Oregon Henna stains and trees (Very long rant)

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Posted by Lelia on June 30, 2002 at 18:54:38:

Holy green things, anyone living nera mount hood or close to the
forest in oregon should feel blessed. My only problem was the
sickening look of the clear cut forests I drove by - grrrrr.
I just got back to home sweet colorado after spending a week and a
half in the forest up there with my herbs school. We were studying
the native plants and tress, I was also using the excuse to henna
others. Up to this point most of my henna is laid on my sisters, very
rarely others. On the night of the full moon, and the two days
following I worked like mad and challenged myself to do a few off the
top of my head designs and a few desins from the books that I felt
were really intimidating. I used jamilla henna (sense it's pre-sifted
all though I prefere castle import), lemon, sugar ('cause I normally
do in super-dry colorado) mountain rose cajuput, rose geranium and
bit of ravensara. The only stain that didn't take was on super dark
italian upper arm. Other wise that I was blessed with seventeen
amazing stains. I used liquid latex to seal them and told them to go
to bed. Since were were camping I really didn't have to worry about
showering right after - or the use of clorinated tap water;)

Through those 3 nights I learned a couple of things:
- moisture is essentail. I didn't use lip balm or mosturizer in that
climate - I'm sure my henna didn't need the sugar. In CO my henna
goes from dry to flaky green in a matter of minutes, I never had that
problem in OR.
- I HAVE to master the cone. I fell like my j-bottle is cramping my
not so elaborte creativity - add I'm dissatifies with my .5 lines
- Spellstone kicks ass
- Intention and prayers are everything - in life and in henna. I did
a collarbone - neckalace design on the women I was camping with. As
she laid there looking at the 100 foot tall douglas firs above her
she kept saying "I fell the henna absorbing into my skin - this will
be a marvouls coulor." And what do you know - it stained really
well!! Another women wanted something completely off the top of my
head as an initiaion into a new and unceratain phase of her life. The
next morning after picking off the henna, the stain was as dark as
any stain after 48 hours. I wonder how dark it is now:).
- Upon explaing WHY henna takes to hands and feet better - everyone
was very willing to have those parts done.

I think that was all I wanted to share. It was a lot of fun and a
great experince. Everyone was very pleased with my work - even though
I'm still at elementery levels - but I see a great improvment and
have gained a lot of confindence in working with non-family.

Furthemore it was great to be working with henna among such a rich
and moist forest and to be in one were we could safely warm ourselves
by the fire.

Green blessings and prayers of rain and comfort to those in AR, NM,
us in CO and anyone else effects by this drought. Peace, Lelia


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