Re: Two MORE questions........

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 18, 2002 at 23:42:34:

In reply to: Two MORE questions........ posted by Jamie on August 18, 2002 at 22:48:45:

Go to the link below, and look through Serious Henna Mixes. See what
sort of "terped" mix you think you'd like, and get your goodies. Good
quality Tea Tree oil is the most reliable and the most accessible.

Mix 100g of henna with lemon juice. (Might hold back a bit of powder
just in case you get the mix too soft) Mix in just enough lemon juice
to make your henna the consistency of green mashed potatoes and leave
that sit overnight.

Next morning, add a teaspoon of either tea tree oil or cajeput
essential oil (aromatherapy quality). Start adding more lemon juice,
a spoonful at a time. Add some, stir up. Add some, stir up. Keep
adding lemon juice a bit at a time until you get a consistancy like
frosting. If you want to fine tune the fragrance, add some neroli,
cardamon, lavendar essential oil ... some smell you like.

Put your henna paste into a few (4 - 6 - 8) smallish ziploc freezer
weight bags with the air sucked out. I wrap them in aluminum foil ...
or you can pack them in a glass or heavy plastic tub. Point is ...
get your air contact to near 0. Air contact spoils the paste's ability
to stain. Freeze the lot. When you want to henna, pull out one of
your baggies. Thaw it, (say 12 hours at room temperature) give it a
good stir up and see if you need a few more drops of lemon juice or a
bit more powder. I like my henna near the consistency of stirred up
yoghurt. If its grainy, stir HARD. If you think you have lumps, strain
it through a stocking. Then its ready to go!

When you get your carrot bags ... I cut the tip with a single edge
razor blade against a plastic lid so I get a very clean cut. I angle
the cut 45' or even 60' away from the seam (the cut is 120' - 135'). I
don't cut at 90' to the seam! (If the seam is 3 o'clock (little hand),
the cut is 3:37 0'clock or so. NOT 3:30! Did that make sense? Then I
henna with the seam up, and the tip just barely grazing the surface of
the skin, or slightly above.


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