Indigo

Indigo

Common name Indigo

Latin name Indigofera tinctoria

Parts used Flowers, Leaves


System affinities

It is particularly sympathetic to the Immune, digestive and nervous systems


Energetics/characteristics/dosha

Indigo is heating and relaxing. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic.  It also acts as a nervine tonic.


Taste/Quality

Indigo is bitter and pungent


Indications

Indigo is particularly indicated for disease prevention as it helps to strengthen the immune system by purifying the blood of impurities that hamper effective lymphatic actionAdditionally it is indicated for cases of digestive disorders due to its anti- inflammatory and diuretic properties.  It also finds use in cases of epilepsy due to its nervine modulating properties.


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History/lore

In Hindu, Indigo Blue is a lucky colour – the colour of Krishna, one of the most popular of all Hindu Gods. Krishna is the God of compassion and love and linked to all aspects of Indian folklore – literature, painting, dance and music.


Habitat

Indigo can be grown as a perennial in the Southern United States but can be grown as an annual in most places that have a mild season. It makes an excellent nitrogen-fixing cover crop and also kills nematodes in the soil.


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