May - June 2019 Newsletter & Ancient Sunrise Monthly
May - June 2019

This month's special

Catherine's Curiosities - Articles on henna, hair and more by Catherine Cartwright-Jones, PhD

Rangoli is a women's folk art in India, drawn to bring blessings and luck. It was traditionally used to bring good fortune to special occasions and to mark auspicious times and places. Here's the "why" and “how - to” of traditional rangoli and patterns from different areas in India.
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Tips and Techniques

Clean your hair with zizyphus
Powdered leaves of the desert plant zizyphus spina christi were used to wash hair before shampoo was available. It leaves hair clean, shiny, healthy and well conditioned and does not leave any color in the hair.
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From our blogs

Plant Dye Powders and Seasonal Allergies
Some people who are sensitive to hay fever and seasonal allergies may notice that they are affected when mixing their henna for hair, while it is on their head, or after it is rinsed out. This is far from serious, and easy to fix. If this sounds like you, keep reading to learn what may be happening and how to avoid experiencing discomfort in the future.
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Henna is Not Black: Stopping the Illegal Use of Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) on Skin
It happens every summer. As soon as school lets out and families go on vacation, a handful of news reports go viral about a vacationer getting a “black henna” tattoo and ending up in the hospital. Too often, they are children. Severe reactions to “black henna” can result in painful, weeping blisters, permanent scarring, and a multitude of other symptoms. In some cases, a reaction may be life-threatening.
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