Re: Chuna/Kapur


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Posted by txilar on October 10, 2002 at 15:35:36:

In reply to: Re: Kapur ... posted by Sondarya on October 9, 2002 at 12:22:48:

For some reason I can't seem to get my post made, first the power
went off and then, well, it just never posted! Aigh! I'm trying to
remember all I rambled out...

Let's see... I wonder Jewel if it isn't so much that the chuna is
drying as it *appears* to be drying since the powder just adheres so
well to the skin giving it a dry ashy look? I never noticed my skin
as actually dried out but it does look very ashy and feel just a bit
taut. I always rubbed a thick lotion on afterward like Nivea or cocoa
butter so I never really noticed it drying me out. Was your skin
actually dried out feeling? That's interesting. But you are so right
about it getting all over everything. It's amazing how it sticks
around!

As far as cooking goes, I should restate that to say it isn't that
chuna is used directly in cooking, but in preparation. I saw a recipe
just a few days ago for lauki chutney that has you soak lauki in
chuna. I know slaked lime is rather common in areas of the world. I
think it is primarely used to improve digestion. The Aztec Indians
used it to make corn more digestible and make the nutrients more
available and it is still used in making masa, and hence tortillas.

And yes Jewel, google and I have this "understanding". =)

Oh I know what I mentioned- I think that perhaps chuna does not react
quite as well/quite the same with henna that has been spiked with
essential oils. It seems that the best results I've gotten have been
with henna, honey and lime juice alone versus the results when I had
spiked henna. Just my preliminary thoughts. I guess I should do some
henna this weekend to try it out!

peace,
txilar

 


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