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Ebola and Vitamin C and Silver: the Missing Rest of the Story

I saw the following posted on RMN and thought I’d share it here. As always, I am not offering any kind of medical advice, just sharing something that makes sense to me. In fact, this is pretty much what I’ve already done, figuring that strengthening the immune system is always beneficial. I’ve stocked up on acerola cherry powder (tastes great mixed in with raw cacao, maca, chaga, astragalus and raw goat milk smoothies), camu camu powder (yummy in fresh cantaloupe smoothies with a pinch of cinnamon to go with the pinch of camu), liposomal vitamin C (saving this for if we actually need it), plus, I’ve been making homemade sauerkraut, which is rich in both vitamin C and sulfur, along with probiotics.

The homemade kraut uses cabbage straight from the garden, mixed and mashed with Celtic sea salt. I’ve found that if I eat the kraut in the evening, I don’t wake up with ragweed allergies. It’s pretty amazing stuff, if I do say so myself.  In fact, today, I just ordered two 5-liter fermenting crocks from Lehman’s as these will preserve the fermented foods for many months in our basement without need for refrigeration. The Perfect Pickler works great, too, but from what I understand, you can’t store that ferment for months without refrigeration. We always try to eat ours within a few weeks — which tends not to be a problem! Anyway, I’m excited about the crocks, because I always like finding off-grid food storage solutions, just in case. I’ve been reading “Wild Fermentation” and “Nourishing Traditions” and can’t wait to try more of the lacto-fermented fruits and veggies.

The coolest thing I find about all the doom and gloom “news” is that I learn all sorts of fun solutions that end up answering other desires of mine. For example, I’ve taken MSM (sulfur) for years, and I did use a very good brand that crystallized in the glass, as mentioned below. Recently, though, I ran out and started thinking, “There must be something even better than this!” I felt led not to replace my old supply, because I sensed something better on the way. “If not this, then something better.” Anyway, I’ve not tried the product mentioned below, and I have no association with the company. I just love the call and response of the Universe as we choose to flow instead of freak out. 🙂

Blessings and good health to you!

EBOLA and Vitamin C and Silver the MISSING REST OF THE STORY

Posted By: mroxygen [Send E-Mail]
Date: Thursday, 21-Aug-2014 15:55:54

EBOLA and Vitamin C and Silver the MISSING REST OF THE STORY

This writing is a public service to show you the proven best bet against Ebola and other similar attacks on the human body. I saw an article in a chat room on people debating silver and how that relates to Ebola wiping out the human body Vitamin C store so it can kill you and others quickly. But they are missing vital information.

I thought I could fill in the holes in current public and medical reasoning, and advance the remedial knowledge further. In a chat room I first quote [my comments within brackets] on the Ebola/Vitamin C article, and then I wrote 3 additional replies that are combined below it. In this way you can see how this writing naturally evolved.

““Ebola and Vitamin C Aug 04, 2014

There are two schools of thought about colloidal silver, it seems. Some say that silver kills viruses as well as bacteria, while others say that it only kills bacteria. In the article that I posted two days ago, we read:

“Laboratory tests have shown CS to kill over 650 destructive bacteria, viruses and fungi within minutes of contact.

“UCLA ran some tests on Colloidal Silver and their report states: “The silver solutions were antibacterial for Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Neisseria gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella Typhi, and other enteric pathogens, fungicidal for Candida albicans, Candida globata, and M. furfur, and it killed every virus that was tested in the lab”….

Another site claims that colloidal silver does NOT kill viruses, including the Ebola Virus.

http://jimstonefreelance.com/ebola.html

I have not personally seen the lab results of either side of this question, nor am I qualified in that scientific field, so I have no way of proving either side of the dispute.

However, the site above does seem to reveal an interesting detail about Ebola.

“Here is what Ebola does that is fatal: it causes the complete removal of all vitamin C from the body. No one actually knows what mechanism is involved in doing this, [Incorrect, see below.] other than a malfunction that is not permanently destructive to whatever is triggered to remove all vitamin C. All the researchers know is that vitamin C drops to zero and all the symptoms of ebola are consistent with a complete loss of vitamin C.”

