While many of the herbs at Penn Herb Company are chosen for their health benefits, we also offer some products selected with your personal enjoyment in mind. Our selection of alkanet root products offers an excellent example of the fun ways in which herbs can be used for non-medicinal purposes. Alkanet is primarily used as a natural dye, which is why it's so popular for DIY crafting purposes. This herb is available in cut or powdered form when you shop on our website. If you're interested in using alkanet in your hobbies or home projects, check out this guide to a uniquely colorful herb.
Alkanet is a popular alternative to chemical dyes. In fact, alkanet root is completely free of chemicals, so it's a safe choice for adding color to beauty products like ointments, soaps and lip balms. As far as hobbies go, alkanet root is also popular in many crafting communities since it can be used to naturally add color to fabrics and other items. The beautiful herb is wild-harvested at its peak of color. When used for crafting, it creates a vibrant tone that can vary in color depending on how it's prepared. While a vibrant ruby-red tone is most common, it can also vary to include shades of pink, red, burgundy or bluish-purple.
How to Use Alkanet as a Dye
There are a few techniques you can use to extract the natural, chemical-free dye from alkanet root. When you're using cut alkanet root or powdered alkanet root, you can infuse the product in olive oil to get to the color. Another method is extracting the reddish dye with alcohol. The exact tone can be altered by the method used or by combining the alkanet root with additional ingredients.
Shop at Penn Herb Company today to find unique herbal products like these cut alkanet and alkanet powders.
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