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Posted by Erfan on October 8, 2002 at 19:01:11:

In reply to: Chuna posted by txilar on October 8, 2002 at 14:41:45:

: I've used chuna a lot in my henna work and have found that it
: definitely makes an immediate strong change in the colour. I'm
: betting that it reacts differently to different hennas, though I'm
: really not sure what it reacts with- the henna or other
: I have also noticed that it seems to quicken the demise *or* halt
: 24-48 colour progression that is natural. I've been meaning for
: sometime to photo-document this but... never do/did/have.
: I had one design on the palm of my hand (no pics sadly) and covered
: half with chuna and left half alone. The chuna side, upon washing
: off, was immediately darker and leaned toward a reddish brown (I
: have noticed a tendency toward reds with chuna- that's part of what
: makes me wonder what it is reacting with). The other side was pale-
: ish pumpkin. A day or so later, the pale pumpkin was dark cinnamon-
: sienna and the chuna side was about the same colour it had been,
: not nearly as dark as the non-chuna side. The fade was gradual and
: about 4-5 days later both were an even pale pumpkin and the rest of
: the demise was about the same.
: As for what chuna actually is, I am really not sure. Thus, I can't
: really vouch anything on the safety of the stuff. I'd just use it
: carefully and keep it relegated to hands and feet. Kapur is another
: term, Indonesian, for the same thing. I see some places it is
: as slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), a very common cooking
: Other references have termed it as calcium carbonate. I'm kind of
: guessing that's the difference between liquid and powder form. If
: get it in powder form, be really careful as the stuff gets
: *EVERYWHERE* It also gets on everything, even if you think you've
: kept it very well. I find it much more manageable in liquid form
: it seems to go bad after a while, or at least, it gets stinky.
: References:
: from http://www.rocksandminerals.com/finder/A9.HTM
: /Slaking/ is a chemical term for mixing a substance with water, as
: the process of slaking lime to create slaked lime.
: *note from txilar- this is a violent process creating heat and
: energy, so please don't try slaking yourself!
: CHUNA, chalk.
: CHUNA Ordinary slaked lime (not the fruit)
: edible lime (chuna used in paan)
: Slaked Lime (kapur sirih): A paste obtained by grinding sea shells
: in a little liquid. This is the lime which is chewed with
: gambir and tobacco.
: calcite, is one of the most common minerals on the face of the
: it's chemical name is calcium carbonate and refers to naturally
: occuring limestone.
: aragonite, is a polymorph (meaning same thing but looks different)
: calcite and is found in sea shells and sea creatures shells (note
: kapur description)
: calcium oxide is quicklime
: calcium hydroxide is slaked lime
: : At firsd I apologize for the bad imagige!I wasnīt careful with
: : wrapping neither.......BUT what I wanted to show you,is what
: : did for me!
: : I used navaidīs henna,mixed with lime juice andf sugar.I applied
: : to my palm 6 hours later and wrapped it.7 hours after wrapping I
: : scraped the henna-paste off and started to "dip" my palm in chuna
: for
: : a good 10 minutes.Usually navaidīs henna gives me really DARK
: : or BLACKS.
: : BUT what the chu8na did for me,is that it changed the colour into
: : BEAUTIFUL reddish colour!!!!!
: :
: : So i guess that chuna helps gettinmg reds!
: :
: : Erfan


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