I don't think so

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on August 30, 2002 at 22:47:36:

In reply to: Getting different shades naturally posted by Maya on August 30, 2002 at 14:58:06:


thanks for the information. As a henna artist, I have to tell you
they most likely won't help.
perhaps your suggestions would work for a more porous and easier to
stain material such as hair (hence the
other-plants-grafted-in-and-sold-as-henna in natural food stores) but
having tried such a product on the skin in my early experimental days
with henna I highly doubt it's worth the bother. Henna stains much
more than any non-dye herb can (I'm blonde and I've never noticed
chamomile to do anything for my hair color, however).
Lemon is added not so much for its astringent properties as for its
acidity. Acid releases the dye in the henna.
Similarly, my understanding about essential oils is that they don't
open the pores but they actually do something to the henna molecule to
make the stain darker. I came to henna as something of an
aromatherapist, but I've never believed that anything "opens the
pores". Kree of gilded lilies who I worked with in Seattle used clove
and eucalyptus essential oils, rubbed on the skin and added into the
paste, for years before we found out about "terps" (monoterpenes,
alcohols in certain essential oils which make henna darker). She said
it opened the pores, but since we're not trees I don't see how that
can happen!
Anyway, glad you are enjoying being a henna canvas and hang out if you
want to find out more about what exactly henna is doing - you'll get a
headful, I promise!


: Greetings.
: I am NOT a henna artist, but, amoung other things, I am an herbalist.
: You can get different colors naturally by infusing different herbs
: with your henna. Do not add the dry herb to the dry henna or pre-made
: henna paste, but add the "water" you get when you steep an herb in
: *almost* boling water. The longer you let it steep the darker
: the "water" will get. The darker your "water" is the more the color
: will change. You can also "resteep" (my word) by taking out the old
: herb and adding fresh. Use an herb bag (chesse cloth), a tea ball
: (not good for REALLY powered herbs), or pre-made tea bags. You will
: want to cut the amount of lemon juice down so the paste is not to
: liquid. The herbs I have played with all have astringent quailities
: so cutting the lemon juice has not seemed to change the way the stain
: takes.
: All you really have to remember is whatever color the water is will
: tinge the henna that color. i.e. chamomile will give a yellowish cast.
: Also peppermint, wintergreen, and or spearmint oil/extract will work
: as a prep just like eucalyptus as they also open the pores up. So in
: a pinch you might try it. I don't know for positive if these will
: work on skin but I know they work on silk which is protein based just
: like hair and nails.
: byw, Thank you Wulf for the henna work you did on me. I love it.
: Can't WAIT for the work you will do on me for my dance. May you
: always find joy in henna.
: Maya


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