In other words, Ebola appears to cause a condition that USES UP all the vitamin C as your body tries to defend itself against whatever the Ebola virus is doing. (Smoking cigarettes also uses up the vitamin C in your body, though perhaps not as quickly.) [ As does alcohol and any dope.]

The article above cites an anonymous doctor who claims to have worked with Ebola, saying that Ebola acts like scurvy, which in past centuries was the sailors’ disease. When ships were at sea for weeks at a time, they often got scurvy, now known be from a lack of fresh fruits containing vitamin C. A summary of this doctor’s analysis is given here:

“The very first symptoms of ebola are exactly the same as scurvy, which is caused by inadequate vitamin C. Though scurvy is seldom fatal as a primary condition, scurvy also represents only a partial deficiency of vitamin C, the body still has a LOT of vitamin C compared to zero, which ebola causes. Absent ANY vitamin C, blood vessels become very weak and start to lose blood, and platelets become ineffective and unable to trigger clots. So death by ebola is caused by massive internal bleeding and loss of blood, which can be stopped simply by taking enormous doses of vitamin C until the immune system succeeds in killing off the virus.”

In other words, he says that if your immune system is strong, your body should be able to kill off the Ebola Virus by itself, given enough time. [And Vit. C ammunition] The problem is that when your level of vitamin C are depleted to ZERO, you cannot survive for very long and must take mega-doses of vitamin C to keep from hemorrhaging internally. He says,

“This is because the virus so rapidly and totally metabolizes and consumes all available vitamin C in the bodies of the victims that an advanced stage of scurvy is literally produced only after a few days of the disease…. When the vitamin C stores are rapidly depleted by large infecting doses of an aggressive virus, the immune system gets similarly depleted and compromised. However, this point is largely academic after hemorrhaging throughout the body has begun….

“… t seems clear as evidenced by the scurvy-like clinical manifestations of these infections that vitamin C dosing must be vigorous and given in extremely high doses. If the disease seems to be winning, then even more vitamin C should be given until symptoms begin to lessen. Obviously, these are viral diseases that would absolutely require high doses of vitamin C intravenously as the initial therapy. The oral administration should begin simultaneously, but the intravenous route should not be abandoned until the clinical response is complete. Death occurs too quickly with the hemorrhagic fevers to be conservative when dosing the vitamin C.”

In the link above, this information is attributed at the end of the article to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD JD, whose book, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins: Curing the Incurable, apparently quotes the “anonymous doctor.” I do not have the book myself, but I did look it up and found that it is a real book.

http://www.saveontextbooks.net/textbooks/isbn/9781401069643?gclid=CJ-HmLn4-b8CFcZDMgodRAkAYQ

My Conclusion:

The news media has not told us if Ebola victims are being treated with massive doses of vitamin C or not. But if an outbreak of the Ebola Virus comes near, I would want to have a good supply of 1000mg tablets of vitamin C on hand. I don’t know what Dr. Levy would recommend as a dosage,* but no doubt it would be at least 1000mg per hour, which is often recommended for other viruses. (Or just eat 100 oranges each hour.)

Vitamin C is acidic, of course, and can give people diarrhea. To prevent this, there are non-acidic forms of vitamin C such as magnesium ascorbate or calcium ascorbate. Likewise, if you take megadoses of vitamin C, don’t stop taking it all at once, or you may get what is called “rebound scurvy.” Your body creates an enzyme to utilize the megadoses, and if you quit suddenly, that enzyme will continue to be produced until your body figures out that you have stopped taking those megadoses of vitamin C. So when you quit, you can suddenly find yourself deficient. So quit more gradually.

Vitamin C [and especially natural organic Sulfur] provide the cement that holds your cells together. It gives you good cell wall strength. Scurvy, Ebola, and West Nile Virus are all conditions where your cell walls break down, and you begin to hemorrhage. Vitamin C is a way to help your body defend itself from such conditions.

Vitamin C also creates a negative charge in your cell wall, and since viruses are also negatively charged—and two negative charges repel each other—a healthy cell wall will naturally repel a virus. If the virus cannot “stick” to your cell wall, it cannot harm you.

