Re: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy

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Posted by Kenzi on May 21, 2002 at 16:33:42:

In reply to: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy posted by Erika on May 21, 2002 at 14:46:05:

You are very right, everyone has their own recipe. I am faithful
believer in simplicity and henna suits itself to this belief. If you
henna powder is good, all you need is lemon juice. The terpine
essential oils are a plus if you want really dark, fast-staining

My basic recipe and technique are as follows:

1. mix lemon juice, henna, sugar
2. let sit 24 hours
3. add essential oils (usually cajeput and cardamon); I usually
add about 20-30 drops for every tablespoon of paste; fix the
consistency at this stage with more lemon juice
4. let terped paste sit 24 hours then strain and use

I have a straining method outlined at my site, linked below.

To answer some of your questions....

- I don't think anyone has proven that limes are better or worse
than lemons, nor that boiled dried limes are better; I should think
you would get more useable acidic juice from fresh lemons or
lims (or bottled)
- I wouldn't use a carrier oil with the EO, just the straight EO
- heating the lemon juice before adding it to your paste will help
speed up the dye release; this is good if you want to speed it up,
but if you WANT a slow release leave your juice cool
- I have heard that cajeput is stronger than tea tree, but I can
swear by it; perhaps others will have the correct information on
this; choose amongst the terpine EOs according to what
fragrance you want
- as for hennaing the belly of a dark skinned person, you might
want to avoid using EOs as this might bother the woman whose
sensitivities might be heightened by her pregnancy; on the other
hand it is very difficult to get a good stain on the skin of the belly
especially during pregnancy but the fact that the woman is dark
skinned makes the job even more difficult; I would suggest that
you push her to have her hands and/or feet done - this is a
tradition in Morocco where women have their feet and hands
hennaed in the 7th month of their pregnancy

Thanks for all the great questions! I hope all our answers are


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