Is Gypsywort, in dye form toxic, for animal or human use?

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Thе Ripper аѕkеԁ:

I know уου саn mаkе іt іntο a black dye. I wаѕ wondering іf уου сουƖԁ υѕе іt οn humans οr animals аnԁ іf іt іѕ 100% safe?
I know Gypsies used іt tο dye thеіr skins, bυt whether іt wаѕ safe I ԁο nοt know.
Anу аnѕwеrѕ?

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One Response to “Is Gypsywort, in dye form toxic, for animal or human use?”

  1. Brigitte H on June 22nd, 2007 6:04 am

    The squeezed juice of gypsywort, Lycopus europaeus is used as a permanent dye for wool, silk and also skin. This juice contains all the active ingredients of the plant, because it`s used as it is without purification etc.
    There are a lot of reports about the medicinal properties and the chemicals causing them, but nobody reports toxicity. Here you find all about contraindications, interactions, adverse reactions and toxicity, clinical data etc:
    About chemistry of the black dyestuff:

    You see, according to current knowledge there is no toxicity in Gypsywort, neither in intern nor in extern use.

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