You can buy vitamin C at many stores, or you can go online to a quality site. [The higher the mg/g dosage and the more natural the better, like Cherry Acerola. Your body needs a minimum of 8-12 GRAMS (not mg) per day spread out on a disease free day, and going way beyond that is the best therapy – see below -when facing a fast killer.]

Meanwhile, it would be a good idea to boost your immune system and to refrain from a life style that weakens your immune system. Your immune system what God has given you to resist disease and harmful foreign substances such as free radicals. [Which come from a LACK of Active Oxygen, and antioxidants are mis-named and modulate oxidation, not destroy it.]

All of the normal anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A, C, D3, and E [dark green & yellow vegetables] are designed by [Nature] to strengthen your immune system., and [Nature] does heal miraculously at times, but also expects us to follow the rules of good health that [billions of years of natural genetic selection engineering wherein whatever did not work died out, is now built into the perfection of Nature itself].

Above all, understand that FEAR wears down the immune system and uses up anti-oxidants [And the body’s own Active Oxygen immune components] that are needed to counter disease. Those who live in fear have a more difficult time maintaining a strong immune system. So live in faith, not fear. Fear is often caused by not knowing what to do. Our fear of the unknown can be countered by obtaining some knowledge. In this case, if we know something about Ebola, and how to defend against it, we can eliminate much of the fear that can make others susceptible to disease.
Dr. Stephen Jones””

Junktion wrotwrote:

So keep vitamin c on hand?

No, strap on your shoes now, be proactive, strengthen your body NOW to be able to fight other virus like the flu as well as cancer cells.

mroxygen

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Date: 11:39 AM Aug 19, 2014

RE: Ebola and Vitamin C which turns into Peroxide which naturally kills the infectious Ebola anaerobe.

Vitamin C is actually one of the many Active Oxygen Therapies I teach about.

The body naturally uses Vitamin C to make its’ own natural water plus oxygen = hydrogen peroxide in its lymphocytes, the immune system’s white blood cells that engulf any body-invading microbes.

The lymphocytes then inject/cover the anaerobic (can’t live in oxygen Ebola) microbes with hydrogen peroxide which immediately kills them because they are all anaerobes; all bacteria, viruses, fungi and other anaerobic pathogens that can’t live in oxygen.
Emulating the immune system is where all the Active Oxygen Therapy methods came from.

“Ebola evolved or was evolved through its designed ability to quickly use up the immune system’s stores of Vitamin C” is what we are now being taught.

More accurate would be to say the body quickly deploys all its Peroxide manufacturing and the following lymphocyte-squirting-of-it ability against Ebola, which therefore uses up the Vitamin C reserves quickly, since human bodies, like chimps and seals, can’t manufacture or store Vitamin C and must get it daily through the diet. The end result is that the body no longer has enough natural peroxide to squirt at Ebola and kill it.

Picture all the Vitamin C ammo being used up before the Peroxide gun can kill them all and they win.

Flood the body with Vitamin C, or in an emergency, or during stress; go directly to flooding it with Active forms of Oxygen. IV Peroxide or IV Ozone have long histories of thousands of medical cites. All Ignored.

As I have taught for 25 years, medical Ozone injections would be the fastest route if direct Ebola kill is the object without harm to the body. Medical Peroxide IV the second fastest. IMHO, and we can add OxyLift and Oxysulfur and SuperOxyFlush as long-term body immune pre-conditioners whose serving sizes can be increased at the first sign of trouble and kept up there for the duration of the stress.

mroxygen

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Date: 01:12 PM Aug 19, 2014

It naturally follows, since our body manufactured natural cellular Peroxide levels depend upon our Oxygen and Vitamin C right here right now inside us today levels, and since Ebola depletes the Vitamin C so quickly, and since our Vitamin C levels are coming from you either eat it today or lose it, then anyone in the news who gets infected with Ebola will either recover or succumb quicker DEPENDING upon how much live fresh Vitamin C they ate in their food TODAY – that, AND their STORED CELLULAR OXYGEN RESERVE LEVELS all during the disease cycle. THIS is why MOST die and some don’t.

Can you say “Vitamin C, and natural Oxygen, and Plant Mineral – empty hospital food?” and “All hospitals SUPPRESS a fever which is how the body kills viruses naturally.” And then look at how fast they bleed out and die while getting “the best of care.”

