Re: Kapur ...

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Posted by Sondarya on October 9, 2002 at 12:22:48:

In reply to: Kapur ... posted by Jewel on October 9, 2002 at 00:49:06:

I am not sure if we used the same stuff to polish white cloth
sheo. I remeber that white liquid and a bar we used to make out shoe
shine:). It may have chuna in it but there is some other element
mixed in it.
I don't think Chuna is used to cook. I do remember back home it
was used during building the house walls.
I have tried few years back, Kapoor in Henna paste, result was
not improved.

: Hey Txilar, Google must be your humble servant or something ;). You
: find the most fantastic things ;) ...
: Kapur is another
: : term, Indonesian, for the same thing. I see some places it is
: termed
: : as slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), a very common cooking
: ingredient.
: : Other references have termed it as calcium carbonate. I'm kind of
: : guessing that's the difference between liquid and powder form. If
: you
: : 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
: but
: : it seems to go bad after a while, or at least, it gets stinky.
: Ok, I was guessing that chuna might be something like kapur. My
: grandma used to add a tiny dab of kapur to her betel leaves
: with gambir). I've used kapur for my henna before (pic). The henna
: used was runny, hence the thick lines. The cone has been in my
: freezer for some time. I applied the henna, let it on the skin
: overnight, scraped off and applied the kapur paste on the skin. The
: paste was bright white and felt/looked like glue. The paste dried
: very quickly and turned powdery (I had white powder all over my
: clothes). I left it on my skin for about 30 mins. When it was
: my skin itches a little. Then I washed it off. My palm got VERY dry
: after that. I noticed that the darkening process was accelerated.
: the stain stayed a reddish brown and faded quickly. I've never
: it again after that (hated the itching and dryness).
: : Slaked Lime (kapur sirih): A paste obtained by grinding sea
: : in a little liquid. This is the lime which is chewed with
: betelnuts,
: : gambir and tobacco.
: :
: : calcite, is one of the most common minerals on the face of the
: Earth.
: : it's chemical name is calcium carbonate and refers to naturally
: : occuring limestone.
: : aragonite, is a polymorph (meaning same thing but looks
: of
: : calcite and is found in sea shells and sea creatures shells (note
: the
: : kapur description)
: : calcium oxide is quicklime
: : calcium hydroxide is slaked lime
: :
: The description on the bottle described it as "calcium carbonate &
: hydrogen oxide". When I was youner I used to "paint" it on my
: shoes to make them look cleaner, whiter, brighter. I wonder if it's
: REALLY safe for use on the skin.
: Just sharing my experience ;)
: ~Jewel~
: Pic: One of Catherine's pattern ;)


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