Terps?


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Posted by Stacey on October 17, 2002 at 20:29:53:

Okay, I'm new here and new to henna-ing, but have been an
aromatherapy practitioner and ayurvedic herbalist for years. What
do you guys mean when you say "terp"-ing? Are you adding oils that
are supposed to contain terpenes (or monoterpenes)? If that's the
case, I have been reading that people use cardamom and cajeput to
terp their paste? Well, if you are interested, cardamom only
contains 6% terpenes and cajeput (member of the melaleuca family)
contains less than 10%. My friend, a fellow aromatherapist, and I
have been using just plain ol' Indian-store Mumtaz henna with oils
that contain 85-95% terpenes and are getting fantastic stains that
last weeks (with very short light orange periods). In our
aromatherapy manuals we have found that the oils that contain the
highest terpenes are most citrus oils (especially pink grapefruit
and sweet orange) and the pines (mostly Siberian fir needle) (I
would not recommend using the pines since many people experience
allergic reactions and most people get along well with the citrus
oils). My main recipe is to use lemon juice for the main
constituent, then pink grapefruit, sweet orange or lime (2 or 3
different ones). Also, since we live in Florida and have free
access to Tupelo honey (ever see that movie "Ulee's Gold"?), we put
a little in there and it keeps the paste moist and pliable while
moisturing the skin under the paste... I've never gotten a better
stain than what I get with this recipe.
Just thought you'd like to know... please let me know if I'm way off
the mark about terpenes!
Stacey in Florida

 


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