What is Henna?
Henna is also known as mehndi and is derived from the leaves of the henna plant which is 2.6m high tall shrub. Henna is used for coloring the skin as well as hair. It is also used for conditioning the hair. Henna has coloring properties due to lawsonia, an organic compound that has an affinity of bonding with protein. The henna leaves cannot stain the skin as the lawsonia molecules have not been released. The lawsonia molecules present in henna leaves can be released only when the leaves are crushed and powder is made.
  Where is Henna Cultivated?
Basically, henna is commercially cultivated in UAE, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, western India, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkey, Somalia and Sudan. Amongst all countries, India is renowned as the country where best quality henna is grown. Presently the Pali district of Rajasthan is the most heavily cultivated henna production area in India, with over 100 henna processors operating in Sojat City.
  How is Henna Paste Prepared?
Henna paste is prepared from the henna powder obtained after crushing the henna leaves. Henna powder is mixed with water, strained lemon juice, eucalyptus oil and coffee or tea. This paste when applied on palms and feet and left for some hours can leave reddish-brown stains on the skin. Various attractive designs are drawn on the palms and feet to get jewellery like look on the skin.
  How Long Does It Last?
Henna lasts from 1-3 weeks depending on various factors like the part of the body you have applied, quality of the henna paste, how long the paste has been allowed to remain on the skin and the care taken after applying henna.
  How Does Henna Work?
Henna works because the main ingredient of henna i.e. Lawsonia absorbs in the skin and hair. it works on making temporary tattoos of orangey, red, brown color on the absorbent surface and also used for dyeing hair with all natural ingredients.
  Are there any therapeutic or medicinal uses of henna?
Apart from aesthetic uses of henna, it also has therapeutic and medicinal uses. Henna is effective when used for burns, treating the ulcers of the mouth, stomach, bums, and hot swellings. Henna mixed with butter also helps in hot swellings that produce yellow puss and can cure scabies and itch. Henna also when applied on the hair helps hair to grow all naturally and give them lively shine. Henna has some psychological benefits as it is a creative activity and when people are involved in any creative activity, they forget all their pains and worries. While applying henna, which is time consuming process, people share their views, ideas and problems never spoken before. These conversations and discussions could lead to many solutions to personal issues.
  Is Henna Tattooing Safe?
People prefer henna tattoo for their skin because henna is natural so will not give any side effects to the skin. Applying henna is painless and it is also temporary. So, the design can be changed very often.
  Where can henna be applied?
Henna can be applied almost anywhere but the most traditional and successful areas are the palms and the feet. In these areas the skin is thick and porous whereas they have more surface area for the henna paste to stain. In most other areas like back, arms, belly etc. the skin is much thinner to form a dark stain. The stain does not even remain for a longer period in these areas. Henna cannot stain on oily areas so cannot be applied on face and head.
  How can henna be applied on skin?
Henna paste can be applied with a thin stick on the palms and feet but it is more convenient to draw beautiful designs with the help of henna cones. Even henna tattooing is done with the help of henna cones. It is advised to leave henna on skin for at least 2-3 hours and you can get better results if it is left overnight.
  How can henna be applied on hair?
The hair is divided in small parts and then henna paste is applied with the brush from roots to be bottom of the hair. It is recommended to leave henna for 1 hour and then rinse it off following with shampoo.
  Is Henna Safe?
Yes henna is 100% natural and safe, but you need to take the full information regarding the ingredients mixed in henna paste by your henna artist. Every henna artist has a different recipe and you need to ensure that the recipe is free of chemicals. Pure henna with natural ingredients is not at all harmful, not even pregnant women.
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