Ayurvedic Plant-dyed Briefs

Historically, women in Japan would dye their undergarments with safflower to help with menstrual cramps. Traditional Chinese medicine uses safflower for increasing blood circulation and more recently, studies at the US National Institutes of Health have found that the red dye pigment in safflower, carthamin, increases blood circulation and decreases blood pressure, both of which could help ease your flow.

Each of our ayurvedic underwear sets is dyed with 6 cups of organic safflowers, in additional to other medicinal herbs to help with your flow, giving new meaning to period underwear.

We have found ourselves looking forward to our periods just to wear this.

*Due to the strength of the waist elastic, these run a little small. We suggest sizing up one size.

Ethically designed and manufactured in Los Angeles.

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Unlike conventional clothing which is dyed with petroleum-based dyes, these briefs are dyed with organic safflowersapanwood and alkanet

Safflower is a traditional dye used throughout Asia and Europe for its strong red dye and its medicinal properties. Extracting the red dye from safflowers is one, if not the most, complicated natural dye process, requiring at least 2-3 days to extract. (The phrase "red tape" originates from the fact that legal documents in England were required to be tied with red ribbons dyed with safflower dye). Safflowers contain both yellow and red dye pigments, and the yellow dye must first be fully extracted before the red pigment can be used, requiring several days of soaking and rinsing, before the flowers are added to an alkaline dye bath to extract the red dye, then "turning" the bath using lemon juice or vinegar to allow the red dye to dye fabric.

Sapanwood is a traditional dye used in India in particular for its medicinal properties. The major dye component in sapanwood is brazilian, and most of the traditional uses of brazilin have been validated by current scientific studies, finding brazilian to be  antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a vasorelaxant (relaxing blood vessels).

Alkanet is another medicinal herb traditionally used in dyeing. Alkanet is highly antioxidant and is the current focus of anti-aging, anti-cancer and wound healing studies. This herb is used in traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Ethically made all the way through.

Sustain makes sure every company involved in the supply chain is ethical and provides fair wages and safe working conditions.

Made with GOTS certified organic cotton fabric, trim and thread - the highest standard in organic. Every single step of in the creation of these briefs, from the growing of the cotton, to its making, is ecofriendly.

In addition, these briefs are dyed with organic and sustainably harvested plants. Plant dyes do not produce toxic run-off like conventional (and other organic dyes) and plant dyes remove carbon from the air during the plants' growth, helping reverse the cause of global climate change..

Made with:

  • 100% GOTS certified organic cotton dyed with natural plant dyes 
  • 100% organic hemp lining at the curve
  • Natural rubber elastic covered in GOTS certified organic cotton
  • 100% GOTS certified organic cotton sewing thread at the seams

The model is 5'2" and wearing a size small. Her waist is 25.5" and hips are 38.5". 

Care Instructions: Machine wash on gentle cycle using a pH-neutral detergent. May also be washed using vinegar instead of a detergent. Tumble dry low. 

This underwear is not approved by the FDA or intended to treat any particulate disease or condition.

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