Indigo is one of the oldest known natural dyes, it is a member of the pea family. Indigo also has a long history in many countries as a medicinal herb. Fresh dried Indigo has been used to purify the liver, clean wounds, reduce inflammation and fever, and alleviate pain. It has been shown to support healthy bile production, as well as capillary and respiratory health.
The use of indigo clothing/cloth has been shown to prevent odors, used as a remedy for eczema, contact dermatitis, and other skin disease or rashes while repelling insects. Firefighter uniforms were originally made with indigo-colored cloth because it is fireproof when treated properly with indigo. Samurais were known to wear very dark indigo kimonos under their armor that looked black to assist the skin in wound healing. Women of Africa were gifted indigo cloth as wedding gifts for it was said to increase fertility.
There are many folklores and wise tales about the magic of indigo, but at the core of all the stories, it is the beauty of indigo cloth that has kept us captivate for so many centuries.
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