Why Wild Indigo?

Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) is a 1.5m high perennial plant growing in clearings of woods in central and eastern North America. http://www.purplesage.org.uk/profiles/wildindigo.htm

It is used in traditional herbalism as a blood cleanser (alterative) and antiseptic – very effective for colds and flu and for acne when used with other plants.

Wild Indigo is also used traditionally as a blue-black dye.

Five years ago at The Healing Clinic, Danesmead Wing, Fulford, York, I took on an extra business unit to give me more elbow room for dispensing herbal remedies and to sell natural remedies and foods retail.  This unit I shared with a textile artist, Belinda Noda.  Looking for common ground to think up a name for the door I came up with Wild Indigo.

The Healing Clinic has since moved to Club Chambers in Museum Street, York http://www.thehealingclinic.co.uk/and Wild Indigo is no longer their shop but this blog keeps the name going.


About donaldpurves

Traditional Herbalist since 1989, qualified originally with National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Tutorial Course, School of Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy), joined Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners in 2011. University lecturer in Herbal Medicine since 2005. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. Higher Education at University of York (Biology 1980) and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (MSc Herbal Medicine 2003). Married to Rukshana Afia, an artist working with drawing, textiles and ceramics. Passionate about environmental, economic and social justice.
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