A researcher from University of Derby in UK is investigating whether garments dyed using traditional, natural colours can directly improve physical wellbeing, as minute amounts are absorbed by the skin of the person wearing it. Using different colours to stimulate positive moods, or colour therapy, is a known practice in complementary medicine.
The study by Dr Kate Wells, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the university pointed out that many of the plant extracts once commonly used to dye clothing - such as indigo and woad (blue), turmeric (yellow) and henna (red) - would also have been used in traditional medicines.
She is looking at the possibility that, by wearing naturally dyed cloth, people might directly absorb health-improving extracts. The study was published in the Journal of the International Colour Association.


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