Alkanet: Exploring This Colorful Herb and Its Benefits

Alkanet — known as  Alkanna Tinctoria, Common Bugloss, and Orchanet — is a leafy and flowery herb in the Boraginaceae family that has a myriad of benefits and uses. It’s USDA hardiness in zones 4-8, and it can be found growing in various soil types.

Depending on the way Alkanett is processed and sourced, its coloring (dye) properties may be promising to CPGs as a replacement to some modern and harmful inks or dyes.

So let’s dive into some of the benefits of Alkanet. 

What is Alkanet for?

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wound healing
  • Fever abatement (sweat inducing properties)
  • Skin Health
  • Ulcers
  • Anti-cancer [1]
  • Dyeing and coloring properties

Alkanet goes way back to times of antiquity. It’s been a tool and aid to many peoples and cultures for generations.

Alkanet Popularity

It’s noted that even Hippocrates (400 B.C.E) prescribed Alkanet for ailments like ulcers [2]. The herb has a long history in the Mediterranean, North Africa, and parts of Asia — where it is native.

It’s been cultivated for centuries by European farmers (central and southern) and imported mostly as a dye and coloring agent.

Today, we see Alkanet dye in quite a few products:

  • lip balm
  • food coloring
  • fabrics and yarn
  • soaps
  • cosmetics

Herbs like Alkanet hold an interesting place in the CPG realm. It’s an herb with many uses in the supplement category — but few in the CPG utility category. Because it is seen as a “weed” in many parts of the United States, research into its use could bolster sustainability efforts.

***Please note that this information is solely academic. Consult your healthcare provider before using supplements like Alkanet***

Be Well,

The Team at Journey

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