Healing Shawls are shawls Amanda made that are dyed with traditional medicinal plants. They are 100% wool, soft, huge, cozy, and magical.
Approximately 34" x 90"
The information found here comes in a pamphlet with the shawl.
"The color and scent in these scarves and shawls comes from plants with medicinal properties. These healing plants have been used for centuries by native peoples throughout the world. All the plants that have been used in the dying process were locally sourced, except for the Sandalwood, which comes from South Asia. The yarn has been minimally washed to preserve its natural fragrance.
RABBITBRUSH or Chamisa, (Chrysothammus nauseosus), is a traditional medicinal and dye plant in New Mexico. This plant has been used for a gargle for colds, in baths for fever, and it has also been ground and used to treat wounds. Rabbitbrush can also be interpreted as a guarding agent, as it was used by puebloens to make arrows and arrowheads, though not the preferred wood. Rabbitbrush makes a bright yellow dye.
MULLEIN, (Verbascum thapsus), a plant that is widespread across North America. This plant is known as an earth regenerator, helping to reestablish biological balances and prevent further erosion. Mullein has been recognized around the world as a traditional remedy for respiratory congestion and hemorrhage. This powerful plant is also used for the treatment of asthma. It is also noted for its antimicrobial qualities. Mullein dyes wool a deep yellow.
ASPEN, (Populous tremuloides), and FREMONT COTTONWOOD (Populous angustifolia), a prevalent southwestern tree that will hypnotize you in the fall with its magical golden hues. The Poplar family is known for its pain-relieving qualities, as it contains salicin, the active ingredient in aspirin. Like aspirin, it is also used to relieve inflammation and fever. The leaves have traditionally been applied to aching teeth and skin abrasions. It is believed that Poplars may also have antioxidant qualities. They have also been used by puebloens for urinary problems. Poplar leaves dye wool a brownish yellow.
MUGWORT, (Artemisia ludoviciana), is known is known as a powerful purifying agent, used to physically and spiritually purge the body of evil spirits. Mugwort has a Bacteriostatic quality and has been used to combat various forms of infection. Mugwort is a dream enhancing herb. Taken internally it has been known to stop internal bleeding and rid the digestive system of parasites, though these health benefits may be outweighed by the negative attributes that may come from eating fabric, so please don’t eat your scarf. Mugwort dyes wool a lighter brown color.
SANDALWOOD, (Santalum spicatum), a very hard and precious wood that grows in South Asia. This wood is an important part of many asian religions. It is an important element in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sufism, in Chinese and Japanese religions, and Zoroastrianism. Sacred in the Hindu Ayurveda religion, the wood made into a paste by priests and used in rituals, as well as to calm the mind during meditation and prayer. Hindus also use sandalwood paste to protect the skin. Hindu and Vedic societies believe it will bring one closer to the divine. Jains shower monks and nuns in Sandalwood powder. Buddhists believe that the sandalwood scent can transform one’s desires and help maintain alertness during meditation. The red pigment of sandalwood is used by most of these religions ceremonially. Sandalwood is known to promote mental clarity. It is a relaxing and calming wood that can enhance memory. It is also anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, as well as an expectorant. When used as a dye source, the sandalwood fragrance remains, and the color which Sandalwood produces is a creamy orangish red.
Washing & Care
As with any naturally dyed yarn it is not completely light fast. Do not store in the sun. It should not fade noticably with normal wear. These scarves and shawls are made with 100% wool. If you are to wash, please do so by hand with cold water. The dye may run, but this shouldn’t effect the color too much. Please lay flat to dry. All weavings have been washed and ironed before sold."