What's Henna 60x look like?

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 24, 2002 at 14:42:10:

Here's a snapshot of 60x henna mixed with lemon juice. This isn't a
professional quality microscope, but it will give you some idea of
what I'm looking at. This is henna powder mixed with lemon juice and
left for 20 minutes. This is a from an overseas supplier who insists
they have only 100% pure natural henna powder, the very finest, and
every so often they pop up on the forum plugging their product.

The stuff that looks like algae is finely sifted henna powder, that's
the stuff you hope to see. It's sorta light green slush, not chunky.
That's the good stuff.

I've marked DYE on a big green speck of dye. There are some smaller
dye specs in this pic. In a 1/2" field of this henna, I count an
average of 30 specs of dye. This isn't half an inch ... this field is
much smaller, but you can still see several dye specs and other goodies.

The dark irregular shaped things are Grit. With the illumination
under the slide, grit shows up as an irregular dark object. If you rub
the back of a spoon over this henna/lemon against a ceramic plate,
you'll hear a gritting sound.

Plant scrap is less opaque, and greenish. It's little bits of henna
leaf that's not perfectly sifted. It will clog a superfine metal tip,
but is other wise no big deal. Here and there you'll see bits of leaf
vein, things like that. If you don't want to sift, plant scrap may be
a concern, especially if its chunky. If you've got a Fred-O-Matic just
sift it and you're fine. It's very unusual to find a henna with no
plant scrap.

Plant Debris can be a bother. It's twig, bark, sometims it doesn't
appear to be henna plant at all. It clogs tips. If you knock your
henna through a Fred-O-Matic, this is what you'll find in the filter.
Plant debris wastes your money. Grit certainly wastes your money.
Dye , to me, is just stupid.

I've got 6 hennnaes left to test.... this is FUN!


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