What to do with the "dregs?"

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Posted by Maureen on November 7, 2001 at 07:31:54:

Following up on Graemes question of what to do with these wonderful
little by-products of henna powder sifting. I have found two uses
for the twigs and whatever else that is that is left over but seems
to be too valuable to toss in the trash.

1) Short cut to really cheap incense. I mix the dregs in with bags
of potpouri (new and unopened) that I get from flea markets. Great
color and flowers but losing some of its fragrance. Put the dregs,
potpouri, dried lemon peels, a touch of salt peter all in a blender
(one I retired) and grind it to a really fine powder. I put this in
a plastic bag and add a favorite essential oil for fragrance. Seal
the bag tightly and place in refrigerator for about 3 weeks. Might
not even take that long for the oils to be absorbed. I just tend t
forget that it is there. The "dregs" add a woodsy kind of aroma...is
a filler, it burns and smokes, and at least is put to some use. This
is so inexpensive, I use it primarily in big containers filled with
sand with charcoal on top. I then put the incense on top and let it
smolder for hours depending upon how large the container is. Pieces
of frankincense and/or amber put in the powder also add to the

2) Don't know if it hold true for these by-products of all henna
powder, but with some powders I played with, there was still lots of
dye in those dregs. Just mix with some lemon, sugar and your eo if
you want and apply thickly and generously over a design created with
some resist agent. The places with out the resist agent takes the
stain and form the design. Best when doing really bold big shapes.
Forget doing fine lines with this stuff.

Using this stuff to henna your hair is guaranteed to make you cry.



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