Re: Henna & spices....

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Posted by Kenzi on June 1, 2002 at 12:37:41:

In reply to: Henna & spices.... posted by NaTx on June 1, 2002 at 05:03:19:

Some people swear by certain brews and spice mixtures but I
prefer simplicity and get good results with my simple brew. I
tried all the different combinations and nothing really enhanced
the color of the stain. Some people add coffee or tea, but these
don't really work, in my opinion. Coffee and tea don't stain your
skin if used on their own and they don't really enhance the
staining power of the henna. Tea has tannic acid which might
be a factor but I couldn't tell you for sure.

Cloves can make your paste stain darker but you can get a good
stain even without them. I have tried fenugreek which is
supposed to make the paste more stringy; I didn't notice a
difference. Tumeric can give the skin a yellow color but it is very
temporary. Other than that, the ingredients you use in your brew
will just be to enhance the fragrance of your paste.

I believe in simplicity. I have to mix up henna too often to fuss
with recipes that don't do much for the quality. I prefer lemon
juice (often i will cook whole cloves in the lemon juice), sugar
and henna powder. I used terp essential oils to ramp up the
color and the fragrance and have been delighted with the results.

If you want to know for sure what works and what doesn't, try your
own experiments and see what kind of results you get. And do
let us know what you find out.


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