INDIGO

BOTANICAL NAME: Indigofera Tinctoria

ORIGIN AND HABITAT: Unknown, most likely the Indian subcontinent. Occurs naturally in Asia, southeast Asia, Arabia, Africa and Australia but can be found in small more tropical pockets worldwide.

EXTRACTION: Dyestuff is extracted from leaves that have been fermented and mixed with lye

CURRENT AND HISTORICAL USES: One of the oldest form of textile dye used throughout the world. In farming, it is widely applied as a natural fertilizer and this genus has been used for its medicinal properties as well.