Beyond deep yogic diaphragmatic breathing for hours daily, an excellent therapy BTW, your CELLULAR and FLUID OXYGEN RESERVE, which your body combines with water to make its own natural Peroxide levels, depends upon how much deep breathing and Vitamin C and Active Oxygen and Organic Sulfur and plant mineral supplementation you have been doing lately.

This is why I advise people to find Active Oxygen/Ozone and Mineral and Organic Sulfur Supplements they like, and to get on them, stay on them, and take some more, and some more, along with the full spectrum plant minerals, and especially Sulfur, and do not fail to KEEP taking them religiously.

These are the people whose bodies will defend themselves best through THEIR OWN IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

SO, beat the rush when the fear is whipped up! Get you and your family FLOODED STUFFED with A C T I V E OXYGEN and SULFUR and PLANT MINERALS and KEEP it that way, BEFORE it is desperately needed.

If you can’t get the best locally, OxyLift, OxySulfur, SuperOxyFlush, and OxyMins can be found at OxygenAmerica.com. Not my company.

A public service of the Breath of God Ministry. ©2014

Gratitude!

It’s 80 degrees in Chicago and a beautiful, sunny Spring day. Walking around Hyde Park today I felt so overwhelmed with gratitude that I decided to post about it. Tomorrow marks two months in my new apartment, and I cannot believe how blessed I’ve been during this time!

Friends, an organic juice bar within walking distance, actually EVERYTHING I need within walking distance or a quick train ride, an attic full of vintage doors to paint, wonderful apartment management and maintenance. I even had fun getting interviewed for the 2010 Census when they lost my form!

On Monday night I fulfilled a long held dream to see Krishna Das and Deva Premal in concert. Together, no less! The concert was fun, blissful, energizing and felt like a shower for the soul. I loved it, and as I’m typing this entry listening to Krishna Das belt out Jaya Jagatambe I feel even more grateful for the synchronicities that led me back to Chicago, back to Hyde Park and to the concert.

I’m hard at work on sessions and door number 6. I painted the back of this one first, so when I finish the images on the front, I’ll actually be … done. I also found a way to paint with the doors upright, thereby saving my living room from the previous disaster that was “Laura painting doors.” Much nicer!

A few things I’ve been especially enjoying lately:

Elixer of the Lake — I’m not sure what the difference is between this and other Klamath Lake blue green algaes, but I feel super alkaline since starting it a week ago.

Hemp seed-spirulina-cacao nib-maple syrup desserts — OMG are these good! I use just enough syrup to wet the ingredients, but not enough to make it soupy. The perfect late night painting companion. 😉

Brown rice — I don’t know what to say. Maybe I’m channeling my inner macrobiotic lover, but a little brown rice gives me a sound night sleep and happy thoughts.

Gotu Kola — Herb of the yogi’s, I use this off and on. Right now I’m on. It balances the left and right sides of your brain and increases the ability to meditate. I live in pretty much a permanently meditative state, but I like the extra juice.

Speaking of juice — Bonne Sante Health Food Store’s Juice Bar has the nicest employees and some of the best juice I’ve ever had … anywhere. Always with a smile, too!

Superfood green smoothies for breakfast with cucumbers and one Schizandra berry — More than one berry makes it too tart, but one berry gives an amazing depth of flavor to any and all crazy ingredients I add.

Lake Michigan — Oh, I love the Lake! Always have. It’s so big it looks like the ocean, and so windy here we usually have waves.

MSM face cream — Love it and then I don’t have to megadose QUITE so much with the MSM to control my allergies. If you have hay fever and haven’t tried MSM powder, it’s miraculous. For the second year in a row, I have zero hay fever, and I used to be the kind of person who carried an entire roll of toilet paper or an entire box of tissues with her every single day from March through June and then again in August when rag weed season hit. Nothing, not prescription meds, not herbs, not a 100% raw diet, NOTHING made a dent in my allergies until I tried MSM in doses of 8-10 grams per day. This is not medical advice. Please do your own research and if you decide to use it beware you’ll need to ramp up slowly … but for me … nothing short of a miracle.

