was supplied what was described as "genuine indigo" from China and
found out that it was in fact synthetic. This is the real deal. I get
it from a company that supplies museum conservators, who have the means
and necessity to test such things. Genuine indigo produces an
incredibly beautiful maroon smoke when it is heated.* Put a piece on
some aluminum foil and hold it over a flame; once it gets hot enough,
you will see it. It isn't a big smoker like frankincense, but what is
there is very impressive in color. I have not seen anything like it
before. It does not have a bad smell when it burns that I can detect.
In fact, it seems to have little smell at all, which makes it
especially precious when it comes to Saturn, dominated as that force is
by stinky smells. The natural blue dye that replaced woad when
Europeans "discovered" it in India, indigo is associated with Saturn
for several reasons. Its blue-black color, obviously, is very
Saturnian. During its production, real indigo smells terrible as it is
made to ferment in order to produce the blue substance indigoferin.
Dried genuine indigo does not have a bad smell. A wonderful rare
susbtance to add to your incense-making collection!
*Burn in a well ventilated area.
10 g /~1/3 oz. pieces $15.60
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Grow your own indigo
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