These are just a few of my credentials.
There seems to be a new (or maybe old) fad around where people are using printers to make tattoos that they then apply to their skin. As someone who formerly worked in printing places and has witness some nasty reactions to inks, solvents, and the like, I’ll be the first one not to tell yo how to do a printer tattoo, and will say instead to please go do your homework before you decide to become an overnight tattoo artist.
Due to the wide variety of inks and dyes, there is no one simple answer as to the dangers of printer tattoos because the inks are comprised of a wide variety of substances which vary according to manufacturer and printer type. One way to find out what is in the ink or toner, and I do recommend you contact the manufacturer of your particular printer and ask them to send you their material safety data sheet on the particular ink it contains, or get this info from whoever refills your cartridges. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS, study them, know them well, make them your friend.
Rule of thumb: if you can’t eat the ink, don’t put it on your skin. The skin does absorb what is put on it. If what is put on it can cause kidney or liver damage, or hives, or blisters, or any other number of ill-effects, one can take up a chair in the office of a professional tattoo artist or henna artist. As a professional, I would not ever use a printer tattoo, and hope nobody else tries it before thorough research. Here’s a couple of sites that offers some insight on printers that I think you will also find helpful:
P.S. Please also get henna from reputable sources which test the purity. Do not use black dyes for the same reasons as above. Henna as seen in pic should stain from red to brown, not a true black.
Grow thyme for health this year
If you’d like to buy it instead, welcome to my local harvest of natural goods like essential oils and herbs.
The question is, have I started my garden?
Yes, below the sparkly cold snow and frost I have started the perennial thyme (thymus vulgaris). And thyme has been good to me.
It has become the edging of choice in my flower beds because it spreads in a slowly and densely to create an attractive low, tough border that snuffs out most weeds and prevents erosion of soil.
The fact that it grows in poor soils should be a boon to most folks.
I live in Minnesota. Could you survive out in the open in this minus 20 degree weather? Thyme can!
Every year in the spring my thyme remains productive.
I started a patch of thyme outdoors in the spring from one small plant.
You can start it from seed or just buy a healthy looking plant. Plant it in really good fertile soil and give it lots of room to spread over the summer.
It should at least quadruple in size. Once it begins quadrupling you may part out this plant and distribute it along edges and border.
Just cut through one of the sides of the mother plant with a shovel and get the roots as well.
It is a tough plant and you will notice a sharp edge is need on your shovel to accomplish this task, and don’t worry, the thyme will survive.
Now distribute the thyme to other garden spots as you please. Thyme will grow even in poor soils.
Most plants will need an inch of water a week, and thyme is no exception.
But thyme is neither finicky. Throughout the summers I give my thyme “haircuts” whenever flowers begin developing on them.
I do this so that the plant will send a message to the roots to keep spreading.
But you don’t have to. If you like the flowers, by all means then, leave them be.
If you’ve never grown a garden of any kind, growing thyme is a great place to start getting herb garden experience.
I prefer to have free herbs right at my fingertips in the kitchen, so I take a short walk to my herb garden just outside the door. Nothing beats fresh!
If you are not the outdoorsy type, growing indoors is nice because you can grow year-round and don’t have to worry about pests or the elements.
It’s also nice to have fresh plants in your home and the aromatic fragrance of fresh herbs is soothing and refreshing.
With all the benefits of herbs and the delicious uses for them, why not start using them today?
Grow herbs for your health starting today and stay healthy, happy and well.
The bounty of the harvest can be placed on a sheet on aluminum foil to sun dry, or I dry it on a smoker rack of the grill.
Of course the bounty goes into the spice rack in the kitchen from there.
I would call my stock of thyme at this time years later in the jillions of plants, seriously folks…
The simplest way to use more herbs (amd get more healthy, is to grow your own herb garden.
When you grow herbs for your health, you may notice an improvement in both your physical and mental well-being.
You will likely find benefits beyond physical health by planting and tending an herb garden.
Throughout the ages, people have found herbs to benefit the mind, body and soul.
Throughout history there are documented accounts of herbs curing illness and injury.
Why not take advantage and grow herbs for your health?
This perennial and small shrub grows well in pot or garden.
It has spread into the yard and actually is nice to walk barefoot on.
This next year I am starting the wonderfully aromatic orange thyme to plant in places I walk on.
My gardening feet can hardly wait!
Stepping on a carpet of thyme is a sheer delight, and a this type of ground cover does not mind.
Instead, it releases a fragrance of spice to please your senses.
Not only is it pleasant to walk on between the stepping-stones they withstand the hot sun, drying winds and will thrive in those hard to mow spots where a touch of green is needed.
Of the many thyme, the best two known species are common thyme and mother-of-thyme or creeping thyme.
Common thyme, consisting of little shrubby bushes, is grown for culinary uses.
Creeping thyme, is used for ground cover on banks, between stepping-stones and as turf.
The creeping thyme, sometimes called wild thyme, are favored for their fragrance and gray-green carpet.
Some of the best of these plants grow under two inches high.
Examples are; Woolly thyme, low green foliage with dainty pink blooms.
Golden thyme, purple flowers and low dark green leaves mottled with gold.
Crimson thyme, small, flat, dark green leaves and crimson flowers – White thyme, delicate and slow spreading, with tiny flat, vivid green leaves and white flowers.
Nutmeg thyme is gray and wooly with hairy stems, coarse leaves and pink flowers, and really spreads.
These are sun-loving plants and are easily grown in well-drained soil.
