Arabic Kohl

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Today I opened my diary book and I found out that i have wrote  recipes on how to make Arabic kohl. I wrote this recipes when I was 14 years old. I took it from my granny who used to love covering her eyes with lots of Arabic kohl. In fact I’ve never seen my grandmother without kohl in her eyes. she was always advising us to put it. I used to put it with her but when the modern kohl pencil came out in market and me growing up I stopped using it. I decided to share this recipes because many people think it is the same as the kohl pencil that we usually use, also someone might likes to use it for their eyes, specially people who likes organic beauty products, and instead of buying it  from beauty stores it is easier and cheaper to make it at home.

Arabic kohl ( Al’iithmad) is a handmade eye kohl. The materials of Al’iithmad comes from the natural stone of octagon or antimony. Usually found in Levant, Morocco, and the best kind of this stone exist in Hejaz and Isfahan. octagon is a quasi-metal that is quick crisp turned. All women around the world and especially the Arabic women were  and still using it from a very long time. Poets in the Arabic world love to write and sing poetry about the eyes that have AI’iithmad in it. As a  tradition and to protect the eyes from germs and microbes Arabic women tend to put Aliithmad on new born’s eyes right a way after they born and it is totally save but it has to be done only once. Also, in the Islamic world it is desirable to appliqués the eyes with Aliithmad kohl for both men and women.

Benefits of the Arabic kohl (Al’iithmad):                            كيف_أعرف_كحل_الأثمد_الأصلي

1- It clean, shine, & purify the eyes.

2- It helps in growing and intensifying eye-lashes to protect the eyes from external effects and it increase the beauty of the eyes.

3- It protect the eyes by preventing germs and microbes from entering the eyes.

4- It increases the visual acuity.

5- It is used for beauty and showing the eyes.

6- You can use it if you have inflammation or allergy around the eyes.

7- You can also, use it to grow hair and eye brows.

8- It helps in healing the eyes from wounds.

9- It stopes the internal bleeding of the eyes.

10- It is used as a treatment for alopecia and baldness.

One of the famous Arabic old true story was about Blue Eyed of Yamamah (Zurqa’ Alyamamah). Zurqa’ Alyamamah was a Najdi woman from the city of Alyamamah, which is today Najd area in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It said that she has a very strong sight. She could see a person is coming to Alyamamah city from the walk distance of three days (more than 100 miles). The story tells that there was a war happening between Alyamamah tribe and another tribe. The other tribe was always loosing the war against Alyamamah tribe because Zurqa’ Alyamaamah used to see them coming and warn her  people. One day Zurqa’ Alyamamah saw the enemy hiding by using trees branches carrying it in front of them as way to disguise. she warned her people that she saw walking trees getting closer to Alyamamah but, they did not believe her. so when the enemy arrived to the city, they killed all the people of Alyamamah and destroyed the city. Also, they ripped off Zurqa’ Alyamamah’s eyes and found out that her eyes were filled with octagon (Al’iithmad). they said that she used to mash it up and put it in her eyes everyday. Since that event Zurqa’ Alyamamah was an example of vision quality and acuity in the Arabic world.

How to make the Arabic kohl:

There are many ways for you to make Al’iithmad that we will discuss in this post.

First method: 

you will need as an ingredient:

1- The best kind of octagon or antimony stone usually it comes with brownish color.

2- Empty pot or pan.

3- Kernel of dates and olives.

4- A few beads of cloves and red paper.        كحل-الأثمد

5- A few drops of olive oil.

Preparation:

1- put the pot or the pan on stove.

2- put all the ingredients.

3- Stir until the mixed ingredients starts crackling then turn off the stove.

4- While its hot crush all the ingredients until it becomes so powdery.

5- Then sift the soft powder out, put it inside a box, and use it whenever you want.

Second method:

you will need as an ingredient:

1- The best kind of octagon or antimony stone usually it comes with brownish color.

2- Water.

3- A few drops of olive and castor oil.

Preparation:

1- Soak the octagon or antimony stone in water for three days.

2- leave it to dry and then crush it until it becomes powder.

3- Add few drops of olive and castor oil to the powder.

4- Keep crushing all the ingredients until you have a very soft powder.

5- Keep it inside a box and use it whenever you want.

Third Method: 

you will need as an ingredient:

1- The best kind of octagon or antimony stone usually it comes with brownish color.

2- Water.

3- Henna leaves.

4- A few drops of olive and castor oil.

Preparation:

1- Adding henna leaves, soak the octagon or antimony stone in water for a whole week.

2- leave it to dry and then crush it.

3- add few drops of olive and castor oil.

4- Keep crushing until it become soft and powdery.

5- Save it in a box and use it whenever you want.                 dream360774

Finally, Other tips:

Make sure dust do not reach out to the kohl. 

Make sure to have the original stone of  octagon, it tend to close to brown and red colors. 

You can add any type of oil other than olive and castor.

You can also add musk.

In order to use the kohl around the eye,  you will need to use thin sterile sticks.

And for protection from germs make sure that  your the only one using the kohl.

For a long-term use,  It is preferred to be kept in a bottle made of glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Arabic Kohl

  1. Noha,
    I found your story and recipes really interesting. I have never used Arabic Kohl, maybe you could show me how to do it or how to apply it.

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