Indigo is one of the oldest dyes we know of. Used for painting, cosmetics, and more by the Romans, this precious substance was imported by Arab merchants. It eventually replaced woad when Europeans "discovered" it in India. Indigo is associated with Saturn for several reasons. Its blue-black color, obviously, is very Saturnian. Indigo leaves are fermented in water to produce the natural blue dye indigoferin. Though the fermentation process smells horrible, dried genuine indigo does not have a bad smell (or really much smell at all), which makes it especially precious when it comes to Saturn, dominated as that force is by stinky smells.
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. A wonderful rare substance to add to your incense-making collection!
* Many forms of "genuine" indigo on the market are in fact synthetic. This is the real deal, a natural product extracted from Indigofera tinctoria. Our supplier also supplies museum conservators, who have the means and necessity to test such things.
** Be careful not to inhale the indigo dust/powder, and always burn in a well ventilated area.
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