time immemorial, henna has been adorning the hands and feet of
holds a significant place in the traditional and cultural history of
Henna is an open shrub with heavily scented, small cream flowers and
black fruit. The word Henna has its origin in the Arabic word
The earliest evidence of the cosmetic use of henna is from ancient
Botanists believe that the plant's origin is somewhere in Persia and
India has been in use since about 700 AD. Henna has been very
more than 5000 years now.
The leaves, flowers and the twigs of the plant are ground into fine
containing natural dying properties called tannins; the powder is
with hot water. As a healing plant, henna conditions, cleanses,
cools the skin. Henna designs are used to celebrate any special
an initiation, a birth of baby, and remains a sacred practice
just to beautify the body but to invite grace and good fortune into
home, one's marriage, and one's family. It is a kind of talisman, a
upon the skin. The usage of henna is not only restricted to body
it has various other features and applications.
Benefits of Henna:
Henna encompasses the majestic features of Mother Nature and boasts
striking features and advantages. Henna acts as a purifying and
agent for the skin. It is also renowned for its healing qualities.
to ancient beliefs, henna is said to bring good luck. During hot
henna acts as a cooling agent when applied to the palms of the hands
bottoms of the feet.
Henna based colours:
Henna based colours and dyes are extremely popular and safe to use.
shades are procured by mixing henna with the leaves and fruit of
plants, such as indigo, tea, coffee, cloves and lemon. The resulting
is often used as a hair dye. It is proved that henna's application
softens the texture and also works as a dandruff lotion. It is also
to condition and revitalise hair, kill lice and prevent hair loss.
hair dyes are ideal for maintaining the acid balance of hair and
nature's best colorants and conditioners on any kind of hair.
It is very unusual for anyone to have an adverse reaction to
as it is one of the safest cosmetics ever used, but if one is
a patch test could be the answer.