Re: Impressive!

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 23, 2002 at 00:59:23:

In reply to: Impressive! posted by Faery Ring on August 23, 2002 at 00:46:21:

: What are you seeing under magnification?

In Jamila, I see very evenly sifted olive green soft plant material
that disperses smoothly in the lemon juice, no scraps, no dye, no
veins. In others, I see larger leaf scraps, veins up to 1/64" ....
then in some I I see bigger scraps, veins up to 1/4" long, and some
have chunks of unidentifiable plant debris, grit, and an occasional bug.

: lot of big twiggy plant material and once I found bits of iron.

Iron? I haven't seen that one! Fascinating!

: put the big bits sifted out of the henna and check what is left
: over. I put it on top of a sheet of wax paper and ran a magnet
: underneath it.

:Do you think one could see bits of sand under
: magnification?

Yup the sand's pretty obvious. It doesn't "rehydrate" with lemon
juice. Also, you can hear sand crunch against the plate when you rub
it with the back of a spoon, or you can test by crunching it between
teeth carefully.

:How do you determine if the henna has been dyed green
: or not?

If you wait about 10 minutes, you can see tiny kelly green/emerald
green particles hydrate and "bloom". They're unbelievably obvious!
In one henna, I found 2 particles per 1/2" field, in another I found
10 particles. I've got some more to look at.... If anyone EVER says to
me "my henna is fresh because its green", I want to have a real close
look at it. Those who brag about the greenness of their henna ...
things that make me go hmmmmmmmmmm....


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