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Posted by Lauren on August 28, 2002 at 14:54:56:

In reply to: FROM THE LAND OF HENNA posted by FROM THE LAND OF HENNA on August 27, 2002 at 20:09:13:

: It's lots of joy reading what all you people talk about.

I find it so, too!

: Yes, I am one of those people who love Henna and as you consider
: them: lurking at the forum quietly, but I am an artist and not a
: learner.

Well, that pretty much sums it up. If you admit and are proud of the
fact that you refuse to learn, what else can be said?

: Sadly,you have reached an obsession with your recipe.

Sadly? In that we can now make henna stain better, fater, and with
less bother, I'd say it has been a most useful obsession!

: Henna is a the freshness of the nature and
: that's all what it is about.

Yes. If you can go out to your back yard and strip some leaves off
your plant, you don't need all this work. However, if you want to do
henna where your back yard has no henna plant, you'll need some help.

: I wonder if Cleopatra used Cajeput Oil while embellishing her
: beauty..LOL

Cajeput? Probably not, as it's a derivative of something that grows
in a land she didn't know about. Cardamom? Maybe. Frankincense
almost surely.

: It seems for you, masters of Henna, that the art is in adding as
: useless stuff as possible to your paste, especially if you can get
: hold of an oil that is hard to spell and no one has heard of it!

No, the art is in examining what traditional ingredients actually
work and do not work and using them accordingly.

: I am in the Land of Henna and all what is mixed to the powder is
: water or lemon juice.

First of all, there is no THE land of henna. Henna grows and was
used all over India, around the mediterranean, up into the balkans,
and through all the Islamic islands. Are you Spanish or Anatolian or
Bangladeshi or what? Second, as I said before, if you have the
option for fresh henna, of course you don't need all this bother.
But even your simplest recipe (water) would not work in various
places due to water quality. The water where I live is very alkaline
and would actually hinder the dye release.

Otherwise, you will have to
: visit my grandma and my great grandma and teach them how to use
their traditional culture.

Do you think they'd be interested in finding a way to get the same
color on an upper arm as on the back of a hand? How about a way to
not have to go through all the bother of wrapping and sealing! I'd
love to hear about how they used henna traditionally, and I would
guess they'd love to hear how to help get the results they want.
: I wonder if you are using all your chemistry to boost any old
: you are stocking for years and years...or is it just to show off?

Nope, we are using our chemistry in the same way you are using yours-
to do what's necessary to activate the henna pwder and make it give a
good stain. If getting a good stin is showing off, then heck yes
we're showing off, proudly!

: I don't mean to offend anyone, but lets try to come back down to
: earth and enjoy the pure natural art that our ancestors left for us.

We agree there at least.


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