is primarily used as a natural dyeing agent, and it imparts a ruby red color to natural fibers, wool, wood, stone, ointments, salve, lotion, and to tint oils, tinctures, or varnishes. In the past, Alkanet root was used to improve the appearance of low quality wines and ports, and to give an aged appearance to wine corks. However, Alkanet root is now mainly used as a dyeing agent, and is not recommended for internal use.


Specific: Not for internal use. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Do not use when nursing.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.