my problems with a brew

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on May 11, 2002 at 16:33:03:

In reply to: a brew-ing question posted by samantha on May 11, 2002 at 15:47:01:

Hi Samantha,

For a long time I made a "brew" and used it along with lemon to get
the consistency right.
I boiled water, added lemons or limes, then cloves, black tea, coffee,
red wine, garlic, tamarind, fenugreek...
First of all be careful with a mix that has coffee in it. I learned
this from kree who drinks coffee like water and there were times that
the henna made me (and clients) wired.
Secondly be careful with clove and especially black pepper; they can
burn sensitive skin.
Last but not least I gave up on a brew (we called it "Diva Mix")
because of the chlorine in water. I was getting meager stains, and
finally figured out *any* tap water affected the stain. Of course,
it depends on the water where you are...

good luck

: For those of you who make a brew as opposed to just using lemon i
: have a question.
: If you make too much brew ( i use fresh squeezed lemon juice and the
: lemon skins, coffee, tamarind, suger, b pepper and cloves) can you
: store it in an old pop (soda) bottle out of sunlight or will it
: degrade and loose its 'potency'. If you can store it how long for
: until a new lot is needed?
: sometimes i just haven't got the time to make a fresh brew each time
: Thanks
: samantha


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