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