OriginalTwistedSpinster 8:38pm, 7 April 2008
My specialty is dye plants, those that are useful for dyeing fibers or yarn for textiles. See my album with tag dyestuffs:

Are plants like this ok for this group?

egle_k. Posted 10 years ago. Edited by egle_k. (admin) 10 years ago

plants, which are used only for dying, do not suit this group.

But some plants have mulptiple uses, e.g. they are medicinal or wild edible plants, but also are used for dying or have valuable timber, fiber or are used technically as biofuel. A word "tinctoria, -ius" (dying) is even in the name of some medicinal plants - Anthemis tinctoria, Carthamus tinctorius, etc.

I think that "plants used for dying and dying results" is a nice idea for creation of a new group. Natural dyes have very diverse tones and it could be interesting to see plants and colours. I would contribute with information too if I find my Latvian book about this issue.
besitai 10 years ago
The Malaysian Inai is a plant where the sap is used for dying parts of the body, usually the hands but other parts of the body may be used. It is not used as a food dye. However, the juice from the flower of the Clitorea ternatea is used as a natural food dye in Malaysia and is safe to consume. Posting such plants in this group may give the wrong impression that all of them can be consumed. You have to know their characteristics to be sure.
egle_k. Posted 10 years ago. Edited by egle_k. (admin) 10 years ago
Thanks for comment. But if to see some other sources, e.g. stuartxchange.com/Pukingan.html , also folkloric medicinal uses of Clitorea ternatea are indicated.

Of course, every plant used somewhere rarely or even most common plants, like potatoes in Europe, raise quite strict rules if consumed. Only certain parts may be used for certain purposes, in certain amounts, raw materials should be kept properly, etc. This group includes medicinal plants (used usually in very limited amounts and only in certain conditions) and edible plants, and also a number of plants are used as edible and medicinal too.

This group includes medicinal plants recognized by pharmaceutical industry, but also it includes low investigated plants known possibly only in regional folk medicine. I am aware of scientific testing of medicines, lasting years, therefore I respect even more experience of peoples using herbs for thousands of years. Of course, some of such herbs may have zero effect in organisms saturated with xenobiotics and fast food, but it is not the fault of herbs themselves. :)
egle_k. Posted 10 years ago. Edited by egle_k. (admin) 10 years ago
Some groups about use of plants for dyeing:

A group about natural dyeing of fibers, yarn and fabric www.flickr.com/groups/355386@N20/

The Natural Dye Journal

Natural Dyes for Basketweaving www.flickr.com/groups/naturaldyesbasketweaving/

Natural hair dyeing www.flickr.com/groups/344119@N23/

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