Indigo and Woading
Indigo has been used as a body adornment almost as long as henna. Indigo can be derived from three plants: indigo (Indigofera), which grows in tropical climates, woad (Isatis tinctoria) and Dyer's Knotweed (Polygonum tinctorum) which grow in temperate climates. All three have the same dye molecule: indigo.Indigo has been used for body adornment in Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Iran, and indigo from woad was used in Britain, Scotland and Ireland. Persian women stained their eyebrows into one graceful double arc with indigo.
Is indigo safe for you? This technique is too new to be certain there is no problem. Indigo for body art is alkaline, like a harsh soap or wood ash, and should not be used in full body applications, and should not be used on the face, genitals or on broken skin. Other than that, there is no present evidence that indigo body art is likely to be harmful. FD&C Blue No. 2, FDA approved blue coloring are purified indigo. Indigo is in your food, in your soaps and shampoos, in your cosmetics. Most people have had their skin accidentally stained blue with indigo at least once, from wearing new Levi's, or other indigo dyed clothing, on a hot day.
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Finding Blue ~ History examines the historic record of Celtic woading and indigo body art
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