Instant Manifestation — I was at Starbucks yesterday waiting for an appointment. While in line to buy my tea, I thought, “I WISH Starbucks carried some kind of vegan raw food treat.” I didn’t even look because I have never, not even in Northern California, seen a raw food anything besides a banana at Starbucks. I happened to glance down while paying, though, and what to my wandering eyes should appear … but a Two Mom’s in the Raw Goji Berry Granola Bar. And it was good!

Have a great day today!!! Many blessings to you … Laura

Henna for Hair

I just finished teaching an all-day Reiki Master Teacher certification workshop. Congratulations to the new Reiki Masters! We had a wonderful, information- and sharing-packed day, and one of the stranger observations was that occasionally my hair “turned” a different color during class. Purple, actually. Just for a few moments when I was talking about certain esoteric things. Did the sun hit it an odd way? Perhaps. Were the students seeing my aura? Maybe. That often does happen during Reiki classes. Once last year I was teaching a class on Atlantis and the students swore my hair momentarily turned blue.

I don’t have a “logical” explanation for any of this, since the lighting didn’t change in those moments, but I do get a lot of questions about my hair. People want to know how I get it to grow so long, how it stayed so healthy when we lived in the desert, what color IS it? Do I dye it? Do I curl it? Why is it straight on some days and super-wavy on others? Do I blow it dry? After class, I decided to blog-surf and saw that Kristen of http://kristensraw.blogspot.com had a recent post about going back to her natural brunette hue. Since I’ve felt nudged to post about hair for a few months and haven’t, her post, combined with the multiple class discussions about my weirdly illuminated hair convinced me that it was time to share a few things.

Laura Bruno in San Francisco

Laura Bruno in San Francisco

1 ) Yes, I use henna on my hair, but no, that’s not really why it’s red. I always had some red in my hair. My dad was a carrot top for the first two years of his life, and I must have inherited some of that natural coloring. Traditionally, though, my hair has always grown in extremely light blonde, then blended into a brownish-red.

I’ve always had a problem with knots. Not little tangles: big, huge, struck by lightning, scary witch’s knots. A friend in Reno advised me that I could curb some of the craziness by using henna, so I tried it in December 2006, dreaming of red-headed bliss. It did tame the knots, but my haircolor looked exactly the same as pre-henna. Nothing happened on the color frontier.

In February 2007, my now-ex-husband and I moved to Monterey, CA from Reno. The next morning, he said, “Woah, did you dye your hair last night?”

“No, why?”

“Go look in the mirror.”

When I did, I had flaming red hair. My skin color also looked several shades lighter. I thought it might be from the salt in the air, but it stayed red even when we returned to Sedona in October 2007. It took me quite a while to get used to this overnight shift of both skin tone and hair color, but eventually I did, and eventually the knots returned in all their witchy grandeur. I figured why not use henna again, since it really couldn’t get much redder? And so I did.

I still do every 4-8 weeks, depending on my mood or the level of knottiness. Using henna has meant I no longer go through 4-5 giant bottles of conditioner every month. I also like that it temporarily makes my hair feel thicker. (The reason it tames knots is because henna coats the hair shaft, plumping it up while conditioning it at the same time.) Ever since Monterey, my hair has become like a personal mood ring. It does seem to change color (by other’s observations). If you use henna, it can definitely reflect more red in direct sunlight, and mine does that, but I can’t really count henna as the sole explanation for why sometimes my hair looks brown and then I get really happy and it suddenly looks red. Or purple. Or blue. 🙂

2 ) Besides henna, what else do I do to care for my hair? Um, not much. I’m not a big brusher. I used to cry when my dad brushed my hair out as a girl, and old habits die hard. Back when I was traveling a lot, I once found my brush in my suitcase. It had sat there for 3 weeks and I hadn’t even missed it. I didn’t even notice it was gone! When I do brush, I use a wooden, flat Aveda brush, and I never brush when my hair’s really wet. I finger comb, do nothing, or wait until it’s mostly dry.

I don’t use a blow dryer unless I’m running really late or if I have recently henna’d and not gotten all the goop out of my hair. In that case, it can drip orange for a couple washes, so I will sometimes blow dry the ends to avoid having to clean up from the drips.

