Henna powder is made by drying the leaves of henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis) and grinding it to powder. Henna leaves contains natural die that dies the upper layers of the skin temporarily.
Henna paste is made with all natural ingredients like Henna powder, eucalyptus oil, lemon and sugar, which makes henna a very safe form of body art(Unless someone is allergic to any of the natural ingredients mentioned above). Henna paste design is applied to the skin, and when removed several hours later, leaves beautiful markings on the skin that fade naturally over 1 to 3 weeks. How dark the stain will be and how long it will last, depends on good after care.
Henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and to protect against evil. Mehandi is traditionally practiced for wedding ceremonies, during important rites of passage, and in times of joyous celebration. It is one of the most precious jewels for brides, to carry good luck for their married life.
Until the art of Mehandi became hot news in 1996, henna was mostly used in the United States as a hair dye. It is widely recognized now as a wonderful way to dye the skin and to achieve the look of a tattoo. Traditional henna uses and application processes have gone contemporary.
Today Henna is an entertainment activity for guests in all kinds of corporate and private parties, Fairs and Festivals and other special events and celebrations.
Henna Use in the Past
Henna is a medicinal plant. Its bark and seeds are used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicines.This fascinating plant known world-wide for the beautiful coloring dye used by the kings and queens to color their hands and body Henna has been used throughout Africa, India, and the Middle East for thousands of years. Studies of mummies dating back to 1200 BC show that henna was used on the hair and nails of the pharaohs.