Botanical Name: Alkanna tinctoria
Common Name: Hoary pucoon, Anchusa, Dyer's Bugloss, Orchanet, Spanish Bugloss
Country of Origin: Pakistan
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. As far as organic herbs go this is one of the most sought after for its coloring property. It is used in soaps, lotions, and make up products across the world. 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.
Magical properties: Purification, prosperity. Protects from snakebites and helps ease fear of snakes. Burned as an incense to replace negativity with positive influence.
Alkanet Root Cut$2.60 per ounce