Pokeberry, which grows around my home as a weed, is a natural lymph cleanser. Synthetic dyes are associated with allergy, asthma, bladder cancer and cause genotoxicity. Some synthetic dyes mimic estrogen in the body.
Poke is a beautiful example of a dye that can create gorgeous color, and actually improve your health. This is a radical concept: clothing that heals rather than harms. Heals you, heals factory workers.
Here is the poke berry growing wildly near my home.
Rebecca Burgess, author of Harvesting Color, taught me how to boil the poke to produce a dye. Note that consuming poke in your digestive tract is poisonous – the photo below is a vat of dye, not a smoothie! We came up with a great idea – let’s dye natural, organic cotton bras in poke so that we can have lymph cleansing right up next to our breasts, where we all need lymph cleansing! Who’s in?