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Water Based Henna Recipe vs Lemon Juice Based Henna Recipe

 

 

Water Based henna recipe versus Lemon juice based recipe

Whats the difference?

Whether to use a water based henna recipe or lemon juice based  henna recipe  will depend on the need and if the person receiving the henna is allergic to lemon juice.

The main difference between the two is that a lemon juice based henna recipe is more stable and will last longer because you can freeze it without any demise of the henna paste. The lemon juice based henna recipe you  will need to make 2 days ahead of time ( in 70-72 degree weather), whereas the water based henna recipe will be ready almost immediately, but will not keep long or freeze well. If some on is sensitive or allergic to lemon juice, use the water based recipe. If you need henna the same day mix up what you think you will need because any left overs will not keep long.  See recipe below.

Water based henna paste:
Make up only what you need . 100 grams of henna powder is about 18 cones . I take the henna powder and put it in a larger plastic container with lid. Then I add room temperature distilled water to the henna powder- stir well. I let the henna get about the consistency of thick mashed potatoes, making sure all the powder is mixed in. Cover and leave it sit out for about 30 min. Then add 10 milliliters of eucalyptus globulous oil (lavender , tea tree & cajuput essential oils work well too). The essential oils will make the henna stain darker. I will add more water until I get the consistency of thin frosting (Paste consistency takes practice, you may want to reserve a little henna powder to thicken it up just in case you add too much liquid). I let it sit another hour. Then I add 1-2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and mix well. The sugar pulls in moisture & helps the henna stick to the skin. Test the paste: put a small dab on your palm and wait about 30 seconds, then wipe it off. If you have a neon orange spot the paste is ready. If not let it sit a little longer. When the paste is ready: Fill the carrot bag with henna and tie off the large open end. Cut a small hole in the pointed end and use to fill the metal tip jacquard bottle or rolled cone. Once the bottle is filled put nib and tip on or tape the cone ( see cone rolling video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V0VACXtOE4&feature=youtu.be. You can start to draw. If the bottle or cone is difficult to squeeze the paste could be too thick or it needs to be refilled. You can always cut the tip of the cone.

Lemon Juice based henna paste:
I make up 100 grams at a time& I usually start the process 2 days before I need the paste. I take the henna powder and put it in a larger plastic container with lid. Then I add luke warm lemon juice concentrate to the henna powder- stir well. I let the henna get about the consistency of thick mashed potatoes, making sure all the powder is mixed in. Cover and leave it sit out over night (8-10 hours) and in the morning I add 10 milliliters of eucalyptus globulous oil (lavender , tea tree & cajuput essential oils work well too). The essential oils will make the henna stain darker. I add lemon juice until I get the consistency of thin frosting (Paste consistency takes practice, you may want to reserve a little henna powder to thicken it up just in case you add too much liquid). I let it sit another 8-10 hours, Then I add 1-2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and mix well. The sugar pulls in moisture & helps the henna stick to the skin.

This is what I do for making up henna paste:

This is what I do for making up henna paste:

I try to make up just what I am going to use, so I take a couple of tablespoons of henna powder and put it in a plastic container.Then I add lemon juice concentrate to the henna powder. I let the henna get about the consistency of thick mashed potatoes. Coverand leave out it sit out over night ( 8 hours) and in the morning, add 20 drops eucalyptus globulous oil. If you do not want to use essential oils, use olive oil, just be aware the essential oils will make the henna stain darker. After it sits for about 4-6 hours, I add warm lemon juice until I get the consistency of a thin frosting. I wait an hour and test the paste to make sure it is at dying capacity. To test the paste put a small dab on your palm and wait about 30 seconds, then wipe it off. If you have an orange spot the paste is ready. Fill the carrot bag with henna and tie off the large open end. Cut a small hole in the pointed end and use to fill the metal tip bottle. Once the bottle is filled you can start to draw. If the bottle is difficult to squeeze – refill. To Refill: take the nib with the metal tip off. tap down the remaining henna. gently squeeze the bottle, insert the carrot bag and fill, as the henna goes into the bottle release your grip on the bottle ( this creates a vacuum and sucks the henna in and there is less mess.) . I recommend sealing the henna with lemon sugar solution. Once the henna dries to a leathery stage , dab the design with a lemon sugar solution. ( 1/4 cup lemon juice concentrate with 2 teaspoons of sugar) Let dry and leave the henna on until the paste falls off naturally.

The henna should be good to use for the next 24 to 36 hours. When not using the paste freeze* it and it will be good for 6 months.

When using the paste after it has been in the freezer, let it warm to room temperature naturally and test it. Also for best results, avoid washing the paste off with water.

Tip: If it is difficult to get through the metal tip take 2 knee high nylon stockings & put one inside the other. Then take a couple heaping tablespoons of henna and put in the nylon. Put the nylon in a plastic bag hold all the open ends in one hand and use your other hand to squeeze the henna through into the plastic bag.

(*Double wrap in freezer bags when freezing. I also recommend freezing in small batches so you don’t have to re freeze.)