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Some uses for this medicinal quality herb include:
candies and confections
hair rinses
paint
cosmetics
soap
candles
dyes

Allergic to modern chemical reds? This now hard to find ancient colourant can be used for everything from paint to food to dye to cosmetics! So simple to use, and the results give a true red, without resorting to squishing bugs, which is just disgusting anyways.

If you would like to experiment with these magical and healing plants but don't want to order giant quantities or want to waste your time shopping around for the best quality, let me do it for you! I make all of my products with the freshest, most organic, best preserved and most potent herbs I can find, and I am always willing to help promote herb use by sharing my stash or my experience.

Price is for 25 grams packaged in a resealable envelope.

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"Alkanet root is primarily used as a natural dying 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 mainly used as a dying agent now, 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." http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/alkanet.php

"ALKANET ROOT is a famous dye-plant and it is also widely considered to be Lucky for the purpose of bringing Good Fortune in Business, Money Matters, and Games of Chance. For this reason it is an ingredient in (and the colouring agent for) the justly famous New Orleans Style Red Fast Luck Oil. Folks tell us that to increase their Wealth, they mix ALKANET ROOT with Patchouli Leaves, and burn them on charcoal, while reciting the 23rd Psalm ("The Lord is my shepherd..."). Others say that they blend ALKANET with Fiery Wall of Protection or Uncrossing Incense to Ward Off the Work of Enemies who are trying to trouble them in Money Matters or jinx their Luck at Gambling." http://herb-magic.com/alkanet.html

"Medicinal Action and Uses---Culpepper says:
'It is an herb under the dominion of Venus, and indeed one of her darlings, though somewhat hard to come by. It helps old ulcers, hot inflammations, burnings by common fire and St. Anthony's fire . . . for these uses your best way is to make it into an ointment also if you make a vinegar of it, as you make a vinegar of roses, it helps the morphy and leprosy . . . it helps the yellow jaundice, spleen, and gravel in the kidneys. Dioscorides saith, it helps such as are bitten by venomous beasts, whether it be taken inwardly or applied to the wound, nay, he saith further, if any that hath newly eaten it do but spit into the mouth of a serpent, the serpent instantly dies.... It also kills worms. Its decoction made in wine and drank, strengthens the back, and easeth the pains thereof. It helps bruises and falls, and is as gallant a remedy to drive out the smallpox and measles as any is; an ointment made of it is excellent for green wounds, pricks or thrusts.' " http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/alkan024.html

Some websites of interest:
http://naturalpigments.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=455-12S
http://chestofbooks.com/health/materia-medica-drugs/Textbook-Materia-Medica/Alkanet-Root-Alkanna-Root-Radix-Anchusae.html

Alkanet - NO ALLERGY Vegan RED Colourant, Candies and Icing, Make-up, Dye, Soap, Candles - 25g

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