Re: simple recipes/vs. complicated


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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 19, 2002 at 00:24:57:

In reply to: simple recipes/vs. complicated posted by Karin on August 19, 2002 at 00:04:39:

: I am just wondering: if henna can be used by simply mixing with lemon
: juice and maybe some essential oils to make it 'faster/darker', then
: why do people make it more complicated than that? I've been to sites
: where they bake/boil/mix/measure and have tons of different stuff
: added - does mixing these different concoctions really make the
: difference?

For many people, mixing is just plain fun. For others, the different
mixes are a matter of exploring and preserving the array of traditions
and variations. Whether or not all the variants make a significant
difference is less important than the satisfaction of trying/knowing
variants.

"Terps" make a significant difference in results. Additional tannins
(gambier, oak, walnut, clove) can make a difference. Different acids
make ... mmm ... probably an insignificant difference. Heating the
hennaed skin while the paste is on makes a big difference. Alkaline
aftertreatments make a big difference. There's exploration to do on
reactive non-toxic metals ... that's next on the play list. Anything
you try teaches you more ... so try!

So why? Why not? I'm an infojunkie and am ever persuing my next
infofix. I'm also kinda lazy when it comes to mixing henna so I tend,
in practice, to keep the mix simple. (I like to KNOW the fancy stuff,
but I generally don't bother once I've tried it a few times.) Anyway,
the characteristics of the skin you henna trumps anything you can put
in the mix.

Restults of trying a bit of this and that in the clandestine gallery
linked below.

 


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