The genus Indigofera is quite prolific with a range of over 750 species of flowering plants in the Fabaceae family. We use the Indigofera tinctoria species as the main ingredient in our beautiful Indigo natural dye (Alum Mordant, Indigo Vat Dyeing Method, Madder). The natural Indigo dyeing process is unique because it is fermented through a reversible reduction-oxidation process known as 'vatting,' Our lovely Indigo Vat was started in 2007 and contains all of the love and positivity of the Gaia crew and culture that has grown and thrived alongside it.
Possible wellness benefits include: A profound calming effect for the nervous system, promoting physical and mental rest; antibacterial, antifungal properties; immune stimulation; skin detoxification and purification; and blood purification. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, while stimulating the lungs, liver, thymus, and lymph system.
Several species of the genus have been utilized to alleviate pain. Generally regarded as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, the herb has been administered in the treatment of insect bites and stings, swelling, joint pain, arthritis, and toothache.
The deep blue Indigo color is typically associated with the 6th primary chakra in the body, the third-eye, commonly known as Ajna in ancient Hindu tradition. Located in the brain at the brow, above the base of the nose, Ajna represents the conscience. When your third-eye is open, you do not only see and hear, but understand. Engaging with this plant and its magical dye activates spiritual awareness and inner reflection, interweaving the physical, mental and ethereal bodies.