History of Henna

Lawsonia Inermis Henna or Mehndi is similar to a tattoo, but is not permanent. Henna art is both painless and safe and will fade in less than four weeks.

The history of henna is rich and far-reaching and has been practiced in over 60 countries around the world for 5000 years. Henna powder comes from a plant called lawsonia inermis. It grows in the tropical climates of Africa and Asia. The leaves are dried and crushed into a powder. By mixing the powder with Tea tree oil, Lavender oil …(or any essential oil that contains tannins) and lemon juice you get a paste which is put onto the skin. When applied to the skin, it stains the top layers. It does not enter the blood stream.

There are actually many uses of henna, including its use as a deodorant. This is due to its cooling effect that it has on the skin. It is also used as an antiseptic and an astringent, is applied to bruises and sprains, to kills lice, and is often used to colour hair and beards. It is a natural sun block and also a nail fungus treatment.

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