Re: A good day - I warned someone off 'black henna' :-)

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Posted by Paul Cerra on May 12, 2002 at 22:50:06:

In reply to: A good day - I warned someone off 'black henna' :-) posted by Jenna on May 12, 2002 at 21:59:22:

Jenna, thanks for the welcome you gave me in another thread. Much

I did the same thing today (warned someone about black henna). I had
called to wish my mom a Happy Mother's Day, and in the course of
catching up, I started telling her about henna. I thought I'd have to
explain a bit, but she knew all about it. She lives in a suburb of
Los Angeles where there is a large Persian community, and one of her
Iranian friends had coincidentally showed off her new henna patterns
just a few days ago. As she was telling me this over the phone, she
said "the patterns were really dark... black, really", and I froze.
Now, for all I know, those "dark" stains were just caused by food
dye, especially since we're talking about a native-born Iranian
citizen who ought to know what real henna stains look like. But then
again, maybe she doesn't know that PPD is actually poison. So I gave
my mom a mini-lecture and suggested that she pass the info along to
her friend. I think she's hesitant to do it... I don't think she
wants to be seen lecturing her presumably knowledgeable friend about
her own cultural tradition... but on the other hand, I think they are
good enough friends that it won't be taken the wrong way. Heck, I'd
always be happy if someone gave me a good faith warning not to poison
myself. :)


: You'd be proud, CCJ and others... :-) Whilst talking to a cousin
: today, the subject of henna came up, and she told me she liked
: henna better and she wanted to get some done. Lord-a-mercy, as we
: say in NC, did she ever get warned about PPD and the dangers of
: henna - probably more than she ever wanted to know! She'd had no
: idea.
: It made me feel good to have that knowledge and to be able to share
: it, and ward off a possible disaster. She's going to tell others
: were thinking about black henna. So thanks to all who shared that
: information for me to learn in the first place - a little knowledge
: is a powerful thing!
: Blessings,
: Jenna


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