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I like to mix my own henna but am really confused
By: Krysteen Lomanaco ~ 7/15/2009

I like to mix my own henna but am really confused about what to put in the brew when making my tea mixture?
 
Black tea is great to start with.  It has tanin and that's is a key ingredient to activating the henna.  Some other common ingredients are whole cloves and tamarind for a darker stain, lemon or lime for the citric acid and sugar, molasses or ocra for elasticity.  Of course there are a lot of other ingredients people add, just make sure your using things that don't cause people to have an allergic  reaction.  More common ingredients are cardamom, fenugreek, coffee grounds, sandalwood, pomegranate, beets, rose water and orange blossoms.