Mountain Rose Herbs

Alkanet Root

Also known as

Batschia canescens, Hoary puccoon, _Lithospermum canescens,_Dyer’s bugloss

Introduction

Alkanet root is primarily used as a dyeing and coloring agent, especially for fabrics, soap, and lip balm.

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.

Summary

Alkanet root is primarily used as a natural dyeing agent, and it imparts a ruby red color to natural fibers, wool, wood, stone, lip balm, lipstick, ointments, salve, soap, lotion, and to tint oils, vinegar, tinctures, varnishes, or wine.  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.  In soap, Alkanet root will yield shades of pink, blue, and purple, depending upon the amount used, types of oil used, and the alkalinity of the soap.

Precautions

For external use only. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Do not use when nursing.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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