Re: henna sunscreen?

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 12, 2002 at 13:43:31:

In reply to: henna sunscreen? posted by Don Hess on May 11, 2002 at 23:34:37:

: around a pattern with the pattern eventually fading to pale. I was
: wondering if it's ever been intentionally used as a long-duration
: sun-block (or would the stain or fading phase just be too gross)?

Yes, henna has been used as a long-duration sunblock ... by seafarers,
quarry workers and perhaps pyramid builders (full sun near the equator
is very dangerous, and henna paste mixed with olive oil was a skin
conditioner and sunblock. Henna was a great solution for men going out
netting fish, as henna stain is durable, and conditioned skin against
abrasion with salty nets as well as sun; (used around the Indian
Ocean, and in the eastern Mediterranean) same in a quarry. It's very
possible that that henna was used as a sunblock by work crews in
Egypt, but I don't have as clear a proof as I would like) However,
the stain is NOT charming, it's darker on the elbows and knees ....
can be splotchy. It's just not aesthetically pleasing.


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