3 ) How do I keep my hair from breaking off? I’m sure the henna helps. I am also currently using shampoos by the Morrocco Method. They’re pricey and somewhat heavily fragranced with essential oils, but overall I like them. They are 100% raw and 100% vegan and natural, so I feel like it’s totally non-toxic hair care.

The shampoos don’t lather like regular shampoo, though, and I’ve been told by people who switched from more toxic products that they almost get the “no-poo” hair effect of having extremely greasy hair until their hair adjusts. I didn’t have that problem, but I have noticed that my hair does kind of clump together more, almost like it wants to curl into ringlets or big waves lately. I brush it more frequently since switching shampoos because I don’t want it to clump out and look greasy.

I don’t know if the clumping curls come from the Morrocco Method shampoos or from my many months of massive doses (6-10 grams / day)  of MSM. David Wolfe claims that MSM makes hair curlier, and I have to say I always had stick straight hair, but over the last few years and especially the last few months, it’s gotten much wavier.

4 ) How often do I wash my hair? Definitely not everyday. I usually go between 2-4 days between washes. In the desert it’s closer to 4; on a humid week, it will be closer to 2. The Morocco Method has all those essential oils in it, so hair doesn’t get stinky even when it still looks clean. Before Morocco Method, I just used to spritz a bit of lavender water or a little essential oil on my hair on the 2nd or 3rd day.

5 ) What about diet? Well, as I mentioned above, I currently take a lot of MSM. I take it for removing scar tissue, but I believe it has strengthened my hair and made it shinier. I follow a 90-100% raw vegan diet. Once in a blue moon, I’ll eat a bit of bee pollen. I take the Vitamin Code raw vitamins, B-12, chia seed in my smoothies, Jarrow’s Vegan Bone-Up, and lots and lots of greens, Vitamineral Green and currently also spirulina. If I remember, I sometimes take a little swig of the gluten-free, yeast-free Floradix because I eat so many antioxidants that sometimes my iron gets a bit low unless I’m on a cacao kick. I’m sure all of these things contribute to healthy, fast-growing, shiny hair.

6 ) What about hair loss? People ask me about this a lot, especially people new to a raw diet. Hair loss can come from lots of sources, including a lack of B-vitamins, especially B-5 (Panthenol) and B-12, since a deficiency of B-12 or folic acid could contribute to anemia. The scalp does not like anemia. Your hair is considered a luxury item in terms of cell nutrients. If you have anemia and hence low oxygen levels, guess what’s not getting leftover O2?

Hair loss can also occur due to vitamin A (beta-carotene) toxicity. Yes, on a plant-based diet, most people will not get too much viatmin A; however, as I explained in The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide and this post, it does sometimes happen with the use of lots of superfoods. Superfoods are “super” because they have huge antioxidant profiles. Occasionally, people get so high in beta-carotene that the liver starts acting like someone who’s on Accutane. Skin can dry and crack; hair can fall out. In big clumps. I’ve had this happen myself. It does grow back. You just can’t keep up those levels of beta-carotene indefinitely.

Sometimes hair falls out because of detoxification. Again, it will usually grow back as the detox clears. Sometimes hair falls out due to hormonal imbalance. This can occur in both men and women. Male pattern baldness almost always has a hormonal component. Many men find that when they start taking saw palmetto for their prostate health, their hair loss slows. A nice perk!

There are literally hundreds of things on the market promising faster growth and slower hair loss. Some work, some don’t  Some treat the root cause of problems; some work on the surface; a few are probably quite toxic. I’m not a doctor. Not a hair expert. I’m just sharing some things I’ve observed:

Essential fatty acids tend to help; MSM helps; hemp protein usually helps; Sun Warrior protein (highly absorbable) seems to help; Morrocco Method shampoos supposedly stimulate hair growth (my hair does seem to be growing faster, but this is totally anecdotal on my part; check out their site for photos); checking beta-carotene levels helps; staying on top of B-12, B-5, folic acid and iron helps; getting hormone levels checked can sometimes help; examining what hair represents for you gives some nice clues as to what’s happening and why.

