Scientific Name: Indigofera tinctoria
Indigo Powder in Urdu: رپاؤڈ وسما
Indigo Powder in Hindi: इंडिगो पाउडर
Indigo Powder in Tamil: இண்டிகோ பவுடர்
Indigo Powder in Telugu: ఇండిగో పౌడర్
Indigo Powder in Chinese: 靛蓝粉
WHAT IS INDIGO AND ITS ORIGIN?
The most natural indigo is obtained from the leaves of Tinctoria fera. This plant grows best in tropical areas. This plant grows in tropical areas with fertile soil in hot areas.
Indigo is used by a variety of cultures for thousands of years. What actually is the chemical compound whose structure was first time introduced in 1883. That chemical gives a base to different ideas about plants. The big one people talk about is indigo Fera.
With Indigo Fera, Some other plants were also under discussion like Japanese Indigo. The reason everybody talks about indigo fera is that it’s found in a high concentration in a plant which means that becoming to the process to have a pure product.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT REAL INDIGO
- Real Indigo has its roots in samurai culture obtained straight from the plant available in Japan but it’s very costly these days.
- This is all about the real blue color and It seems very charming & never become dull as it sounds.
- This plant initiated having fame in the early 1600s and was usually used by samurais.
- Clothes dyed by original Indigo are good for cuts & injuries because it protected bacteria.
- The production of real indigo needs labor-intensive and time consuming.
- So Former Growers have reach out to low cost chemical alternatives.
- But the color you can achieve by the real herbal plant will be unique and unparalleled
- Interesting Fact about the real Plant is that the Clothes dyed by the original indigo get beautiful with time.
- From natural ink they can achieve the nearly black blue, nando-iro & kachi-iro color but it’s not an easy task.
- About 10 days are required to complete one product by real product as compared to chemical indigo.
- Chemical Indigo gives instant results as we all know
WHAT IS INDIGO POWDER?
Basically what you want to do is to take some leaves of Indigo Fera.
Soak them in Luke warm water for a few days
Then after fermentation and oxidization, the original Indigo dye formed
You can allow this to settle down and get in a dried case.
This dried case was later used as Natural Indigo Powder Which is very rare these days.
INDIGO POWDER BENEFITS
Before moving to next….. Let’s talk about Indigo Powder Benefits
- Prevents from Pre-mature graying
- Promotes Hair Growth
- Works just like Carotene Treatment (If original)
- Prevents scalp Infections & Soothes the Scalp
- Acts as Conditioner & Treats Dandruff
- By mixing with Henna one can dye his/her hair shades of black or brown
How to use INDIGO POWDER FOR HAIR?
If you are applying pure indigo powder on your hair directly it will leave fascinating blue color. You need to treat your hair with the Henna treatment in order to get the black or brown color to your hair. Henna needs no introduction as Ayurveda believes in this natural component.
We will divide this whole process into two steps. So without wasting time let’s move on to the 1st Step
TREAT YOUR HAIR WITH HENNA.
Soak Henna Powder in a mixing bowl, with coffee tea or henna powder.
Add Aloe Vera, egg, or yogurt for additional conditioning.
Apply this paste on clean hairs on the next day for 45-60 minutes
Wash them with clean water. Don’t use any conditioner or shampoo
TREAT YOUR HAIR WITH INDIGO POWDER
Let them dry, after washing your hairs
Mix Indico Powder to Clean & pure water
Using Gloves, Apply this paste to your hairs
To get rich black color it is preferred to leave this paste on hairs for 2 hours
Wash your hair with clean water
Apply Shampoo or Cleansing milk to your hair on next day
IS INDIGO POWDER SAFE FOR HAIR?
Yes, Henna and Indigo Powder both are safe to use! If you have assured that both ingredients are 100% natural and pure. Although this organic hair dye in Pakistan is very famous and people who are suffering from grey hair issues use this as their hair dye without any hassle.
DOES INDIGO HAVE SOME SIDE EFFECTS?
As we discussed before, Pure Indigo Powder doesn’t harmful but we can’t neglect the fact that some of us can be allergic to anything like some of us are allergic to lemon, barriers, a touch of grass, and eggs. In a similar way, some of us are allergic to the coldness of henna. This plant has a natural spore because it is a fermented plant so some people can be allergic to this spore. It’s uncommon but possible.
Natural Indigo Powder is safe to dye your hairs
Don’t mix this powder in any kind of oil before applying. If you use oil, it will not color your hair
Children under 5 years of age should not use it