About the dye plants


There are so many wonderful things I could say about dyeing with plants. It’s process that truly holds my imagination and stirs my creativity. 

Here are some random collected facts and details about the medicinal qualities of the plants I use for dyeing. I expect this page will grow over time but here is what I present to you now. Medicinal dyes are a fun and gentle way to ingest herbs through your biggest organ, your skin.

 Indigo has been used to colour fabric for over 6,000 years. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used to promote detoxification through the skin. Indigo is calming to the nervous system, stimulates the immune system and promotes physical and mental wellness.

Marigold is a soothing herb that has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used topically to treat many skin conditions such as pain, swelling, rashes and burns. Marigold is also used to reduce menstrual cramps and prevent yeast over-population.

Cutch is a tree that primarily grows in India and Southeast Asia. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for many different ailments and is used topically to treat injuries, swelling and general pain.

Stinging Nettle is a powerful anti-inflammatory which is used topically to ease arthritis, aches, joint and muscle pain, bug bites and even seasonal allergies. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants Nettle is truly a wonderful plant.

Oak Galls are a cooling herb widely used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is used to aid digestion and for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and astringent properties.

Madder is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been used to speed the healing of wounds and skin irritations. This colour can inspire creativity, love and happiness.

Yarrow has long been recognized as an ally in maintaining healthy boundaries. It protects and empowers. It has been used as first aid to treat wounds and nosebleeds for centuries. It is used to heal bruises and blisters and can also help ease colds and flu.

Onions are commonly used to reduce inflammation and are a powerful antibacterial. Full of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E onions are great for your skin.

Forager series items have been dyed using a variety of leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, lichens, mushrooms and roots that have been carefully collected from Melissa's gardens and nearby forests and beaches.