7 ) What about cowlicks? Yep, got ’em. They’re crazy. They stick straight up. If you find something that works, let me know! LOL, my hair gets really crazy sometimes, and aside from changing my part, which only sometimes works, I haven’t found anything that helps. You’re on your own on this one.

8 ) OK, back to henna: isn’t it incredibly messy? Yep, and you’ll smell like hay or grass unless you mix it with essential oils or some kind of tea. I don’t know why, but I actually like that it’s a big, green goopy mess that I leave on for 4 hours. It creates a whole ritual and I know I’ll have that day to myself. It does take a long time to wash out. It does make your bathroom a big mess (but at least that means mine will get a good scrub down!), and it does change most people’s hair color.

9 ) Will henna turn my hair green? Not if you haven’t used artificial coloring or bleach on your hair, but if you have, then yes, it might.

If you have artificial coloring in your hair you need to cut it out, grow it out or otherwise wait 6-8 weeks until you have no fake dyes prior to henna-ing your hair. Please don’t mess with this; I have heard nightmare stories. I would not use a non-natural shampoo anymore anyway, but because of my henna, it’s not even an option on the table. I’m OK with red, purple or blue, but I don’t want green hair! You’re also not supposed to touch the henna with metal. I’ve messed up and accidentally used a metal spoon without incident, but the instructions are so insistent that I don’t recommend it. I honestly don’t know what might happen. I just usually remember to use a wooden spoon or plastic spatula.

The henna powder itself is green, but when warmed with water or tea, it begins to stain the hair shaft a reddish color. You can purchase different “colors” of henna, but really, there’s only one true henna and that’s red. All other “colors” of henna are actually dyes mixed with henna powder. Some may be natural, plant-based dyes, but if it says it only contains henna, but it will turn your hair black or brown or strawberry blonde, then you can bet there’s something else in the package.

10 ) What about black henna? Products marketed as black henna are extremely toxic and should not be used. If you want to turn your hair black using natural henna, you need to henna first and then follow it with an application of indigo powder. This will create a shiny black look. It is NOT the same as black henna.

11 ) Won’t henna stain my hands? Yep. Wear gloves. Henna has been used for thousands of years in the ancient art of mehndi. The red brown dye can create beautiful designs on the hands, feet, pregnant belly or anywhere else on the body.

Henna doesn’t adhere well to oily skin, so if you want to avoid staining yourself, use some kind of coconut oil, olive oil or other oil around the hairline, over the ears and on the neck. For the hands, you really need gloves. If you mix oil on your hands, the oil gets in your hair and the henna may not adhere well to the hairshaft. If you don’t wear gloves but do oil your fingernails, they will still probably turn orange because they’re so dry. Whereas the orange on your skin will eventually wash off, you’ll likely have orange nails until they grow out. It’s not terrible, but it does happen.

12 ) Is there a spiritual reason to henna? Traditionally, yes, henna is associated with the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance and prosperity. Ancient Egyptians used henna in rituals and for sacred body adornment. Henna is mentioned in the Bible — both for its intense fragrance and for its use by pre-Christian Jews. People today use henna during birth ceremonies, baby showers to honor the coming child, at yoga studios, to inscribe sacred symbols or chants on the body, and just for general nurturing.

I don’t know what’s in henna in terms of nutrients, but I do feel like using it alters something in my brain — in a good way. I feel more relaxed and receptive to intuitive perceptions (yes, even more than usual!); I do tend to make a ton of money the whole week after I henna my hair (it’s like money arrives in huge chunks all that week); I feel more mischievous in a fairy way; and overall, I just feel more in tune with my “goddess” self. The last observation may be because in terms of other self-care and fussy things, I’m kind of lacking, so my henna represents a conscious acknowledgment and celebration of that part of myself. In any case, yes, henna can be considered a spiritual practice.

13 ) I can’t think of any other frequently asked questions about my hair, but please feel free to ask away. I frequently hear from clients in Medical Intuitive sessions that they would like “better hair.” I’ve listed most of what I know here that works generally. More speicific details really apply in the case of your own personal symbolism of hair.

Many Blessings and Lustrous Locks to you!

Laura Bruno

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com