It requires very little clipping, training or transplanting.
Most are hardy over much of the country, but in very cold areas it must be provided with mulch for winter protection.
Propagation is pretty easy, especially with the creeping, stem rooting types, just break off a stem with a root and plant.
One of the most enjoyable pleasures you’ll get from planting creeping thyme is stepping on it.
This living green carpet will surely delight you with its fragrance.
Lovely to look at and
walk on it, and enjoy, and just do it.
And guess what? Thyme is good for toenail fungus, but more about the health properties of thyme in an article to come…
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By Jill Johnson
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If you are a mid-Minnesota Resident who would like to experience the joy of a henna or harquus mehndi tattoo, I’d like to meet with you for an hour. I’m an artist who needs a few hands so I can lend a hand to those in need in Haiyan. My galleries on www.jilljj.com will give you an approximation of the heena possibilities, and the rest is easy and fun, so spend a little time with me and lend a hand to Haiyan…………
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Not your usual as per box variety recipe. I’ve added extra conditioning power.
As you can see in any picture of me, my hair tends towards dry because it is exposed to the elements quite frequently.
I’ve found ingredients for salad dressing actually do a great job at conditioning hair, so have included some.
Use henna labelled as containing only pure Lawsonia Inermis (latin plant name for henna).
I tend to use older batches of henna for hair color and artwork, and brand new crop batches for henna tattoos. The fresher the better in everything though…
Henna strengthens, conditions hair and skin, deepens color, eliminates lice and dandruff, and is a chance to do a spa.
Start this recipe a few days before using to get the most staining power out of the henna.
1 pkg pure natural henna powder
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice or vinegar
1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
several drops lavender essential oil
1 Tablespoon minced rosemary
Mix the above well in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Leave bowl on top of fridge or other warm spot for a day or two until the you see the color of the ingredients darkening to a very dark brown,
Stick your finger in it to see: if after 10 minutes with this on your finger it leaves a stain, it is ready to use,
Add some water if it’s too thick to stick to hair,
Dawn some long rubber gloves and an old towel shawl,
Have an extra large plastic bag or bonnet available to fit your head,
Now for the henna; glob it on, rub it in, try to get all areas of your hair,
Put on your plastic bonnet,
Wash the drips off your forehead & neck with soap and water,
Run a nice bath for yourself, and take some time to meditate and enjoy
After 30 minutes (or more if you want really dark hair) you can rinse out the henna globs.
I prefer to wait a few days after this treatment before shampooing so as not to wash out the conditioners and stains prematurely.
Since this can be a messy process, you might have some skin stains after the process. If so, you can wash most of the stain off with soap and water, and dab on a little alcohol & wipe off to reduce stain to minimal.
p.s. henna art aficionado? galleries for your visual enjoyment
copyright Jill Annette Johnson www.jilljj.com 2014 all rights reserved
Whether you call it mehandi, mehndi, henna, heena, temporary tattoo, body art, harquus, a skin stain, or orange stuff all the downtowners are walking around with on their hands, it is all another form of painting to someone like me. I’ve been a painter for 50 years, learning from my brushes and pigments is my big love obsession. Of all art forms, mehandi appeals to me due to the flexibility and interaction with the models. But enough of my reasons, maybe readers have some questions I can answer on these pages. Email me if you still have questions after reading this, and I’ll add your questions and hopefully have an answer or two to add to these pages.
Yes there is someone out there I will admit is the expert: Catherine Cartwright Jones because she had done her Master’s thesis quite eloquently on mehandi, and quite thoroughly the historical aspects are covered in a manner much better than I could cover them. She does make make mehandi pdf’s available freely and I have her permission to pass this on. For most questions, she has answered.
That leaves my own agenda. I’m also an avid gardener and I grow many of the plants I use to make pigments and oils used in mehandi, naturally, of course. I started using mehandi to condition my hard-working hands and feet
, (and you might notice I did both hands to myself. How? well I guess I’m ambidextrous and have found this medium challenging because of the wide range of different skin types and angles I paint from, plus the subject can move) and I have found I personally really need this process to soothe and heal my skin. Aside from that, I love nature colors on anything.
Since the stains are derived from plants, our skin is drinking in nourishment, I would love to add that my gardening hands and feet are much appreciative of this type of treatment. I grow many of the ingredients I use in mehandi, and doing so gives me more flexibility in color choices of the stains. I’ve found the natural pigments in beets, rhubarb, violets, berries and other plants extol wonderful hues you just can’t seem to find at the tattoo parlor. This year should be magnificent for mulberries. I also happen to make and sell award winning preserves of mulberries if you’d rather eat them. But back to the subject at hand.
These stains are safe and temporary. As an advocate of nature who’s personally averse to needles and chemicals I see no reason to use toxic items on myself or others. I also distill my own essential oils for this process, a process I began due to the fact a large cedar limb fell and I felt obligated to capture and preserve the scent for all to enjoy. I expanded to lilacs to capture that short-seasoned awesome scent all year long, mint because it cools in the Summer, and others because I feel they heal. These are the treasures of nature I use to do mehandi.I have to admit I love my job even after 50 years!
If you have allergies, I urge customers to inform me before a session. If possible, we work around personal sensitivities.
If you do have sensitivities, I will ask you to sign a waiver before proceeding with this process at appointment time.
I am also working on a video to walk through the whole process, but only have so many hands and they are all busy with more hands. Anyway if you give me your hand, I’d put some art on it. Let me know if that sounds like an option.